Mountain Hardwear™ Wins Best of NGA Gear Award for the Heli

Mountain Hardwear has been honored as the recipient of National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s 2008 Best of Adventure Gear Award for the company’s new Helion 2 Tent.
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RICHMOND, Calif. – Mountain Hardwear Inc., a leading mountaineering and outdoor equipment and clothing company, has been honored as the recipient of National Geographic Adventure Magazine's 2008 Best of Adventure Gear Award for the company's new Helion 2 Tent. Winning products are chosen by the magazine's editors and an advisory board of 45 of the country's leading outdoor retailers. The board's contribution was twofold: to weigh in on new and innovative products and to report on which products consumers are particularly excited about in the marketplace.

"We expect creativity from Mountain Hardwear, but the Helion 2 tent is in a class by itself. One of the lightest backpacking tents in its category, it impressed us with innovation at every turn, from its hollow-core fabric to the sculpted poles," says National Geographic Adventure Magazine editor Steve Casimiro.

The Helion 2 sets a new benchmark for Superlight tents breaking the “2 person, 4 lb. barrier.” The new hollow-core 25D nylon fly fabric weighs 25% less than the industry standard 30D, the Superlight grommet tab system shaves 3 oz. and the new Atlas UL™ poles with variable tube diameter reduces the overall material used without sacrificing strength. This combination of innovative features brings the weight of the Helion 2 down to a mere 3 lbs., 5 oz. The tent will be available at specialty outdoor retailers starting in January 2008.

About Mountain Hardwear:
Mountain Hardwear makes cutting-edge mountaineering and outdoor equipment, apparel and accessories for the most extreme conditions. Mountain Hardwear was established in 1993 by a group of outdoor industry veterans and is based in Richmond, Calif. The company distributes its products through specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and over 40 countries worldwide. Mountain Hardwear has won numerous product and customer service awards since its inception, reflecting the company's commitment and passion toward innovation. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company. For more information about Mountain Hardwear, visit the company's Internet home page at