The story of Halti, founded in 1976, began with the realization that people needed more functional gear in order to enjoy outdoor activities and hiking even in the most demanding conditions. Now almost 50 years later we are still on the same path. We want to inspire people to connect with nature. We want to inspire people to enjoy a day out in the mountains, explore the woods and ski across snow-covered fields. We exist to help people find their own peak moments: to experience the balance, calmness, and harmony that comes with connecting to the natural world.

1976 Halti founded The Halti brand was established by Juhani Hyökyvaara. As a young man, Hyökyvaara worked as a sales assistant in a Helsinki camping and hiking store and saw how people were looking for lighter, more functional backpacks, sleeping bags and tents than the market had to offer. The idea for a company of his own took hold, and Hyökyvaara founded his own business and began to design and manufacture hiking equipment.

1976-1982 Halti reinvents outdoor gear with the legendary Halti 100 and 200 backpacks, fiber-fill sleeping bags, and nylon tents.

1979 Halti equips expedition to Svalbard, Norway.

1981 Halti equips expedition to Greenland.

1982 Halti equips expedition to the Andes.

1984 Halti equips expedition to the North Pole.

1987 Stig Björk climbs Mt McKinley in Alaska using Halti gear.

1988 Thermotech fiber-fill introduced for even lighter and warmer sleeping bags.

1994 Halti equips the Great Wall cycling tour (4,000 km).

1995 Halti introduces DrymaxX, our waterproof and highly- breathable fabric.

2000-2001 Team Nokia/Halti wins the 2000 Raid Gauloises and the 2001 Adventure Racing Championship.

2002 Halti equips Finland and Icelandat the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Halti equips expedition to the South Pole.

2003 Kalle Palander wins the Alpine World Cup on the legendary Kitzbühel course.

2004 Tanja Poutiainen wins the Alpine World Cup season title in both giant slalom and slalom.

2006 Halti introduces Antarctica Pro - the world’s toughest winter expedition tent.

2007 Halti sponsors the Alpine Championships in Åre, Sweden. The Nordic Combined team with Hannu Manninen wins the World Championship in Sapporo.

2009 Halti is the first in the industry to launch a recycling program for waterproof polyester DrymaxX fabric, with a discount on a new jacket when you return your old one. The Airborne Ranger Club of Finland climbs Mt Everest in Halti gear.

2009 Halti is the official partner for the Alpine Championships in Val d’Isere, France.

2010 Halti equips Carina Räihä, the first Finnish woman to climb Mt Everest.

2011 Halti offers body-mapping technology in our Palander and Poutiainen jackets with removable Merino wool and down panels.

2013 Halti sponsors the Alpine Championships in Schaldming, Austria.

2015 Halti introduces a unique winter sledge made out of carbon fibre.

2017 Cooperation with Finnish Ski Association starts. The first part of cooperation was with Nordic Combined Team and Ski Jump Team. The following year, cooperation also expanded with Cross Country Ski Team.

2017 The first Halti Outdoor Weekend is organized in Vuokatti in cooperation with Kainuun Liikunta.

2018 Co-operation with the International Ski Federation, FIS, has been going on for ten years.

2018 Halti is selected as the most respected outdoor and sports brand in Finland.

2019 Halti Hiker Next Generation Jacket - a winner of the Outdoor Lifestyle Apparel category at Outdoor by ISPO.

ISPO Awards

2016/17 Carbon Fiber Expedition Sled, Outdoor Hardware/Snow Expedition Equipment
2019 Hiker Next Generation jacket, Outdoor Lifestyle apparel category

2021 Gifted Ski jacket, Snowsport category

2022 Bergga parka from Kallio® by Halti® -collection, ISPO award winner

Kallio by Halti Bergga Parka Jacket ISPO award winner