About RIVERS WEST Founded in Seattle in 1989, RIVERS WEST produced high-quality outerwear and activewear for several leading brands like Patagonia, Nike, and Helly Hansen. In the Autumn of 1997, RIVERS WEST president and founder Michael McGinley took his yearly two-week hunting trip in the Cascade Mountain Range of Central Oregon. This area is known to be an extremely wet and rugged environment, where keeping dry is the difference between mere annoyance and absolute misery. Being an outerwear manufacturer for over 20 years and an avid hunter his entire life, Mr. McGinley had learned a few things. The latter taught him to bring as much outerwear as he could carry while the former afforded him the opportunity to do so. As such, he'd brought several different jackets with him that year. Unfortunately, none of them worked. His thick wool jacket soaked through quickly and took hours to dry by the fire. His old vinyl slicker worked best at keeping the rain at bay, but greatly hindered his vision and mobility. Not only was his top-of-the-line waterproof/breathable parka too noisy when he walked, but he snagged it on a broken tree limb and tore a lovely "L" shaped hole in one of the sleeves. Needless to say, he grew extremely disappointed with the current choices on the market and left camp a few days early disgusted that the inclement weather ruined his hunt. Upon his return home, he set out to resolve this issue. After three years and two million US dollars of research and development, experimentation, trial & error, and a bit of luck, the Original Waterproof Fleece was born. At last, a warm and insulating waterproof fabric which lends comfort, durability, and virtual silence to the outdoor arena.