Mammut – Introduction and Range Launch
It’s our pleasure to announce the arrival of legendary Swiss outdoor brand Mammut for Winter 2019 to Open Air!
With a heritage in the mountaineering and trekking industry spanning 150 years, it’s easy to see why Mammut is an industry leader with smart, innovative designs, a high attention to detail, and proven Swiss quality.
For this season, we’ve elected to take on a selection of men’s waterproofs, insulated apparel, and accessories this winter with a view to expand into the women’s range, sleeping bags, packs and footwear for 2020.
Seasoned walkers and adventurers will note some familiar names and technologies incorporated into Mammut products with synthetic insulation provided by former Norwegian textile company Ajungilak (sleeping bags) and footwear tech courtesy of Raichle, a former swiss footwear brand with 100 years of heritage that merged with Mammut 10 years ago.
We’ve been incredibly impressed with what we’ve seen of Mammut, not only for the quality of their equipment, but also for their environmental credentials as a company and their commitment to responsible manufacturing processes. This is rather topical as the company is a founding signatory on the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. This charter, aligned with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, contains the vision to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 affirming its leading role in responsible production strategies. It doesn’t end with production either. In Switzerland, eleven employees mend around 6,000 items each year preventing otherwise serviceable garments and pieces of equipment ending up as trash (or best, the recycling bin).
We’ve been fortunate enough to put a few key items to the test, Open-Air-style and they have really impressed us! Here are our favourite items.
Rime IN Flex Insulated Jacket
For UK conditions, we think this jacket is a winning combination. Constructed from soft-textured Pertex Quantum Air and Ajungilak OTI stretch textiles, the Rime IN Flex permits excellent freedom of moment (even when worn underneath a hardshell) and, of course, being filled with a synthetic insulation, it will retain warmth if it becomes wet.
We’re particularly keen on the smart matte finish and minimal panelling which, aside from providing enhanced wind and weather resistance, doesn’t quite scream “mountain” if you happen to be using it for the day-to-day. On the hill though, you’ll appreciate the high collar (for hiding in when the weather really turns) and heaps of pockets for storing snacks, mobile phones and camera batteries.
The Haldigrat hardshell is another key jacket we’ve taken on for Winter 2019 and is intended for winter hill walking, ski-touring and general mountain use. Made of Mammut’s proprietary waterproofing fabric, the Haldigrat provides a provides a comfortable, well-proportioned fit (with heaps of pockets) for long periods of time carrying a pack. We’ve been particularly impressed with how this jacket performs under pressure, offering excellent protection from the elements and moisture-management to rival the bigger name fabrics. Sizing is rather generous through the body but those that like to fill their pockets with gear and snacks will appreciate how little it impacts upon the fit of the jacket.
Tatramar SO Trousers
The influence of Mammut’s alpine heritage is no more apparent than in the full-featured Tatramar softshell trouser. Offering stretch, wind and water repellency, thigh ventilation, integrated gaiters and Cordura re-enforced crampon protection, these are a seriously comfortable pair of trousers for winter walkers. We’re particularly impressed with the execution of the velcro-adjustable waist band. Not only can one achieve a very comfortable fit but the streamlined form is unlikely to interfere with rucksack hip belts.