Montbell focuses on "Light & Fast™" and does so without compromising on quality, durability or function. The definition of what is functional can be very broad. It naturally depends on the products intended usage, user specific requirements and circumstances. Montbell takes this issue seriously and tries to develop a well balanced and wide range of products that can be used in extreme conditions for different intended uses. The range and depth of products offered is what makes Montbell an extremely competitive outdoor gear and clothing company.
In 1975, Isamu Tatsuno started Montbell with two of his mountaineering partners, Fumiaki Masaki and Sachiko Masuo. Since then, Montbell has been developing lightweight, high-quality, outdoor products that follow the Japanese tradition of kinobi: Function is Beauty.