The company was founded in Sheffield, South Yorkshire by mountaineer Rab Carrington (born 1947 in Glasgow, Scotland). After studying at the University of Glasgow he became a full time mountaineer and a climbing partner of the distinguished mountaineer Alan Rouse. He learnt how to make sleeping bags during an aborted expedition in Argentina in 1973 and started his own business in 1981, sewing the first sleeping bags himself in his attic.
Carrington sold the company in 2003 and production switched to China. The brand is now owned by Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Ltd which has its headquarters in Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire and products include insulated down jackets, waterproof jackets, overtrousers, gloves, T-shirts, baselayers and sleeping bags.
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