Even a short trip usually requires loads of gear. Credit: Ari Paulin, Shot on 2011-12-23 Photo taken in Tampere, Länsi-Suomen lääni, Finland.(c) (c) 2010 Ari Paulin, licensed under: (c) 2010 Ari Paulin.
Recta. RECTA, founded in 1897 originally manufactured chronographs. This precision based activity was the foundation of the skills required to design and manufacture the first compass in a pocket watch housing in 1914. Recta compasses are currently manufactured by Suunto.
Silva. Silva was founded in the early years of the 1930's as the sport of orienteering had begun to gain in popularity in Sweden - the country of origin.
Suunto. The Suunto Division operates in the sport diving and outdoor products sector worldwide. Apart from the parent company Suunto Oy, the Division includes subsidiaries in Germany, France, Switzerland, the United States and Canada. Sport diving equipment, outdoor products and other recreational products are the Suunto Division’s business areas. In 1996 the Division’s net sales amounted to FIM 159,4 million, with an average of 321 employees. Exports and international operations accounted for 90 % of the Division’s net sales.
Leatherman. Multi-purpose tool. In 1975, Tim Leatherman was on a "low-budget" trip through Europe. He got fed up with his standard "scouter's knife." It just wasn't much help on old hotel plumbing and his unreliable car. What he really needed was a compact pocket knife with full-size pliers, but no such tool existed. After eight years on prototypes he and Steve Berliner founded Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. and began production of the original Leatherman Tool.
Opticus. Since 1978, Opticus has specialized in high altitude lenses for the outdoor enthusiast.
BSN Medical. Beiersdorf was founded in Hamburg in 1882. It produces and sells branded goods in the core competence areas of skincare, wound care and self-adhesive technology. Turnover in 1996 totaled DEM 5 778,2 Mio. The brands include: Labello, Hansaplast, Leukoplast.
Garmin. GPS. Garmin International is a worldwide company with cutting-edge technology products. Garmin was started in 1989 with a handful of dedicated engineers and an idea for a product. Some of their first handhelds lent support to Coalition forces in the Gulf War.
Maglite. Pretty much a synonymn for a quality flashlight.
Ortovox. In 1980, Gerald Kampel, founder and owner of Ortovox Sportartikel GmbH developed and marketed the first ever double frequency transceiver. Today Ortovox manufactures avalanche shovels, probes, touring and deep snow rucksacks and first aid bags for ski tourers. It was after all pointless to be able to locate a friend but then be unable to dig him out or administer first aid. Since 1988 Ortovox has been involved in the clothing sector.
Bollé. Back in 1888, the Bollé family founded a small manufacturing company in Oyonnax, France, that designed and fabricated ornamental hair combs. Forty years ago, the first eyewear was designed and manufactured for other brands. In time, the company began marketing sports and safety eyewear under its own brand name. In 1997, the Bollé family business was purchased by an American company, BEC Group, and became Bollé Inc.
Revo. In 1985, Revo believed that NASA technology was just as suited for sunglasses as it was for satellites. The result? The most advanced sunglasses on Earth. Today, Revo’s High Contrast Polarized lens technology continues to help keep Revo in the forefront of industry advancements by using the best materials, design and manufacturing processes possible. And as part of our core values, we continue to innovate. It’s this dedication that’s given the world sunglasses that surpass the standard for polarized performance and clarity.
Ajungilak. Quality sleeping bags from Norway. Forerider of the synthetic sleeping bags.
Antarctica. In 1978 Mark Vallance founded Wild Country to manufacture 'Friends', a revolutionary rock climbing anchor. Within six months he was selling them to fifteen countries worldwide. 'Rocks' and other products followed and in 1982 Wild Country began to manufacture tents. Both tents and climbing hardware grew, as did the problems of running a small business, to the extent that in 1992 it was decided to separate tents from the core business. In 1996 he sold Wild Country and subsequently the new owners sold the name 'Wild Country' (for use on tents only), to another company. Wild Country's disassociation from tents presented Vallance with the opportunity to return to tent manufacture.
Bibler. Todd Bibler produces high quality single Wall tents from ToddTex. The material consist of a thin film if stretched teflon laminated between ripstop outer fabric and polyester inner fabric. All tents are manufactured in Salt Lake City by Black Diamond.
Carinthia. Carinthinia is located and named after an Austrian bundesland Carinthia. It has been manufacturing synthetic and down fillings for more than 40 years. Manufacuring facilities are located in Europe.
Cascade Designs. The year was 1971. Seattle aerospace giant, Boeing, announced its largest layoff in company history, resulting in 50,000 people losing their jobs. So devastating was the impact on the local population, that a now infamous billboard near the SeaTac airport read, “Will the last person leaving Seattle, please turn out the lights?” Among the newly jobless were my good friends Jim Lea and Neil Anderson—both engineers who were eager to get back to work. Turning to me for ideas, I told them that as a mountain climber, I knew the world needed a better sleeping mattress. Air mattresses were cold and prone to leaking, while closed cell foam pads didn’t offer sufficient comfort. I wanted a mattress that was lightweight, warm and comfortable. Jim and Neil accepted the challenge.
Coleman. In 1900 Mr. William C. Coleman started the company with just 16 lamps. He rented them to people with the promise that no-one would pay unless the lamp worked to their satisfaction. His customers in those days were rugged outdoorsmen and isolated farmers who demanded tough, reliable equipment to help them tame a huge, wild continent.
Exped. Exped means Expedition Equipment. Gear for Expeditions, mountaineering, trekking, hiking and travelling. Motto: With minimal gear to maximal experience!
Feathered Friends. Since 1972, Feathered Friends has been making the finest down sleeping bags, parkas and jackets in the world. We've been owned by the same family since the beginning, and our factory has remained in Seattle to this day. For the products we make, the design philosophy is simple: find the best shell materials available for the intended use and fill it with the best down we can find. We'll put it all together in a place where we can oversee the entire manufacturing process - from start to finish. In addition to the full collection of Feathered Friends products, our Seattle retail store is one of the premiere expedition outfitters in the country. Find a complete selection of rock climbing, expedition mountaineering, backpacking and backcountry skiing gear and clothing here.
Helsport. A Norwegian producer specialised in lightweight sleeping bags and tents.
Hilleberg. High quality tents from Sweden. The site also includes information about tents in general and their correct use.
Integral Designs. The Integral Designs brand was started in 1986 and includes five complementary product lines: bivys, tarps, bug shelters, mountain tents, and accessories. All Integral Designs products are designed for multi-day outdoor trips. Product testing is usually done by having the products used in extreme conditions on mountaineering expeditions. The emphasis is on function and long term durability. The designs and features have been developed and refined following extended use in the outdoors.
Joutsen. Quality down sleeping bags and clothes from Finland.
Katadyn. Katadyn offers a wide variety of water filtration and purification products suitable for any need. This allows outdoor enthusiasts and travelers to take along products for making their own drinking water when preparing their trips.
Kelty. Since 1952, Kelty has built affordable, reliable outdoor gear that enables everyone, from the first-time camper to the experienced mountaineer, to embrace any experience with confidence. Kelty: The Active Family Experts.
Kluane Mountaineering. Kluane was incorporated in 1971 and has always maintained the highest level of quality by individually hand making all of our products and by using the best materials available.
Laken. Laken was founded in Murcia (Spain) in 1912 and was one of the first manufacturers to process aluminium for production of kitchenware and utensils.
MSR. MSR (stands for Mountain Safety Research) started in 1970 as a supplier of expedition quality equipment. By now the selection includes also lightweight stoves and cookware. Belongs to Cascade Designs with Therm-a-Rest, Platypus and SealLine. Former Moss tents are currently sold as MSR.
Outbound. In 1968 Outbound Products in Vancouver BC began manufacturing high quality camping products for sale to the specialist camping and outdoor stores. Today, forty years after the founding of Outbound, and despite huge growth in the numbers of outdoor brands on the market, Outbound remains as one of very few surviving authentic camping brands. We are still proud to call ourselves a camping brand, as opposed to an outdoor brand. Before any product can wear the Outbound brand, it must meet our own high standards of quality, durability and performance.
Primus. In the summer of 1881, Max Sievert, a German machinery salesman, came to Stockholm to start his own business. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Carl Richard Nyberg, an inventor, worked away in his kitchen designing a revolutionary new product, the blowtorch. As chance would have it, the two men met. Primus is a swedish company and one of the world's leading manufacturers of LP gas appliances. More than 90% of the products manufactured are exported to some 80 countries.
Western Mountaineering. In 1970 two young Northern California mountaineers came together with the vision to create mountaineering equipment using the highest quality materials and techniques available.
Yeti. German manufacturer of down and synthetic sleeping bags and clothing.
Zojirushi. Vacuum bottles from Japan. Zojirushi has produced housewares since 1918.
Reiter. Die Simpert Reiter GmbH / travellunch ist ein anerkannter Hersteller von Outdoorfood und Trekking Nahrung, sowie von Reiseproviant mit einer Haltbarkeitsdauer von 2 Jahren bei enstprechender Verpackung und Lagerung. travellunch hat sich dabei der Aufgabe verschrieben, Lebensmittel auch bei Abenteuerreisen und Expeditionen in den Dschungel, die Bergwelt oder in die Polarregionen bereitzustellen.
Beal. "I have constrained myself to avoid death" (William Burroughs 1985). High Quality climbing ropes from Vienne, France.
DMM. Stylish technical gear from Wales. DMM Engineering was founded in 1981 by a small dedicated team who have been involved in the design and manufacture of Mountaineering and associated safety equipment since 1966. Since those early days, DMM has expanded and developed dramatically. They now employ over 120 people. The factories and offices are situated on the banks of Llyn Padarn near the village of Llanberis in the heart of Snowdonia, Wales.
Black Diamond. Black Diamond Ltd. is an employee-owned company made up of climbers and skiers. BD officially came into being on December 1, 1989, created through a management/employee buyout of the assets of Chouinard Equipment from bankruptcy and they've been building great gear ever since - first in Ventura, California and since September, 1991 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Blue Water. BlueWater traces its roots to a family-owned business that began manufacturing ropes and cordage in 1903. Our modern history began in 1969 when we manufactured the first American-made kernmantle caving rope. This rope went on to become the now famous BlueWater II +Plus.
Camp. Camp factories are located in a mountain village Premana in Italy at 1000 m a.s.l. It was founded in 1889 as an iron-forging workshop, and in 1920 Antonio Codega, the father of the present owners, started the production of mountain ice-axes. Since then, CAMP is designing, testing and producing all technical tools for mountaineering, and all products for trekking and adventure-sports.
Cassin. The company of famous mountaineer Riccardo Cassin situated in Valmadrera, Italy.
Charlet Moser. Quality ice and snow climbing equipment from France.
Edelrid. The company Edelmann + Ridder GmbH + Co. KG was founded in Isny im Allgäu in 1863. The braid and cord factory was run by the businessman Julius Edelmann and the engineer Carl Ridder. At that time production was already focused on technical weaves apart from common braids and cords. In 1880 the first braided fishing lines made of linen and silk were introduced at the international exhibition of fishing articles in Berlin. Complex developements in the line sector and the use of new synthetic threads that had been introduced on the market resulted in the production of the first mountaineering rope used in the early fifties. It was a Kernmantel construction which is still the basis of mountaineering ropes today. Besides the major products kernmantel ropes and harnesses, the product range has been steadily extended by mountaineering equipment such as slings, etriers, karabiners etc. The company Edelmann + Ridder is not only active in the fields mountaineering and leisure. The company's own product range includes several thousand articles.
Esprit Ropes. Established in 1995, Esprit stands on the leading edge of rope technology. We have developed new generation life safety ropes for fire, search & rescue, industrial and mountaineering applications.
Faders. The history of the Spanish company Faders begins in the year 1958 with the manufacturing, in a small iron workshop, of metal climbing equipment for a group of friends who love nature. The brand Faders was introduced in 1973. International marketing began in 1974. Faders is specialised in manufacturing carabiners.
Fixe. By the begining of 1986, Jaume Aregall (Fixe manager at present) - a mould mechanic and active climber - began the production of some climbing anchors made of high steel and with a modern design aimed to satisfy the needs of a new way of climbing. By the end of 1990, FIXE was established as a quality company with just two employees, J. Aregall and his wife Imma. In 1993 the production center was expanded, they made important investment in new machinery and personel and the offer of products notably increased. By now FIXE is being available in four continents. The company is located in the small Catalan village of Sant Quirze de Besora, 80 km north of Barcelona (Spain) and at the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Grivel. Since 1818 Grivel manufacturers ice axes and crampons in Courmayer (Italy) at the foot of Mont Blanc. In response to demands of an uncreasing number of alpinists Grivel modified the common workman's pick-axe into an ice-axe. Thus, without a true inventor the "piolet" was born. During 1909 an English engineer named Oskar Eckennstein visited Courmayeur and submitted to Henry Grivel a design that would change history - the modern ten point crampon. In 1929 Laurent Grivel proposed the idea of a twelve point crampon with two horizontal projecting points; it was the technical key for ascending steeper routes in shorter time without time-consuming step-cutting.
Kong. Kong s.p.a. commenced its production in 1981, it has a historical tradition which dates back to the centuries old ironworks around Lecco, on the Como Lake, Italy. Today Kong s.p.a., with its 70 employees, produces carabiners and metal articles for mountaineering, sailing and other uses throughout the world.
Lanex. Czech Lanex a.s. is one of the leading European producers of technical textiles. More than 800 employees of the plant at Bolatice and other two subsidiaries participate in the production and the operation of the company. The company was founded in 1949. After that the company has seen a lot of both organizational and proprietary changes. A significant change occurred in the beginning of the eighties, when the traditional ropemaking trade was completed with progressive production of flexible intermediate bulk containers and ropes for sports. Being aware of the necessity of maintenance and increase of total quality, the company aimed at introduction of the quality management and control system according to ISO 9001. The relevant certificate was granted in 1997.
Mammut. In the year 1862 Kaspar Tanner lay the first building blocks of the enterprise with the foundation of the craftmans ropery in Dintikon, near Lenzburg, Switzerland. Belongs to Arova-Mammut-Toko-Group. Today 60% of the sales are obtained from the home market and 40% from the export.
Misty Mountain. Misty Mountain Threadworks, Banner Elk, NC, USA, produces Harnesses, slings and aid gear.
New England Ropes. For 30 years, New England Ropes, Inc. has been a manufacturer of premium quality rope for climbing, marine, industrial and safety & rescue uses.
Omega Pacific. Omega Pacific, Inc. was conceived in the state of Washington in 1983 with the goal of becoming the predominant and most cost effective carabiner manufacturer in the world by focusing on design, engineering and the manufacture of a single product-carabiners, which are utilized in climbing, fire, rescue and industrial markets.
Petzl. Petzl, Crolles, France, produces high quality climbing harnesses and hardware as well as headlamps etc. The site also includes some information of using their products in the right way.
Simond. The Simond brothers, were smiths and manufactured tools for agriculture. With the discovery of Chamonix by the English, they produced their first ice axes. In 1 860, François Simond decided to dedicate his activity to the conception and realization of mountaineering equipment. Today, Simond is still a family business. The factory is always located in the Chamonix Valley, France.
Singing Rock. Back in old days the possibilities of finding decent climbing gear in Czechoslovakia were next to none. Some resourceful and inventive people started to produce copies of imported gear at home using the basic materials available. Two such people, Vlada and Pavel, came together in 1991, embarking together to produce harnesses and backpacks on a slightly different level. They wanted to do it properly. In 1992 Vlada travelled to the ISPO trade fair in Munich. Here he met up with a Belgium guy named Jan. Jan had already 7 years experience in the Outdoor market in sales and was interested in working together with Vlada and Pavel. So Singing Rock was born. Since December 2000 Singing Rock has had quality management system certified according to requirements of ISO 9001 by authorized certifiing body TÜV Munchen.
SMC. Seatle Manufacturing Corporation. For over thirty years SMC has engineered and manufactured reliable climbing and rescue equipment. Carabiners, axes, crampons, pulleys, descenders and more. SMC was founded in 1967 to bring aircraft industry standards of quality to the design and manufacture of mountain climbing equipment. Their motto is: Trusted, not trendy. Quality gear for life.
Sterling Rope. Sterling Rope is the leading manufacturer of life safety rope, cord, and hardware. Made right here in the USA, Sterling has worked very hard to develop the best product for use in climbing, rope rescue, arbor, guiding, industrial safety, work access and OEM markets. We strive to be the front runner in innovation within the field and work closely with companies, both large and small, to develop superior products for their needs. Product development is the core of our business. Our R&D, engineering and quality control are scrutinized at every juncture to make sure we comply with standards throughout the world, including NFPA, ISO and EN. We are also one of the few companies that still believe in personally hand-checking our product before it is bagged and shipped. Each rope, no matter the diameter or length, runs through the hands of a real person to ensure that it meets the high standards of Sterling Rope.
Stubai. Climbing equipment from Austrian Stubaital for 100 years. All products are manufactured in factories certified according to ISO 9001 and are tested according to the highest quality standards.
Trango. Climbing gear company named after famous Trango Tower in Karakoram, Pakistan.
Troll. Troll climbing equipment is designed and manufactured by climbers for climbers and includes climbing harnesses, karabiners, slings, accessories and clothing. Troll is situated in an old woollen mill in the small village of Uppermill, Saddleworth, Troll home since 1973.
Wild Country. English Wild Country manufactures and distributes specialist, technical rock climbing and mountaineering equipment including Friends, Rocks, Rope Management Tools and Harnesses.
Wild Things. Since 1981 Wild Things has been making lightweight climbing equipment and clothing for expedition, Alpine, Ice and Rock climbers. Their "Light is Right" philosophy is now the gospel for modern climbers. Manufacturing takes place in United States and is done in "alpine style"; keeping the quantities small allows continous improvements. Wild Things gear is targeted at those climbers, who believe that simpler is better and light is right.
AustriAlpin. 1996 - this was the year when some of the original producers of the Stubai Werkzeugindustrie decided to found their own company called AustriAlpin They wanted to realize their own ideas and offer higher quality products, excellent customer service and innovative articles according to UIAA and CE standards.
Rock Exotica. Makers of Silent Partner, Soloist and Solo Aid.
Yates. Last year saw an explosive growth here at Yates. Yates Gear was started by Jim and John Yates making climbing and big wall gear in back of there garage back in the early 80's. Yates Gear has sustained steady growth as our climbing line has continued to evolve. We only make climbing gear that really works, no fancy marketing and hype. Our most effective form of advertising over the years has been word of mouth and that is because Yates climbing equipment really works! We have always held by the premise that our gear must be strong, durable, comfortable and be as lightweight as possible. We have always listened to our climbing "bud's," friends and customers to develop products that fit the ever changing demands of climbing. We have gone the extra mile to manufacture out equipment from "state-of-the-art" materials to increase the function of our products. Some of our materials such as Poron foam and Cambrelle for harness lining are not cheap but they are the best! We would like to thank all the climbers who over the years have helped us develop the best products possible. Also many thanks to: Flyn Brian McCray, Jim Bridwell, Jay Smith, Miles Smart, Tim O'Neill, Russel Mitrovich, Travis Klawin, Dean Potter, Steph Davis, Calder Stratford, Hans Florine, Ammon McNeely and Ivo Ninov.
Blue Ice. Blue Ice is a maker of high-quality mountaineering equipment located in Chamonix, France. Creative energy, engineering know-how and a passion for climbing bring our team together, and whether the objective is rock and ice climbing, ski touring or mountaineering, we believe that the most direct and simplest solution to a problem is the most elegant one. Blue Ice, founded in Chamonix, 2008.
Alien Cams. Legenadary cams formerly manufactured by CCH.
E-climb. Legenadary cams formerly manufactured by CCH.
Edelweiss. Edelweiss has accompanied the alpinism and sport climbing pioneers by proposing climbing ropes adapted to their ambitions. For high level exploit or simply the pleasure of self-transcendence Edelweiss continues today to be present alongside athletes in sport climbing, alpinism and overall modern vertical activities; for this purpose Edelweiss has developed a wide product range from rope to climbing harness, carabiner, belay device, helmet, back pack and other climbing gears. With this long experience, punctuated by constant innovation and quality research, Edelweiss is a key player in the vertical world. Our goal remains to connect you to the earth, to the world, to the life.
Arc'teryx. Archaeopteryx Lithographica... A hundred and forty million years ago a creature struggled to escape the hostile horizontal world. It became lean and strong and developed into a magnificent climber. Then, driven by success and the gears of evolution, it developed the feather. Downclimbing had become a thing of the past.
Bailo. Bailo, a joint-stock company founded in the '20s as a trader of fabrics and yarns, began the production of technical apparel for the mountains and the great outdoors in 1954. The headquarters are immersed amidst the Trentino Region alpine scenery of Pieve Tesino just 50 km from the city of Trento in Northern Italy.
Big Pack GmbH. Clothing, Backpacks, Tents, Sleeping Bags from the near Stuttgart (Germany). Wide range for various needs. Big Pack's history leads back to 1967 when it was founded as Knut Jaeger sales organisation, which sold and marketed brands such as Rossignol, Ess, Koflach, Hifly and various clothing collections. The Big Pack outdoor collection was launched 1978-1980.
Deuter. Deuter Sport & Leder GmbH produces backpacks in Gertshofen, Germany since 1898. Company was founded by Hans Deuter. The first large order was from the Bavarian Post Office for all postal bags.
Eagle Creek. Eagle Creek Travel Gear has been around since 1975. Their goal is to create gear that filled the needs ordinary luggage simply didn't address, and to maintain their own highest standards of quality and durability.
Falke. The Falke Group is a privately owned fashion company since 1895. With subsidiaries in Europe and overseas, the company is operating in more then 30 countries. 3 000 employees generate an annual turnover of over 400 million DM.
Fjällräven. Swedish manufacturer of outdoor clothing and backpacks since 1969.
Danalco. Hanz Extremity Wear is a family-owned corporation manufacturing all of its products in California. Founded by Cole Williams in 1970, Hanz Extremity Wear has a long history of innovative product development and production techniques. Our company strives to achieve the highest standards in quality control, and maintains a strong dedication to its employees.
GoLite. That experiencing nature would be better with less. Less weight, less fuss, less waste....more fun. It's a philosophy that drives us to make simple, beautiful high performance gear that's light on the planet. Because, like you, we are athletes who thrive on the trail.
Gore-Tex. THE function material of outdoor equipment. The company W.L.Gore began in 1958, when Bill and Vieve Gore set out to explore opportunities for fluorocarbon polymers, especially polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Within the first decade alone, Gore wire and cables landed on the moon, operations began in Scotland and Germany, and a venture partnership took root in Japan.
Gregory. Wayne Gregory designed his first backpack as part of a Boy Scout merit badge project at age 15. In 1970, he began his first company, Sunbird, to produce advanced external frame backpacks. After a few years, he dissolved Sunbird and began designing for a number of the notable companies in the newly emerging outdoor specialty industry, including: Alpenlite, Gerry Outdoors, and Snow Lion. Intrigued with new directions in soft packs and internal frame concepts he decided it was time to get back to his first love, designing backpacks. In 1977, he founded Gregory Mountain Products in San Diego, California. From the earliest packs, Gregory has been noted for innovation, ergonomic design and an obsession with quality. Unlike many companies in the outdoor business today, Gregory is a manufacturing company. They build their packs in California.
Haglöfs. Haglöfs, Avesta, Sweden, produces a complete sortiment of tents, packs, clothing and sleeping bags.
Jack Wolfskin. Wide variety of products for different needs. German company since 1981.
Karrimor. Company famous for sponsored expeditions with a history of 50-years. Equipment for walking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and fell running.Wide variety of products for different needs. German company since 1981.
Kavu. Kavu was born in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Several years ago Barry Barr, founder and owner of Kavu, stood on the deck of a commercial fishing boat watching a burning sunrise. He came away from that profound experience in Bristol Bay with a concept for a clothing company: Klear Above Visibility Unlimited.Wide variety of products for different needs. German company since 1981.
Klättermusen. Quality shell-clothing and Backpacks from Sweden.
Lafuma. French Company producing goods under brands Lafuma, Millet, One Sport and Rivory Joanny.Wide variety of products for different needs. German company since 1981.
Lestra Sport. P Bi Sport Vertrieb (Stuttgart) produces P Bi Sport Packbags and Lestra Sport sleeping bags since 1971.
Lowe Alpine. Lowe Alpine was born 30 years ago (1967) in the Colorado work shed of climber Greg Lowe.
Marmot. Company claims to be an employee-owned premiere manufacturer of the highest performance outdoor clothing and equipment in the world. Besides clothing also produces tents and backpacks.
Mountain Hardwear. In 1993, a small group of people in Berkeley, California joined forces to become a company called Mountain Hardwear. Aims to produce innovative, technologically-advanced Mountaineering Test Team is headed by Ed Viesturs.
Nomad. Full range of products including also shoes and tents.
Osprey. Since Osprey was founded in 1974, every single product design bearing the Osprey name has passed through the hands of owner and founder Mike Pfotenhauer, undergoing relentless scrutiny. From stitching the first lines of custom-fitted packs, to meticulously designing innovative products with intuitive features, to forging personal relationships with the sewing operators who construct the packs, Mike has been the unbreakable thread that makes Osprey a company like no other.
Patagonia. They started the company in a tin shed in Ventura, making climbing gear for their friends, surfing in the winter and climbing in the summer. Today the company makes clothing for a variety of activities with a focus on function, durability and innovation.
Salewa. Company from Bolzano, Italy. Climbing and mountaineering equipment with more than 60 years of experience.
Schöffel. A German ( Munich ) family business with almost 200-year tradition (since 1804). Schöffel today has 165 employee and produces about 630,000 items of clothing a year. Schöffel is made up of three strong brands: Schöffel, Camel Trophy and Klepper. At Schöffel, the focus is always on the clothing.
Tatonka. Wide range of backpacks and other bags. Also tents and cooking equipment. Wide range of TEVA-sandals.
Tenson. Tenson is a brand with products that protect against rain, wind, snow and cold weather conditions. Part of the Swedish M/T Owner AB concern.
The North Face. The North Face® brand has grown from a single storefront to a respected global brand that generates over a billion dollars in annual sales in just over 40 years. Yet the fundamental mission remains unchanged: building the best gear for the outdoors, supporting the preservation of wild places, and inspiring a global movement of outdoor exploration.
Thorlo. For the past 17 years, THOR·LO, Inc. has improved the quality of their customers' lives by producing high quality socks.
Vango. Clothing, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags, Tents from a Scottish company. Founded some 30 years ago.
vauDe. German company, that offers extensive collection of products.
Cold Cold World. Backpacks made by Randy Rackliff. Very nice looking line of backpacks with realistically priced possibility to order custom made. Should be great for climbing, as Randy's personal experience actually out using the gear as intendeded is pretty much second to none (including stuff like 3rd ascent of of Moonflower and 1st ascent of Reality Bath come to mind...early solos of Slipstream..Tear Drop etc.). For us Euros the ordering though the company website means that the price gets bumbed up through shipping, customs and VAT though.
PODsacs. British company making great-looking climbing packs.
Cilo Gear. We are a lean manufacturer: we build packs when ordered. This doesn't mean custom, this means that we manufacture based on demand. "In Stock" means that we have all of the sub assemblies of the pack. Depending on how many packs we've got in the production queue, production time for an order can range from one day to three weeks. We charge credit cards when your order is placed.
Crux. British company making great-looking climbing packs.
Smart Wool. We're wool geeks, there's no way around it. For over 17 years we've been combining the latest in innovative design, technology and construction with the best wool nature has to offer, and it's this expertise and experience combined with our passion for mountain sports that makes our products so unique.
Ice Breaker. In 1995, Icebreaker created an entirely new clothing category: Merino Active Clothing.
Under Armour. Our mission is clear: Make all athletes better. If you're not 100% satisfied with your gear, return it for a full refund. Anytime. Any Reason. Guaranteed.
Mons Royale. Mons Royale is underwear and first layer- that is what we do! Our styles are designed for the rider’s lifestyle, perfect up the mountain or on the city streets. We use Merino wool because it is simply superior to anything else on the market. It is soft, warm, regulates your temperature, and doesn’t stink. We are based in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand a small resort town near the bottom of the world. It is here that we test our products and have gained a loyal following who are helping to take Mons Royale to the world!
Norrøna. Norrøna is for everyone who loves playful design and colors, as well as high quality and functionality. Our mission is to make great products our way for people with an active lifestyle. Norrøna was founded on April 29, 1929, and has since been owned and run by the same family.
Outdoor Research. A passion for human powered adventure inspired the birth of Outdoor Research, an outdoor gear company based in Seattle, Washington. And 27 years later, this passion remains as strong as ever. But our goals have expanded to embrace a greater mission: our customers' experiences of human powered adventure. Over the years, we've learned it's not simply about what we think. It's about listening to our customers and building their ideas into our products.
Outdoor Designs. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment.” At outdoordesigns we have been designing and making performance products since 1992 and we know a thing or two about technical accessories. We test our products to the extreme and back again!) ensuring that you have total peace of mind when it comes to choosing your gear and are 100% certain that it won’t let you down.
Devold. The finest quality wool has always been the principle material in our products, but during more than 150 years our customers' demand on comfort has changed. To fulfil these demands, we put a lot of work into developing our products. Today Devold is known for traditional wool apparels which are soft and light to wear, and adapted to modern requirements on comfort. Our products will keep you warm in all kinds of weather.
PHD. PHD (Peter Hutchinson Designs) was launched in August 1998. Short on history, but long on experience and enthusiasm. We share one simple aim in this small team, to make the best gear we know how. As the founder of Mountain Equipment and designer / manufacturer to a host of expeditions over the last 49 years, most of my efforts have gone into expedition software aimed at extreme high altitude and polar ventures. While continuing to develop such highly-defined products, I'm also turning some of the know-how acquired in specialised manufacture towards the gear we all use in the mountains: changing the focus without lowering the sights. The goal with each PHD item is to start from scratch and find new meaning in the word specialist. Specially made, yes, very much so: but intrinsically such a good piece of kit that often a wide range of people will want it and find a good use for it. For example the Ultra sleeping bag—the world's lightest bag—uses rare 900 fill down and the latest high-function fabrics in a deceptively simple-looking design: overall it's a very technical item, yet it's a bag that will appeal to anyone looking to travel really light.
Rab. When Rab Carrington started a small company in 1981 Sheffield he was relying on his extensive experience gained on bold, lightweight first ascents to design and manufacture down clothing and sleeping bags of the highest quality. This equipment had to meet the needs of a new breed of lightweight alpinist using techniques pioneered by Rab himself. This equipment had to be designed 'for the most extreme conditions in the world'. To this day that ethos lives on. The range of product offered may have expanded dramatically but the core values of quality and performance live on. The Rab® range now encompasses all layers from the skin out and makes best use of our close relationship with all our fabric and component suppliers to produce lighter, more breathable, durable and comfortable clothing allowing mountaineers to push their limits in the most hostile of environments.
66North. 66°NORTH Ltd. is one of Iceland’s oldest manufacturing companies. Established in 1926, it’s been a long-time leading innovator in the creation of specialised clothing for use in the toughest conditions on land and sea. Over the past ten years, 66°NORTH has grown extensively and is considered an expert in the production of outdoor clothing.
Wetscomb. Since we can remember we have been playing in the Canadian Rockies: skiing, snowboarding, climbing, paragliding, biking, hiking and just having a great time. After many years of working in the technical outdoor gear industry we determined to start a premium quality all-mountain apparel line based on no-compromise function in any condition, comfortable fit-on-body, and style for life on the go. Connecting our backcountry experiences, technical expertise, and creative inspiration we formed Westcomb in 2005. Your gear. Its not really about what we think, its about what works and performs to make you look and feel like you're at the summit's peak.
Montane. Montane® has become synonymous with lightweight and breathable clothing. The first to truly push the limits of single layer mountain clothing with the Extreme Smock and then, later realising the true value of windproof clothing, creating the first super packable, windproof and breathable windshirt; The Featherlite Smock. The Featherlite was probably the most functional and innovative piece of windproof garment design since Fridtjof Nansen whilst planning the first crossing of Greenland over 100 years ago realised that the windproof-ness of garments was the secret to moving quickly and comfortably in the mountains.
Trango World. To speak about the Trango Towers in the Karakorum Range is to refer to one of the most challenging mountain and climbing adventures imaginable. You are faced with vertical walls that stretch upwards for two kilometres at an altitude of nearly seven thousand meters. If you are willing to put yourself to de most difficult test, everything must be in the best conditions of preparedness technique, material, physical, fitness, logistics, etc. From a personal and material perspective, this is a world where the greatest requirement is perfection. For this reason, hen we first considered the idea of creating and supplying high-performance adventure and leisure clothing over two decades ago, the challenge that climbing the Towers of Trango inspires in lovers of mountains and nature was our source of inspiration. Our developments in the filed of technical garments are built on tree pillars, constant innovation in materials and forms, working as a team with our suppliers in ongoing research, and our close collaboration with sporting and adventure specialists on that incomparable testing ground – nature itself. This allows us to advance in the creation of high-performance products.
Direct Alpine. DIRECTALPINE is your direct route to the top, a direct route to the goal, to the given purpose, to perfection, without any deviations, sidesteps and compromises. Direct Alpine s.r.o. is currently a 100% Czech company with 100% Czech capital. More than 80% of models from the collection DIRECTALPINE are produced in Europe, especially in the Czech Republic. In the Production section you can find all the current information production of outdoor jackets, trousers, sweaters and pullovers of the brand DIRECTALPINE. In terms of technology and development we are still growing. Our Swiss, German and Austrian customers in particular are delighted with the success of products with their customers, and the quality and service which we provide for the clothing. We have also established ourselves on world markets which are a little exotic for us, Japan and Korea. In 2012 we won another tender, this time for the delivery of clothing for professional members of the Mountain Service in the Czech Republic.
Asolo. Since its inception in 1975, Asolo has gained an important worldwide leadership position in producing technical mountaineering shoes. The product range covers footwear from the most technical alpine demands to the more relaxed leisure activities line, permitting Asolo to be one of the few companies in the world to completely cover the outdoor area. Asolo’s footwear collections include products dedicated to technical alpinism, hiking and trekking. How many of you remember the SCOUT? We invented the first lightweight and comfortable trekking shoe. Materials: Nylon, leather and the revolutionary Asoflex system, a new way to “live” the mountain. This was in the 1970s. 1980s: AFS system is born. The first shoe created for professional alpinists with a single moulded structure injected with various thermo-plastic materials. Unchangeable, resilient, lightweight, and adaptable. Asolo wins the “Golden Compas” award from the Industrial design Association. 1990s: Research continues. In collaboration with a prestigious American institute, we created GLOBALINE, inspired from biomechanics; the most natural partnership between feet and shoes. 2000s: Technologies combined with design. Awarded by a prestigious American magazine “The Best Shoe Of The Year” in the Backpacking Category. New technologies developed: Duo Asoflex, Asosorb, Micro Pulley System. Asolo Spa has subsidiaries in USA, Germany, France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands and a worldwide network of Distributors.
Boreal. Climbing and mountaineering boot facturer from Alicante, Spain. Boreal started it's life in October of 1975 as Jesús García, together with some other people decides to create a company dedicated to the manufacturing of Aprés-Ski footwear.
Crispi. Philosophy of Italian (Maser) Crispi follows in producing mountaineering, hunting and freetime boots: "The thrill of feeling new emotions, of breathing in the majestic peace and quiet of woods and meadows, of being an integral part of nature."
Dachstein. Dachstein is a well known shoe maker with tens of years of experience. Dachstein is part of the same corporation as Kneissl. ISO 9001 standard. The company is named after an Austrian mountain range and glacier.
5.10. American sho manufacturer. Shoes feature Stealth rubber that is thought to be the stickiet in the market.
Forty Below. Forty Below (Graham, Washington, USA) manufactures overboots for extremely arctic climate.
Garmont. Italian Boots with innovative technology and materials.
Gronell. Founded over 50 years ago, in the heart of Lessinia, Gronell holds a very important position, in Italy and abroad, in the productions of technical mountain boots.
La Sportiva. In the 30ies and 40ies, Narciso Delladio hand-crafted wooden clogs and leather boots for lumber-jacks and farmers of the Fassa and Fiemme valleys (Italy), who trusted his skilled hands. Today the company has 52 employees. The turnover is 1996 was over Lit 18.000.000. Exports exceed 75% of sales.
Hanwag. German shoe manufaturer founded by Hans Wagner (see Lowa).
Kayland. Since its inception, Kayland has developed a reputation for outstanding fit and innovative materials and technologies for our line of high-performance mountaineering, backpacking and hiking footwear.
Koflach. Austrian manufacturer of plastic mountaineering boots. Koflach was founded by a dedicated group of climbers in the Styria region of Austria in 1898. Their mission? To hand-produce crampons, boots and climbing equipment as a labor of love. Koflach was the first company to introduce plastic double boots, and they sell more than anyone else.
Lowa. Johan Wagner and his three sons Lorenz, Hans and Adolf worked in Jetzendorf (Germany) in 1923 as shoe makers. After the World War brother's Wagner became rivals as Lorenz made shoes under brand Lowa, Hans founded Hanwag and Adolf Hochland. Lowa was bought in 1993 by Italian Tecnica-Group.
Meindl. Shoe and other leatherware maker from Euregio Salzburg-Berchtesgaden with more than 300 years of experience.
Merrell. Company which produces excellent sandals.
Montrail. Montrail is a Seattle-based manufacturer (since 1993) of innovative, light weight, performance outdoor footwear for outdoor enthusiasts. The company is cited in the June, 1996 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine as #69 in the list of the 100 fastest growing small businesses in America. August 1, 1997, the company name was changed to Montrail (previously One Sport). Links to reviews in several magazines as well as expert advice can be found on the site. Also includes boot selector, although not as detailed as Asolo's.
Salomon outdoors. French outdoors company producing wide variety of x-hiking and trekking shoes. Also mountaineering boots as well as backpacks.
Scarpa. For over thirty years Fabiano Shoe Co. and Scarpa of Italy have been providing the outdoor enthusiast with quality footwear. The Scarpa factory is based in Asolo, a small town in the Treviso region of northern Italy which is renowned for the manufacturing of performance footwear.
Trezeta. Trezeta S.r.l. was founded in 1960. At the beginning its production concerned mountain and outdoor boots. Around 1974 Trezeta put on the market a cross-country and ski boots collection, that was substituted in 1984 with the production of ice skate boots. Today Trezeta has about seventy employees and an annual production of 250.000 pairs of shoes about, mostly in Gore-Tex, on a surface of four thousand mq.
Vibram. After a fatal accident in the Italian Alps in 1935, Vitale Bramani created an all-purpose climbing sole: lightweight, long-wearing and flexible. He developed rubber compounds with excellent ttraction and high abrasion resistance. He designed a new lug sole and called it Vibram, after his own name. Vibram soles have gone on to become a legend throughout the world. Look for the distinctive Vibram octagon with the Vibram name inside.
Mammut. In the year 1862 Kaspar Tanner lay the first building blocks of the enterprise with the foundation of the craftmans ropery in Dintikon, near Lenzburg, Switzerland. Belongs to Arova-Mammut-Toko-Group. Today 60% of the sales are obtained from the home market and 40% from the export.
Millet. Large French manufacturer of climbing and oujtdoor gods. Part of Groupe Lafuma.
Zamberlan. Giuseppe Zamberlan, the grand father, started the "activity" right after the end of World War 1. From simple shoe repair he moved on to footwear production, driven both by necessity and by his big passion for his local mountain range, the Piccole Dolomiti. He understood the poor performance of the early existing soles – made of leather with iron studs - and he both shared and supported the revolutionary ideas of Vitale Bramani, founder of Vibram, who was studying and developing rubber soles at the time. Zamberlan is still managed and run by the family, ably assisted by a valuable team supported by skilled shoe technicians: this passion assures the handing on a tradition of quality, comfort and performance.