Working alone, out of his mother’s basement in Colorado in 2005, Flylow founder Dan Abrams was exactly where he wanted to be. Even if it did take him three years to move through all the inventory of that first big shipment of cactus pants and black jackets.
“I sold the pants for the same amount I paid for them,” Abrams said. “I wasn’t trying to make money. I was trying to build a brand and, subsequently, a life that would allow me to move to the mountains on my own terms … not as a ski bum, but as a professional.”
Mission accomplished. Flylow today is one of the most popular brands in the industry. Its straight-forward, highly durable gear appeals to the hardest-charging skiers on the mountain and in the backcountry. The company did $16.8 million in sales in 2021, up from $10.8 million in 2020, and projects another 40 percent in growth for 2022. Abrams lives on his own terms in Lake Tahoe, Calif., with his wife and two kids.
“Flylow is a community of people who value owning their own time and finding a balance in life that allows them to prioritize being outside and being present with friends and family,” Abrams said.