The history of the company Ferrino began in 1870, when the founder of the company Cesare Ferrino came up with the revolutionary idea to create waterproof materials. In his painting workshop in Turin, he began the first experiments on the production of waxed fabric. And it worked, waterproof fabrics immediately became a success throughout Italy.
In the first years of its existence, the company supplied fabrics to various industries, and even then the production of the first tents for polar explorers and climbers began.
The work was in full swing and, thanks to its innovativeness and high quality materials, attracted the attention of prominent figures in Italy. First, Giovanni Agnelli, the future famous industrialist and founder of the Fiat concern, turned to the Ferrino workshop, and then the Italian army chose the company for cooperation.
In 1910, Ferrino launched its first mass production product – the Cervino tent. Naturally, tents made of materials with such properties could not but please climbers and researchers, and at the beginning of the 20th century, in the era of mountaineering, Ferrino became a synonym for the world of outdoor sports.
In 1937, the Italian scientist Alberto de Agostini used the Ferrino The Negheli tent during his expedition to South America. Such a cotton tent with wooden supports could weigh about 15 kilograms.
As a result of his travels, Alberto de Agostini became the first researcher to describe the Strait of Magellan, wrote more than 20 books and works in different languages, and left a precious collection of several hundred photographs of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Since 1965, in the south of the archipelago there has been a national park named after him, which since 2015 has been a UNESCO biosphere reserve. And Ferrino equipped the researcher throughout his life.
In the 1960s, there was an outdoor boom in Europe; Ferrino produced mainly large and bulky camping tents and double tents, which was an ideal solution for a family vacation. Tents for expeditions at that time remained quite heavy. The company was well aware of the need for weight loss. This was possible thanks to the replacement of heavy wooden arches with aluminum, tents began to weigh about 8 kilograms.
Once on the threshold of the company Reinhold Messner appeared. He wanted to climb all the eight-thousanders in the world, and for this he needed light and reliable equipment for high-altitude camps. Collaboration with an outstanding climber played a huge role in the development of Ferrino. Messner was incredibly popular and carried the outdoor culture to the masses. Its influence echoed around the world and pushed the company to create not only tents for professional climbers, but also the same high-quality and affordable tents for amateurs.
At the same time, the company begins to create a product to which a person can entrust his life in extreme conditions. In 1990, during an expedition to the Antarctic, a funny incident occurred in the relationship between Messner and Ferrino.
Then there was no such connection as in our time, and of the gadgets, Reinhold had only a GPS beacon, displaying his movement and writing track. The point with the location of Messner on the map stuck for three days. Everyone was very worried and thought he was dead. In fact, he just got into a severe storm and could not get out of the tent for three days. Upon returning home, he called the Ferrino office and said: “Your tent saved my life.”
In 1994, the company opened its own HighLab laboratory for testing materials and prototypes in field, extreme, almost impossible conditions. HighLab is located in Italy in the Aosta Valley on the slope of Monte Rosa, the refuge of Quintino Sella at an altitude of 3585 meters. It operates in July and August and is open to all climbers and tourists who want to take part in testing HighLab products.