Adventure and Innovation
Paddy’s early adventures in the Australian bush highlighted the shortage of quality lightweight bushwalking equipment. In 1930, unemployed due to the great depression, he grasped the opportunity to start making his own gear. Using a treadle sewing machine in a spare bedroom, Paddy initially made gear for his many friends. Before long, word spread, and Paddy’s lightweight functional designs were soon in demand among fellow bushwalkers, and the Paddy Pallin business was born.
“The only trips I regret are the ones I didn’t do” Paddy Pallin.
Building an outdoors community
Paddy readily shared his outdoor experiences and skills so that fresh adventurers could benefit from them. A storyteller and a generous man, he was known for offering great advice & firsthand knowledge. To this end, in 1933 he wrote the classic Australian bushcraft text “Bushwalking and Camping”. He also became a founding member of the Bushwalkers Search and Rescue unit known today as the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad. His support of bushwalking and adventure clubs in NSW is legendary and today it is that tradition of shared experience that is still the heartbeat of our business.
Quality lightweight & functional gear
Paddy was a gear maker and an innovator. Through each generation of our business our products have kept people comfortable and safe so you have the confidence to head out and explore the world. Today we honour this heritage by continuing to seek out and supply you with the lightest and most advanced gear from the world’s leading brands.
“When we face danger and difficulty something deep inside us responds to the challenge with a fierce joy; and when the trip is over there is a profound satisfaction” Paddy Pallin.
Pallin Pallin Foundation
Paddy’s memoir’s detail the fierce joy and profound satisfaction that he found from meeting the challenges of exploration, they also document the synergy he felt with the bush which he called his true home. In 1975 the family set up the Paddy Pallin Foundation with the aim of protecting our wild places for future generations.
Don’t Bag the Environment
This initiative encourages customers not to take a shopping bag with their purchase. Every time a bag is refused, we donate 20 cents to an environmental cause. For more information see our Don't Bag the Environment page.