Yates Gear was started by Jim and John Yates making climbing and big wall gear in back of there garage back in the early 80's. Yates Gear has sustained steady growth as their climbing line has continued to evolve. They only make climbing gear that really works, no fancy marketing and hype. Yates has always held by the premise that gear must be strong, durable, comfortable and be as lightweight as possible. They have always listened to customers to develop products that fit the ever changing demands of climbing. Yates has gone the extra mile to manufacture equipment from "state-of-the-art" materials to increase the function of their products. Some of the materials such as Poron foam and Cambrelle for harness lining are not cheap but they are the best!