Wildness inspires us

Seit 1974 überzeugt Marmot mit hochwertiger und funktioneller Bekleidung und Ausrüstung für Bergsportler, Outdoor-Enthusiasten und Extremalpinisten. Entstanden aus einem kleinen, umtriebigen Kletterclub US-amerikanischer Studenten, lebt Marmot seit seiner Gründung die Leidenschaft für den Outdoor-Sport und setzte sich von Beginn an das Ziel, die beste Outdoor-Bekleidung und -Ausrüstung der Welt herzustellen.

The climbers, skiers, and backcountry
wanderers at Marmot surprise people.

We’re 15 miles from the sea and we make gear for the mountains. We sew insulation in boxes when everybody else sews it in tubes. And while some now have a store in every mall, we’ve never gotten too big. We’ve always been a little bit of a misfit.

It All Started
on an Alaskan Glacier in 1971

Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley found a way to avoid classes at U.C. Santa Cruz for a couple of months. When they got home, they founded the Marmot Club, a social club that combined mountain climbing with an oddball spirit of community and inclusion. To be a member, you had to bag a peak with another Marmot. Once in, you were president. (The first rule of the Marmot Club was everyone is president.)

Eric and Dave began making their own parkas and sleeping bags in their dorm room and soon launched Marmot Mountain Works. They were scrappy. They moved the company to Durango and into an empty dry goods store. They got Clint Eastwood to wear one of their jackets in an action film. They opened stores, added more products into the mix, and then moved the whole thing back to California.

How it went down

1971

The Beginning: University of California Santa Cruz studetns, Dave Huntley and Eric Reynolds, meet in Alaska and form the Marmot Moutnain Club, named after the social ground squirrels.

1971-1973

Prototypes: Dave and Eric join forces with Tom Boyd and begin prototyping their first products. Among them are down vests, sweaters, parkas and down sleeping bags.

1973

In the winter of 1973, Eric did an ascent of the Grand Teton in Wyoming with Tom Boyce of Grand Junction, Colorado. The following spring, Eric and Dave joined Tom in Grand Junction where they rented a 100 year old stone building near downtown and opened a rental and retail shop under the name of Marmot Mountain Works. They taught cross-country skiing in the winter to get by. Thus, in the spring of 1974, Marmot the company was born.

1974

That fall, Tom was climbing in Peru where he met famed adventure filmmaker Mike Hoover. A few weeks after his return, Tom received a call from Mike. He was calling on behalf of 20th Century Fox who were filming a movie called The Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood, and needed 108 very puffy jackets. "No problem", said Tom, "we were working on that when you called." Well, they weren't, but they then did. Within a week, the Marmots had designed the Golden Mantle (very puffy jacket). Marmot was now in the movies. It also had its biggest order to date.

1976

GORE-TEX Revolution: We become the first outdoor apparel company to use GORE-TEX in our gear. Our founders sleep in a commercial meat locker to ensure it met their standards.

1979

Feature Flurry: Ahead of our time, Marmot introduces a series of features to our outdoor clothing like zippered underarms, elasticized storm skirts, and VELCRO sleeve cinching.

1982

Women's Gear: Marmot pioneers the industrys first women-specific styles, while being a leader in supporting feamale athletes, organizations and causes worldwide.

1983

Lighter is Better: By combining innovative designs with new fabrics, we reduce the weight of every single product in our line and coin the term "lighpacking".

1987

8.000 Meter Suit: Since tested on top of every major mountain in the worls, the 8.000 Meter Suit ist created for extended stints in really cold environments.

1992

Pete Takeda: Our longest-standing athlete joins the team. Since then, Pete tested our outdoor gear at the highest and coldest places on the planet.

1996

Marmot MemBrain: Marmot launches this proprietary line of rain gear with the Denali Jacket, which scores another BACKPACKER Magazine win.

1999

The PreCip Jacket: Using MemBrain waterproof technology, the PreCip Jacket launches. Two decades later, it's won more awards that any product in our history.

2005

The Atom: Featuring an ultralight design, the first of Marmot's famous GAS Bag sleeping bags is released. The Hydrogen and Helium would follow.

2009

The EcoPro Sleeping Bag: Marmot makes one of the earliest sustainably engineered pieces of camping gear using recycled insulation and a PET Polyester shell.

2017

A Better Way to Warm: We partner with 3M to launch Featherless insulation, a culmination of 2 years of scientific testing to replace natural down.

2018

The Evolution of Dry: Marmot releases the EVODry COllection, a leading waterproof technologgy with a eco-friendly production and upcycled fibers.

2019

Innovation in Insulation: WarmCube launches as the warmest insulation technology ever made, plus gets the West Rib Parka the ISPO Gold Award.

2019

Now Available in Green: We give PreCip rain shell a BACKPACKER Gear Hall of Fame Award winner, a sustainably upgrad with PreCip ECO.

2020

WarmCube Expansion: Our new Gallatin 20 Sleeping Bag earns the ISPO GOLD Award, plus we supercharge our 8.000M Suit with WarmCube technology.

Today

Designing, testing, and sewing the apparel, tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks that get us all outside. We're all trying to live up to the free-wheeling, go-your-own-way, who-cares-what-people-think attitude of the early days. We go outside because it’s the best playground we can imagine. It’s a place to be creative, express yourself, and escape from the sameness of everyday life. We do what we do because we think this desire to get out and be wild is in everybody.