When Mike Pfotenhauer sat at the seat of his sewing machine in 1974, his desire was to build the most innovative backpacks to the highest standard. Now, forty years later his passion for the outdoors has grown into a range of top quality packs that includes the ground-breaking and iconic Talon series. With innovation built into every strap, buckle and yarn, the popularity of this pack represents a wide range of Osprey products that have been perfected for your life outdoors.
Founded in 1989 Garmin takes its name from its creators Gary Burrell and Dr Min Keo. In 1991 they released the world's first portable GPS and in the following years continued to bring us a lighter, smarter and more durable device than the one before. Their latest device, the 64s, now connects to your smartphone, has a barometric altimeter, a 3-axis compass and locates your position with more speed and precision than ever to guide you home.
Rab Carrington was inspired by his experiences conquering rock faces and in 1981 ‘Rab’ was born, making kit fit for the needs of a lightweight alpinist. Rab was the first to utilise Pertex® in their sleeping bags and down jackets, and has remained at the forefront of outdoor innovation. Today their Meco 120 tee capitalizes on the latest technology using a blend of Merino wool and recycled Polyester for a fast drying yet warm, comfortable tee.
Made with Cordura® Nylon, one of the most hardwearing fabrics available at the time, three times more resistant than waterproof materials before.
The original Cascade jacket weighed as much as 800g, significantly heavier than GORETEX® jackets today.
The original Cascade jacket from Mountain Equipment, released in 1977, was one of the world’s first GORE-TEX® jackets.
With its laminated peak and stiff wire brim, the large helmet compatible Mountain Hood offers exceptional protection from the weather.
The finely tailored shape of the Alpine Fit eliminates the bagging and billowing of excess fabric and delivers excellent freedom of movement.
The modern Lhotse jacket now weighs as little as 530g, considerably lighter than the original Cascade jacket in the 1970’s.
Durable reinforced sleeves and shoulders improve ruggedness and reduce wear when carrying a rucksack.
The modern Gore-Tex Pro is specifically engineered for the most demanding of conditions; offering complete wind and rain protection with exceptional breathability.
Water resistant zips lock out the rain, whilst two way pit zips aid ventilation keeping you dry, whatever the weather.
Mountain Equipment are renowned for their commitment to innovation, and the Lhotse is no exception. Specifically engineered for the most demanding conditions in the world, combining the exceptional build quality of Mountain Equipment with the latest GORE-TEX® Pro membrane. Making it more rugged, yet more breathable than before.
Mountain Equipment have been going 'above and beyond' since 1961. They have over 5 decades worth of experience in equipping adventurers ready for the harshest conditions on the planet, with every drop of knowledge seeping its way into every stitch of clothing. Their name was present at the first British ascent of an 8000m peak, it's been to the North and South poles and on more than 175 Everest summits. Discover their range packed full of innovation that will equip you ready for your own adventures.
Osprey packs with AirScape™ and BioStretch™ technology; Garmin handhelds with GPS, GLONASS and wireless connectivity; and Rab’s lightweight, warm and fast drying t-shirts.
At Cotswold Outdoor we’ve always been committed to providing expert service, cutting-edge technology and having the widest choice of kit. That’s been the case since 1974 and it’s still the case today.