Marmot is an American brand of outdoor clothing and equipment which has a good reputation amongst enthusiasts of many mountain-based sports, particularly hiking. Formed in the early 1970's, it was one of the first companies to actively use Gore-Tex in it's products, and has tried to build it's reputation around being a modern, forward-thinking company that continues to research and develop new materials and ideas for use in the outdoor arena.
Marmot was formed in 1973 by two students who decided to manufacture their own outdoor equipment whilst studying at the University of California Santa Cruz. They had an early stroke of luck when one of the founders had a chance meeting with film-maker Mike Hoover whilst on a climbing trip to Peru. A few weeks later Hoover rang to say he was making a new film and needed over 100 puffer jackets, could they make them ? The film ? Mountain classic "The Eiger Sanction", with the legendary Clint Eastwood. Not a bad bit of publicity to start with.
They were also one of the first companies to work with Gore-Tex, buying the fabric in it's very early days of production from WL Gore & Associates to manufacture sleeping bags from it. Following the success of their work with the fabric, Marmot quickly changed all it's outdoor products to use Gore-Tex, and remains the longest-standing user of Gore-Tex in the outdoor equipment arena.
Marmot's clothing is good quality stuff. The company were one of the first to use Gore-Tex in some of it's products, albeit they were mainly manufacturing equipment like tents and sleeping bags. Indeed, such were the popularity of their sleeping bags, that if you were on a camping trip, or travelling on a gap-year, or just simply setting up a hammock or two, you could bet your bottom dollar that at least one of your party would by carrying some Marmot gear.
The company has a good reputation in the industry for looking at modern materials and advances in fabrics and is not afraid to test out new areas to give it an edge over the competition.
Marmot clothing is available at the following Ski and Snow-sports Shops: