Menno Van Wyk founded a company in Seattle, Washington called One Sport in 1982 that developed and sold trail running and hiking shoes. In 1997 it was rebranded as Montrail. The same year, their hiking boot Moraine was rated Best Hiking Boot in Backpacker Magazine. In 1999 the company patented stretchable Gore-Tex in the Java GTX shoe. In 2002 it created the first "shoftshell" shoe made with Schoeller fabric. IN 2004 "Gryptonite" ultra-sticky rubber was introduced, and in 2005 PRFRM thermo-moldable foam was introduced in the Molokai and Molokini flip flops, Enduro-Soles, and rock climbing shoes; Gryptonite rubber was extended to trail running shoes; Hardrock was introduced.

 

In 2006 Montrail was acquired by Columbia Sportswear for a cash payment of $15 million plus the assumption of certain liabilities. The company and its 25 employees relocated to Portland within the year. Columbia continued to use the Montrail brand through 2016. However, in 2017, Montrail was discontinued as a brand when Montrail was sub-branded as Columbia Montrail.

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