How did the story begin?
"We started because I wanted a better mattress," says John Burroughs, co-founder of Thermarest. As an experienced mountaineer, John knew that the thin foam mattresses of the early 1970s left a lot of room for a more comfortable mattress.
And when Jim Lea, a friend and colleague at Boeing, discovered a way to outfit those uncomfortable mattresses with inflatable fabric and an airway control system, the self-inflating mattress was born. In 1972, the friends filed a patent for the "Thermarest" mattress and formed Cascade Designs Inc.
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Thermarest is also part of several organizations dedicated to protecting access to natural areas, helping people in contact with the environment and sustainably managing recreational areas to make the outdoors a better place for everyone.
As we look back on 50 years of Thermarest innovations, the brand continues its unwavering commitment. With more and more people enjoying the outdoors, the Thermarest team around the world looks forward to the next 50 years!
- INNOVATIVE BRAND
- COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT
- A BRAND WITH GROWING POPULARITY