Buffalo

Buffalo

Buffalo, and more specifically, the Double-P system was the inspiration of  Hamish Hamilton, an inventor of inspired enthusiasm.
 
Once upon a time Hamish worked for Vango and in the mid-sixties gave tent design a quantum boot up the bell-end with the invention of the Force Ten. Generations of scouts, girl guides, outdoors groups and other innocent parties who have survived torrential storms, gales and blizzards in one of these orange wonders may be surprised to learn that the colour was chosen because it gave a much more romantic light for seducing members of the opposite sex than conservationally sound green!
 
Buffalo sleeping bags and latterly clothing arose from experiments to reproduce, in modern materials, Eskimo use of animal fur. The then relatively new fibre piles being used by HeIly Hansen and Javelin provided the perfect fur and a search for an up to date version of Ventile produced Pertex.
 
The big manufacturers were unimpressed however and, reluctantly Hamish chucked in the day job, sold up the house and put his money where his ideas where. Thankfully, it seems to have paid off - "from total disbelief to undisputed acceptance by thousands of people in five years" as the ads say. 
 
Hamish has long since sold up the company but his philosophy lives on with the new owners and Buffalo is noteworthy for being one of the very few outdoor clothing brands still manufacturing in the UK.
 
For more about Buffalo Clothing and how it works, please see our Buffalo Clothing Advice Page.
 
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