The Escape Gear operation was established in the garage of one of its founders, in 2004. Two years later, Felix and Brita Unite purchased what was at the time still a fledgling business, and moved it into a small factory in Diep River, Cape Town. Murray Thomas joined the company as sales and marketing manager shortly thereafter, and a year later, Mark Loftus was appointed as the general manager. Murray and Mark became partners in the business at the start of 2013.
The partners share a passion for adventure, adventure travel and endurance sport, both locally and internationally. Activities include pioneering commercial river tripping on the Orange, Breede and Tugela rivers, white water kayaking the Colorado and Zambezi rivers, sea-kayaking in Antarctica, countless Berg River canoe marathons, numerous ocean passages on sailing boats, and various extreme activities such as Adventure Racing, multi-day trail runs, the Cape Epic, Freedom Challenge and long distance open water swimming races. It goes without saying that we have always relied on, and have a thorough understanding of, simple but dependable gear that will not let us down. We employ this knowledge in the design and construction of our products. They must be comfortable, fit well, look good, be simple, strong, serviceable, and affordable. We also understand the need to provide excellent service and have a clear understanding of our client’s needs.