Timeline showing the history of Montbell's product development and functionality.



25th Anniversary Event

Produced two new sleeping bag series, the Super Stretch Burrow Bag and the Super Stretch Down Hugger, using the Super Stretch System.

Added short-length sizes to our Super Wishbone Packs.

Mr. Tomosuke Noda and Mr. Hiroshi Fujikado used the ARFEQ kayak to paddle rivers in 12 countries.

Introduced the Montbell motorcycling category.

Celebrated 25 years of producing excellent outdoor gear.


Dyna Action Parka

Launched Montbell's official web site, www.montbell.com.

Produced extremely lightweight and compact rainwear-the Torrent Flier series-using Gore-Tex® PacLite fabric.

Produced advanced alpine clothing-the Dyna Action series-featuring stretch Gore-Tex fabric and Aquatect™ zippers.

Announced a business partnership with REI.

Introduced a point system for Montbell Club members.


Versalite Jacket&Pants

Developed a new waterproof, breathable fabric called Dry Light Tec™. Adopted this compact fabric for the Versalite and Rain Trekker series.

Established Montbell America, Inc., as an overseas (American) company of the Montbell group.

Opened first U.S. store in Boulder, Colorado, on November 1, 2002.


Try & Carry

Outdoor event Try & Carry which dealt with the canoe in Hakui-shi, Ishikawa was held in April.

Established U.S. distribution & service center in Boulder Colorado, on September 2nd, 2003.

Developed new softshell Roche jacket using windproof ClimaBlock nylon and Polkatex DWR treatment.

Produced new Jupiter Dome tent series. Completely new Ultra-light Alpine climbing tents designed for extreme winter conditions.

The Mountain Trainer series which used the schoeller® dryskin, excellent in elasticity and durability, is announced.



Montbell.com announces online shopping for North America, on March 15th, 2004

"Try & Carry,"an event on canoeing and kayaking, was held in May in Hakui (Ishikawa pref.), for its second time following the former year.

"Check It Out," a white-water kayak festival, was held in October at two sites, Nagatoro and Shikoku.

Produced all new Ultra-Light Alpine Down Hugger sleeping bags. Made with new calendared 15Denier Ballistic Airlight nylon, 725 FP down, patented Gathered Quilt(TM) technology, and new vertical box baffle construction.

Introduced new Torrent Flier series, the first garments to combine 15Denier Ballistic Airlight nylon, Gore-Tex® XCR, and a 15Denier Tricot lining.



Received "Design Excellent Company Prize" in March.

"Try & Carry 2005", an event on canoeing and kayaking, was held in May in Hakui (Ishikawa pref.), for the third time.

Announced "Peak Shell" and "Rain Trek" series, using Breeze Dry-Tec which increased breathability without losing water resistence.

"Check It Out," a white-water kayak festival, was held in October - November at two sites in Nagatoro and Shikoku.

Established Montbell Suisse SA as an overseas (Suisse) company of the Montbell group in November.

Opened second overseas store in Grindelwald, Switzerland, on December 9,2005.

Mr. Seiko Nakajima bacame the first person to receive the annnual Montbell Challenge Award.

U.L. Comfort System Pad

U.L. Comfort System Pad

The fourth consecutive "Try & Carry" canoe and Kayak event was held in Hakui.

Introduced the world's lightest sleeping pad, the U.L. Comfort System Pad

High quality 800 fill power down utilized in down clothing series.

"Alpine Therma Shell" series performance jackets utilize new elastic fabric, increasing dynamic motion and comfort.

Mrs. Emiko Seal became the first woman to receive the "Montbell Challenge Award".

Storm Cruiser Jacket

Storm Cruiser Jacket

Remodeled the "All weather clothing" series. Incorporating the latest style, technology and materials.

Opened the first Montbell store integrated hostel "Montbell Club Gojyo store & Youth Hostel"in March.

Redesigned the official montbell.com website in April.

The fifth consecutive "Try & Carry" canoe and kayak event was held in Hakui.

The first "Friend Festival" was held for Montbell Club Members

The "Emergency Set" series introduced to help people be more properly equiped in time of disasters.

Produced a huge bed net for the stage set of "Kaya-no-naka" for the professional story teller(Kodanshi), Mr. Sanyo Kanda's national performance tour.

EX Light Down Jacket

EX Light Down Jacket

Montbell Friend Fair

Montbell Friend Fair

New Montbell Club Daisen Store

New Montbell Club Daisen Store opened at the base of Mt. Daisen.

Introduced the revolutionary "Torrent Flier Jacket & Pants" equipped with ultimate level of technology and lightness.

Creation of the world's lightest down jacket, the EX Light Down Jacket utilizing the highest quality 900 fill power down.

Introduced the breathable "O.D. Samue" series, merging the traditional Japanese function wear "Samue" with Montbell's light and fast technology.

"Mariposa" series shoes are introduced, incorporating the Reel Adjust System, which tightens by turning the reel.

9 new Montbell Club stores open across Japan and the Ebisu Store in Tokyo re-opens

"Montbell Club Friend Fair" held in Osaka and Tomakomai (Hokkaido pref.) in March.

Hinoemata village (Fukushima pref.), Fujimi town (Nagano pref.), and Daisen to Nakaumi's Sann-in region joins Montbell's Friends town in April.

The sixth consecutive "Try & Carry" canoe and Kayak event was held in Hakui.

White Water Kayak trial run event "CHECK IT OUT" held in June.

Established the "Emiko Seal" fundraising project to support the adventure cyclist Mrs. Emiko Seal fight against cancer in July.

Opened Montbell Club Daisen store at the base of Mt. Daisen (Tottori pref.) in July.

"Montbell Club Friend Fair" held in Hyogo and Kobe prefecture in September.

"Montbell Club Friend Fair" held in Tokyo and Daisen (Tottori pref.) in October.

Doctor Tetsu Nakamura, the reprisentative of "Peshawar-kai," was awarded the third annual "Mont-bell Challenge Award"

U.L Spiral Down Hugger

U.L Spiral Down Hugger

U.L. Dome Shelter

U.L. Dome Shelter



Introduced "U.L. Spiral Down Hugger" sleeping bag, which incorporates Montbell's Spiral Stretch System. Won BACKPACKER's 2009 Editor's Choice Award.

Introduced world's lightest free-standing shelter "U.L. Dome Shelter."

The high quality 900Fill Power "EX Light Down Series" introduces a vest type to the line-up.

"Montbell Club Friend Fair" in Osaka in March.

"Montbell Club Friend Fair" in Tokyo in April

Toyoshina Store & Factory Outlet in Nagano, and Hiroshima Gion Store in Hiroshima were opened.

Unify canoe and kayak brands to Confluence Water sports. Begin distributing "Wilderness Systems", "Wave Sports", "AT paddle (Adventure Technology)".

The seventh consecutive "Try & Carry" canoe and kayak event in Hakui, in May.

The polar explorer, Yamasaki Tetsuhi was awarded the fourth annual "Mont-bell Challenge Award" in June.

"CHECK IT OUT"a white water kayak test-ride event.

"SEA TO SUMMIT", Japan's first eco and outdoor event was held in Kaike Daisen (Tottori prefecture) in September, connecting sea to the summit of Mount Daisen by kayaking, biking, and walking.

"Montbell Club Friend Fair" in Tokyo.

Montbell Store Kathmandu in Nepal was opened in October.

"Montbell Club Friend Fair" in Osaka.