Massif

YOUR TEAM IS STRONG. WE HELP MAKE IT EVEN STRONGER.

Massif® exists to strengthen those vital links between safety and performance, between you and your teammates, between you and the success of your mission. We know how much you rely on your gear, because Massif grew out of a need for better gear—for ourselves and for our teammates who, like you, put their lives on the line every day.

The founders of Massif were veteran search and rescue team members and alpine climbers whose missions (and lives) often depended upon the safety and functionality of our rescue equipment. Our jobs often required that we shelve our favorite outdoor clothing in exchange for officially sanctioned FR “protective” gear. In our view, the trade-offs between our thoughtfully designed and high performance personal gear, and the uncomfortable, inherently flawed “protective” gear that might save our lives in a flash fire scenario simply weren’t acceptable.

We initially thought we could solve the problem by designing our own rescue equipment, but soon found that the FR fabrics available to us simply didn’t have the performance characteristics we had come to depend on in non-FR gear such as stretch, warmth, breathability, moisture management, and adequate weather protection. So we took matters into our own hands and discovered that the only way to solve the problem was to basically invent new FR fabrics. We won’t go in the details of just what a huge and daunting undertaking that was – but thanks to a core group of extraordinarily dedicated people, we eventually succeeded in engineering a new generation of FR fabrics that began to meet our standards.

What started out as a means of strengthening the links between safety and performance for ourselves and our teammates, soon caught on among other rescue professionals, followed by wildland fire crews, aviators, and the military. As we expanded into new arenas, we recruited experts in those fields to put our gear to the test and give us feedback on how we could best tailor it to their needs. Our commitment to constant field testing and real-time design improvements has resulted in a product line that provides protection without sacrificing comfort or performance.

Massif started out in 1999 as a small company with a staff of two. Today, we’re a world leader in supplying flame resistant and high performance outdoor apparel to the military, law enforcement, search and rescue professionals, and the wildland firefighting community. Our commitment to providing the best gear possible to people with truly dangerous jobs has never changed. It’s who we are. It’s what we do.

The 10th Mountain Division prepares to launch an operation in the insurgent safe haven of Khar War, Afghanistan on April 10, 2009.
 
 

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