A PASSION FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS AND THE MOUNTAINS
The gloves specialists ZANIER have been providing expertise and quality you can rely on for 50 years – not to mention their enthusiasm for mountain sports. The Austrian Alps are much more than just a standard setting. The mountains of East Tyrol are the birthplace and the ideal testing ground for ZANIER’S premium products. This family-run company based in Innsbruck has established itself internationally with gloves for the most demanding requirements, distinguished by excellent materials, high functionality and superb workmanship. In Austria, ZANIER is the market leader for gloves in the winter sports segment. The close collaboration with top athletes, a host of freeskiers and experts from the Austrian Mountain Rescue Service has given ZANIER the expertise it needs to produce premium products that perform even in the harshest of conditions.
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.
In 2016/17 ZANIER entered fort he first time the Alpine Ski Worldcup. The Finnish and Russian skiteam trust in the gloves from ZANIER and support the company in the development of the RACE WORLD CUP collection.
In 2017 ZANIER decided to move it’s headquarters to Innsbruck. The location in the heart of the alps with many mountain sports enthusiasts fits perfectly with ZANIER’s mentality.
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.
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. In what is now the third generation of the HEAT and HOT models, the Tyrolean glove specialist is using a new heating technology with a new battery that is placed directly in the cuff on the upper hand. This ensures that the HEAT.ZX 3.0 and HOT.ZX 3.0 are even more comfortable to wear.
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