La Sportiva and WL Gore combine to equip Scottish avalanche teams

Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) forecasters are staying dry and comfortable this winter, through a collaboration between La Sportiva and WL Gore.

SAIS is the main source of avalanche information for people venturing onto the Scottish hills, compiling daily hazard forecasts for the most popular areas throughout the winter season, and generating over 3,000 website visits on a busy winter’s day. Its forecasters are out every day, in all conditions, reporting observations on snow stability, accumulation and assessing the current avalanche hazard.

La Sportiva, through UK distributor Lyon Equipment, is supporting SAIS as a brand partner in conjunction with WL Gore to supply mountain footwear to team members.

Simon Tulley, from Lyon Equipment, said: “It’s the nature of the job that SAIS forecasters need to stay comfortable in cold, damp and often technical mountain situations. We’re pleased that in choosing La Sportiva boots they can be sure they will remain secure and comfortable in this important work.”

Matthew Davis, R&D Associate, WL Gore & Associates added: “GORE continues to support and work closely alongside SAIS ensuring our pinnacle GORE-TEX products are suitably tested in real world environmental conditions.”

Mark Diggins, SAIS coordinator, said: “The team spends approximately 680 days in the mountains each winter, in challenging and serious conditions. Good clothing and equipment allow us to carry out our job with confidence, and we are therefore very grateful to have the support of La Sportiva through Lyon Equipment.”

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