MONTANE® CREATE LIGHTWEIGHT AND BREATHABLE CLOTHING FOR MOUNTAIN CLIMBING, RUNNING AND BIKING. FURTHER. FASTER...
MONTANE do more than just make lightweight innovative clothing for runners. They have a reputation for lightness coupled with durability and innovation that is both practical and useable. They're a UK company and they know the extremes of bad weather. Their kit works.
Since our founding in 1993, we have always been conscious of the environmental impact of our products. Whilst product function and performance is our priority, we have a strong commitment to good corporate citizenship. Our environmental initiatives are primarily structured around sourcing the highest performing and most environmentally sound materials available, where we can. We choose our manufacturing partners carefully and are proud to work with some of the world's leading technical apparel and equipment factories.
FURTHER. FOREVER is our continued commitment to operate in a responsible and mindful way through our sourcing and manufacturing without reducing the quality or performance of our products.
BUILT TO LAST
Montane strives to produce the highest performing, longest lasting outdoor clothing and equipment possible. Durability is the cornerstone of our design and manufacturing philosophy. Extending the lifetime of the product effectively diminishes the impacts associated with production by sharing them over more years and cutting down on landfill in the process.
This “built to last” policy combined with our detailed care instructions helps ensure the highest possible performance for the lifetime of our products. We also offer a repair service which could help extend the life of your Montane product even further.
Backed by our extensive design and manufacturing experience our in-house repair team can offer repairs for a variety of products and non-warranty issues such as patch repairs, re-stitching seams, and replacing panels.
We will always aim to repair items with identical, or similar, materials and restore them to their original performance levels.
If your Montane item is damaged in any way please get in touch using this form, and we will advise on the repair options and their specific costs.
All Montane garments, packs, accessories and sleeping bags come with care labels attached internally containing fabric composition and wash care instructions specific to the product.
Caring for your Montane product as per our instructions will ensure optimum performance and longer product life. For more detailed information on how to care for your Montane products click here.
For more than 25 years Montane has engineered innovative, lightweight, breathable clothing and equipment for endurance sports and activities in some of the world's toughest, most extreme environments. All Montane products are guaranteed for their lifetime against faults in workmanship and materials – that is, the length of time any product can reasonably be expected to keep delivering the same great performance as when it was new.
In the unlikely event there is a fault with your Montane product (and not just normal wear and tear), contact us and we'll repair or replace it free of charge. Returns should be made through the store or website you bought the product from. This guarantee does not affect your statutory rights.
WHERE WE PRODUCE
Below you can see the factories we use to engineer our garments, packs, and accessories.
Montane is proud to work with some of the leading technical apparel and equipment factories in the world, many of which we have been working with for many years. We only work with manufacturers who respect the rights of the people who make our products.
As part of our factory selection process and ongoing partnerships, we require that our suppliers agree and meet our business standards. These are maintained by regular visits to our factories to ensure that our values, policies and standards are being adhered to.
We only work with manufacturers who can ensure;
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic, with adequate fire safety conditions maintained.
- Facilities are maintained in line with legally mandated standards to prevent hazards or injury.
- Workers have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively.
- Child labour is prohibited.
- Employment is freely chosen.
- All workers are paid a living wage, meeting at least the national legal minimum standard.
- Working hours are not excessive, are within legal standards and industry benchmarks. Overtime is voluntary and compensated at a reasonable rate.
- Workers do not suffer discrimination.
- Harsh or inhumane treatment of any kind is prohibited.
EOCA - PROUD MEMBER
As a proud member of EOCA, we help support conservation projects all over the world. EOCA supports valuable conservation work by raising funds from within the European Outdoor sector and promoting care and respect for wild places.
Since it was founded, over 10 years ago, over €2 million has been spent on 84 projects across 41 countries in areas from species protection to sustainable tourism with projects decided for by public vote.
To find out more about EOCA and their great work: www.outdoorconservation.eu
FIX THE FELLS
Since 2006, Montane has been the principle sponsor of the Montane Lakeland 100 race, the largest trail race in the UK. This race sees nearly 1000 runners take on the 100 and 50 mile courses around the beautiful Lake District.
As part of our commitment to the sustainability of the event and the local ecology we fully support and enable the Montane Lakeland 100 race to regularly donate to the Fix the Fells organisation whose team of skilled rangers and volunteers who repair and maintain the mountain paths in the Lake District with funding from donations and partners. Their path work reduces erosion scars and also helps protect the ecology and archaeological heritage of the beautiful landscapes.
RUN 1000 MILES
At Montane we believe in the immense health and mental benefits of leading an active outdoor lifestyle, we encourage all our employees and athletes to be as healthy and active as they can, supporting and enabling them in their individual goals and activities.
As part of this initiative in 2017 & 2018 we got behind Trail Running Magazines #Run1000miles campaign to encourage the public to get active and challenge themselves to run 1000 miles over the course of the year. A number of Montane athletes, ambassadors and staff have taken the pledge and we’ll follow them throughout the course of the year.
As knowledge increases with regards to the environmental effects of plastic waste, questions have been raised about the impact of synthetic fibres shedding from textiles and clothing. Montane is committed to working with our textile suppliers and organisations such as the European Outdoor Group (EOG) to continuously monitor the situation and the viable options available, which can help to limit the impact of the products we produce.
What can you do to limit microfiber shedding?
- Invest: Higher quality materials will last longer as well as shedding less micro fibres when washed. Montane strongly believes that committing to quality materials from reputable fabric mills allows our products to be as durable as possible, extending their lifespan and lowering their environmental impact.
- Wash Less: Only wash your kit when absolutely necessary, to reduce water consumption, limit microfibre shedding and extend the lifetime of your garment. Many of Montane’s next to skin products are treated with Polygiene, a Bluesign approved anti odour treatment which reduces the need for regular washing whilst keeping the wearer smelling fresh!
- Catch the microfibres: Research has shown that front-loading washing machines reduce the quantity of microfibres shed during a wash cycle. To further reduce this consider using a GUPPYFRIEND washing bag or a Cora Ball to catch the micro fibres and prevent them from contaminating waterways.
Montane continues to work closely with our fabric suppliers to introduce the latest recycled materials to our product range where possible, helping to reduce demand on virgin fibres made from oil. In turn this helps reduce CO2 emissions and limit quantities of virgin fibre ending up in landfill.
Performance and longevity are at the heart of our designs, and where these are not compromised we have integrated recycled fabrics from suppliers including PERTEX, POLARTEC, PRIMALOFT and Allied Feather and Down into our range.
The DWR (Durable Water Repellent) chemical treatment commonly used on outdoor products amongst other industries includes the use of PFC's (Per Flourinated Compounds) which provide superior water and oil repellency, ensuring water resistance that both protects the wearer and extends the lifetime of the product. Effective DWR's prevent garments from wetting out, ensuring prolonged comfort as well as protecting the waterproof membrane from oils and greases.
In recent years growing concerns have emerged regarding the use of PFCs. As the carbon chains break down, the carbon molecules are subsequently released into the environment. These molecules do not break down and have been found almost everywhere on the planet. One way to reduce this process is to use shorter chemical chains, made up of fewer carbon molecules.
Montane has worked hard to eliminate C8 (8 carbon molecules) DWR chemicals from our supply chain by switching all of our nominated materials to a C6 (6 carbon molecules) DWR. Our longer term goal is to completely eliminate PFCs from our supply chain and we are working with nominated partner mills who are trialling new chemistry. As yet we are unsatisfied with the level of performance which can be met from PFC free technologies for our more technical products designed for use in extreme environments, and will continue to monitor the alternatives as they emerge.
In Autumn Winter 2015, Montane became the first brand in the world to implement the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) across our entire down collection.
The RDS is a comprehensive global, third-party-certified, animal welfare and traceability standard for down and feathers. The RDS ensures that the down in a product does not come from birds that have been live-plucked or force-fed and that their welfare has been protected from the time they were hatchlings to when the down is harvested.
The entire supply chain – farms, collectors, slaughterhouses, down processors, sewing factories and distribution centres – are inspected by independent, professional certification bodies annually to guarantee complete traceability and compliance.
Montane’s Primino product range uses a blend of 50% Australian Merino wool with 25% Primaloft and 25% polyester. All of the Merino wool used in this range is certified mulesing free which prohibits the act of mulesing. This act describes a form of treatment for fly strike, common in merino sheep, where infected flesh is removed from sheep often without the use of anaesthetic.
Whilst regular shearing and anti-biotics can be used to prevent and treat fly strike, these are more time consuming and expensive for farmers. They are ultimately more humane however which is why Montane places importance in ensuring all of the merino wool we are sourcing is certified mulesing free.
With huge quantities of insecticides, pesticides and water being used in conventional cotton production, Montane has committed all of our t-shirts to using 100% organic cotton. This gives cotton farmers greater flexibility, protects them from first-hand chemical use and prevents chemicals from draining into local waterways used for agriculture and drinking water.
PVC AND PHTHALATES
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is commonly used for the screen printing of garments, in conjunction with plasticisers such as phthalates. Prints are heat fixed to fabrics to ensure durability throughout their lifespan, however, phthalates can leach out from garment manufacturers wastewater, and even onto the wearer's skin after purchase. Phthalates have been linked to disrupting hormone levels as well as being a suspected carcinogen. For this reason, Montane only use printing inks which are free from PVC and phthalates.
The t-shirt manufacturer Montane uses is also GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified, as is their local dye house. This ensures that any wastewater is processed in line with GOTS certification, and monitored at regular intervals to maintain this and ensure zero discharge of effluents (chemical residues) into local water systems.