Mountain Designs Closing Down

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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby casey79 » Wed 28 Mar, 2018 9:06 am

Doonish wrote:Imagine they'll just bring it as a branded line into the present Anaconda stores? Can't imagine them running separate shops...



Yeah my money is on MD's becoming the Anaconda house brand.
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Gadgetgeek » Wed 28 Mar, 2018 8:16 pm

The big question is, will they actually still have any sort of MD-ness to them, or will it just be a tag on some random OEM gear.
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Franco » Thu 29 Mar, 2018 8:16 am

Gadgetgeek wrote:The big question is, will they actually still have any sort of MD-ness to them, or will it just be a tag on some random OEM gear.

In theory (according to the press release) yes, in practice we will have to wait.
"Avi Gilboa, Group Managing Director of Spotlight Group Holdings, has confirmed
that the legacy of Mountain Designs will continue. “Mountain Designs is a leading
adventure brand with a proud 43-year heritage. The brand has always provided
quality, technical, multi-functional gear for all Australians” said Mr Gilboa".
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Gadgetgeek » Thu 29 Mar, 2018 8:32 am

From my end, if they were able to pull it back together and start selling gear that was high-quality enough to be durable, and well designed enough to be robust and inexpensive, then I'd really like to see them get into this mid-market that school camp gear tends to be bought at. Supposedly Rays was trying to target that zone, but I think they sorely missed the mark, and the recent anaconda ads seem to suggest that they are trying to cater to that end of things, so maybe we will see something worth looking at. The other mid-brands have too much cruft at this point, so many useless features and weight, and oztrail seems to have struggled to find a designer who has actually used a hiking tent. I know they are built to budget, but does a tent inner really need a storm flap on the zip, when the skin isn't waterproof?
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Mr Bean » Thu 10 May, 2018 10:40 am

Over the past 15 years, my selection of gear (for Melbourne) came from either MD, Paddy Pallin, Bogong or MacPac. Each had their strengths. My heavy duty Goretex bib and brace pants from MD are still going well after 8-9 years of skiing. Along with the variety of gloves that have held up well. Alas, no more, as I wander past the empty store, rapidly being changed to another outdoor gear store. Online stores, for gear at least, never did appeal to me. Called me old fashioned, I like to fiddle and feel.
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Overlandman » Mon 17 Dec, 2018 5:57 pm

Just wondering if anyone has heard if MD are going to reopen online anytime soon :o
From the MD website
We'll be back in 2019 with more information on when our products will be back in stock.

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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Overlandman » Fri 22 Mar, 2019 4:04 pm

Received an email from them today

As an Alliance Club member, we wanted you to be the first to know Mountain Designs is back. :D
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby matagi » Fri 22 Mar, 2019 4:36 pm

Overlandman wrote:Received an email from them today

As an Alliance Club member, we wanted you to be the first to know Mountain Designs is back. :D

I got the same email - over a week ago.
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby CraigVIC » Tue 02 Apr, 2019 6:59 pm

MD gear is now in the Anaconda catalogue, "New to Anaconda" Clothes plus some gear.
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Equivocator » Thu 11 Apr, 2019 8:32 am

Yup, seems a few people in this thread called it, Anacondas owners have bought out MD so you'll see it on the shelves there soon I guess;
https://www.smartcompany.com.au/industr ... n-designs/
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby CraigVIC » Thu 11 Apr, 2019 8:57 am

Equivocator wrote:Yup, seems a few people in this thread called it, Anacondas owners have bought out MD so you'll see it on the shelves there soon I guess;
https://www.smartcompany.com.au/industr ... n-designs/


MD gear is in Anaconda now. All the staff were wearing Mountain Designs tees last week, as a promotion I guess.

It is spread throughout the store in the relevant sections just like any other brand they carry.
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Ms_Mudd » Thu 11 Apr, 2019 7:07 pm

Yes, have seen it on ebay Anaconda store too.

I got super excited that the MD site itself was back up, but alas, no superdry tights/shirts or my favourite socks. Wahhhhhhhhhh
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby crollsurf » Sat 04 May, 2019 9:44 am

Sadly Mountain Designs has changed from US/AUS sizing to Chinese, so by the looks of things, nothing for us bigger folk.
Used to fit 2XL MD and now looks like even 3XL is too small. :(
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 04 May, 2019 12:40 pm

crollsurf wrote:Sadly Mountain Designs has changed from US/AUS sizing to Chinese, so by the looks of things, nothing for us bigger folk.
Used to fit 2XL MD and now looks like even 3XL is too small. :(

I know we larger people are a very small market in Oz but it is one that MD used to cover well, even if in only a small range. As I have staid before it is no wonder some of use buy direct from the USA
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Overlandman » Sat 04 May, 2019 5:46 pm

crollsurf wrote:Sadly Mountain Designs has changed from US/AUS sizing to Chinese, so by the looks of things, nothing for us bigger folk.
Used to fit 2XL MD and now looks like even 3XL is too small. :(


Thanks Crollsurf for letting us know about the sizing.
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby johnw » Sat 04 May, 2019 7:26 pm

Might be worth complaining to Anaconda about the sizing if it's inconsistent with other brands they stock?
I'm at the smaller end of the size spectrum (medium or occasionally small) but have often ended up with XL Asian sizes when ordering through Aliexpress or eBay.
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Gadgetgeek » Sun 05 May, 2019 9:14 am

Its certainly worth letting them know where they are loosing their sales, otherwise they will sink to the lowest common denominator and we'll have another oztrail et al.
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Re: Mountain Designs Closing Down

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 05 May, 2019 9:44 am

To be fair it isn't just Anaconda. The same applies across the board in all those companies that have sent manufacturing overseas coupled with the current fashion for skinny looking clothing and the sad fact that many of us are getting fatter
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