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Marmot: Gear with a Conscience

1/2/18 by Emma Walker

Marmot has been designing top-of-the-line mountaineering equipment since 1974, when it opened in a century-old building in Grand Junction, Colorado. The company’s driving philosophy is based on three principles: People, Product, and Planet. Marmot believes that designing progressively better products of exceptional quality and durability is the best way to reduce our overall impact on the environment. This sustainable mindset has been—and will always be—the driving force behind our product strategy. To further this belief, Marmot’s product development teams are championing innovative solutions to produce raw materials and products as cleanly, efficiently, and effectively as possible.

Here’s a list of some of Marmot’s best gear and the initiatives behind each.

Featherless Hoody

Featherless Hoody Marmot

Marmot’s Featherless Hoody is as light and as warm as a 700-fill down jacket, but minus the environmental impact of down. (Though when Marmot does use down in its jackets, it’s from suppliers who comply with the company’s animal rights policies, such as not live plucking geese and ducks.)

Marmot’s Featherless technology is made of hydrophobic yarns that repel moisture and retain loft even when wet. Engineered with 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation, the synthetic loose-fill insulation was developed over a span of two years to create the most innovative product on the market. 3M™ has lead synthetic insulation since the 1970’s, with the launch of their Thinsulate products.

Cordero SS

Cordero short-sleeved shirt Marmot

Whether you’re pushing your limits on the trail or grabbing post-climb beers in town, the men’s Cordero short-sleeved shirt is comfy and breathable—and it looks great. It’s labeled UpCycle because it contains recycled polyester, a process that turns relatively low-quality materials (plastic bottles, for example) into higher-performance items, like fleece or this versatile button-up shirt. A mix of UpCycle and organic cotton, the Cordero boasts UPF 20 sun protection, and the soft material wicks moisture and dries quickly to keep you performing optimally.

Ultra Kompressor Day Pack

Ultra Kompressor Marmot

Tipping the scales at just 530 grams (a little over a pound), the 22-liter Ultra Kompressor is the perfect day pack for adventurers who want features and durability but who don’t want to lug around a bulky bag. Thanks to Marmot’s partnership with bluesign®—a system that works with suppliers and manufacturers in the textile supply chain to reduce environmental impact through better chemical management —the Ultra Kompressor is produced with an eye toward sustainability. It’s made using only approved bluesign-approved fabrics, ensuring that resources are used responsibly. Best of all, despite its barely-there weight, the Ultra Kompressor has all the features you need in a pack (like a zippered lid compartment and sternum strap), plus a removable webbing waist belt and hydration port.

Tungsten 2P Tent

Tungsten 2P tent Marmot

Lots of products say it, but the just under 5.5-pound Tungsten 2P tent truly walks the walk: it’s everything you need, and nothing you don’t. With dual doors for convenient entry and exit, ample vestibule storage space, and a footprint included, the Tungsten is perfect for backpackers who don’t want to sacrifice all their comfort in the name of packing light. Best of all, you can rest easy knowing that the tent was manufactured according to Marmot’s Vendor Compliance Policy, a social sustainability initiative that requires partners to pay at least minimum wage, limit overtime, prohibit child and forced labor, and apply non-discrimination policies.

Ellingwood LS

Ellingwood long sleeve Marmot

Does any other item sum up the mountain lifestyle more succinctly than a plaid flannel? Meet the Ellingwood long sleeve. This plaid flannel shirt has the look (right down to the chest pocket’s suede piecing), but is accompanied by a blend of UpCycle fabric and organic cotton. The shirt features UPF 30 sun protection, and the soft fabric feels as comfortable as it looks. The Ellingwood will definitely become your favorite flannel, whether you’re sitting by the campfire or on the couch.

Women’s Post Time Tee

Post Time Tee Marmot

The flattering women’s Post Time Tee is semi-fitted for maximum comfort and style, and it’s 100% synthetic AirExchange Performance Fabric, so it wicks moisture and dries quickly. As part of Marmot’s EnviroFree initiative to reduce chemical applications during manufacturing, the cute screen print logo on the front of the Post Time is printed using PVC and Phthalate-free inks. (It’s also reflective.) This also ensures that only the highest-quality raw materials are used for the Post Time. The drop-tail hem and UPF 25 sun protection mean more coverage, allowing you to comfortably perform at your best.

Click here to learn more about Marmot’s People, Product, and Planet philosophy.

Originally written by RootsRated for Marmot.