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Extremities® Heritage

Extremities® began in the 1980s to fill a gap in the market for dedicated clothing accessories that protected the extremities of the body in the worst possible conditions.  Initially marketed under the Wild Country name it became the choice specialist range of head, hand and foot protection for mountain and polar expeditions and was re-branded ‘Extremities®’ in 1991.

How Extremities® Has Evolved

Over the last 30 years our gloves, hats, socks and gaiters have evolved to provide a wider selection of styles that are suitable for more outdoor activities. Extremities® clothing accessories have been put to the test by explorers and record-breaking outdoor athletes who have taken them to the ends of the earth and some of the most extreme places on the planet.



1982: Our first thermal gloves, designed to be used as inner gloves in a layering system, are introduced.
Mid 1980s: We launch the world’s first taped Gore-Tex mitt, the Mountain Mitt, designed for winter mountain conditions.
1989: Gaiters are added to the range.
1991: The Extremities name is launched, following the re-branding of the Wild Country clothing accessories range. 
1993: Wild Country Ltd de-merges and its Extremities clothing accessories business and tent business form Terra Nova Equipment Ltd.
1995: Windstopper gloves and fleece headwear are introduced, including ‘Guide Gloves’ which are still bought today.
1996: New waterproof Gore-Tex gloves designed for mountaineers, alpinists and skiers are launched.
1996: Waterproof headwear is added, including a top of the range winter hat, the ‘Ice Cap’, which is still a favourite with mountaineers.
1997: A lighter weight range of gloves and headwear using Power Stretch is introduced which still forms part of our thermal offering.
2005: We develop gloves and hats for active sports using a new extremely lightweight Windstopper fabric.
2007: Primaloft, the highest performing insulation available, is included in some of our new gloves.
2014: We develop thermal, stretch gloves and hats which are fully waterproof, providing a close fitting and dexterous alternative to traditional wet weather styles.

Technical Expertise

We are an accessories specialist focusing purely on gloves, hats, socks and gaiters. We pride ourselves on our technical understanding of fabrics and materials and how they work best in clothing accessories. Our commitment to the quality of the products we develop and the service we provide is demonstrated by our ISO9001 accreditation.


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