Mountain Hardwear: Tough As NailsPosted by Gareth Lintt | 04.12.2016
Gone are the days of the elements and perspiration soaking through your base layers. No longer must you sacrifice protection for lighter weight. Finally, we have been ushered into an era of ultra-elite performance gear that boldly challenges the standards set by former technology. As one would assume, we have some MVP’s in the outdoor industry, and the company on our lips recently is Mountain Hardwear. The name says it all.
From top notch performance parkas to a versatile tent that is perfect for car camping, Mountain Hardwear continues to impress with the durability and value you would expect from an expert in the industry.
This week at Adventure 16’s employee training, we had the pleasure of meeting the company’s Merchandising Rep, Dany Huberman. Some of the highlights from this training included getting the low DOWN on the Ghost Whisperer jacket, learning about some of the qualities that differentiates the Plasmic Ion jacket from the competition, and what we can expect this April in the world of sleeping bags.
The Ghost Whisperer has won multiple awards such as the National Geographic’s Gear of the Year Award in 2012 and Gear Junkie’s Top Gear Picks Award in 2013. What really makes this jacket unique is the Nylon Ripstop material. The material is sourced and manufactured in one location globally and Mountain Hardwear has exclusive rights to this one of a kind fabric.
While there are many comparable products in the market, Mountain Hardwear has the exclusive rights to all of the material utilized in the outer fabric of the Ghost Whisperer. That attribute combined with the utilization of its DOWN 800-fill insulation makes it lighter, more compactable, and warmer than any 600-fill substitutes. At a cool $320, available in many colors and sizes, this is a must have for roaming the streets to shredding on the slopes.
Speaking of the essentials, anyone who has ever been caught on the side of a mountain in the pouring rain can attest to the necessity of a rain shell. Not all rain shells are created equally though. The Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Ion is an essential piece of equipment for any outdoor enthusiast. It’s 100% Nylon with Dry.Q EVAP technology that reduces condensation on the inside of the jacket and promotes wicking on the outside.
Finally, we would like to introduce a product hitting our shelves soon, the Lamina Z. This product is an upgrade of the original Lamina and will be available online and in most stores by the end of April. Adventure 16 takes great pride in being Mountain Hardwear’s first retailer in 1993, and our commitment to servicing our community is ever present in the brands we carry today.
Looking forward, we can expect to see great things from Mountain Hardwear as their relationship with Colombia blossoms into a more autonomous subdivision of the mother company. One thing that Dany Huberman made clear is that Mountain Hardwear is committed more than ever to their mission of producing quality gear for outdoor enthusiasts so they are empowered to live boldly. Climb on, Mountain Hardwear!
About the Author:
Gareth Lintt is an Adventure 16 Social Media Intern finishing up his senior year at San Diego State University with a Major in Business Management and a Minor in Economics. He enjoys backpacking the Sierras, sipping bourbon, and reading post-apocalyptic novels.