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Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) - Info


MLD was started by Ron Bell in 2002. Ron�s outdoor LightWeight background spans over 40 years. Even as an Explorer Scout in the 1970�s he only used a 8oz mesh net hammock and a military poncho as shelter. A lot of his focus on lightweight gear comes from his experience as a Search and Rescue Climber for Yosemite National Park (YOSAR). After you sleep inside a haul bag on a big wall, you realize how little you need to reach your goals. Ron currently enjoys section hiking and competes in trail running, trail and road Ultra Marathons, IronMans and various off-road multi sport swim,bike,paddle,run endurance events. Moving fast, light and efficient to meet new goals is his uniting philosophy for new outdoor experiences.

MLD started making light Silnylon Tarps and sold them first on eBay and then from our own website. In 2003 we added more sophisticated designs built from lighter spinnaker fabrics. We broadened our line with ponchos and packs. Right from the start our goal was to offer the lightest fully functional backpacking and wilderness travel equipment possible. 2004 and 2005 was a time of continuous prototyping and we improved our products almost weekly.

A lot of custom orders were built and we learned what the ultra light backpacker wanted and we developed designs and processes to improve construction techniques using the UL fabrics. We tested over 100 different ultra light weight .2 to 2.0 oz/sq/yd fabrics in those years. We learned what worked as the lightest fabrics for each piece of equipment and trip goal. 2007 was the move to a permanent full time business for Ron and a leap for MLD with a new website and even lighter equipment.

Thanks to all our partners and customers who continue to be a crucial part of the Super Ultra Light Revolution.

  .:. Mountain Laurel Designs = Super Ultra Light Backpacking & Wilderness Equipment .:.

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