pioneer- trendsetter - multiple award winner
Dimensional steps in innovation, products and service
POLES– PROTECTION– SNOWSHOES
We are pioneer, trendsetter and series winner in the sectors poles, protectors and snowshoes!
Our actions and our products are characterized by striving for the highest quality and new innovations. We have more than 50 years of experience and are proud of having conquered new markets and being market leader for decades.
TODAY in snowshoes:
We offer the lightest snowshoe – in one cast completely out of carbon.
100% carbon, 50% less weight – only 593 grams.
TODAY in poles
High quality poles, manufactured in the heart of the “Salzkammergut” – 100% made in Austria. Honest quality from austria since 1922. For almost 100 years and still today we produce every single pole in our own factory in Austria. We stand with passion for innovation, exceptional service and a conscious approach to our environment.
TODAY in protection
Pioneer since the very first hour. For more than 20 years we develop, design and produce protectors for leading brands in motorsports. Today we are the leading manufacturer of protection for motorsports, winter sports, equestrian sports and bike sports. No other brand is as diverse and experienced as we are. First, we deal with basic materials and the principles of impact protection to develop a product where protector and garment complement each other perfectly. That’s only possible with our own material development department at our headquarters in Austria.
100% made in Austria since 1922
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the demand for outdoor sporting goods and thus for touring and trekking poles as well as snowshoes increased. Despite some cancelled orders due to the crisis, one parameter got more and more important – 100% made in Austria!
Thus, we were able to start production again after only 4 weeks of lockdown. We have been producing the highest quality poles for almost 100 years and the crisis has once again confirmed our passion and heart and soul which we were appreciating especially in this turbulent times.
Development of the world’s lightest alpine poles
We are the only manufacturer to produce our carbon shafts in our own carbon production and were thus able to introduce the lightest alpine poles with 40% less weight compared to conventional carbon poles to the market. Extreme lightness combined with a fantastic swing behaviour – felt with every turn you take.
Development of the lightest snowshoe, 100% made of carbon
For more than 15 yeas we have been working intensively on developing and producing carbon. To develop a snowshoe with 50% less weight, we had not only to switch materials to carbon but also completely rethink the traditional way of a snowshoe design. Now we offer by far the lightest snowshoe on the market. We have the only snowshoe which is completely made in one cast out of carbon.
Entering the bike market with our back protectors
3-year free repair service
Since 2012 we are offering our unique and incomparable 3-year free repair service – ground-breaking and innovative at the same time! We’ll fix your pole no matter what happened or where you’re from. Without any queries, direct to the manufacturer, working in every country.
Entering the equestrian market with our back protectors
For years, we set new standards with our innovative protectors in different fields. They did not only win several awards; the product division also became a new mainstay for us as we built up an extremely worthy know-how out of the most extreme areas of efficient safety protection. Thus, we can also offer maximum of safety in equestrian sports.
Development of seamless bonding and protection
The stiffest carbon pole
Komperdell developed the hitherto stiffest carbon pole, which resists a maximum load of 200kg, but was robust, durable and lightweight though. In a newly developed production process, we rearranged the Carbon fibers to achieve a higher strength at same weight. Our protectors gained much more attention and Komperdell was series winner in several product tests. Our women vest even got nominated for the Volvo Sports Design Award.
Entry into “green age”
We produced our first neon green poles which are firmly embedded into our brand image in the meantime.
Top athletes at Komperdell – we are counting to the most successful brands in the Ski World Cup.
Production of 1 million pair of poles
For the first time in history Komperdell produced almost 1 million pair of poles in one year (997,000).
A new building was planned to enlarge the production site by 5,000m². The doubling and completely rebuilding of the KOMPERDELL facility was covered by an investment of 25 million Schilling. The result was a completely new production site with the most modern machinery park which was a big step forward towards an even faster production.
Nordic Walking – the new fitness wave
Komperdell had not only the right poles for alpine and trekking, but also for the new trend called Nordic Walking. The lightest Carbon Nordic Walking poles were quickly introduced to the market – perfectly balanced for unrivalled walking feeling.
Protection line and development of Titanal
In the new millennium, Komperdell rose the bar of telescopic pole standards with our new material – titanal – the highest strength aluminium alloy ever existed. Together with our Austrian partner company we conducted raw material research and succeeded for the first time ever in producing Titanal in the form of welded pipes. In the same year we also started our specially developed protection line which we tested and developed in cooperation with and for specialists like KTM (the leading off-road-motorcycle manufacturer in motorsports).
first Powerlock adjusting system
Through 35 years we overhauled and improved our closures over 10 times. In the meanwhile, we are the only manufacturer to produce a closure completely out of forged aluminium, which is until today still the by far strongest lock on the market. Our poles offer a maximum holding force of 198kg.
Development of our first snowshoe
We came onto the American snowshoe market with reedfather and so we brought the modern snowshoe to Europe too. With this Know-how and many years of experience we succeeded in a ground-breaking innovation 20 years later – the first snowshoe 100% made of carbon.
Unique technologies and materials
Carving and snowboarding became trend, winters were getting warmer and the industry’s pessimists predicted a soon end of the ski pole! The technologies and materials of touring and trekking poles did constantly improve and research drove. Neoprene padded straps, contour grips (an invention of Komperdell) and Carbon poles were standard now.
Development of our first back protection lineOur first back protection collection was developed. We started with motorcycle protection in the industrial sector and used our therefrom gained knowledge to develop protectors for winter sports with the largest protection zone. In the meanwhile, we are leading in innovative developments in the sectors winter-, equestrian- and bike sports for more than 20 years now. We are the only brand to develop and produce our own protective technology as well as the garment itself. We shape the market like no other brand.
The decade of technological developments
Mobile phones gained popularity slowly, the first colour copier entered the market and Windows triumphed with its operating systems 3.0 and 95. Also Komperdell invested a lot of time, money and manpower into research of new materials and technological developments. The market was ready for excellent products at fair prices and the sales were booming. Especially lightweight poles out of the new material “carbon”, new efficient suspension systems (Antishock on/off), exclusive grip concepts (contour grip, foam grip, unique and only from Komperdell) conquered the market. Komperdell products were attracting international attention and became one of the most popular products on the world market. Always better and one step ahead is our slogan.
Production of the first trekking poles
In the 1990s, wooden poles got replaced by length-adjustable metal poles developed on the basis of ski poles. Such telescopic poles also had straps like those on the ski poles, followed by locking systems and length adjustments.
Specialist in aluminium and carbon
Komperdell is specialist in processing aluminium and carbon and has launched the first bent downhill poles. The aerodynamic shape ensures maximum speed. The love to our athletes means the world to us and we do not just want to satisfy them, but excite them every day anew! Out of this motivation, we offer our athletes an individual service to be always one step ahead and to equip them with the best possible material.
We are the only pole manufacturer to develop and produce our carbon shafts on our own. We also control the heat treatment of our aluminium poles. Thus, we are the only one to process unwrought Titanal.
The family Roiser (CAMARO) took over KOMPERDELL
Mr. Erich Roiser took over the company KOMPERDELL since the family Bednar had financial difficulties. Until 1983 only active in water sports, the successful company CAMARO was looking for a counterpart to the summer-focused business to establish a second mainstay. Since Komperdell worked mainly in winter business, the takeover was the ideal complement. KOMPERDELL was completely modernized and repositioned. An investment of 20 million Schillings in the machinery park created the world’s most modern stock production at that time. KOMPERDELL developed into a technology leader in the sector of skiing and telescopic poles on the international market. Of course, environmental protection already played an important role at that time. Great emphasis was placed on integrating the factory buildings with a production area of 5000m² harmoniously into the landscape. The factory was and is still located in one of the most scenic areas of Austria. The first managing director to Mr. Roiser is his brother-in-law Heinz Bachmann.