A proudly recognised brand name in the outdoor world of hiking and exploration, Mountain Equipment are technical manufacturers of outdoor clothing and equipment who use technologies like Gore-Tex and down insulation to produce high quality outdoor gear ready for hiking, exploration in foreign countries and camping expeditions.
Heading out onto the mountains isn't something that should be taken lightly. As well as having the necessary safety equipment it's essential that you've got the right clothing and sleeping bags ensuring that you're properly protected against the elements. Mountain Equipment clothing should always be considered for true outdoor professionals, offering a level of comfort and durability that's unsurpassed.
When was Mountain Equipment founded?
Way back in 1961.
Where was Mountain Equipment founded?
In the north of England.
How did Mountain Equipment get its name?
By making exactly what its name implied, especially designed equipment specifically for the very demanding conditions found in the mountains.
Where are Mountain Equipment based?
Mountain Equipment are still based in the north of England, within easy reach of the Peak District and the Lakes. Which is really useful for their chief designer who's a dedicated climber and loves putting his designs through their paces.
Where are Mountain Equipment products made?
Largely in eastern Europe, where a skilled workforce is employed in modern facilities with high employee welfare standards.
What types of products do Mountain Equipment make?
Mountain Equipment specialise in warmth for cold environments. Primarily clothing and sleeping bags. Some of which will give you a good night's sleep at at Polar minus 45 degrees centigrade. Indeed Mountain Equipment gear has been used on every major British mountaineering expedition for over 50 years.
Breakthrough Mountain Equipment products
A few of Mountain Equipment's notable innovations include the "Shark's Toe" – the shape of the foot box on their sleeping bags that maximises both warmth and comfortable sleeping position. Also the EXL where the sleeping bag hugs your body for increased thermal efficiency, adding the equivalent of an extra 2-3 degrees centigrade to the warmth of the bag.
Most popular Mountain Equipment ranges
Lightline, is the definitive down jacket, first created by Mountain Equipment in 1971 and unrelentingly popular ever since. Mountain Equipment leg-wear is some of the best for value of any brand, with the Ibex softshell mountain pants having a real cult following. Their sleeping bags are second to none with the Helium range being especially popular.
What ethical and environmental practices have Mountain Equipment adopted?
Mountain equipment have also led in the field in ethics too. Promoting ethically sourced materials such as Down Codex and materials made from recycled product. This has extended to a highly rigorous ethical policy towards anybody employed anywhere in their supply chain, anywhere in the world. With Mountain Equipment you can be sure the kit you buy has had minimal impact on the environment, a positive impact on the people who made it, and will make a significant impact on your ability to achieve in the outdoors.