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Brand Spotlight on Marmot (+ Win Some Gear!)

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Does your idea of a good time often include alpine summits, powdery ski slopes or backcountry treks through wilderness? Sounds like you might already be a Marmot fan. Keep reading to find out how you can score some free Marmot gear!

The Dorm Room Duo with a Serious Gear Obsession

Not surprisingly, the idea for Marmot began in 1971 when UC Santa Cruz students Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley started an informal glacier-climbing club called the Marmots. Now, I don’t speak from personal experience, but I’m guessing the choices for technical outdoor gear and apparel were still somewhat sparse in 1971. I’m also guessing that’s exactly what drove Eric and Dave to start making their own down sleeping bags and jacket prototypes in their college dorm room that summer.

Dave and Eric actually spent several summers making gear and selling it to friends and fellow students. It wasn’t long before they realized the potential to turn their passion into a business. In 1974, Eric, Dave and a climbing buddy named Tom rented a 100-year-old stone building in downtown Grand Junction, Colo. and launched a retail company under the name Marmot Mountain Works. Later that year, Marmot caught the ultimate break, and received an order for 108 down jackets to be used on the set of Clint Eastwood’s climbing thriller The Eiger Sanction. Marmot was officially on the map!
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Fire Sprinklers and Meat Locker Field Testing
In 1976, Eric met Joe Tanner of W.L. Gore & Assoc., and was introduced to a cutting-edge new fabric technology: Gore-Tex®. In just a few weeks, Marmot was field testing new Gore-Tex® sleeping bag prototypes. To give then a thorough test drive, Eric and Dave spent seven nights in a commercial meat locker comparing their new Gore-Tex® bags to regular ones. Next they tested under fire sprinklers. The guys were sold, and quickly rolled out an entire line of new Gore-Tex® Marmot products. Between 1974 and 1977, Marmot grew from seven dealers to 11. Before long, Marmot was hitting shelves all across the United States, and today it is considered one of the best outdoor brands in the world.

Hot Marmot Products
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Check out this gear! Stay dry on your next outdoor venture with lightweight, breathable Marmot Precip® pants for men and women. When it comes to comfort, the Marmot 30°F Mystic sleeping bag's Climashield HL insulation and trapezoidal footbox will ensure you get a restful night's sleep. Mountaineers and alpine climbers will love the Marmot Zelus 25 backpack, featuring molded back panel, multiple adjustment points and dual ice axe loops. Finally, make those camping trips easier and more enjoyable in the spacious Marmot Kronos 4-person tent with two doors and spacious vestibule for your gear.

How to Win
Want to win a freebie from Marmot? Leave a comment using your SocialHub account, and tell us what our little marmot buddy (see photo below) has to say about Marmot. We’ll pick our favorite comment and give one lucky winner the Marmot product of their choice, FREE!

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Save 20% Right Now!
Looking to buy right now? We've got you covered. Click the link below, and save an extra 20% on your next order, courtesy of the Sierra SocialHub. Offer is valid 5/1/2012 through 5/31/2012. Some exclusions. Loads of deals!

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    Small size, no sharp claws, and no fangs, but I'm still here! Marmot - When you need tough gear to survive!
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    Dave & Eric? 1971? Yeah, yeah, I remember those about neophytes -- on the day we met they were using wool (WOOL!) and a campfire to stay warm!!!
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    That's it, I'm leaving the burrow for good. Just got my new Kronos 25 tent from Sierra trading post and I saved a ton. Ahh, hibernation will be so nice this year.
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