Mountain Hardwear was founded in 1993 by a small band of outdoor industry iconoclasts. They saw the industry changing, compromising quality and dumbing down products to serve less technical users. Mountain Hardwear was founded to buck this trend in order to stay true to the needs of outdoor athletes.
For more than 30 years, The North Face has been the choice of the world's most accomplished climbers, mountaineers and explorers. Athletes whose lives depend on their gear turn to The North Face for stronger, lighter, and more efficient equipment. To engineer such equipment, The North Face's materials specialists and design engineers work with the world's most advanced materials innovators to develop the technologies needed to realize their designs. As long as athletes continue to strive for new challenges, The North Face will continue to engineer the clothing and equipment they need to get there. Never stop exploring.
Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Their values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist styel they promoted. Patagonia believes in building the best product and using the business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
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.