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Ideas & Solutions

Good design isn’t about having all the answers. It’s about asking the right questions, every step of the way.


Our design process begins by asking what needs to be improved and what new opportunities could be explored. Designers and team members travel to international trade shows, track trends and run focus groups to figure out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of adventure.

New product concepts are imagined, sketched, sculpted, sewn and refined in a looping process that leads to the manufacture of a pre-production sample. Along the way, special attention is given to biomechanics and body fit. When we outfit people for adventure we need to carefully consider the human body and how it moves. Loads, posture, articulation and body shape all inform our final designs. Kathmandu designs are made for real people with real bodies, so we take the time to independently tailor every size from XS to 2XL.

Our solutions don’t stop at garment and gear design. We also create the materials that make up our products. Working closely with mills from around the world we have developed many of our textiles from scratch. We start with the intended end use and work back to specify the necessary yarn type, construction, treatment and finish. Environmental impact of our technologies is carefully considered and we keep strict adherence to international regulations where applicable, such as the textile industry’s ‘Blue Sign’ standard.