In 1998, former bouldering world champion Mauro Calibani had the idea for E9 whilst climbing in Meschia, Italy. Fuelled by his passion for the sport, he wanted to design a line of fresh and exciting clothing for rock climbing and bouldering. Calibani decided that the sportswear should be unique in design, function, fit and resilience. It should also draw inspiration from (and protect) nature. That is why E9 products are designed and manufactured exclusively in Italy.
Calibani certainly succeeded in creating a brand that stood out from the rest and today E9 is the number one rock climbing clothing brand in Europe. The company’s range has expanded to include ideal athletic designs for bouldering, trad, deep water solo and even urban wear. Oh and in case you wondered, the company’s name ‘E9’ refers to a level of difficult and dangerous climbing. The higher the number the more difficult and dangerous the way – so an E9 is only beaten by an E10 route.
E9 unique apparel
One thing you can’t accuse E9 of is being boring. Their eye-catching designs come in a variety of striking cuts, vintage colours and bold prints. Their range of popular outdoor clothing includes:
- Climbing pants such as their bestselling Montone Pant and Onda Pant
- Short and long-sleeved tops. For e.g. their Onemove tee and Flip Long Sleeve
- Jackets and hoodies including their Hook and Retro Jacket models
- Accessories like the Cuffia Cap and Pots Sports Bra
Protection from the elements
Most E9 pieces are suitable for year-round use and work well for a wide range of sports from bouldering to running – as well as for everyday life. Their climbing trousers, pants and jackets offer excellent protection against the elements and come with water and wind-proofing treatments. Many pieces are also designed to provide reliable UV protection for activities in sunny climes.
E9 clothing often features their innovative DRYTECH technology. This clever material comfortably wicks body moisture away while offering excellent insulation and breathability. Other features include a variety of alternative high-performance, comfortable materials and cuts designed to offer you the very best freedom of movement.
Thoughtful details od E9 products
The company delights in adding fun and practical details to its pieces. For example, E9 climbing pants come with plenty of pockets for storing all the essentials you may need en-route, elasticated waistbands for added comfort, articulated knees for improved flexibility and even a handy side loop on the leg for stashing your bouldering brush.