Rab parent brand acquires Integral Designs

8:51 a.m. on March 2, 2010 (EST)
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Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd., the parent company of Rab USA, has acquired Integral Designs, the 24-year-old Canada-based brand known for high-end tents, bivys, apparel and other outdoor equipment for self-propelled adventurers.

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/articles/2010/03/02/rab-acquires-integral-designs.html

11:28 a.m. on March 2, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Rab brand acquires Integral Designs

This is a really interesting development! A number of Trailspace members, along with me, have had ID gear for a number of years and find it of top quality. I have had some familiarity with Rab for a while (my son has a pair of their bibs, and I have been considering getting a pair to replace an old wornout thoroughly thrashed Marmot Alpinist pair of bibs - the original Alpinist bibs, not the later Alpinist 3, which I also have).

The big question is how will the move of some of the functions to Colorado play into the product line. And will we still be able to get the ID tents, SilTarps, bivies, Primaloft and down sleeping bags and jackets (my Dolomiti jacket won't last forever!)?

So many questions to ask Evan at next summer's OR Show!

2:57 p.m. on March 2, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Rab brand acquires Integral Designs

I love ID, especial the event jackets! Good luck~

9:56 p.m. on March 2, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Rab brand acquires Integral Designs

Interesting indeed. The crucial line in the article seems to be, "the Calgary-based plant will continue to manufacture Integral Designs products until mid-2011".

Call me a cynic, but I read this as, "Buy any ID gear that you want ASAP, and in any case prior to mid-2011, after which the present level of quality may be maintained, but also may not."

10:21 p.m. on March 2, 2010 (EST)
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cynic? or realist? Lots of history in the outdoor gear world to support the skeptical viewpoint.

7:31 p.m. on March 3, 2010 (EST)
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As a Canadian, should I be thrilled by this or dismayed? Time will tell....

7:08 p.m. on March 4, 2010 (EST)
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As a Canadian as well, I hate too see any good company move south. Especially one with such great gear.

9:56 p.m. on March 4, 2010 (EST)
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The RAB gear I have seen seems to be very well made. However, these sorts of buy out things rarely go well for the firm being acquired, just the way it is.

8:15 p.m. on March 27, 2010 (EDT)
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I heard some time ago that Evan wanted to sell and can only say I understand "why" in Canada's business-unfriendly political climate....unless you are among the "in" group outfits, like MEC, Chapters and so forth.

I am saddened to see this, will try to find the funds to buy a Renaissance bag and a few other goodies before the production shifts south or off-shore and more Canadian jobs are lost. There are very few Canadian gear makers, odd, given this is where the wilderness is and it makes it difficult to find gear of the quality I demand.

I hope it goes well for Evan, personally, but, it is a sad day for me.

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