Brand Spotlight: Mountain Khakis

Mountain Khakis’ mission is simple, to-the-point, and most importantly, authentic: They want to be the best damn mountain-inspired lifestyle brand.

Period.

It’s not an uncrowded field these days, however, with companies popping up like mushrooms after a spring rain all offering a similar pitch–for the millenial #vanlifers, for the climbing bum, for the spirit of wanderlust that burns bright in today’s young and “gainfully unemployed.”

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Published:November 30, 2016 View Post

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Brand Spotlight: Oboz Footwear

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Industry Veterans Vow to Stay True to the Trail

It’s a simple concept, but a powerful one; Staying True to the Trail is the principle that has guided Oboz Footwear since their 2007 inception. Founded just outside of Bozeman, Montana—hence the name, Oboz—by John Connelly,  a 40-year veteran of the outdoor industry with a specialization in footwear (he’s worked for no less than 17 footwear brands)¹, Oboz has quickly become … Read more >>

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Published:November 10, 2015 View Post

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Brand Spotlight: Granite Gear

Inspired by the Boundary Waters to Create Better Packs

Canoe enthusiasts are a different breed of outdoor lover. They are at once gearheads and traditionalists, with a love of classic designs, gear that is durable yet efficient, and the joy of embarking into the wilderness on their own power. On a multi-day canoe trip in the Boundary Waters or Quetico Provincial Park, the St. Regis Canoe Area in the Adirondacks … Read more >>

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Published:August 6, 2015 View Post

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Brand Spotlight: Osprey Packs

Osprey Packs

 

From a Small, Custom Pack Maker to a Global Brand

Like many pack brands, Osprey was founded on the dream of creating the perfect pack. For Osprey founder Mike Pfotenhauer, this dream originated from memories of childhood backpacking trips in Oregon, wearing a pack that fit poorly and was uncomfortable. In a familiar story, similar to the early days of other pack brands, he set out to … Read more >>

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Published:July 8, 2015 View Post

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Brand Spotlight: Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

 

Homegrown pack design

Gear design is an empirical process and each new pack, sleeping bag or tent reflects the advancements, innovations and precedents present in gear that preceded it. Radical ideas are typically abandoned because they don’t fit the conventional wisdom surrounding a particular type of gear. Often, true gear innovations arise from homegrown efforts by people who gave a distinct vision for what they truly … Read more >>

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Published:April 15, 2015 View Post

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Brand Spotlight: Pivot Cycles

Pivot Cycles

A brand built from experience and hands-on knowledge

At just under a decade old, Pivot Cycles is a young brand in comparison to their competitors. However, their commitment to the latest, most innovative bike technology and the collective experience of their employees has elevated Pivot to the top tier of the high-performance mountain bike market. When Chris Cocalis founded Pivot in 2009, he brought with him the hands-on … Read more >>

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Brand Spotlight: DPS Skis

The World’s Most Advanced Skis — Made in America

 

A young company driving ski design across the industry

Compared to the classic ski brands, some of which were founded as early as the 1920s and 1930s, DPS is the bold, young, and ambitious face on the scene. Founded in 2005 by Stephan Drake and Pete Turner, DPS grew out of a desire to create the best skis possible for … Read more >>

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Brand Spotlight: Grivel

Grivel Climbing and Mountaineering Products

 

A core climbing brand for nearly 200 years

Many of the major brands who produce climbing gear boast rich histories and are rooted deeply in the mountains. Among these core brands however, none have produced performance climbing and mountaineering equipment longer than Grivel. The Grivel family originally produced agricultural tools and machinery at the foot of Mont Blanc in Courmayeur, Italy. However an … Read more >>

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Brand Spotlight: Dalbello Ski Boots

Dalbello: A new era of Italian ski boot design and innovation!

 

A rising ski brand with a boot building heritage

The Sochi Winter Olympics earlier this year announced the arrival of Dalbello as a serious contender in the ski boot world. While the family-owned brand is celebrating its 40 year anniversary in 2014, Dalbello is still relatively young and unknown compared to some of the older heavyweights of … Read more >>

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Published:December 11, 2014 View Post

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Brand Spotlight: La Sportiva

La Sportiva

 

Italian Craftsmanship, Born in the Mountains: The Early Years of La Sportiva

Like many companies who manufacture high-end mountaineering boots, climbing shoes or hiking boots, La Sportiva originated with a humble skilled craftsman in the mountains of Italy, who drew inspiration, purpose and knowledge from the people who lived and worked in the mountains. Beginning in the 1920s, Narciso Delladio worked in his workshop, crafting quality wooden … Read more >>

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