A PASSION FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS AND THE MOUNTAINS: GLOVES FROM ZANIER

Worn and appreciated by sports professionals and the Austrian mountain rescue services alike: for premium gloves that withstand the most extreme conditions, look no further than ZANIER from Austria. The family-run company from Lienz has been providing expertise and quality you can rely on for over 45 years.

 

The High Tauern and the Lienz Dolomites with their steep and craggy peaks are more than just a fitting backdrop for great products. Austria's mountains are the birthplace and the ideal testing ground for ZANIER'S premium products. Excellent materials, great functionality and superb workmanship have given the family-run company from Lienz a global name for top-quality gloves. In Austria, ZANIER is the market leader for gloves in the winter sports segment. “Close collaboration with top athletes, including Benjamin Karl, one of the most successful alpine snowboarders of our generation, a host of freeskiers and experts from the Tyrol mountain rescue services has given us the expertise we need to produce premium products that perform even in the harshest conditions”, explains Markus Zanier, the company’s director.

The success story began when Gabi and Werner Zanier launched glove production in 1969. Their guiding focus still defines the company’s philosophy today: the Zaniers were and are themselves sports enthusiasts, and know exactly what makes a good pair of gloves. Just three years after setting up the company, they presented their collection at the world’s largest trade fair for sports equipment, the ISPO in Munich. The first Gore-Tex gloves in 1984, the move onto the German market in 1990 and the market launch of ZANIER glove heating technology in 1999 are just some of the key milestones in the company’s history.

In 2007, ZANIER launched its enduring and highly successful partnership with the snowboard team of the Austria ski association, ÖSV.

Just one year later, ZANIER was named the “Tyrol family business of the year” (Tiroler Familienunternehmen des Jahres). The launch of subsidiary ZANIER Sport Inc. in the USA followed in 2011. Two years later, the company started its partnership with bluesign®. The bluesign® standard is one of the strictest environmental standards for textiles in the world.

In 2015, ZANIER received two industry awards, coming 1st in the retailer survey conducted by industry magazine SAZ Österreich, and 1st in the “Accessories” category in the supplier rankings published by the association of Austrian sports equipment manufacturers (VSSÖ) in collaboration with the sportFACHHANDEL magazine.

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Top athletes and mountain rescue professionals: longstanding ZANIER partners

Close collaboration with a number of top sportsmen and women from the Austrian ski association, professional freeskiers and experts from the Tyrol mountain rescue services is one of the keys to the success of the ZANIER range. ZANIER draws on their experience in glove development, ensuring that outdoor and winter athletes and mountaineers can benefit from both the expertise of the professionals and ZANIER’s 45 years of experience. With premium materials such as goatskin and genuine goose down, plus the latest insulating materials and membranes, ZANIER customers know they can rely on their gloves in all situations.

Ours product range in brief

ZANIER supplies gloves for winter and mountain sports. ZANIER has the perfect gloves for alpine skiers, freeskiers, cross country skiers, lovers of flying and many more sporting enthusiasts and professionals. Heatable gloves are another of the company’s specialities – not to mention a wide range of models for the younger athlete. In 1990, the family business from East Tyrol extended its range to include headgear and accessories.

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HEAT technology

Since 1999, ZANIER has been successfully supplying heating gloves, which are being further developed every year. "We are continually revising the glove heating technology and thus underpinning our pole position as a manufacturer in this area. After all, we have been dealing with this topic for almost 15 years. The first model was launched by ZANIER in 1999, "emphasizes Managing Director Markus Zanier.By means of function buttons on the upper hand, three heating stages are regulated and indicated by means of light-emitting diodes. The batteries are also powerful at extreme outside temperatures and can withstand hard shocks.

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