Product Manager, Gear Designer and Product Development Specialist with experience designing, developing and sourcing premium-quality, award-winning tents, sleeping bags and backpacks.

ABOUT

" A picture is worth a thousand words, a prototype is worth a thousand pictures. " Tom Kelly, IDEO   The first purchase I made after college was a walking foot sewing machine. I teamed up with a climbing partner and started a business, sewing custom equipment for climbers; harnesses, porta-ledges, bibs, sleds and shelters. That’s how I learned how to sew, by just doing it.   I am also passionate about outdoor gear. I enjoy debating the trade-offs of features and different designs with likeminded product people. I appreciate a good brainstorming session and finding new ways of thinking about outdoor gear.  While the start-up was a start, my first official job in the outdoor industry was repairing tents for Walrus tents. I have learned that people love their tents, the tent is their home away from home. On a cold rainy windy, night, it helps them weather the storm. For those unaccustomed to sleeping outdoors, a tent is a fortress protecting them from mountain lions, wolves, bears and all the critters that go bump in the night.   My name is Jim I am based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. To request a resume or ask questions please email me at  jimgiblin360@gmail.com           Here are the honors I have received.     2017 Gumption Gear Editor’s Choice – Thermarest Tranquility 6 Tent    2017 Fish Alaska Editors’ Choice – Thermarest Proton Blanket    2016 Mountain PRO (UK) Editor’s Choice – Thermarest Capella 32F Women’s Synthetic Sleeping Bag    2014 Gear Institute Best in Class – Thermarest Antares HD 20F Down Sleeping Bag / Mira 15F Hydrophobic Down Sleeping Bags    2013 Outdoor Trade Show Novel Award (UK) – Thermarest Mira HD 15F Women’s Down Sleeping Bag    2012 International Forum Design/OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD (Germany) – Thermarest Antares HD 15F Down Sleeping Bag       2011 Outdoor Enthusiast Editor’s Choice(UK) – Platypus Origin 9 Hydration Backpack    2010 National Geo. Adventure Best of Adventure Gear – Thermarest Haven 20F Sleeping Bag    2010 OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD – Platypus Origin Hydration Pack Line    2006 Backpacker Editors’ Choice – MSR Mutha Hubba 3 Person Tent    2005 – 2008 Best Selling Tent Brand - SNEWS Retailer Survey    2005 Consumers Digest Best Buy – MSR Hubba, Hubba Hubba, Wind 2 & 4 Tents    2005 Backpacker Editors’ Choice – MSR Hubba Hubba 2 Person Tent    2004 Backpacker Editors’ Choice – MSR Missing Link 2 Person Shelter    2003 Field & Stream Best of the Best – MSR Ventana Tent

"A picture is worth a thousand words, a prototype is worth a thousand pictures." Tom Kelly, IDEO

The first purchase I made after college was a walking foot sewing machine. I teamed up with a climbing partner and started a business, sewing custom equipment for climbers; harnesses, porta-ledges, bibs, sleds and shelters. That’s how I learned how to sew, by just doing it. 

I am also passionate about outdoor gear. I enjoy debating the trade-offs of features and different designs with likeminded product people. I appreciate a good brainstorming session and finding new ways of thinking about outdoor gear.

While the start-up was a start, my first official job in the outdoor industry was repairing tents for Walrus tents. I have learned that people love their tents, the tent is their home away from home. On a cold rainy windy, night, it helps them weather the storm. For those unaccustomed to sleeping outdoors, a tent is a fortress protecting them from mountain lions, wolves, bears and all the critters that go bump in the night.

My name is Jim I am based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. To request a resume or ask questions please email me at jimgiblin360@gmail.com  

 

Here are the honors I have received.

2017 Gumption Gear Editor’s Choice – Thermarest Tranquility 6 Tent

2017 Fish Alaska Editors’ Choice – Thermarest Proton Blanket

2016 Mountain PRO (UK) Editor’s Choice – Thermarest Capella 32F Women’s Synthetic Sleeping Bag

2014 Gear Institute Best in Class – Thermarest Antares HD 20F Down Sleeping Bag / Mira 15F Hydrophobic Down Sleeping Bags

2013 Outdoor Trade Show Novel Award (UK) – Thermarest Mira HD 15F Women’s Down Sleeping Bag

2012 International Forum Design/OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD (Germany) – Thermarest Antares HD 15F Down Sleeping Bag   

2011 Outdoor Enthusiast Editor’s Choice(UK) – Platypus Origin 9 Hydration Backpack

2010 National Geo. Adventure Best of Adventure Gear – Thermarest Haven 20F Sleeping Bag

2010 OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD – Platypus Origin Hydration Pack Line

2006 Backpacker Editors’ Choice – MSR Mutha Hubba 3 Person Tent

2005 – 2008 Best Selling Tent Brand - SNEWS Retailer Survey

2005 Consumers Digest Best Buy – MSR Hubba, Hubba Hubba, Wind 2 & 4 Tents

2005 Backpacker Editors’ Choice – MSR Hubba Hubba 2 Person Tent

2004 Backpacker Editors’ Choice – MSR Missing Link 2 Person Shelter

2003 Field & Stream Best of the Best – MSR Ventana Tent