Banana Equipment, Estes Park, Colorado, a Pioneer in the use of Goretex

"Banana," begun in 1974, was another of the pioneering companies started on a tiny budget by a man and a woman working hard to make a dream come true. Moonstone Mountaineering was another company started by a couple, as was Holubar.

A signature of Banana products was their fanciful use of yellow and green fabrics in many of their products. The company's Goretex mountain pants take an award in the history of gear as probably the first full-featured, commericially available Goretex mountains pants. My wife and I owned a set- hers yellow and mine bright green. We were two peak-bagging bananas! In the picture below, we see her Banana pants atop the summit of 14,162 ft. Mt. Shasta in California. I title the picture "The Joy of Climbing," in wry remembrance of the brutal cold, the thin air, the evil wind, and the lack of any summit view!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Banana images:

Above: in the picture of Jim Heiden sewing, Nancy Grimes pointed out, "Look at the time!" It is past 2 a.m. and there's Jim moonlighting; he has a "real" job to go to in the morning! Next is a Banana ad from Backpacker Magazine in 1977. And final image is of a Banana metal snap following the company's fun-filled tagline: "Products with Appeal" -- it's a banana half-peeled!

 

Please Note: All Material on this page, and in all my "History of Gear" webpages, is copyrighted, and no usage of my material is permitted unless explicit permission is granted by me, Bruce B. Johnson, owner of OregonPhotos.com. The images of the founders was provided by Nancy Grimes in 2018.

 

Current Status of Banana Equipment

The company has been closed for many years!


Please Note: All Material on this page, and in all my "History of Gear" webpages, is copyrighted, and no usage of my material is permitted unless explicit permission is granted by me, Bruce B. Johnson, owner of OregonPhotos.com


Some Other gear pioneers of the 1970s included:

Rivendell Mountain Works

JanSport

Feathered Friends

Crescent Down Works and Early Winters

 

Main Page: Essays and pictures about the Pioneers of the Outdoor Gear Revolution, 1935-The Present, 45+ pages, six history of gear books published, and still every-growing!



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