Born & Raised in Telluride: Jagged Edge Mountain Gear is Back
When I first moved to Telluride in 1994, there seemed to be a uniform that all locals wore. It consisted of light puffy jacket made by Jagged Edge paired with jeans. Jagged Edge clothing and outerwear was an integral part of my Telluride wardrobe back then. Twenty two years later, I still have my Jagged Edge jacket.
Telluride’s iconic retailer and authentic mountain enthusiast, Erik Dalton, restarts the beloved Jagged Edge Mountain Gear brand with All American made apparel and gear.
Telluride’s own Erik Dalton is fulfilling his dream of returning to the manufacturing heritage of historic outdoor brand Jagged Edge Mountain Gear. Based in one of Colorado’s most iconic mountain destinations, Jagged Edge’s product is made and sourced 100% in the USA. Dalton is further committed to the local retail model by manufacturing instate.
The midmountain product includes progressive outerwear, technical hoodies and a variety of packs and bags, all carrying the traditional Jagged Edge Mountain Gear mark. Production is decidedly small batch in nature and takes place in Colorado’s Front Range, close to the supply chain, technicians and artisan sewers needed to make a quality product.
The product team is lead by long time industry expert and alpinist, Kurt Gray. “We produce and source everything here in the U.S.A.”, Gray says. “We want to build quality gear and help reshore a traditional Colorado industry.” Gray’s background is rooted in outdoor product, including international mountaineering collections for Lowe alpine, Salomon, Fila, The North Face and many others.
“Jagged Edge carries on the tradition of the classic mountain shops of the 1960’s and 70’s; specialty shops that also made their own equipment as much out of necessity as vision.. Names like Holubar, Trailwise and The North Face, laid the foundation of the outdoor industry by building products based on their direct experience with both customers and the mountains. The team at Jagged Edge Mountain Gear continues the tradition and is directly influenced by the mountain community we serve and inspired by the natural environment we love.”
Currently a small team manages all the production in the shop in Broomfield, Colorado . Located in the BoulderDenver corridor, it is an ideal location with access to the operators, technicians and various supply chain necessities needed for sewn goods manufacturing. The future plan includes a full service design & production facility intended to serve an expanded Jagged Edge product line as well as other homegrown companies looking for production space.
“We get daily requests from customers who own 20 year old original Jagged Edge gear to bring back their favorite Jagged Edge fleece or ski bibs’” Dalton says, “ ..they show us their old Journey vests and talk to us about what these garments mean to them...” Erik pauses before finishing, “.. it’s an honor and frankly we’re looking forward to making outdoor gear for them again.”