Our Story

Welcome to Gryphon Gear™. In the early 1970’s Dr. Gary Benninger, then a NASA scientist, began making down sleeping bags and parkas for his fellow mountaineering and backpacking friends. Gary has been making high-class gear on and off ever since. Recently he decided that it was time to share his products with a larger audience. Thus, the creation of Gryphon Gear™ (pronounced "Griffin").

At Gryphon Gear™ we have a wealth of knowledge. Our products are a fine mixture of science, the best materials, craftsmanship and 40 years of experience. We know what works and what doesn’t.

Now that we are becoming a higher volume operation, to simplify manufacturing, we are offering only a few items at first, but have a whole catalog of advanced technology products that we plan to offer as the company grows. As a matter of fact we have applied for five patents over the past year.

On our website you will notice that we are featuring shots of our friends that have been taken over the last 40 years. Our gear has given them comfort and safety in very cold and hostile conditions from Alaska to the White Mountains in winter. We hope that you like our story and our products.

We should add that all our products are built to order here in the USA. So delivery times may be up to 4 to 8 weeks.