Marmot Wins Two Outside "Gear of the Year" Awards

Marmot’s DriClime® Catalyst Windshirt and Aura 2-Person Tent Both Win Outside Magazine’s 2008 ‘Gear of the Year’ Awards

May 1, 2008

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Marmot's DriClime® Catalyst Windshirt and Aura 2-Person Tent Both Win Outside Magazine's 2008 ‘Gear of the Year' Awards

Santa Rosa, CA – Marmot's recycled DriClime® Catalyst Windshirt and Marmot's lightweight Aura 2-Person Tent have won Outside Magazine's 2008 “Gear of the Year” Award in both shell and tent categories. According to Outside Magazine, this is the first time any company has won two awards in two separate categories in the same season.

The awards are featured in Outside Magazine's 2008 Summer Buyer's Guide. Over the past year, the guide tested and reviewed 392 new, outdoor-related products. “The Buyer's Guide has become a defining catalog of world-class clothing and equipment in recent years” explains Tom Fritz, Marmot's Vice President of Marketing. “It is a big deal for Marmot to take two awards in this summer issue.”

The DriClime® Catalyst Windshirt is a versatile, athletic, wind and water resistant – and recycled – jacket. As the next step in the Marmot's DriClime® evolution, the Catalyst uses UpCycle™ fabric in the bi-component lining (100%) and a recycled polyester face fabric (88%) with an additional Eco DWR. It also has a completely recycled zipper. Greg Houser, Marmot's Vice President of Design and Production explains, “The Catalyst shows us what is possible when we integrate Marmot's UpCycle™ technologies into our products.”

Marmot's Aura Tent, featured in Outside's 2008 Summer Buyer's Guide in an impressive two-page spread, also won “Gear of The Year” for its remarkable spaciousness, innovative pole design and added lightweight value (with fly it weighs in at 4 lbs, 6 oz). “We were looking to give the consumer a high-value, all-mountain backpacking tent with greater ‘habitability' than ever before,” explains Jeff Blakely, Director and Category Manager of Equipment. “I think we nailed it with the Aura,” he adds.

For more information about Marmot's DriClime® Catalyst Windshirt and Marmot's Aura 2-Person Tent, visit Or visit; under “videos” click on 2008 Summer Buyer's Guide and look for Outside Editor Sam Moulton's review of the Catalyst and Aura in addition to other products highlighted in Outside's Buyer's Guide.