Wild Things
1981 EAST COAST ROOTS The Wild Things adventure began in 1981, when our two founders Marie Meunier and John Bouchard, accomplished mountaineers, created their own range of lightweight, high-quality equipment, dissatisfied with the products available. Marie and John chose New Hampshire to settle down. The rugged natural environment, big snowstorms, and Mount Washington provided the ideal testing ground for new products, and there was no shortage of skilled climbers to test them. It is in this environment that Wild Things pioneered several new products, including the One-Piece Suit and the High Altitude Carry Bag. In 1983, Wild Things coined the now oft-used phrase, "Light is right", which was introduced in the 1983 catalog. MOUNTAIN SUCCESS Wild Things grew throughout the 1980s with contributions from some of the world's most gifted climbers, including Charlie Fowler, Mark Richey, Steve Larson, Dave Nettle, Anne Smith, Mugs Stump, Rick Sylevester and Dean Potter. By 1990, with the help of these and other climbers, Wild Things had achieved cult status among the world's climbing elite. Wild Things sewn slings, chalk bags, climbing bags, bivouac bags and technical high altitude clothing were part of almost every big climb from 1983 to 1990. MILITARY VALIDATION In the early 2000s, Wild Things' reputation for unusual, lightweight, and durable equipment caught the attention of U.S. Special Forces, and we began manufacturing custom, made-to-order kits for individual units. . For the first time, these elite units could come to New Hampshire and work with our designers to build equipment tailored to their needs. In 2004, Wild Things won its first contract to produce cold weather clothing systems for the U.S. Army. Since then, Wild Things has built a reputation for durable, lightweight technical outerwear, alpine-style backpacks, durable carry bags, and innovative tactical and military clothing. Our products are currently in field use across all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and are often tailored for mission-specific purposes. MADE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) Wild Things factory in Gorham, NH Wild Things has a long tradition of producing technical clothing in northern New England, and over the past 35 years we've built a world-class factory – with the employees, equipment and processes to support it. to make the best technical clothing made in the United States. Our factory manager had been with Wild Things for over 25 years. She can manufacture every product in our catalog and uses her extensive experience to improve our products – every day. A team of experienced seamstresses focus on quality. One of the few Gore Certified factories in the United States that is authorized to produce clothing using W. L. Gore fabrics and sewing technology. Heavy-duty equipment list, including a sonic welding machine Gerber's world-class pattern and marker software allows us to quickly adjust our products to meet our customers' needs. All prototyping and sample manufacturing is done in-house. The technical specifications of our products (Tech Packs) are meticulously developed in our comprehensive software system. Wild Things Technical Packs are incredibly detailed to provide our partner factories with all the information they need to meet our quality standards. One of our factories told us that "no one in the industry offers tech packages as good as Wild Things." Gorham, New Hampshire literally sits in the shadow of Mount Washington, home to some of the worst weather on the planet. It is also a HUB zone. Drawing inspiration from Wild Things USA's technical clothing and military heritage as well as vintage clothing, Wild Things Japan advances Japanese style to produce modern outdoor and lifestyle pieces that are both functional and timeless . The outdoors and military life are at the heart of every Wild Things garment, whilst being equally at home in Soho, Shibuya or Salford.