New climbing packs, full La Sportiva climbing range, new blog articles and more.

Bogong Newsletter

Welcome to the Bogong Newsletter

It's still webstore shopping only for us here at Bogong, in accordance with Victorian restrictions. Our webstore is still open and our skeleton crew are fulfilling orders via mail and Contactless Click and Collect.

We're prepping our store for a big re-opening, but in the meantime, check out what's landed recently (below) and what our staff have been writing about in lockdown.

—The Bogong Team

Lowe Alpine Climbing Packs

New In


We have a new range of Lowe Alpine climbing backpacks. There are three in our range, each designed to suit whatever discipline of climbing you do.

Trad climbing backpack – Rogue 48
For carrying a full trad rack and ropes on a long approach. Largest pack in this range, is designed carry all your equipment on a long approach to the cliff. The zip opening positioned around the harness means you can throw your pack down and open it from the harness side, keeping the harness cleaner. The clamshell-style opening gives easy access to your gear inside, but there's also a top opening also for that end-of-the-day rush to pack everything up before the sun sets. Top tensioners allow you to carry an extra rope too.
See more Rogue 48 specs >>

Sport climbing backpack – Outcast 44
Designed for sport climbing, the mid-sized Lowe Alpine Outcast 44's main features are a book-style opening that makes it easy to access your gear once you're at the base of the cliff. It also comes with a rope tarp with colour-coded loops. Plus, it has a reinforced stick-clip holder. This sport climbing pack is also made from a tough ballistic nylon outer, though the aesthetic is sleek (also snags less on branches). A top-tensioner allows you to carry an extra rope if you need one. Plus, a there's a purpose-built guidebook pocket.
See more Outcast 44 specs >>

Sport climbing / climbing gym backpack – Misfit 27
The smallest pack in this range, the Lowe Alpine Misfit 27 is designed for quick missions to easy-access sport cliffs, or a session at the gym. The wide front opening makes your gear easy to access. There's a guidebook pocket and a reinforced outer pocket designed to stash a stick clip. There is also lots of internal organisation in the form of mesh pockets and a gear loop, so you can properly organise your quickdraws and belay equipment. This is a small-volume pack for days when your partner is bringing the rope and you don't need to pack much.
See more Misfit 27 specs >>

Rope bag – Slacker
The Lowe Alpine Slacker Rope Bag has a sleek, urban aesthetic. It compresses really well, is made from tough nylon and has an integrated rope tarp.
Learn more >>

There's also a new, matching chalk bag.
Check it out here >>

La Sportiva clothing

Our Full Range!

Lowe alpine rogue 48

It’s no secret that La Sportiva has been a favourite of Bogong customers and staff, for many years. Their range of mountain footwear is truly world-leading, whether it’s climbing shoes, mountaineering boots, mountain running shoes or hiking footwear. But did you know that La Sportiva is now making a full range of technical apparel for the outdoor pursuits all designed at their headquarters in the Dolomites, Italy?

Over the last few years, Bogong has been trialling La Sportiva apparel, and we’ve been impressed. It combines serious technical chops with La Sportiva’s unique sense of style. Now we have landed our largest ever range! Here’s an overview.

La Sportiva Women's Runner Tank
Cutting-edge style wide-shouldered tank that gives good coverage. It's made with a unique knitted fabric called BeCool™ yarn, which allows for a seamless design.
Learn more >>

La Sportiva Auster Running Shorts
Lightweight men’s running shorts with a unique design that eliminates that bothersome central seam. Outstanding freedom of movement.
Learn more >>

La Sportiva Chill Jacket
This is a lightweight, synthetic jacket that is good as one of those throw-on layers when you just want an extra layer at the gym or the crag.
Learn more >>

La Sportiva Flatanger Shorts
New colours in this ever-popular style: when simple, good-looking shorts made for climbing movement are all you want.
Learn more >>

La Sportiva Brave Jeans
Heavy-duty jeans cut for climbing and bouldering. Elastic waistband for comfort on the wall, lots of pockets and a harness-friendly design.
Brave Jeans >>

La Sportiva Path Shirt
Smart-looking, lightweight, anti-odour collared shirt with reinforced shoulders to help it stand up to the rigours of pack-carrying.
Learn more >>

La Sportiva Stride/Hynoa T-shirt
Softshell reinforced shoulders, for a bit more durability when you carry a pack hiking, on climbing approaches or trail running with a pack or vest.
Men's Stride T-shirt >>
Women's Hynoa T-shirt >>

La Sportiva Chain/Cliff Pants
A technical hiking pant with shaped knees and four-way stretch fabric. Secure zip pockets and harness compatible too.
Women's Chain Pants >>
Men's Cliff Pants >>

La Sportiva Run Jacket
Simple, lightweight running jacket made from 100% Nylon fabric, with a waterproof rating of 10,000mm (very waterproof). Weight: 190g (men’s L).
Run Men's >>
Run Women's >>

La Sportiva Rise Jacket
Also a simple, lightweight running jacket, but with a stow pocket and hand pockets as well. Waterproof rating of 10,000mm and 15,000g/m²/24h breathability. Weight: 220g (men’s L).
Rise Men's >>
Rise Women's >>

La Sportiva Odyssey/Iliad Jackets
Ultralight GORE-TEX® Active Shell running jacket with a chest zipper. With a waterproof rating of 28,000mm and 35,000g/m²/24h breathability, this jacket is mandatory gear list– friendly. Weight: 212g (men’s L).
Men's Odyssey Jacket >>
Women's Iliad Jacket >>

Fit notes:
In general, we find La Sportiva to have a slim, athletic fit. The European sizing generally runs small, so if you're in doubt, size up.

Many of the colour schemes are pretty 'out there', but in some models (such as the Cliff Pant) La Spo is also offering some more conservative colours.

See our full range of La Sportiva clothing here >>

Bogong Blog

Latest articles

Slacklining: Getting Started (Dan's Manifesto)
by Dan
Why you should start on a looser line, how to stand on a slackline, plus pros and cons of different setups, by Bogong Equipment's resident highliner Dan.
Read the how-to >>

Australian Backcountry Gear Setups
by Adele
Bogong staff member Adele gives her picks for Australian backcountry gear setups: 1) the tourer, and 2) the downhill skier.
See the setups >>

Trail Running Belts and Running Vests – How Much Volume Do You Need?
by Sam
Staff trail runner Sam looks at some running vest and running belt options and what they’re used for.
Learn more >>

New In

La Sportiva

Climbing tee

Kyanite LT

Fleece jacket

La Sportiva
Lycan II

Trail run shoe

Packing Cubes

For panniers

GSI Compact

Bowl and pot scraper


Women’s sandals

Gear Review

La Sportiva Skwama

Will, who works at Bogong Equipment, is a bit of a climbing shoe fanatic. He knows every climbing shoe in our range intimately and has a knack for understanding which shoe performs well where. Here, he tells us why the La Sportiva Skwama is such a unique performance shoe.

Read the review >>

They're Here!

Outdoor Research Facemasks

Outdoor Research Facemask Grey

It looks like facemasks are going to be a thing for the next little while. Our Outdoor Research facemasks have landed. Honestly, these are one of the better masks we've tried – they have a wire nosepiece to custom-shape around your nose, and it provides good coverage and is comfortable on your ears.

They come in both grey and black.

See all face masks >>

Our shopfront is still closed until restrictions allow us to open. However, we are still able to answer your questions via phone (03 9600 0599) during these business hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Note that Friday 23 October is a public holiday, so Contactless Click and Collect and our phone services won't be available.

Bogong on Social

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Did you know that Bogong Equipment is on Facebook and Instagram? We're keeping you guys updated with events, community updates and cool new stuff as it arrives in the store. To stay in the loop, follow our Facebook page and on Instagram at @bogongequipment

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About Us

Bogong Equipment was founded in 1989. Everyone who works at Bogong Equipment is a climber, hiker, mountaineer or runner. We have first-hand experience in cragging, multiday bushwalking, alpine climbing and trail running. We use the gear we sell. That means, we can tell you how a product truly performs in the field. That's how we only select the best gear to stock our shelves.

Our stock room in our brick-and-mortar store on Little Bourke Street, in Melbourne, is filled with purpose-designed, technical equipment. With our vast selection of gear, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Especially if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. That's why we employ knowledgeable, experienced staff. We can help you get equipped for your remote trekking expedition, your ice-cap crossing, climbing your first peak or simply your next wander in the hills.

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Melbourne 3000
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