Montrail

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Montrail Corporation
Industry Clothing
Founded 1982
Headquarters Richmond, California, U.S.
Products Athletic footwear
Parent Columbia Sportswear
Website www.montrail.com

Montrail Corporation is a subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear based in Richmond, California that manufactures and distributes shoes for trail running, hiking, and general long distance running.[1]

History[edit]

The company was founded as One Sport in 1982. In 1997 it was rebranded as Montrail; the Moraine is rated Best Hiking Boot in Backpacker Magazine.

In 1999 the company patented stretchable Gore-Tex in the Java GTX shoe. In 2002 it created the first "shoftshell" shoe made with Schoeller fabric. IN 2004 "Gryptonite" ultra-sticky rubber was introduced, and in 2005 PRFRM thermo-moldable foam was introduced in the Molokai and Molokini flip flops, Enduro-Soles, and rock climbing shoes; Gryptonite rubber was extended to trail running shoes; Hardrock was introduced. In 2006 Montrail was acquired by Columbia Sportswear.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2003 — Excelerace XCR won Editor’s Choice in Backpacker Magazine and the D7 earns Editor’s Choice in Climbing Magazine.
  • 2005 Hardrock won awards in Health Magazine and Outside Magazine
  • 2006 Continental Divide wins Best Trail Shoe Debut by Runner's World Magazine and Editor's Choice by TrailRunner Magazine.
  • 2007 — Namche was named Best Fastpacking Boot and the Java XCR is named Most Supportive Ultralight Boot by Backpacker Magazine.

Sponsorships[edit]

The company has sponsored ultrarunning athletes, rock climbers, and related events in the United States since 1996, and now supports 88 athletes.[citation needed] It also hosts and sponsors ultrarunning and trail running events in the United States. The Montrail Ultra Cup is a series of six ultrarunning events, culminating at the Western States Endurance Run, a 100 mile ultramarathon.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Vonhof (2006). "Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes". Wilderness Press. p. 187. ISBN 0899974171. 
  2. ^ "Columbia Buying Boot Maker". thestreet.com. January 26, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Montrail Ultra Cup". Western States Endurance Run. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 

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