"The quality & diversity of good mountaineering equipment is staggering these days, but when it comes to pure specialist equipment for modern alpine style objectives PHD leads the way not only in the UK, but in the world. PHD gear is state of the art, both in design and thinking, with everything built on three decades of hands on experience, a time line of equipment that has been used on most of the greatest mountain challenges of our time". Andy Kirkpatrick
"At four foot eleven inches tall and size 10 I have always struggled to purchase extreme clothing for mountaineering that has not been too large or cumbersome. PHD’s down clothing and equipment, especially tailored to my needs, made a significant contribution to my recent successes on Makalu and Lhotse". Adele Pennington, the first British woman to climb five 8000m peaks.
"The best custom-made down gear in the UK comes from PHD".
Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
These were Peter Hutchinson's original words about PHD and they are as true now as they were then. The essence of the business has not changed and after 52 years designing and making expedition software Peter Hutchinson is still very much involved.
We are still small, still specialising in extreme warmth and extreme lightness, still designing and making everything in Stalybridge UK, still insistent on verifying our own quality standards. The original team is still working at what we do best and as keen as ever to develop new ideas.
The main difference is that Peter Elliott joined us four years ago and has taken over the daily demands of the business as Managing Director. Peter has been a climber for over 30 years and is currently a member of his local Mountain Rescue Team. He loves PHD, the people, the ethos, the gear we make and the people we make it for. He participates fully in new gear developments and keeps pushing for more personal testing in the mountains.
Peter Elliott came in at an interesting time. PHD is as unusual as ever (unique is the buzz word). We remain a totally UK operation, we only deal directly with our customers and we do not advertise. We are however heading further into new territory with our Design-Your-Own Clothing website, following up on the ground-breaking Design-Your-Own Sleeping Bag site we launched some years ago. Customers can now create their own individual piece of gear and get a good fit into the bargain. Tall-thin and short-wide people take note. Only a hands-on company can offer you this flexibility: couple that to the world-class materials used and it comes down to just one name—PHD.
The way we operate is difficult, make no mistake.