French company Millet specialises in outdoor equipment including backpacks and sleeping bags. They also offer a wide variety of other equipment including clothing such as jackets, softshell jackets, trousers and base layers.
Millet started out in the 1920s with a range of shopping bags. These bags were soon adapted into backpacks which are where the brand found its initial success. Backpacks designed specifically for mountaineering emerged after 1945. The company made headlines when Louis Lachernal and Maurice Herzog reached the summit of the Himalayan mountain Annapurna with the help of Millet’s ‘Annapurna 50’ backpack.
Innovative and inspiring products by Millet
Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, inspiring outdoor enthusiasts of all disciplines with their innovative and durable products. Millet’s ‘Sherpa 50’ was the first backpack to be made entirely out of nylon, a material that is lighter than cotton. Their revolutionary padded strap also became an industry standard. The company began working with Gore-Tex in the 1970s and produced the first parka made out of the membrane.
Millet moved into sponsorship in the 1970s and has been present at a number of key events in mountaineering. Reinhorld Messner, representing Millet, successfully ascended Everest without oxygen in 1978. Soon the company unveiled a clothing line designed by mountaineers. With such expertise, Millet have managed to stay at the forefront of the climbing and mountaineering industry. As recently as 2013, the company was awarded the gold medal for their Ski Touring Matrix backpack.
Millet backpacks & rucksacks
Millet offers a wide selection of specialist backpacks that are designed to meet the needs of hobbyists and professionals alike. Their backpacks are dependable in extreme situations and are developed in collaboration with experienced mountaineers and climbers. These products have been optimised to deliver warmth, protection and breathability in all environments.
Mountain clothing for men & women
Millet stocks a wide range of high-quality mountaineering clothing for men and women. Their men’s clothing range includes apparel for climbing, trekking, expeditions and skiing. You’ll find jackets, softshell jackets and fleeces that have been designed specifically to withstand harsh climates and environments. Aside from men’s clothing, Millet also produces sleeping bags for men, mountaineering boots and climbing ropes.
The women’s range from Millet includes a wide variety of warm clothing designed to keep you warm outdoors. These include shirts, trousers, fleeces and softshell jackets. A wide selection is available to meet the needs of hobby hikers, mountaineers and trail running. Ski equipment including backpacks for skiing, warm hats and skiing jackets for women are also available.