My design philosophy starts by relying on my personal hiking experience to inform an in-depth understanding of hiking gear performance and limitations. I then pursue improvements and solutions by reasoning from the first principles of geometry, physics, and materials science. For example, our most popular product – the X-Mid tent – eliminates the majority of the complexity found in other trekking pole supported tents. That improves the user experience (ease of pitching), while also creating a lighter and higher performance tent.
Our core strength is design, so we outsource manufacturing to people with expertise in that. Our tents are built by the same factory that makes premium tents for other companies like MSR and Mountain Hardware. I work with this factory to perfect the prototypes, and then our manufacturer proceeds to make a product run.