WHAT we do and why we do it
Our mission at Kahtoola is to design, manufacture and sell innovative crampons and snow shoes that increase opportunities for and enjoyment of human-powered outdoor activities while benefiting our global community. Simple as that.
At Kahtoola, we combine our love for the outdoors with our love for technology and design. This formula results in MICROspikes that we believe will exceed every expectation you have and help outdoor enthusiasts achieve a new level of adventure. We’re convinced a healthy mind is fueled by an active lifestyle, and Kahtoola can help you achieve your goals, whether you’re running an ultra-marathon, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or walking your dog. We use our crampons; our children use our snow shoes, and our super athlete heroes use our MICROspikes. We trust our gear to the very best and those we care about.
WHAT’S IN A NAME
Deeply inspired by the Tibetan culture, Kahtoola Founder Danny Giovale came across the word Kahtoola while looking through a book about the Tibetan language. Kahtoola means directly. It resonated with Danny immediately and thus became the name and essence of the company and product line. Appropriately, at Kahtoola, we get outdoor enthusiasts directly where they want to go. And each sale directly benefits indigenous mountain cultures and the environment.
At the heart of our very existence is the need to create solutions to outdoor challenges. We embrace discovery and don’t mind an uphill climb to get there. Our aim is to develop best-in-class products that equip you for success and enable you to do more than you otherwise could. Our MICROspikes crampons are equipped with the very best ice spike technology available.
All of us at Kahtoola Field-test and stand by our gear. We back up our products with excellent service and warranties. The Kahtoola company culture honors each person to be his or her own authority, to contribute to the collective goals of the company, to be fair in all interactions and to excel at work and life. Kahtoola’s crampons and snow shoes are made with the up-most precision and care.
From the beginning, we have been determined to make our company a force for good by, providing quality products that get people outdoors, integrating company values into every facet of the business and addressing unmet needs in the world by contributing a portion of our sales through our Kahtoola for the People advisory board, to support indigenous mountain cultures primarily in the Himalayan region. Learn more about Kahtoola for the People.
We exist for the purpose of enabling human-powered outdoor activities. With a passion for the outdoors and the benefit of people everywhere, our gear is made to be durable, reliable and comfortable. Our ice spikes and snow shoes can make it across a huge variety of terrain. The outdoors is our playground, and we’re designing solutions so everyone can participate!
Active relationships and genuine connections among associates, retailers, customers and the community are the keys to our success. We value people over products, and we LOVE our products. We appreciate your commitment to us and your feedback makes our products better and stronger.