Liberty Mountain, one of the largest distributors of outdoor products in the U.S. has signed an agreement for exclusive distribution of the VAUDE line of technical outdoor products in the United States.

Starting in 2006, Liberty Mountain will offer VAUDE's innovative line of cycling packs, backpacks, sleeping bags and tents as well as VAUDE's climbing brand Lucky and stove brand Markill. VAUDE has received multiple awards for their products including an Outdoor Magazine Gear of the Year Award for their Hogan Ultralight tent.

Albrecht von Dewitz, founder of VAUDE Sport GmbH, is a veteran in the Outdoor market and clearly recognizes the necessity of having an U.S. distributor with a strong mountaineering background and credentials.

According to Mr. von Dewitz, “Liberty Mountain is a distribution partner that has an in-depth outdoor market knowledge and shares similar values which VAUDE expresses through its brand statement “The Spirit of Mountain Sports”. Liberty Mountain represents a team of employees that are passionate about mountain sports and are led by a President who does not solely place a priority on the business side but values partnership, reliability, consistency and innovative leadership. Through applying these principles, Liberty Mountain has developed over the past few years into a successful specialist for Mountain and Outdoor gear. VAUDE is glad to join in this momentum and to enrich Liberty Mountain with its many years of experience in the outdoor industry. Both companies look forward to growing VAUDE into one of the leading Mountaineering Brands in the U.S.”

Gary Heward, Liberty Mountain's president, also feels that this will be a great partnership. “VAUDE's technical products fit in perfectly with our other exclusive brands. VAUDE's products are impressive because of award winning designs and the use of cutting edge technology, including welded seams, excellent technical fabrics, innovative pack frames and more. VAUDE's product testing is also outstanding. Their modern, well-equipped lab tests all their products and materials for durability, abrasion, pull strength and water resistance. The lab also includes a large climate chamber for testing under many different weather conditions. VAUDE offers products that are a great value for a very competitive price.”

Mr. von Dewitz adds that, “VAUDE's high technical development standards for all mountaineering products, together with Liberty Mountain's detailed market knowledge and high service level, are the best criteria for a joint success in the US mountaineering and outdoor market.”

Liberty Mountain will show the 2006 VAUDE line at the upcoming Summer Outdoor Retailer show, and is currently taking pre-season orders.