"I grew up in the foothills of the Peak District and have always loved being out in the hills. My journey began rambling in Derbyshire with my mum when I was young. It progressed to long distance trail running in the White Peak and more recently fell running in the Dark Peak and beyond.
I became dismayed at the over-commercialisation of trail running. What should be a simple thing to bring a lot of joy was being overrun with extortionately priced 'must have' gear, airbrushed images of elite athletes and hyped-up advertising campaigns.
As someone relatively new to trail running it was difficult to know what was essential and what was a marketing ploy. Also which design features I specifically needed for my trail runs. So I founded a different type of brand for trail runners. One that is built around quality, design and value and without pretence.
The concept for Harrier was born from my own desire to have great quality kit that would last a long time. It's about bringing simplicity and fun back to trail running. We provide everything you need and nothing you don't."
Kate Mackenzie, Founder of Harrier
Currently living in Derbyshire and mostly found running around the Peak District trails. Kate is an advocate for keeping it simple and going trail running a lot!
Her club is Pennine Fell Runners where she runs (usually at the back) around the Kinder Scout area of the Dark Peak. She also loves going out with the weekend crew to awesome places such as Dovedale in the White Peak, Mam Tor in the Dark Peak, Glen Coe in Scotland and various bits of the Bob Graham round in the Lake District.
She is England Athletics Leader in Run Fitness (LiRF) qualified and leads friendly trail running groups and beginners fell running sessions.
HOW DO WE MAKE KIT AT SUCH GOOD PRICES?
We are dedicated to providing you with top quality kit for trail running at the best possible prices. So we only invest in what is important.
By having a direct to customer model we are different to many other brands. We don't have middlemen, retailers or distributors taking a cut. These savings are passed directly on to you. This means sometimes we are up to half the price of leading brands. We also do not have unnecessary packaging or expensive advertising campaigns.
We keep it simple and enjoy being able to make great quality kit for trail running at affordable prices. This way trail runners can save money by buying only what is needed and reduce waste through quality kit that lasts longer.
HOW ARE YOUR PRODUCTS MADE?
We only use the best materials, components and manufacturers available. We are committed to keeping you comfortable and safe on the trails for less.
Our products have been through numerous sampling, prototype and design tests to ensure they have the best features especially for trail runners. We only work with suppliers who have demonstrated excellent quality and attention to detail.
The manufacturers and suppliers we work with are trade assured and independently third party verified. This means their premises have been audited and verified for excellent working practice. Also that they are well established and have a proven track record of supplying excellent quality goods and services.
We test all our products with experienced trail, fell and ultra runners to ensure they are the best they can be and can continue to develop great kit.