For the new climbing products in the 2018 summer collection, Mammut’s focus is greater safety combined with a light weight. The internationally successful Mammut athletes Dani Arnold (Switzerland) and Tatsuya Aoki (Japan) were involved in the development of the new climbing products. The test ground and inspiration for the name was the Poncione d’Alnasca, one of the most imposing rock faces in Switzerland.
Dani Arnold has provided impressive demonstrations of his skills with speed records on the Eiger and Matterhorn, while Tatsuya Aoki was the youngest person, at just 21 years old, to stand on the summit of the infamous K2. The two top athletes climbed their first route together on the Poncione d’Alnasca. To get acquainted as much as possible before the climb, they visited the climbing gym together. They tested the products from the new climbing collection there: the new Smart 2.0 belay device and the Smarter add-on.
The Smart 2.0 is the new and improved version of Mammut’s tried-and-tested Smart belay device. Weighing just 80 grams, the lightweight Smart 2.0 is easy to use, has no moving parts or levers and offers a significantly improved braking effect. It functions according to the tube principle and is therefore suitable for lead and top rope climbing. In the case of a fall it brakes faster – the newly developed braking insert locks the climbing rope completely.
– Weight: 80 g
– Colors: dark orange, radiance, phantom, dark ultramarine, dark cloud.
With the Smarter, Mammut has developed a solution designed to make rope climbing even safer, including for beginners and children. In combination with the Smart 2.0, the add-on increases safety even in the event of incorrect hand positioning by the belayer. The Smarter is attached to the Smart 2.0 and, in the case of a fall, it locks the rope even if the brake rope is held above the Smart 2.0.
– Weight: 8 g
– Colors: phantom.
Thanks to their training in the climbing gym, Dani and Tatsuya formed a well-versed team, ready to tackle the pyramid-shaped south wall of the Poncione d’Alnasca. Dani Arnold was enthusiastic after their shared experience on the mountain in Ticino: “We are united by our passion for vertical faces – it’s all about mountains, difficulties and exciting routes. Climbing with Tatsuya was great fun”. The Mammut athletes free-climbed the “Impronte d’orso in una storia infinita” route, graded at a maximum of 7b, in just 4 hours. For the approach, they used the new Knit Low shoe from the Alnasca collection.
Mammut Alnasca Knit Low Men / Women
The Alnasca Knit Low combines state-of-the-art technology with proven components. The result is a comfortable, grippy 350 gram lightweight approach shoe. Thanks to the elastic sock design made from a modern 3D-knitted material, the shoe molds precisely to the foot to minimize the formation of blisters. The abrasion-proof outer material and rubber toe cap offer protection from sharp rocks and scree. The Michelin® Rock Tech sole made from OCX rubber and the damping wedge with Soft Tech EVA in the heel area support walking comfort and grip on a wide range of surfaces.
– Sizes: UK 6.5 – 13 / UK 4 – 8.5
– Weight: 350 g (UK 8.5) / 290 g (UK 5.5)
– Colors: dark orange-graphite, black-magma / whisper-graphite, black-dark barberry.