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Klymit Conquers the Cold with Backbone’s Product Libraries
By: Team Backbone | April 28th, 2022
Born in the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains in 2007, Klymit is known for challenging the conventional approach to outdoor gear. What started as an apparel company manufacturing jackets using argon gas for insulation evolved into a full-fledged lifestyle brand focusing on outdoor comfort. Using the same proprietary technology from the argon jackets, Klymit expanded its product offerings to include sleeping pads, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, backpacks, and tents. After 15 years, Klymit continues its pursuit to create easy-to-use products engineered for every adventure.
With a passion for improving the outdoor sleeping experience, the Klymit team designs and tests its gear in the illustrious deserts and mountains of Kaysville, Utah, ensuring durability, high quality, and most importantly, comfort. Klymit wants everyone to sleep as comfortably outside as they do in their bed — designing gear that challenges what has been done before and does exactly what it is supposed to do.
Given Klymit’s consistent growth, the company reframed its development process to organize and better contain product data for internal teams and manufacturers. Prior to Backbone, Klymit only used spreadsheets as its development solution, which impacted efficiency as designers had more products to manage. According to Product Designer and Developer, Tyler Westbroek, “In Google Sheets, product info wasn’t always input due to the sheer size of it, but Backbone’s centralized location saves a lot of time and pushes us to keep information where it should be.”
Since implementing Backbone, the Klymit brand has grown by 67 percent, including a 10 percent uptick in SKU count. With over 100 SKUs, Klymit sought to integrate a dedicated platform into its current design and development cycle. Klymit had experimented with two or three other PLM solutions in the past that did not survive but subscribed to Backbone’s ‘single source of truth’ to empower creativity, streamline design workflows, and build smarter products.
Backbone’s product libraries and unlimited Custom Fields have played a tremendous role in Klymit’s ability to streamline design and development workflows. Download our latest case study to learn more!