A consistent theme of our design ethos here at Stone Glacier is to employ industry-leading technologies and innovations to create products that function at the highest possible level in the field. When we first began developing an insulating mid-layer, it was quickly apparent that the use of synthetic material was necessary to meet our goals. Synthetic textiles provide better in field insulating performance, are lighter in overall weight, dry quicker, breathe better, and are more packable then their natural counterparts such as wool or cotton.
Every great product starts with an idea. An idea often stemming from experience. For Stone Glacier's founder and lead designer, Kurt Racicot, these ideas were born from 13 years of solo hunting the Chugach, Kenai, and Alaska ranges. After the purchase of his first sewing machine, Kurt started to modify his existing gear, which in turn led to new product developments and eventually the creation of Stone Glacier.
At the beginning of the year, a US Special Operations team approached us about using and testing our products. As extreme users of gear, they are continually looking for the best systems in terms of performance across a wide range of conditions that are also durable and packable.
Over the years, my tactics for finding sheds have changed. In the early days, I spent countless hours with my boots on the ground, zig-zagging across the mountain, searching for horns. Now, I try and work my way up to high points adjacent from large burnt off faces and let my spotter do most of the work. I still spend plenty of time in the dirt, but as I get older, I try to work smarter, not harder.
Inc. magazine recently revealed that Stone Glacier made their annual list of fastest growing privately held companies in America. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small businesses and Stone Glacier is proud to be ranked No. 1,199 out of 5,000 and to be ranked No. 3 out of all Montana based businesses.
One of the most popular questions we get asked here at SG is, "What gear are you guys using?" Everyone in our shop has a little different hunting style, and that dictates their gear list, but the one thing we all have in common is trying to pack minimally.
When we set out to create a sleeping bag that was truly different than the rest, it quickly became evident that there was a lot of BS and marketin...