NB: This website has moved to its next (and hopefully final) address of : http://www.outdoorinov8.com/compass !! Please bookmark the
new link, as earlier addresses ( http://www.inov8.au.com/compass and http://homepage.mac.com/inov8/Compass/ ) have both expired.
A History timeline that tracks significant events, company formations and product
releases across the entire industry
A Brand backgrounder offers: a). an introductory Profile on an individual company
brand, b) that brand's specific History timeline and c). selected Photos and Images,
mostly scanned from old catalogs that predate the internet age. Hover cursor over
thumbnails to show captions. Click any thumbnail to display a larger image and
commence a slideshow, with manual forward and reverse arrows appearing in top
third of image.
Additional Links reference other websites that offer an alternative look at outdoor
Although the site has endeavoured to be as accurate as possible, it no doubt includes
mistakes and omissions. Please advise if you feel certain information would merit
revision. Bearing in mind this is not a publicly moderated Wiki-style site, but is a
Many images were scanned from old catalogues or magazines, whilst others were
found on the internet, The project was commenced as a private hobby, before it was
thought to become a public web document, so some photo/image credits were not
dutifully recorded. Anyone recognising an image to which they retain exclusive rights
should contact me (Warren McLaren), via email, to request credit or removal of the
APOLOGIES: this email link has been broken for sometime. Hopefully it now
works. Please resend any emails, prior to 23 Nov 2015.
NB: Because Compass is a very image rich website, some larger scans may take a
wee while to load. But they will.
'Compass' charts the innovative history of equipment
and clothing within the outdoor pursuits industry.
It is by no means a definitive account, but rather an
idiosyncratic personal recollection.
With everything going online and web-based these days, the
history of products has become so very transient -- the slate
is wiped clean with each new season or collection. Here then
are images (and info) salvaged from the days of paper
catalogs, and of websites now closed.
No doubt many people will say, "Yeh, but why don't you have
anything about product X or company Y?" Maybe I do, but I
just haven't found time in a busy life to get it uploaded as of
yet. It's been a bucket-load of work just getting things to this
point. A little patience may bring forth all sorts of wonders.
This is very much a Work In Progress.