Well-known for curating ‘the world’s most refined mountaineering equipment’ inspired by demanding weather conditions and unpredictable situations, Swedish outdoor pioneers Klättermusen arrive at Always in Colour to address trans-seasonal functionality by keeping an attention to both quality and premium-grade craftsmanship. Inspired by real experiences shared in and around the mountains of Scandinavia, Klättermusen’s philosophy is simple - ‘maximum safety for you, minimum impact on nature’. Providing insight into the great unknown via their countless Expedition Series’, including their FW20 Sarek voyage and their earlier SS20 Dolomites Expedition, Klättermusen keeps the idea of limitless possibility well and truly alive.
Established by a band of local climbers in 1975, Peter Askluv’s Klättermusen was born from a meeting of midcentury inventive mountaineering culture and the expanding ecological consciousness associated with the early ‘70s. Named after a popular Swedish children’s character with a direct translation of ‘Mountain Mouse’, the brand delivers an explorative aesthetic influenced by a desire to encourage like-minded outdoor enthusiasts to purchase their gear solely for its performative purpose as opposed to just for its label. With three flagship stores, including their full-time base just 220 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Åre, Klättermusen joins forces with the likes of Yvon Chouinard’s Patagonia and Colorado’s Topo Designs to address the growing responsibility when it comes to sustainable production, whilst their three-pillar recitation of ‘Understated Nordicness’, ‘Pioneer Innovation’ and ‘Distinctive Art of Marking’ enables them to strike the perfect balance between the requirements of the frozen Arctic mountains, deep primeval forests and the demands of active city life.
Led by the aspects of self-reliance, durability and continuous improvement, Klättermusen fuses refined urban function with obvious odes to classic climbing gear and ageless mountaineering necessity. Streamlined apparel such as their triple-layered Allgron 2.0 Jacket delivers exemplary insulatory purpose paired with revolutionary circulatory comfort to tackle any explorative setting with little to no qualm, whilst other season-friendly silhouettes, such as the PrimaLoft® Gold Active+ Alv Jacket and the all-organic wind and waterproof Ansur Wind Vest supply suited styling tailored to any performance-orientated setting. Classic colourways and time-honoured tailorings remain loyal to the brand’s ‘lifestyle of conscious mountaineers’ formulation, while their unrestrained utilisation of natural processes associated with materials such as Katla Cotton®, PTFE-free Cutan® and ultra-absorbent Tencel® keeps pioneering invention at the pinnacle of their visionary direction. As innovative in its design style as it is in its aesthetic, Klättermusen continues to adhere to their core value of durability even through their favourable collection of light and heavy-handed pack gear. Day-to-day totes such as the Urur 23L and the Gebo 23L convey an urban twist on what was once a hiking staple, while more traditional styles such as the Bure 15L Backpack and the Glitner 60L Duffelbag strike at the core of the brand’s mountainous heritage.
Similar to Patagonia’s ‘Worn Wear’ incentive, refined outerwear innovator Klättermusen’s philosophy is one firmly centred around the view to ‘repair equipment until it falls apart and to continually strive to improve constructions’. Switching to 100% organic cotton in 2006, utilising recycled nylon obtained from unusable fishing nets since 2009 and home to the industry’s first ever 100% fluorocarbon-free collection in 2017, the mountaineering team continue to honour both nature and necessity via their ecological approach to performance-wear. Tackling unforgivable real-world conditions with a mindset that’s expanded tenfold since its fruition during the ‘70s, Klättermusen’s honest, authenticated and revered character is one that sets its sights on conquering even the most challenging of socio-economic climates.
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