Manufaturer's Gone By


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Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
Jan 10, 2019 - 07:54am PT
Wired Bliss

I still use a Dana Designs pack that I bought in 1993.
Off White

Tenino, WA
Jan 10, 2019 - 11:14am PT
Chuck Roast - a friend had an early pile jacket from these folks

J-Rat - I won some J-Rat swag at a Beanfest bouldering contest

Schonhofen - Seattle pack shop that made my favorite alpine pack ever

F.R.O.G. - Ray Olsen's (RIP) old brand from San Diego

Eld Equipment - Olympia WA tent maker in the early goretex days, I had a great overlapping double dome tent that was super bombproof but the material delaminated.

Latok - Jeff Lowe's venture out on his own. I had a commercial account with them so I bought a bunch of their stuff and really liked it.

Scumbag Mountaineering - my own venture for about four years in the early 80's, making knock off pile and fleece clothing, selling mail order, locally, and out of my car on long trips to the Valley.

Gym climber
Great White North
Jan 10, 2019 - 01:20pm PT
Moonstone sleeping bag I bought 12 yrs ago


some eastside hovel
Jan 10, 2019 - 01:20pm PT
BruceHildenbrand-Funny, I actually do remember him. He was one of the four-horseman that arrived from corporate(Anthony Industries/K2). The first day he arrived we knew it was all over. We were part of a corporation now and the money people were arriving to assess. Nice enough guy but we knew the mom and pop days of the operation were over.

Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2019 - 01:23pm PT
Shout out for Wilderness Experience. I think they flamed out in '87.

Yup. My klettersack lasted for 20 odd years.

Buttermilk Mountain Works. Iíve got a chalk bag

Mine wore out about 10 years ago. Bought it the first time I visited the eastside.

J-Rat - I won some J-Rat swag at a Beanfest bouldering contest

Best harness I ever owned. Bright pink fleecy thing that moved with me like no harness since (actually a belt with leg loops ala Forrest). It replaced my Forrest belt and leg loops. Tarbuster may have sewn it given the timeline.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jan 10, 2019 - 04:11pm PT
I almost bought a Forest Lifetime ax BINTD. went with Chiounard.

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jan 10, 2019 - 07:05pm PT

I have known Tim since his days running Frank Shorter sportswear. He told me that his big plan for Dana Designs was to move production to Mexico(NAFTA days). That didn't seem like a good idea given how home grown the company was.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 10, 2019 - 07:14pm PT
Holubar equipment. I still have one of their expedition parkas that has
at least two pounds of quality down in it. I look like the michelin man when I put it on!

Jan 10, 2019 - 08:14pm PT
Wild Things

Trad climber
Jan 11, 2019 - 05:21am PT
Gerry (I had a Mountain II tent)

Sherpa snowshoes

some eastside hovel
Jan 11, 2019 - 05:46am PT
Bruce--Hahaha, small world. Yeah, I actually ended up working in Mexico for a while as a contractor for Dana/K2 after they had closed the Bozeman plant. If you see Tim tell him Kirk Sager says hey. He may not remember my name but just throw in 'climbing bum' and 'CAD Patternmaker'. He'll remember. :-D

Social climber
Mammoth Lakes, California
Jan 20, 2019 - 04:04pm PT
Thanks Lemurian for the Wild X shout out.

Batrock -Buttermilk Mountain Works made great stuff. I saw Alan (the owner) on New Years Eve and he said he will be posting some of his old catalogs here. Great stuff!

Brian in SLC - Good point on Banana Equipment. They were the very first company to make Gore-Tex apparel. - them and Early Winters. Super products! Banana Equipment and Wilderness Experience shared a sales force at one time.

SteveW - Holubar. My very first sleeping bag and mountain jacket. I think Alice Holubar deserves credit for creating the modern down sleeping bag.

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jan 20, 2019 - 05:03pm PT
I sold some Banana Equipment Goretex back when the seams were not factory-sealed & the Goretex delaminated fairly soon. Goretex kept improving their product & introduced factory sealed seam technology. To be a Gore-tex rainwear manufacturer, you had to sign on to sewing the product so the seams were factory sealable.

It was a breakthrough, but along the way, Gore always replaced any leaky products. That didn't keep a lot of folks who had problems with the first generation Goretex from being bitter as hell about their leak problems.

And, Banana Equipment couldn't make the cut, despite the best slogan out there.

Banana Equipment! Product with a peel.

Social climber
Mammoth Lakes, California
Jan 20, 2019 - 05:11pm PT
Gore was great about backing up their product.

Banana equipment sold the company when they were doing very well and like so many other outdoor companies, the new owners are the one responsible for their downfall. I am still in touch with the founder.

the east
Jan 20, 2019 - 05:51pm PT
the Pika range has really dwindled sadly. ive got a few toucans of seemingly random sizes left after leaving lots behind across asia. the torquing action always felt a bit more secure when rapping off them.

wild things seemed to go 2 different ways; in the US bought by Smith & Wesson, mostly making paramilitary type stuff, or the Japanese version which produces pretty much the opposite - hippy looking stuff for festivals.

Trad climber
Greenfield, MA
Jan 20, 2019 - 05:54pm PT
I wish I still had my Bananorak.
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