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25 Years of Inventive Design

  • September 1, 1986 -- Founded in Seattle, Washington, as De Sar Inc. by Rick Hemmerling and Joe Boldan.
  • 1987 The Baja is introduced - a ventilated shirt with lots of pockets that looks good enough to go into town. The Baja is the first "climate control" shirt.
  • 1988 The company is rebranded and the ExOfficio name is introduced.
  • 1991 We develop our own Nycott fabric to make the first comfortable 100% nylon pant. We are the first to build a brief into a non-elastic waist pant. Backpacker Magazine deems the Amphi pant the "Find of the Year".
  • 1991 We begin incorporating our signature hidden security-zip pockets into many pieces to give travelers a safe place to carry valuables.
  • 1993 We are the first major company to introduce high performance convertible clothing.
  • 1994 We build UV protection into a new shirt, the Air Strip®. It has a unique venting system and is the first synthetic shirt that is as comfortable as cotton but also wicks moisture. We also introduce a 3-position sun collar for adjustable protection from harmful UV rays.
  • 1995 Listed on Inc. 500 as fastest growing private company (again in 1996 and 1997).
  • 1996 We are one of the first companies to introduce Teflon® coating to make garments water and stain resistant.
  • 1997 We invent our indestructible button system to survive the demanding use of daily wear. We also introduce the floating pocket, which has now sold over 250,000 units.
  • 2000 We introduce odor-resistant Give-N-Go® performance underwear made of diamond-weave mesh. We also introduce Aegis® Microbe Shield® technology into our garments.
  • 2004 We are the first company to introduce EPA registered Insect Shield® insect repellent clothing to the country. Our Bugsaway® collection combines sun protection and insect repellent treatments for maximum outdoor protection. We also begin offering garments made with dri-release® and Freshguard®.
  • 2006 We introduce the Irresistible® sweater line. Super soft and wicking performance fabric.
  • 2007 Jarden Corp. acquires ExOfficio. Jarden is a leading provider of niche consumer products. ExOfficio is a part of their outdoor solutions branch. Our Tofutech® Tee Shirt wins the Backpacker Magazine Green Gear of the Year Award.
  • 2010 Our Storm Logic® convertible jacket wins a Travel Goods Show Innovation Award.
  • 2011 We develop our Sol Cool® line with 50 UPF and Ice Fil® technology. We also partner with Cocona® to create our ExoDri® line.
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Design Philosophy

Here at ExOfficio, clothing performance is the cornerstone of our design process. For each garment, we ask: what is it Made To do? The answer leads to fabric choice. Each garment possesses technology to optimize it for a particular type of activity. Read More

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