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About Topo Designs

Made For Anywhere On Your Map.

At Topo Designs, we’re rooted in mountain culture and outdoor living, but love exploring cities and world travel. We look to proven classics for inspiration, yet take advantage of innovative technologies to ensure a timeless look with modern functionality. We are uncomplicated and utilitarian, but with a sense of design and style through simplicity. Our goal is to not have to choose a single path—we want to live on both sides of the fence, where life is always greener.


Our Roots
At Topo Designs, we’re rooted in mountain culture and outdoor living, but love exploring cities and world travel. We look to proven classics for inspiration, yet take advantage of innovative technologies to ensure a timeless look with modern functionality. We are uncomplicated and utilitarian, but with a sense of design and style through simplicity. Our goal is to not have to choose a single path—we want to live on both sides of the fence, where life is always greener.


<tc>Today, we’re still in the mode of making things we want to use as individuals and connecting with our customers as a brand. We want to produce the most durable, versatile, beautiful products that can be used around town, out on the trail and traveling the globe. We know nothing is more frustrating than being let down by your own gear, so that motivates us to make things that last. Simple, classic, well-designed products that are inspired by who we are and where we live.</tc>

WHAT IS THE NEW OUTDOOR™?

OUR CORE ELEMENTS

<tc>The New Outdoor™ is an endeavor we’ve been channeling since day one. These elements are what we believe a more utilitarian, sustainable, and inclusive approach to the outdoors can be.</tc>
We’ve been about utility since we started—striving to create a line as versatile in the outdoors as it is in the city, or any travels in-between. We design our line to be the ingredients that can be mixed and matched, reconfigured and reimagined by you, our #TeamTopo community, to best represent who you are as individuals. 


We believe sustainability is a never-ending work in progress. By building durable products that stick around for the long haul, researching and implementing recycled materials and lower impact manufacturing, and beginning with design to constantly work towards a more sustainable product line.



Think approachable, not exclusive. We want a new outdoor to exist in which we can all benefit, not just one specialized group. Inviting both the outsider and the insider, and blurring the boundaries of life and outdoor together.


SUSTAINABILITY

<tc>SUSTAINABLE</tc>

PRODUCT

We begin every design cycle with clear direction on the sustainable characteristics desired in our material families. Our goal over the next 3 to 5 years is to reduce the amount of virgin materials we use every season, driving towards a line of packs and bags made completely of recycled materials. Our apparel line is currently highlighted with components like GlobalWool™ consisting of 65% recycled Italian wool, Tee shirts are built with 100% organic cotton, and our recycled fleece is supplied by innovative mills focused on reducing microfiber release. Our new outerwear will implement recycled nylons and polyesters that not only look and feel better but are both durable and ethically produced.


PROCESS

Our long-term vision for process improvement is to reduce waste, harmful chemical use and energy consumption. The introduction of our Dirt Collection is an example boasting all three, where utilizing a garment dyeing process along with specifying GreenScreen Certified chemicals has directly resulted in a reduction of water and energy use, as well as waste creation. As applicable in the rest of our apparel line, we specify the use of low-impact dyes, water-based inks and minimal additives during washing and drying processes to further reduce our environmental and human impacts.

Our Made in Colorado products champion local assembly with shorter deliveries, resulting in lower carbon emissions. The packs and bags we make with Horween® Leather fall under the Leather Working Group’s guidelines for best practices within the leather supply chain.

PEOPLE

The most integral part of bringing Topo Designs products to life are the people driving our manufacturing process from within our high-caliber factories and international teams. We choose our partners based on their ability to deliver innovative manufacturing expertise that best support our long-term quality product demands and sustainability goals. All of our local and international manufacturing partners adhere to Fair Labor guidelines and maintain certifications and best practices needed to fully support our expectations as they relate to the health and well-being of our partner workers.


<tc>ENVIRONMENT</tc>

We are undertaking a number of enduring and progressive steps in order to support the paramount importance of environmental protections. Our current product criteria focuses on technologies reducing energy consumption as well as identifying partners experienced in promoting renewable energy use. We are also driving towards procuring 100% of all our natural fiber fabrics from regenerative and responsible sources; reducing the need for single-use plastics by eliminating them from our packaging; increasing efficiencies within our logistics in order to reduce our carbon emissions; and participating in carbon offsets for those we can not eliminate.


<tc>LIFE CYCLE</tc>

We believe in sustainability through durability, which is why we build our packs and bags with components like high denier nylons, heavy-duty YKK zippers and hardware, Cordura® fabrics and rich Horween® leathers. The nylon deniers we choose have high abrasion resistance, tear strength and tensile strength, that along with critical point reinforced stitching equates to a longer product lifespan. Our MAP Guarantee™ Repairs Program pushes a “repair, don’t replace” approach in which we keep more packs in use, rather than sending them to the landfill.


<tc>SO, WHAT'S NEXT?</tc>
Our long-term vision for process improvement is to reduce waste, harmful chemical use and energy consumption. The introduction of our Dirt Collection is an example boasting all three, where utilizing a garment dyeing process along with specifying GreenScreen Certified chemicals has directly resulted in a reduction of water and energy use, as well as waste creation. As applicable in the rest of our apparel line, we specify the use of low-impact dyes, water-based inks and minimal additives during washing and drying processes to further reduce our environmental and human impacts.


<tc>TOPO DESIGNS</tc>
<tc>Warranty and Repair</tc>
We stand behind our quality and durability on all packs, bags and accessories, which is why Topo Designs offers a reasonable lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Our warranty does not cover any damage caused by neglect, improper care, accident, or normal wear and tear.