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OUR STORY

In April 1971, University of California Santa Cruz students Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley were in Alaska's Juneau Icefield on a school Glaciology project. It was there on a glacier that the idea of a Marmot Club began. The name 'Marmot' refers to a group of highly social, large ground squirrels that live in mountainous areas.

To become a Marmot, you had to climb a glaciated peak with another Marmot. Throughout that summer and over the next two years, Eric and Dave also began making prototypes of down products in their dorm room. 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.

In the winter of 1973, Eric did an ascent of the Grand Teton in Wyoming with Tom Boyce of Grand Junction, Colorado. The following spring, Eric and Dave joined Tom in Grand Junction where they rented a 100 year old stone building near downtown and opened a rental and retail shop under the name of Marmot Mountain Works. They taught cross-country skiing in the winter to get by. Thus, in the spring of 1974, Marmot the company was born.

That fall, Tom was climbing in Peru where he met famed adventure filmmaker Mike Hoover. A few weeks after his return, Tom received a call from Mike. He was calling on behalf of 20th Century Fox who were filming a movie called The Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood, and needed 108 very puffy jackets. "No problem", said Tom, "we were working on that when you called." Well, they weren't, but they then did. Within a week, the Marmots had designed the Golden Mantle (very puffy jacket). Marmot was now in the movies. It also had its biggest order to date.

In 1976, another meeting would change the future of Marmot when Eric met Joe Tanner of W.L. Gore & Associates. Eric was one of the first in the U.S. to see a new concept in outdoor performance fabrication called Gore-Tex. He was intrigued, and within a couple weeks had sewn prototype sleeping bags using the new Gore-Tex fabric for field testing. He and Dave proceeded to spend seven nights in a commercial frozen meat locker comparing bags with and without the Gore-Tex fabric as well as testing the bags under fire sprinklers. They liked what they saw and immediately changed everything in the line to Gore-Tex fabrications. Today, Marmot is the oldest customer of W.L. Gore in the world outdoor market.

Marmot has grown quite a bit since our humble beginnings in 1974, but one thing has never changed; our commitment to designing the highest quality performance product.

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Marmot Men's Scree Pants

Marmot Men's Scree Pants

The Men's Scree Pants are a lightweight, versatile pant that works well for everything from spring sking to autumn climbs.

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Marmot Men's Ether DriClime Jacket

Marmot Men's Ether DriClime Jacket

The Men's Ether DriClime Jacket is breathable, packable, resists water and wind, with an athletic fit.

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Marmot Men's Preon Hoody

Marmot Men's Preon Hoody

Throw on this Men's Preon Hoody to keep you warm on chilly days.

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Marmot Men's Harrier Long Sleeve Crew

Marmot Men's Harrier Long Sleeve Crew

The Men's Harrier Long Sleeve Crew is the perfect baselayer at an affordable price.

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Marmot Men's Camber Pant

Marmot Men's Camber Pant

The Men's Camber Pant keeps out the cold winter and keeps in the cozy warmth.

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Marmot Vertical Descent Mitts

Marmot Vertical Descent Mitts

The Vertical Descent Mitt is perfectly priced performance. The Vertical Descent Mitt is designed to corral heat and seal out weather.

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Marmot Women's Camille Tank

Marmot Women's Camille Tank

The Women's Camille Tank has a criss cross back and UPF protection making it perfect for active days.

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Marmot Women's Guides Down Hoody

Marmot Women's Guides Down Hoody

The Women's Guides Down Hoody is flattering, warm, and dry and should be in your closet for stormy days ahead.

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Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

When the skies open up with a downpour the Men's PreCip Jacket will keep you dry.

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Marmot Women's PreCip Full Zip Pants

Marmot Women's PreCip Full Zip Pants

The Women's PreCip Full Zip Pants have a full length zipper for easy on and easy off when the weather changes.

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Marmot Women's Montreal Coat

Marmot Women's Montreal Coat

The Women's Montreal Coat is an insulated coat to keep out the weather, keep you toasty warm, and looks good doing it.

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Marmot Kids' Trestles 30 Sleeping Bag

Marmot Kids' Trestles 30 Sleeping Bag

The Kids' Trestles 30 Sleeping Bag is an all purpose insulated sleeping bag sized for shorter people.

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Marmot Men's Exum Guide Gloves

Marmot Men's Exum Guide Gloves

The Exum Guide Gloves are techy yet tidy that have been real world tested in the alpines.

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Marmot Men's Drop Line Jacket

Marmot Men's Drop Line Jacket

The Men's Drop Line Jacket is a great option for traveling with a media port in the chest pocket, comfortable flat-locked seams, and fleece for cozy warmth.

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Marmot Men's Harrier 1/2 Zip

Marmot Men's Harrier 1/2 Zip

The Men's Harrier 1/2 Zip is an affordable, warm, and attractive baselayer.

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Marmot Men's PreCip Full Zip Pants

Marmot Men's PreCip Full Zip Pants

The Men's PreCip Full Zip Pants are easy on and easy off with the full length zipper.

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Marmot Women's Meghan Tight

Marmot Women's Meghan Tight

First thing's first: start your cold day out with a warm layer. The comfortable, close-to-skin Women's Meghan Tight wicks and quickly dries.

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Marmot Men's Ether DriClime Vest

Marmot Men's Ether DriClime Vest

The Ether DriClime Vest is a wind-resistant, water-repellent, and breathable exterior for days when you don't know what the weather will be.

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Marmot Men's Avant Featherless Jacket

Marmot Men's Avant Featherless Jacket

The Men's Avant Featherless Jacket is lightweight and will keep you warm on cold adventures without weighting you down.

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Marmot Women's Stretch Fleece 1/2 Zip

Marmot Women's Stretch Fleece 1/2 Zip

Just as the snow's layers indicate the conditions, so do yours. Make those layers count with the athletic-fitting Women's Stretch Fleece ½ Zip.

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Marmot Men's Drop Line 1/2 Zip

Marmot Men's Drop Line 1/2 Zip

The Men's Drop Line 1/2 Zip is a lightweight fleece pullover for layering.

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Marmot Men's Solus Featherless Jacket

Marmot Men's Solus Featherless Jacket

This Men's Solus Featherless Jacket is as warm as down but packs so small it fits in it's own pocket in your pack.

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Marmot Women's Tashi Hoody

Marmot Women's Tashi Hoody

The Women's Tashi Hoody is a soft, comfortable, midweight hoody to keep you warm.

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Marmot Women's Avant Featherless Hoody

Marmot Women's Avant Featherless Hoody

The Women's Avant Featherless Hoody will keep you warm but won't feel bulky.

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