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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