History

Progressing Potential

Moments of challenge define us as human beings. During those moments, our character, resolve and our values are tested in ways that enable us to grow, realize our potential and push ourselves a little further.

Mountain Hardwear was founded by a group of passionate people who believed anything is possible, and that anything worth pursuing in life required challenge.

They were in an industry of sameness with a herd mentality. It was time to challenge the way things were being done, time to shake it up and challenge the status quo.

Since the beginning, our brand has been focused on the literal mountain. Climbing to the highest peaks in the world, standing on their summits and celebrating the moment. We have always looked for the next big challenge, the next big climb, the steepest descent, the longest wild run to feed our insatiable appetite to test our resolve, and push beyond our perceived limits and learn a little more about ourselves.

As we learned more about ourselves, grew, and expanded as human beings, and within our culture, we realized standing on the peak didn’t define who we were and our potential; it was the moments of challenge, along the journey that defined us. We celebrate those individuals and are inspired by big dreamers that believe anything is possible.

We build the world’s most innovative, carefully crafted products to enable those people who seek out challenge as a way to progress their own potential in life.

Timeline

2013

Introduced the industry's first active cooling technology, Cool.Q™ ZERO.

Introduced Q.Shield™ DOWN, our water–repellent down insulation.

Introduced Thermal.Q™ Elite, ounce for ounce, the warmest synthetic insulation ever made.

2012

Introduced the Ueli Steck Project collection, a complete climbing apparel and equipment system at under 12.5 pounds.

Introduced award–winning Hoopla tent design.

Introduced award–winning, super lightweight Ghost Whisperer fabric.

2011

Introduced Dry.Q™ Elite, the first instant–on waterproof⁄breathable technology.

Introduced Airshield™ Elite, a windproof technology featuring air–permeability that starts breathing as soon as you put it on.

2010

Introduced Coolwave Suspension System to athletic packs

2009

Developed Hardwave Framesheet for backpacks, providing a superb carry while maintaining flexibility

Introduced MicroClimate Zoning™ in aerobic apparel

Pioneered industry-leading 100 Wash DWR finish on Expedition Down sleeping bags. Five times more durable than conventional DWRs.

Developed Advanced Fit-Lock™ hipbelt to maximize load transfer and comfort on long haul backpack trips

2008

Launched the Red Savina Heated Glove - the next generation of heated glove technology with Aevex® Intelligent Heat™

Developed Terra Shell fabric - 3 Layer Conduit™ with an industry-leading 40,000 MVTR breathability rating and a 20,000mm waterproof rating

Introduced MicroClimate Zoning™ within Baselayer product line

Developed ultralight Hollowcore 25D nylon rainfly

Introduced the weight-saving, variable diameter Atlas UL tent pole

Developed superlight grommet tab system for Tents

Evolved the FitLock harness into a unique full-torso weight distribution system

2007

Thermic Micro™ Insulation

Partnered with Gore to develop the world's first women's-specific WINDSTOPPER® fabrics

Pioneered Pro Shell with Micro-Grid Backer and the use of 8 mm seam tape

Revolutionized waterproof/breathable with Incite™ fabric and the Quark and Stimulus Jackets

Introduced fully-welded, waterproof glove

2006

Exodus™ Backpack System

Torch Jacket with z-Weld seam wins

MicroClimate Zoning

2005

First fully welded soft shell garment featuring our z-Weld seam

Atlas Poles

Welded down garments

2004

Hybrid construction soft shell

2003

Crossflow tent construction (patent)

First waterproof sleeping bags

Superlight equipment and apparel

Exterior taping on soft shells

2002

Pioneered "Weatherprotective" soft shell garments with Windstopper®

2001

PowerClip for tents

Partnered with Gore® to develop Windstopper® next-to-skin garment fabric

2000

Pioneered Gore-Tex® XCR®

1999

Conical Waists (patent) on pants and rotated seams on shirts for backpacking

Conduit SL introduced in sleeping bags and down outerwear

1998

Simplex zipper closure

Welded technology first used in apparel

1997

Invented the Tension Shelf and Tension Arch (patent) for tents

Conduit 3-Layer Waterproof Breathable Membrane created

1996

Weather protection tent innovations

Pioneered Windstopper® Fleece

1995

First window use in tent flys

Upgrade zipper system for sleeping bags (patent)

1994

The first Mountain Hardwear products are introduced to the industry

Ergonomic Hood with single hand draw cord

1993

Mountain Hardwear founded