The company was founded as One Sport in 1982. In 1997 it was rebranded as Montrail; the Moraine is rated Best Hiking Boot in Backpacker Magazine.
In 1999 the company patented stretchable Gore-Tex in the Java GTX shoe. In 2002 it created the first "shoftshell" shoe made with Schoeller fabric. IN 2004 "Gryptonite" ultra-sticky rubber was introduced, and in 2005 PRFRM thermo-moldable foam was introduced in the Molokai and Molokini flip flops, Enduro-Soles, and rock climbing shoes; Gryptonite rubber was extended to trail running shoes; Hardrock was introduced. In 2006 Montrail was acquired by Columbia Sportswear.
Awards and recognition
- 2003 — Excelerace XCR won Editor’s Choice in Backpacker Magazine and the D7 earns Editor’s Choice in Climbing Magazine.
- 2005 Hardrock won awards in Health Magazine and Outside Magazine
- 2006 Continental Divide wins Best Trail Shoe Debut by Runner's World Magazine and Editor's Choice by TrailRunner Magazine.
- 2007 — Namche was named Best Fastpacking Boot and the Java XCR is named Most Supportive Ultralight Boot by Backpacker Magazine.
The company has sponsored ultrarunning athletes, rock climbers, and related events in the United States after 1996, and now supports 88 athletes. It additionally hosts and sponsors ultrarunning and trail running events in the United States. The Montrail Ultra Cup is a series of six ultrarunning events, culminating at the Western States Endurance Run, a 100 mile ultramarathon.