Design and tech

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

As from day one, Roland still heads our design department. He has since been joined by designers from around the world with various backgrounds and skills, but who share a common love of outdoor adventure.

The design team work hard to create innovative, effective and relevant products for all manner of outdoor activities. We draw on our individual and shared knowledge and experience from more than a cumulative century of climbing, skiing, walking, and more, to know what athletes need and want, what will and won’t work in the field.

We work with a wide mix of techniques and technology, from pencil sketches, computer modelling, rapid prototyping, test rigs and getting out in the field. We work very closely with manufacturers and mills to create the fabrics and materials we need to make some of the best gear in the world. A product could go through many cycles of revision, scrutinising individual details, scrutinising it as a whole, and as a product range, until we’re content to unleash it on the world.

It is surprising for some people how much time and attention goes into every detail of each product. We’ve done our job well when you use our gear and it works well without a second thought. Sure, it feels nice for us to think that you’d stare and sigh at the elegance and function of our latest designs, but in reality our best work is the stuff you don’t even have to think about. It’s there and it works seamlessly for you, repeatedly.