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At JD High Country Outfitters the quality of our goods is of the utmost importance, and with that in mind, we carry only the best brands in our store, and at our partner locations.
Lucylucy Activewear® was founded in 1999 in Portland, Oregon by a group of like-minded women who felt that workout wear should not only support your athletic pursuits, but should be stylish and flattering, too. All of our styles are designed and developed by women who do the activities we design for: yoga, running, training, exploring the outdoors, and traveling to your favorite destination. And that’s just scratching the surface: on our team we also have marathoners, triathletes, swimmers, tennis players, golfers, rock climbers, dancers, weight lifters, Pilates enthusiasts and even martial arts experts. We’re a passionate group, and our mission is to make clothes that fit and flatter you, your life, and your passion.
PowderhornPowderhorn’s pioneering use of leather re-enforcements in 1972 set the tone for developing ideas rather than following trends. We are motivated by advancement in materials, we seek creative solutions, we are inspired by functionality and have the determination to evolve. Powderhorn respects its history and honors our roots in the Tetons of Jackson Hole. As the original freeride ski apparel brand, Powderhorn established an iconic styling we still appreciate. Powderhorn was founded by and is lead today by people who live their passions. The mountains, a pioneering attitude, and tradition that rewards exploration influences us every single day and quickens our spirit.
BoytBoyt Harness Company is the world’s premier manufacturer of high quality gun cases, hunting accessories and specialty hunting clothing. Founded in 1901, the construction methods and high quality materials used to make Boyt products have remained virtually unchanged since the turn of the last century. Boyt gun cases are backed by a lifetime warranty, unmatched in the hunting industry. Along with gun cases the product line has grown to include the industry’s largest variety of specialty hunting bags and duffels, sportsman’s travel luggage, and an extensive line of safari clothing, big game hunting clothing and upland hunting clothing. Boyt’s canvas and leather gun cases are constructed from the finest materials available, resulting in heirloom gun cases that have been passed from generation to generation of American hunters for more than 100 years. Our clothing and shooting accessories bring to mind the time when hunting products were expected to last for years and usually did. From their base in Osceola, Iowa ,Boyt design engineers search the world over for the finest in heavy canvas, milled from the best available U.S. grown long staple cotton, fine Italian harness leather and solid cast brass hardware to insure that our products not only look great but will stand up to the elements for years to come.
EberlestockWelcome to our family owned company.Under our brand you'll find an original and unique mix of products and information, but you should also notice a central theme. Unlike any company in the world, we have addressed the need for efficiency and mobility for those who hit the trail, or the fire escape, or the rappel line, while carrying weapons. The basis of our ability to do this comes from our founder's experience in the Olympic sport of biathlon, in hardcore solo wilderness hunting, in applying our essential understanding of the military, and above all in listening to our customers. We jump in and get dirty with them. We're not afraid to throw a little weight onto our backs and see what happens, both metaphorically and physically. And we always look for a better way to get the job done. We'll do our best to give you perfection. And we think that you'll find our products at a level that's on par with the very best brands in the outdoor gear and shooting sports industries. We stand behind everything that we make, and we're certain that here, you will find original thought.
Ex OfficioTraveling, whether you seek different cultures, epic scenery or the thrill of the unknown opens your mind to the wonders of the world. We at ExOfficio celebrate the traveler by crafting garments that allow you to experience the world unhindered. ExOfficio was born in 1987 when our founders discovered the need for technical apparel that performs as gear. They engineered a shirt with the functionality of a fly-fishing vest, built-in ventilation, and the construction of a dress shirt. Today, we put the same thought into every detail for garments that will enhance any adventure. In 25 years we have gone farther than we ever thought possible while remaining true to our original mission. You often have to return to a familiar place to realize the wonderful and sometimes unexpected ways you grew from your travels.
Light My FireOur lives have become digital, time efficient, mobile and programmed. Yet when we dream, we dream of candlelight and romance, campfires and freedom, bonfires and celebrations. Everyone longs for fire. Fire is life. We sell fire. We develop unique, low-tech, premium quality outdoor products with the design, color and function that make them just as attractive to use in the city as in the wild.
SalewaOberalp Sports/Experts is part of the Oberrauch Group and owned by the Oberrauch family, who have been active in apparel for five generations. The group, which was founded by Anton Oberrauch 160 years ago, now employs 700 people and is active in the production, retail sales, and wholesale distribution of fashion and sporting goods. Oberalp Sports/Experts was founded in 1981 with the objective of importing high quality sports clothing and equipment into the Italian market and is now one of Italy’s leaders in the field. In 1990 Oberalp acquired the Munich-based SALEWA Group and increased its domination in mountaineering sporting goods in Europe. The company also represents and distributes a wide range of other European brands. Autonomous marketing strategies and a clear positioning for individual brands have been responsible for constant sales increases since the beginning.
BenchmadeIt’s not just a knife. It’s a Benchmade. For two decades Benchmade has been committed to designing and manufacturing world-class sports cutlery and edged tools. We continually strive to manufacture high quality products that will deliver superior performance and provide great value for our customers. Whether you are using a Griptilian™ as a basic cutting tool or one of our professional grade rescue hooks to perform a quick cut in an emergency situation, you can count on your Benchmade to get the job done.
KeltySince 1952, Kelty has built affordable, reliable outdoor gear that enables everyone, from the first-time camper to the experienced mountaineer, to embrace any experience with confidence. After several years of making packs in his home garage for friends, Dick sells 29 packs in his first year of business for 24 dollars each. Dick hand-forms and welds each of the frames, and his wife, Nena, sews each of the pack bags. Kelty packs first include aircraft-aluminum contoured frames, padded shoulder straps, waist belts, clevis-pin attachment of pack bags, nylon pack cloth, zippered pockets, hold-open frames, and nylon back bands. The first shoulder straps were produced using wool carpeting for padding. The original clevis pins were made from aircraft rivets.
OptimusGas stoves are simplest. Many people who cook in the outdoors choose a gas stove because of its simplicity. You don’t have to fill it with fuel, it’s quick to light, and easy to control. A multi-fuel stove, as the name implies, gives you the flexibility of using different fuels. A white gasoline stove in an ultra classic lightweight design gives you the performance you need at high altitudes.
Sage Fly FishingAt Sage, every piece of angling equipment we make is designed, tested and hand built with one goal in mind: Maximum Fishability. It’s a term we came up with a few years back to describe the kind of performance that helps you cast better, fish more effectively and have more fun. In short, every Sage rod, reel and line is specifically designed to help you make the most of your precious time on the water.
Bear ArcheryFred started Bear Archery during the Great Depression. The company flourished with his passion for bow hunting and bow craftsmanship. Over the years, the Bear name gained legendary status as a mark of quality, continually furthered by Fred's dedication to advances in design and workmanship. Today, Bear craftsmen build on Fred's contribution to the sport by their commitment to his original vision: to bring you quality products that perform well above price. This is what Fred Bear stood for, and it is what Bear Archery will always stand for. In simplest terms, it's all about the hunt. Your hunt.
MountainsmithMountainsmith was founded in 1979 by legendary outdoorsman Patrick Smith and was born of a need for seriously durable gear that could withstand the rigors of backcountry pursuits in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. His initial product innovation was the world’s first fully rigid backcountry ski sled to haul massive loads of gear effectively and efficiently through the harsh Colorado winter wilderness. Soon after, Patrick Smith came up with the iconic lumbar waist pack to effectively carry gear while backcountry skiing and secured the first patent for a lumbar pack, US PAT #5529230, using our Delta Load Compression system which carries on into the present day within a variety of our packs and classic lumbars.
TervisLet’s take a little trip back in time. It’s 1946. Detroit. Engineers Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis hit on something big: they harness the natural insulating powers of air to create a permanently sealed, double-walled tumbler. Finally a way to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Not to mention, it is virtually indestructible. This outstanding innovation changed the drink ware industry forever. Talk about a game changer. Combining the last three letters of each of their last names, Cotter and Davis dubbed their new cup brand “Tervis”. In the years to follow, they worked hard to refine and improve their designs. The original tall, cylindrical tumbler evolved into additional sizes and products. Today, Tervis offers six tumbler sizes, plus hundreds of customizable designs, emblems, and accessory combinations. The Donelly family purchased the Tervis product rights in the 1950s and incorporated the Tervis Tumbler Company in 1967. To this day, all Tervis products are proudly made in North Venice, Florida, where over 700 people are employed through this family-owned-and-operated business. In 2011 we celebrated 65 years of making quality made-to-order tumblers.
Backcountry Access is a privately held company founded in 1994 by Bruce (“Bruno”) McGowan and Bruce (“Edge”) Edgerly. We currently have about 45 employees, not to mention our reps and distributors. Our headquarters is at Valmont and Foothills, in Boulder, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Like many innovative companies, we have humble beginnings (Bruno’s garage). At BCA, our mission is to save lives, not just pump products. As a leader in our industry, we need to be responsible about sending people into the backcountry. They need to be equipped not just with products, but with education. That’s why we’ve invested so much in research and education.
Princeton TecAt Princeton Tec, we've been pioneering new technologies and building lights for more than three decades. And yes, you could say it's been quite a ride. In our pursuit to be the world's best, we've travelled the earth by ocean, by air, by bike and by foot. We've consulted great athletes, scaled mountains, traversed the poles, touched the ocean floors and rolled two wheels on every continent. We are constantly inspired by what our ever evolving environments have to offer and the human spirit that challenges us to tackle them. This spirit, our spirit, motivates us to push technology and design, so that we can ensure that you have, not only the best lighting solutions, but solutions where technology is applied and the performance makes sense for how you use them.
KaskEvery brand has a story. Here we would just talk a little bit about what we achieved so far, and where we got inspiration from to some of our patterns and styles in the past and today. So, when Kask was found in 2001, Kaj Zackrisson & Sverre Liliequist knew how to crochet since some years. The beanies that we made for our selves and our friends, became very popular so we decided to try to build a little brand, the “business plan” was to create unique beanies to wear with pride! As important as the looks the functionality was also in focus, a soft non itchy smooth beanie was created. we were also very clear with that the beanies should work out for our lifestyle, and never feel itchy in the forehead! The first pattern we made we decided to call “Sickbird”, and the inspiration for that was the Sickbird award at the freeskiing world tour events, and yes, both of us received it a couple of times. This pattern worked out really well, and the Sickbird have been seen on numbers of Kask products since then, now lately still on beanies but also on the ski socks and merino base layers.
BemanBeman is considered one of the world’s preeminent innovators of carbon arrow technology. Beman continues at the forefront of the industry by developing new methods and processes for ever improving their products. Beman arrows are used by pros and sportsmen alike for their prefect balance of speed, durability, consistency, strength, and value. With the introduction of ViBrake™, Vibration Dampening Nocks and Inserts, Beman arrows are more innovative and accurate than ever.
KastleKÄSTLE is an Austrian company based in the heart of the Alps. We are a small tribe of life-long skiers with extensive experience in the ski manufacturing industry. We came together because we share a passion for skiing and a desire to build the world’s best ski systems. Quality is our most important priority. Quality has two meanings to us: first, functional and performance-oriented product development; second, respectful and sustainable relationships with our partners and the mountains. Our products are uncompromisingly built to the highest standards. We strip away the gimmicks and gizmos that plague many skis and focus on functional technology. The result: advanced and elegant ski designs that deliver uncompromising performance.
C.F. BurkheimerOur fly trout rods are light in hand, and heavy in performance. If they don’t cast 80 feet with good turnover right after they dropped a fly on a quarter at 25, they’re not Burkheimer’s. We want to build you a rod that you’re proud to fish with, because you deserve it, and the trout deserve it. We don’t have a “FastX3″ series, or a “Power Enhancement Taper”, that’s not the Burkheimer way. We build stunningly beautiful rods with superb performance, because that’s what the situation demands.
SIG SauerSIG SAUER® world renowned firearms are the weapons of choice for many of the premier global military, law enforcement and commercial users. High quality, ultimate reliability and unmatched performance have always been hallmarks of the SIG SAUER brand. In the USA, nearly 1 in 3 law enforcement professionals use SIG SAUER firearms. “We are proud that many elite military and government forces including the U.S. Navy Seals, the Federal Air Marshals, the Department of Homeland Security and the U. S. Coast Guard carry SIG SAUER firearms”, said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER.
Eagle CreekEagle Creek was born in the San Jacinto Mountains of California where Steve and Nona Barker ran a retail store called Mountain People. In 1975, they decided to put their energy full-time into pack manufacturing and began with a 1500 square foot warehouse in Solana Beach, California. Since the beginning, innovation, durability and craftsmanship have been an integral part of the brand's DNA. Today, Eagle Creek offers a full spectrum of travel solutions and can outfit any traveler for any adventure.
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SimmsSimms is a fishing company. We have enjoyed success by staying true to the original vision of our company by building the highest quality products to keep our customers dry, comfortable and protected from the elements in any fishing conditions. We work with the very best materials suppliers in the world in our commitment to make high performance, technical clothing and outerwear.
AventuraAventura Clothing is helping the Earth... One garment at a time with organic and eco-friendly clothing designed for women. Choose from a variety of tops and bottoms in organic cotton, bamboo blends and recycled polyester. Shop our collection of dresses, skirts, shirts, tanks, burnouts, hoodies, shorts, pants, capris and swimwear.
The North FaceThe North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. We push the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration. We remain deeply proud to be the first choice of the world's most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers.
Beulah Fly RodsBeulah Fly Rods are designed by professional guides on the West Coast of America. It is their wealth of experience that ensures Beulah Rods are truly World Class. We are proud to be the only Beulah dealer in Wyoming.
Gore-TexThe origin of waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® outerwear, footwear, and gloves starts with five little letters: ePTFE. ePTFE, or expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, was created by Bob Gore in 1969 when he rapidly stretched PTFE under certain conditions. The result was an incredibly strong, microporous material with an amazing list of characteristics including low water adsorption and good weathering properties. By 1978, GORE-TEX® fabric was introduced and the world met the first truly waterproof, breathable outerwear. Thanks to our commitment to innovation and creativity, waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® products have continued to improve and evolve to keep in step with the changing needs of our customers. The basic hallmarks that make our outerwear, footwear, and gloves the choice of serious professionals and casual outdoor enthusiasts alike remain, however: The GORE-TEX® membrane:The secret of GORE-TEX® products -- which are both completely waterproof and completely breathable at the same time -- lies within its our revolutionary bi-component membrane. The membrane contains over 9 billion microscopic pores which are approximately 20,000 times smaller than a drop of water, but 700 times bigger than a molecule of moisture vapor. So while water in its liquid form cannot penetrate the GORE-TEX® membrane, as moisture vapor it can easily escape. Waterproof, windproof and breathable:The GORE-TEX® membrane makes garments durably waterproof, windproof and breathable so that you stay dry and comfortable. Durable:Waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® outerwear is made of the very toughest fabrics and is thoroughly tested to guarantee performance even after serious wear and tear. Easy care: Just because it’s high tech doesn’t mean it has to be high maintenance. GORE-TEX® fabric is extremely easy to take care of and won’t lose its effectiveness even after repeated washing.
ColumbiaWe enjoy the outdoors as much as you do, which means we know what you need. We know that being cold and wet is no fun. Blue eyes may be sexy, but blue lips aren't. And, while a sunny day is excellent, sunburn sucks. That's why we make high-quality performance products that keep you comfortable and protected, no matter where your excursions take you.
Winston Fly RodsA Winston is not just a fly rod. It is a commitment to doing something the right way. Without compromise. Overall, we believe the true measure of a rod is not the ultimate distance it can cast, but how well it performs at the range of distances it was intended to cast. And most important, how well it “fishes.” Every rod we make reflects this belief. Our Boron IIx rods are the first and only rods with not only the power to cast 100 feet of line, but also the finesse to make delicate presentations at 15 to 60 feet, where the vast majority of trout fishing occurs.
BerettaBeretta is the oldest continuously-owned firearm manufacturer in the world. Founded in 1526 by Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta, the company has an illustrious history of producing some of the most beautiful and functional firearms known. Today, under the leadership of Ugo Gussalli Beretta and his sons, Franco and Pietro, Beretta embarks on the 3rd Millennium with the benefit of centuries of experience. That experience, combined with investments in technology, organization and growing product lines, has prepared Beretta for the demands of the global market of the 21st century.
Seal LineSealLine gear protection for urban adventure, travel, paddlesports and rafting includes the finest dry bags, backpacks, totes, duffles, organizers and more.
RugerSturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market, and a major producer of precision steel investment castings. For almost 60 years, Ruger has been a model example of corporate and community responsibility. Our corporate motto, "Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens," echoes the importance of these principles while we strive to preserve our hard-earned reputation as a manufacturer of quality firearms and investment castings that simultaneously deliver value and innovation.
Ross ReelsRoss is recognized as the leading fly reel manufacturer in the United States. We are also a premier manufacturer of high quality fly rods, complete fly fishing outfits, reel outfits, rod cases, fishing pliers and other outdoor related products. Our commitment to quality, innovation and customer support shows in every product we make! When you expect a product to last a lifetime, the company you buy it from better still be in business when your product needs service. With more than three decades of award-winning history, you can be confident that a Ross product purchased today will be supported for a lifetime of use and enjoyment. We employ a team of skilled professionals who are passionate about the outdoors and bring real world experience into every aspect of design and manufacturing. Our team is committed to producing the finest outdoor recreation products, and this pledge is only surpassed by our dedication to providing each customer with unmatched service and complete satisfaction.
Winston Fly Rods1929 is an infamous year in financial circles, yet is cherished by anglers worldwide. That year, following the stock market crash, Robert Winther and Lew Stoner started what is known today as or the R.L. Winston Rod Company. Originally calling their company the Winston-Stoner Manufacturing Co., they later combined elements from both their names, and renamed it the R.L. Winston Rod Company. Technicians at heart, they began the Winston tradition of archiving each rod with a journal entry and a serial number. Almost immediately, the bamboo rods these two men built earned a reputation for performance and exceptional quality.
Turtle FurTurtle Fur was founded over 30 years ago at the base of Mount Mansfield in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont, USA, where our family of Turtles lovingly crafted softness and warmth to fend off the foes of winter. Our Turtles are inspired to design unique, innovative, and constantly evolving hats, necks, socks, gloves, clavas and more by our love for the outdoors (and indoors), and our endless search for new and old materials, techniques and styles.
NikwaxNikwax manufactures high quality cleaning and waterproofing products. Nikwax prolongs the life and enhances the performance of clothing, footwear & equipment.
Rio Fly LinesFor more than 20 years, RIO has demonstrated passion, innovation and a pure love for the sport through its development of the industry’s highest performance fly lines. And the great news is, we will continue to research, design and refine our products to ensure they are your preferred line of choice for years to come.
PlatypusIn 1972, Jim and Neil filed for a patent, and within two years we began production of Therm-a-Rest pads—the world’s first self-inflating mattress, and Cascade Designs, Inc. was born. Today Cascade Designs offers a wife variety of outdoor products. Today, we’re fortunate to remain a private, family-owned company that has grown to be one of the most respected outdoor equipment manufacturers in the world. Through the acquisition of strong companies with superior products and shared visions, and by sticking to the same fundamental principles we were founded upon: providing relevant and innovative products, exceptional quality, and service that exceeds your expectations.
Picture Organic ClothingThe first one is coming from marketing, after graduating from a business school, he became upset being in Paris and dreaming about awesome powder sessions. The second one was working as an architect within a architect family company, which is the “traditional life” for an architect’s son, but not the life he dreamed about, being a “bio a eco fan.” The third one just graduated high school when he decided to join this adventure with his two friends onto this crazy project instead of going to university, as he was really “different.”
Obsessed by their child dream, by this need to create something looking like them, Jeremy Julien & Vincent built Picture in 2008 and as a first headquarter they had a small space beside a carcheck office. A product conception the most eco-friendly as possible. unique creations, that you can notice easily thanks to a fresh and colorfull design, appreciated for their technicity and quality. Street prices monitored, so that our products are a possible alternative to products that are non eco-friendly thanks to aligned prices.