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Best in Field

Best in field

At Kathmandu, we are always looking for ways to improve our outdoor clothing and equipment. Our Best in Field team of expert gear-testers play a big part in this.

Our Best in Field testers are a team of highly skilled alpinists, Search and Rescue team members, guides, mountaineers, adventure travellers and athletes based in Australia and New Zealand.

Our gear-testers are hand-picked for their outdoor expertise and the amount of time they spend in challenging conditions. They provide critical input and feedback throughout the product development process, which ultimately shapes the end result and ensures the product performs as it needs to.

The team tests a range of our products across multiple activities, and especially love thrashing the gear from our XT Series. Designed for demanding conditions, the XT Series represents our pinnacle of technical performance and is refined, tweaked and perfected with the help of our testers’ expertise and feedback.

Armed with prototypes and a notebook, our gear testers head off to all corners of the world to put our gear through its paces. When they return (and once we can convince them to come inside and sit down for ten minutes ), we catch up with them for a download of feedback, ideas, constructive criticism and stories. The design team then incorporate this into the next prototype and we repeat the process until we get it just right.

Thanks to our Best in Field gear-testers, we continually challenge ourselves to develop better products that will perform just as well at the summit as they do on the commute.

Kathmandu’s Best in Field gear-testers are a team of extremely skilled alpinists, Search and Rescue team members, guides, mountaineers, adventure travellers and multi-sport athletes based in Australia and New Zealand.

Meet the team

Left to right:

Cherie Horne - Melbourne, Australia
Karen Corcoran - Christchurch, New Zealand
Lydia Bradey - Wanaka, New Zealand

Left to right:

Andrew 'Hobbie' Hobman - Christchurch, New Zealand
Andy Pedashenko - Sydney, Australia
Ben Corcoran - Christchurch, New Zealand

Left to right:

Chris Ramsey, Brisbane, Australia
Gary Weare - Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia
Gordie Smith - Wanaka, New Zealand


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