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Our Story

From then to now.

1971

When Marmot first started, its aim was to produce the best outdoor clothing and equipment. In April 1971, University of California Santa Cruz students Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley were in Alaska on the Juneau Icefields on a school project in Glaciology. It was here on the glacier, amongst these students, that the idea of a Marmot club began. To become a Marmot, you had to climb a glaciated peak with another Marmot.

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That summer and through the semesters until 1973, Eric and Dave made prototypes of down products in their dorm room in Santa Cruz. Their first products were a down vest, a sweater and a parka and, later, three down sleeping bags. The warmest bag, the PIKA (now known as the Cwm) was rated at -45 degrees F.

1973

Eric did a winter ascent of the Grand Teton in Wyoming with Tom Boyce of Grand Junction, Colorado in 1973. Eric and Dave joined Tom in Colorado that next Spring. There, the threesome rented a 100 year old stone building near downtown, and opened a rental and retail shop under the name of Marmot Mountain Works. Thus, in the spring of 1974, Marmot the company was born.

1974

That fall, Tom was climbing in Peru. There he met famed adventure filmmaker Mike Hoover. A few weeks after his return, Tom received a call from Mike. Mike explained he was calling on behalf of 20th Century Fox, was filming something called The Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood, and needed 108 very puffy jackets. Within only a week, the Marmots had designed the Golden Mantle, a very puffy jacket. Marmot was now in the movies. It also had its biggest order to date.

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1976

Eric met Joe Tanner of W.L. Gore & Assoc., Inc. in Elkton, Maryland in 1976. Eric was one of the first in the US to see a new concept in outdoor performance fabrication: GORE-TEX®. He was intrigued and, within a couple weeks, had sewn prototype sleeping bags in the new fabric for field testing. He and Dave proceeded to spend the next seven nights in a commercial frozen meat locker comparing bags with and without the GORE-TEX® fabric. Then they tested the bags sleeping under fire sprinklers. They liked what they saw.

The Marmot team immediately changed everything in the line to GORE-TEX® fabrications, including the down garments and all the sleeping bags. Marmot designed the first GORE-TEX® bivy sack. Marmot designed a GORE-TEX®, single fabric layer, mountaineering tent: the Taku. Marmot is the oldest customer of GORE in the world outdoor market.

1986

In 1986, Marmot yet again set a new benchmark in extreme technical clothing with its Alpinist expedition jacket and, by doing so, simultaneously created a real classic that has continued to be extremely popular even today. In addition Marmot has always ceaselessly developed its own fabrics and materials, such as for example, its extremely high-performance, waterproof and breathable MemBrain® in 1995.

2002

Marmot is now headquartered in Rohnert Park, California. It now has further offices in Colorado, Canada and Hong Kong. Since the mid-1990ies, the European business became more and more important. In 2002, Marmot Mountain Europe GmbH was founded, which had its headquarter in Schnaittach/Germany from 2004-2014. In 2014, Marmot Mountain Europe moved to its new headquarters in Schwaig. In 2010, the UK branch Marmot UK opened its doors.

Today

Marmot grew from 7 dealers in 1974 to 11 in 1977. Specialized, knowledgeable, trained retailers were always part of the original equation. Marmot has grown since 1977. It has 650 authorized Marmot dealers in the US and more than 800 dealers in Europe. Marmot distributes its products among 44 countries worldwide.

Future

However, the company has not changed that much in thirty six years. It is still all about the highest quality performance product. We are now, more than ever, seeking inspiration from professional mountain guides and athletes like Stefan Glowacz to develop products that are capable of withstanding all of the challenges that nature presents to us.

Our Responsibilities

Marmot is committed to a sensitive and sustainable approach towards all its stakeholders, employees, consumers, partners and public alike.

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People

To create fair human working conditions, to support social initiatives and to foster a multi-cultural company philosophy.

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Product

To produce the best outdoor equipment which meets the expectations of mountain professionals and enthusiasts.

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Planet

To produce environmental friendly products and foster a global ecological awareness.


Social Sustainability

Marmot’s social engagement complements its ecologic engagement. Fair trade, compliance and the support of regional projects are part of the company concept. Marmot has confirmed its commitment to the principles of Integrity, respect for the individual, sustainability, performance excellence and accountability. Marmot holds all of its vendors and partners to the same high standards. The Vendor Compliance Policy (marmot.com/vendor_compliance_policy) obliges all of Marmot’s partners to respect internationally accepted standards of conduct. Among those are the payment of at least the minimum wage required by law, the limitation of overtime, the freedom of association, the prohibition of child labour and forced labour, the application of the non-discrimination principle as well as the promotion of health and safety at work.

Ecological sustainability

Our environmental protection policy is based on a measured and consistent approach to achieving greater sustainability. Our collections include more and more products that are made from recycled polyester, organic cotton and other environmentally friendly materials. Our choice concerning the use of such materials is based on the following premise: If we can achieve the same level or a better level of product performance using sustainable fabrics, we will use them. 

Marmot holds a core belief that building a quality product is the best way to reduce our overall impact on the environment. We build our products to last a lifetime, thereby keeping them from heading to landfill before their time. To compliment this philosophy of long lasting quality products we have also adopted a variety of sustaninability initives focused on reducing our manufacturing impact on our environment.

Initiatives

Today, Marmot would like to announce that ALL production as of Fall 2015 is PFOA Free. As result from phase 1 of our DWR Initiative, we have switched from a C8 fluorocarbon-based treatment to a shorter-chain C6 treatment, also fluorocarbon-based, but with by-products that break down faster in the environment and with less potential toxicity over time to humans, wildlife and fish.

Marmot is now into Phase 2 of the elimination of all PFC from our supply chain. Currently for Fall 2017, we have been able to convert or eliminate PFC from 68% of all of our products with no impact to performance or durablity.

Since Fall 2016, 100% of our Down Defender supply is PFC free. Marmot’s goal is to be completly PFC free on all product by 2019.

Marmot has adopted its Responsible Down Standard (RDS) - a third party certification standard that can be applied to any waterfowl-based supply chain to help ensure humane treatment of animals from gosling to end product. The goal of the RDS is to enable traceability and change the down industry as a whole, not just one brand’s supply chain. Marmot has committed to introducing certified down into their products beginning as soon as Fall 2015.

ALL down used for Sleeping Bags and Apparel for Fall 2017 is certified to meet RDS (Responsible Down Standard) to help ensure humane treatment of animals from Gosling to end product. 

Marmot is bluesign® system partner. bluesign® system partners are committed to applying the bluesign® system which unites the entire textile supply chain to jointly reduce its impact on people and the environment. The Input Stream Management ensures that approved chemical products and raw materials are used in all steps of the manufacturing process. Substances posing risks to people and the environment are hence eliminated from the very beginning. On-site inspections verify the proper application of such chemical products and raw materials in controlled processes and ensure the responsible use of resources.

For more information visit www.bluesign.com.

All Marmot products that contain recycled polyester are labelled UpCycle®, UpCycle®, because these products have been produced by turning a comparatively low-quality raw material, such as a plastic bottle, into a high-performance item of clothing – i.e. a fleece. Our use of Cocona® – which is a residue created during water filter manufacture that is chemically combined into polyester yarn and controls odour, regulates moisture, dries extremely quickly and provides UV protection – is another one of our efforts to use sustainable and ecologically sound materials wherever possible. Furthermore, Marmot uses environmental friendly materials throughout its in-house processes, such as environmental friendly printing paper.

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