It all started in 1971 when the students Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley on a Uni excursion to Alaska's Juneau Icefield Glacier determined that there is no ideal clothing for excursions in extreme weather conditions. On top of the glacier they had the idea of the Marmot Club. The students started making down products in their small dorm room.
Their first products were a down vest, a sweater, a parka and three down sleeping bags. The foundation stone of the Marmot company was laid. Only 2 years later the two opened their first shop for down jackets and sleeping bags in Colorado: "Marmot Mountain Works". The small sales outlet quickly turned into an innovative company, which is still trusted by mountaineers in particular. As logo Marmot uses the silhouette of a mountain summit, which is crowned with a glacier - the natural, alpine habitat of the marmot.
An accidental encounter during a climbing holiday in Peru provided the newly founded company with the largest order to date. Producer Mike Hoover planned the film "The Eiger Sanction" with Clint Eastwood and needed 108 thick lined jackets. One week later the marmots presented the "Golden Mantle". A down-fed expedition parka, which led to the first great success of the young Brand.
1976 Eric Joe Tanner from the company W.L. Gore & Assoc. got to know and was one of the first in the USA to recognize the potential of GORE-TEX®. Fascinated by the concept of the new, powerful outdoor membrane, Eric sewed some sleeping bag prototypes out of the new fabric. These were then first subjected to a hardness test. The two founders spent seven nights in a cold store for meat products and compared sleeping bags with and without GORE-TEX®. The new products also had to prove themselves under sprinkler systems. The unusual practice test was convincing: The passionate mountaineers were thrilled right from the start and converted the entire collection to GORE-TEX® materials.
The driving philosophy of the company is based on three principles: people, product and planet. Marmot believes that developing better and better products of exceptional quality is the best way to reduce our impact on the environment as a whole. In the 2018 season, there are two technologies in particular that illustrate the aspect of sustainability. The EvoDry products, which are completely PVC free and the Eco Featherless, which is a technical down substitute.
The fabric made of recycled plastic is free of animal products on the one hand and easier to care for than natural down on the other. With these approaches Marmot shows that it is possible to harmonize highest functionality and ecological awareness. The extreme sportsmen and freeriders Gilles Sierro and Milles Smart, the climbers and mountaineers Abbey Smith and Brad Clement as well as the German mountaineer Stefan Glowacz are well-known outdoor athletes, which are equipped by Marmot.
In 1995 the Californian company developed the waterproof and water vapour impermeable material Marmot MemBrain. The special membrane ensures perfect breathability. The cooperation with professional mountain guides results in outdoor clothing that defies even the strongest weather conditions. A Rainjacket or a Hardshelljacket from Marmot is up to any challenge. This is also the demand that the manufacturer has on himself: Marmot develop products that are up to all challenges that nature presents us with.