Having seen many positive reviews of Montane clothing, mostly from UK-based bloggers, I started looking for US retailers without much luck. Yesterday I called Sport Hansa, the US distributor, to ask who I might try to order a pair of Terra pants from. They are located on the Colorado Front Range, and just moved from Louisville to Longmont a few weeks ago. To my surprise, I was invited to their office to try on anything in their inventory and purchase from them direct.
I drove up from Boulder at lunch today, and was warmly welcomed by Kim and Garrett even though they're busy preparing for OR in Salt Lake City next week. Kim gave me a rundown of Montane's history in the US, and told me that the brand is still looking to gain traction. They'll have a bigger presence at OR than in previous years, with direct support from Montane in the UK, so they are hopeful of growth.
Of potential interest to BPLers, Sport Hansa also distribute Terra Nova, Kulipika wooden cutlery and Growers Cup coffee, along with the non-UL Helle knives (beautiful craftsmanship), Wetterlings axes, and Gronell boots. I've never seen so many TN shelters in one place! I got to play with a well-worn TN Ultra 20 cuben fiber backpack. It was a strange realization that the straps were distinctly heavier than the pack material.
After an hour and a half of very pleasant conversation and trying a variety of items, I left with a pair each of Terra and Terra Pack pants, Featherlite pants, and a Slipstream windshirt. Without going into details, the prices were very appealing.
If you're looking for Montane and can't find what you're looking for through US retailers, contact Sport Hansa direct and they should be able to help you out. If you're local to the Boulder area, they'd love to have you come visit in person.