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Fast hiking is Quechua's laboratory for technologies and explorations.
Fast hiking is Quechua's laboratory for technologies and explorations, a real engine of development that brings its most relevant innovations to all ranges.
Working for the most demanding users makes it possible to bring new technologies and source new components to design tomorrow's products.
Fast hiking is a sport that was born about twenty years ago in the United States.
It is an activity that quickly established itself alongside trail running, a sport that appeared in the 90s.
Fast Hiking has therefore attracted many athletes who started with trail running, but for whom running in the mountains was too demanding, or who were not interested in the performance side of trail running but liked to hike at a sustained pace, diverting products for intensive use that goes beyond the clock.
The sport therefore involves a faster walking pace than classic family hiking, which is generally solitary, but less intense than trail running.
Fast hiking is exclusively done in the mountains, with a notion of elevation (from about 500m), half-day or full day.
When fast hiking, you must be able to go everywhere without ever having to use your hands, always staying on your feet, even if you have poles.
You are not looking for pure performance, but you generally have an objective, such as a summit to reach, or a pass to cross.
At Quechua, Fast Hiking officially appeared in 2015, and we offer an essential range of technical products for young and athletic fast hikers.
About 5% of hikers do Fast Hiking in the mountains, mainly among 20-45 year olds, and the movement is increasingly attractive.
A visible feature of these products is that we have a lot of "knitted" footwear, sewn like socks to save weight .
We are also developing footwear that rise like gaiters, a technology that is also found on some football boots, which helps maintain the ankle and prevent stones or sand from entering.
In textiles, we have developed processes that make it possible to offer a seamless fleece and t-shirt (the latter weighs 50 grams, a record). Lightweight that goes everywhere, and that allows you to think differently about everyday products.
The fast hiking range has an equally original and exploratory "colorama", a chromatic palette of around ten colours that stands out, because innovation also involves style.. "Permanent" colours, generally dark and that "go anywhere", stand alongside "collection" colours, more original, clear or even transparent, to reinforce this "visually light" side specific to the range. Finally, there are seasonal colours that can develop trends, such as flashy neon colours, which can enter a "collection" or disappear depending on their success. Here too, the experiments will be able to shine on products from other ranges, illuminating them with new original shades.