Summit Gear builds Australian made packs, bags and other products for outdoor recreation, fire fighting, medical and technical rescue. We offer a full custom design service, and are a respected supplier to many government, rescue and industrial organisations (see list at bottom of page).
All Summit Gear products are proudly made in Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia.
In addition to Summit Gear products, we supply a range of equipment from the world’s leading outdoor companies. Whether it is a short stroll in you local National Park , to a full blown overseas trip or expedition, we can kit you out from head to toe for your next adventure.
What we offer ...
Firstly, we don't sell junk. We see no reason to waste your time or ours by selling products that just aren't up to the job (and there is a LOT of junk available in outdoor shops these days!). We provide a streamlined range of high quality, thoughtfully designed and manufactured products for outdoor adventure. We aren't going to burden you with overwhelming 'choice' when we've waded through the muck and found what we believe are the best products in their respective categories.
We offer honest and frank advice and gear assessments. We've been in this industry for a very long time and we've seen many changes and trends in the outdoors. For all the awesome new technical gear that comes out every year, the reality stays the same : gravity falls downwards, it is still bloody hard work carrying a big pack uphill, and it is horrible to spend too much time camping in the rain in a leaky tent! So when we look at gear for your next trip, we'll always shove the marketing hype to the back of the conversation , and have a real chat with you about real world gear use.
Please be aware that this website doesn't list our entire range of products that we stock in store. The shops do run a fairly dynamic and evolving range, so if you can't find something CONTACT US and we'll give you a call to discuss your requirements.
A little history ...
Way back in the dark ages of 1981, Dave and Trish Murphy opened a little outdoor store in the Blue Mountains called Katoomba Outdoor Centre. We brought the first technical climbing and bushwalking gear to the Mountains, saving outdoor enthusiasts the 4-5 hour return trip to Sydney to buy gear.
The gear that was sold in Australia at the time was generally from the United States or Europe via Asia. It often was not adequately made or designed for use in the harsh Blue Mountains environment, and we saw a need for locally designed and manufactured equipment. In 1983 we bought our first industrial sewing machine, and began manufacturing outdoor equipment.
Rucksacks were cut out on the lounge room floor and sewn in the shop, between serving customers. It would take one week to complete a daypack. The original labels were hand drawn on completion of the pack to ensure that it was correctly aligned. Dave never made a mistake with the label!
As orders began to come in, our first machinist, Kathy, was hired to begin full time manufacturing from our back shed. The word began to spread of the clean designs and absolute durability of Summit Gear rucksacks. Manufacturing premises were leased, staff numbers increased, and Summit Gear continued to manufacture everything from expedition climbing harnesses and packs, to medical and rescue gear to the toughest school bags available.
By the 1990's, Summit Gear equipment had been used on expeditions to all major mountain ranges in the world, including first ascents in the former Soviet Union and Antarctica. Summit Gear products were used widely by rescue teams, professional guiding and outdoor education groups, and outdoor enthusiasts nation-wide. Summit Gear was also involved in manufacturing packs for other major outdoor brands in Australia.
As we entered the early 2000's , we re-established our outdoor retail presence in Katoomba with a large destination store that stocked not just Summit Gear products, but a large range of the finest outdoor equipment available. We were relatively early adaptors to the world of online sales, setting up our first online store in 2003. We opened our second retail store in Glenbrook, Lower Blue Mountains, in 2006, giving us greater access to the Sydney market, whilst still ensuring that the bush is only three minutes walk away.
Dave and Trish retired in March 2015 and became professional bushwalkers. Summit Gear cntinues to thrive under our current owner Robert, and we have big plans in our future.
We still build all our products in Katoomba, Blue Mountains. We come across our packs in all corners of the globe, and we work with a great team of outdoor enthusiasts to bring you quality equipment for your next adventure.
Locations and contacts
Katoomba (retail store):
86 Katoomba St Katoomba NSW 2780. Ph: (02) 4782 3018. Open: 9am - 5 pm Monday to Saturday, and 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday.
Corporate, government and industrial sales / manufacturing enquiries:
Contact Robert Inshaw directly on 0428 251 901 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summit Gear is a trusted supplier to:
- NSW Rural Fire Service
- NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
- NSW State Emergency Service
- NSW Ambulance Service - Special Casualty Access Team, and Special Operations
- NSW Police Service - Police Rescue
- NSW Department of Health
- Energy Australia
- Westpac Rescue Helicopter
- ACT Parks and Wildlife Service
- ACT Rural Fire Service
- ACT Ambulance Service - Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter
- Department of Defence - Army Adventurous Training Wing
- NSW Department of Education - TAFE Outdoor Recreation
- WA Police Airwing
- CHC Helicopters South Australia
- Ambulance Service of Tasmania
- Ambulance Service of Victoria
- Northern Territory Department of Health
- NSW Mines Rescue
- WA Surf Lifesaving
- Tasmania Fire Service
- Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
- Phu Bia Mining Ltd (Laos)