Cactus Climbing Equipment

Cactus is a small operation that is based in Christchurch, New Zealand, that prides itself on making functional and aesthetic gear: “Our aim is to design and build durable, useful products. We do this by utilising quality fabrics and components”. It makes its equipment in NZ. While they have a strong focus on design principles and use a range of natural materials in their products, they are not billing themselves as being particularly focused on environmental sustainability. In their publically available information (ie, their website), they take a fairly simple approach to their operation – effectively saying:  its good stuff, made locally, and it will last a long time.

near Mt Fainter, VIC

They make a wide range of outdoor gear, including packs, clothing, climbing mats, shoulder and laptop bags and other accessories.

A longer assessment available here.


About Cam Walker

I work with Friends of the Earth, and live in Castlemaine in Central Victoria, Australia. Activist, dad to Tali & Mia, mountain enthusiast, climber & would be telemark skier.
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One Response to Cactus Climbing Equipment

  1. John says:

    I have a pair of Cactus WK Supertrousers which are great for horse riding. I work as a horse trekking guide in Mongolia each year, and was wearing out a pair of trou each season. I was a bit worried about the stiffness of the fabric (they are quite heavy-duty), causing rubs in all the wrong places, but they’re actually very comfortable. Looks like they will have many more years of use in the wilds of Mongolia. Beats the hell out of buying another pair of disposable Chinese-made trousers every year. John.

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