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1983: Phillip and Lisa start experimenting with building self inflating pads. They see that there is a better method of construction that yields better bonding durability and lighter weights.   Introduced a high strength brass valve eliminating the need for weaker plastic valves.  

1986: Launches the pantented integrated InsulSeat chair / pad combo.   Philip builds his first PU coating machine; the first of its kind, designed to make fabric not just waterproof, but air-tight.   CFC free foams are introduced out of a commitment to eco friendliness.   Philip develops new PU coating to better bond material to foam, making pads softer, lighter and softer.  

1993: WXtex collection of PU based enviromentally friendly welded bags is launched.  

1995: Production moves to a larger purpose-designed factory to keep up with rapidly increasing demand.  

1998: Developed the high efficiency matrix die cut that drops weight while maintaining insulation and support.   Develops the first two axis cross-coring technique.  

2000: Introduces Diamond Back relief surface technology.  

2001: Mike, Greg and Case meet and begin to collaborate on the next generation of mats.  

2002: Introduced the first and finest Pack Flamingo tent peg: now a cult phenom.  

2004: First hybrid closed cell self inflating mat; Hyperlite.   Dandelion Gear of the Year award for the first women’s specific sleeping mat.   Backpacker Editors choice award for the first synthetically filled air tube mat: Thermo  

2005: Introduces the first high strength hard anodized aluminium valve dropping weight and maintaining durability.  

2006: First combined filled air tube and fully bonded pad design.  

2007: First carbon neutral sleeping pad with the introduction of the Eco-Thermo.   Dry bag line goes 100% PVC free in commitment to the environment and necessary product evolution.   Lightest full length fully bonded mat in the field with the introduction of the AO-lite.   First sleeping pad to incorporate Aspen Aerogel for unparalleled performance.   Backpacker Editor’s Choice Green Award for the EcoEther Thermo.   Outside Magazine’s Green Gear of the Year Award for the EcoEther Thermo.   Australia’s Adventure Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for product innovation and performance.   Leave No Trace/Chaco Trade Show Booth Award, for least impact at Outdoor Retailer Show.  

2008: Launches new category of Chilly Bins Coolers and gear boxes drawing highly developed insulation and welding technology.   Develops environmentally sensitive Eco-Global Commute bags utilizing the renewable, reclaimed and durable materials.  

2009: Peak-Oyl becomes the first self inflating pads using a bio-based palm foam.  

2010: New Matrix Mtn Core provides 4 season insulation without the bulk and weight.   First Air-Loft Core sleeping pad utilizing zonal insulation, providing maximum comfort with very little weight.

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