Kathmandu’s outdoor and active wear is renowned for its affordability and durability, and is pre-eminent amongst retailers specializing in camping, hiking and travel wear and equipment. Kathmandu provides men, women and children extremely comfortable and durable clothing suitable for outdoor activities and travelling. Additionally, the brand provides packs and bags, sleeping gear, camping accessories and tents. Their product is famed for its endurance, and their packs have gone on many journeys, from climbing Mount Everest to accompanying rowdy youngsters backpacking around Europe. Their equipment and clothing is suitable for all active occasions, from a jog around your local park to an intense jungle trek.
Kathmandu was created after its founders spotted a major in the outdoor and travel gear market in the mid eighties. In 1987, Kathmandu opened its first store in Hardware Lane in Melbourne. Its first New Zealand opened in 1991 in Christchurch. Over nearly thirty years, Kathmandu has become the superior outdoor gear provider, and now has over a hundred stores and 1500 team members. In November 2009, Kathmandu became a publicly listed business on the Australia and New Zealand Stock Exchanges.