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Ole Ferdinand Bergan was a creative inventor. He worked as a bicycle mechanic in his Norwegian hometown Tonsberg. Shortly after the turn of the century, 1906, he came up with the decisive idea that would change his life forever: Bergan, his hobby hunter and adventurer, developed a backpack with an outer carrying frame. At the beginning he still used wood as material. Only later did he use light metal to improve wearing comfort. Seven years he improved his products successively, from 1913 the Norwegian military used Bergans backpacks. However, Bergan did not want to leave backpacks. In total, the Scandinavian filed 45 patents.


At the beginning of the 20th century, advertising was still in its infancy and cannot of course be compared with today's conditions. If Bergan had already advertised extensively with his backpacks at that time, he could have presented the most famous face ever. Roald Amundsen, the first person to reach the geographical South Pole, relied on his countryman's products. Legendary is his story, popular is the race, which he fought in the fight for the discovery with his opponent Robert Falcon Scott. At the end Amundsen was 35 days ahead of his rival. There is hardly a better brand ambassador.

In the meantime, however, adventurers from abroad had also become aware of Bergans. The British Himalaya pioneer and Mount-Everest-Climber Charles Granville Bruce also went on his daring tours with Bergans backpacks. In the course of the years the manufacturer increased its popularity, made constantly more talk about itself - beyond the Norwegian borders. In 1986, Bergans had to make a blatant break in the company's history. When all the patterns were destroyed in a major fire at the production plant. By this time, founder Ole Ferdinand Bergan had already been dead for 33 years. In the meantime, the company no longer specialized only in backpacks, but in outdoor clothing in all its facets. The company had to buy its own patterns and disappeared from the market shortly afterwards.


  • Founding year: 1909
  • Company founder: Ole Ferdinand Bergan
  • Company headquarters: Hokksund, Norway
  • Number of employees: over 100
  • Annual turnover: approx. 60 million Euro
  • Website: bergans.de
  • Sports: Winter Sports, Outdoor


  • Environmental protection: Bergans uses nature-friendly materials in the manufacture of its products and is bluesign® certified.
  • Awards: At the ISPO, the most important and prestigious trade fair for sportswear, the jacket model Strada was awarded the gold medal in the category Winter Sports/Outer Layer Hybrid. The sustainable production, functionality and outstanding design convinced the jury in particular.
  • Pro Input: The Norwegians work together with a number of well-known winter sportsmen and professional adventurers. Among others, the Austrian ski freerider Lorraine Huber belongs to the "Team Bergans" and appreciates the high quality products.


It was only four years later that Bergans of Norway fully recovered from the severe setback, establishing one of the most modern and innovative production facilities for clothing worldwide. Bergans is proud of its incomparable history. Especially the boldest polar riders and adventurers, who carry out their expeditions mainly in Bergans products. Understandably, because the manufacturer from the far north uses its expertise to offer high-quality outdoor and winter sports clothing. Jackets for mountain tours , which naturally also cut a good figure on icy days on the ground.

Ski pants or the fashionable parka - with Bergans you are always perfectly dressed and perfectly tempered. The used water and wind repellent Pertex Microlight material is insulated with down and never lets you down - no matter the weather. Particularly valuable these days: Bergans focuses on sustainable production for a number of products in its range. This means that they are made from one yarn, 100 percent recycled polyester from Spin Dye. This process ensures lower water and chemical consumption during production. Safety is also very important to Norwegians. Therefore Bergans provides its winter sports products with the worldwide proven Recco reflectors.



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