In 1978, while David Jacobs' sons were in the ski race
circuit, he noted that there was only one brand of race
sweaters available. He believed he could make a better
product and sell it to the close-knit race community. This
business, named David L Jacobs, Incorporated, began as a
small mail order business in his Boulder, Colorado.
Spyder is an American Colorado-based manufacturer of
high-end skiing apparel. The company is one of the world's largest ski
specialty brands. David Jacobs, Spyder’s founder and chairman was
born in Montreal, Canada, and began skiing at age 13. At 21, he won the
Quebec Kandahar, and from 1957 through 1961 was a member of the Canadian
National Ski Team. In 1957 he captured the title of Canadian Downhill Ski
Champion, and was the top-ranked member of the Canadian FIS Team the
following season. He was the first full-time head coach and program
administrator for the Canadian National Ski Team from 1964 to 1966.
After the successful introduction of race sweaters, Jacobs added ski
pants to the catalog offering. One of the earliest creations was a navy
blue racing pant with yellow striped pads extending from the knee to the
hip. His son Billy mentioned that skiers were calling them “spider" pants,
due to their spider leg-like appearance. Jacobs recognized this as an
opportunity to have a powerful, lasting name and logo associated with his
products, and renamed the company. A passionate sports car fan, he
borrowed the spelling with a “y" from the Ferrari Spyder. The
early mail order catalogs included race pants, padded sweaters, Vuarnet
sunglasses, bent downhill poles and other racing accessories.
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In 2004, Apax Partners, a global private equity group, acquired Spyder.
The company acquired Cloudveil Mountain Works in 2008. Founded in 1997,
Cloudveil manufactures apparel for the outdoor, snowsports, fly fishing
and casual apparel markets.
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