Directory of “Cottage Industry” Backpacking Gear Companies
Some of the best ultralight backpacking gear on the market is not made by the big gear companies (and it isn’t even available in most stores).
It comes from small, hiker-owned businesses who design, manufacture and sell their own gear on the internet and at small shows and hiker gatherings.
These “cottage industry” gear smiths are responsible for most of the innovative new ideas that have fueled the ultralight backpacking revolution (from tarp-tents to one-pound packs and more).
www.antigravitygear.com – Lightweight shelters, cook systems, accessories and more.
Bear Paw Wilderness Designs
www.bearpawwd.com – Lightweight shelters and accessories.
Big Sky International
www.bigskyinternational.com – Ultralight freestanding shelters.
Black Rock Gear
www.blackrockgear.com – Ultralight down hats, vests, gloves and apparel.
Brasslite Backpacking Stoves
www.brasslite.com – Lightweight alcohol stoves.
www.bushbuddy.ca – Ultralight wood burning stoves.
Cooke Custom Sewing
www.cookecustomsewing.com – Silnylon tarps, packs and other gear.
Dirty Girl Gaiters
www.dirtygirlgaiters.com – Colorful lightweight gaiters.
DIY Gear Supply
www.diygearsupply.com – Materials and fabrics for building your own lightweight gear.
www.elementalhorizons.com – Lightweight backpacks and accessories.
www.enlightenedequipment.com – Ultralight sleeping quilts.
www.equinoxltd.com – Ultralight packs, shelters, accessories and more.
www.featheredfriends.com – Ultralight down sleeping bags and clothing.
Flat Cat Gear
www.flatcatgear.com – Ultralight stoves and baking systems.
Four Dog Stoves
www.fourdog.com – Ultralight multi-fuel stoves and cookware.
www.gossamergear.com – Ultralight backpacks, shelters, sleep systems & more.
www.goosefeetgear.com – Down booties and apparel.
www.hammockgear.com – Lightweight hammock tarps, quilts and accessories.
www.hennessyhammock.com – Lightweight hammock shelters.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear
www.hyperlitemountaingear.com – Ultralight cuben fiber backpacks, shelters and accessories.
www.integraldesigns.com – Lightweight shelters, bivys and accessories.
Jacks R Better
www.jacksrbetter.com – Ultralight sleeping quilts, shelters and accessories.
www.katabaticgear.com – Ultralight sleeping quits and bivys.
Lawson Outdoor Equipment
www.lawsonequipment.com – Lightweight shelter kits, fabrics and accessories.
www.lightheartgear.com – Ultralight double-wall shelters, fabrics and accessories.
www.lwgear.com – Lightweight backpacks, DVDs, books and videos.
McHale Alpine Packs
www.mchalepacks.com – Custom fitted ultralight backpacks.
www.moonbowgear.com – Modular pack systems, shelters and other unique gear.
www.nunatakusa.com – Ultralight sleeping quilts and down apparel.
Mountain Laurel Designs
www.mountainlaureldesigns.com – Ultralight backpacks, shelters, sleep systems and more.
Outdoor Equipment Supplier LLC
www.outdoorequipmentsupplier.com – Lightweight tarps, shelters and accessories.
Out Gear Recreation
www.outgearrec.com – Lightweight hammocks.
www.owareusa.com – Ultralight shelters, sleep systems and accessories.
http://packafeather.com – Lightweight alcohol stoves and accessories.
Purcell Trench Grills
www.purcelltrench.com – Lightweight grills for campfire cooking.
Purple Rain Adventure Skirts
www.purplerainskirts.com – Lightweight backpacking skirts and kilts.
www.rayjardine.com – The godfather of UL backpacking’s books and sew-your-own gear kits.
www.rutalocura.com – Trekking poles, tent poles, cookware and accessories.
www.simblissity.net – Lightweight gaiters, storage sacks and accessories.
Simply Better Outdoor Gear
www.simplybetterthings.com – 5 in 1 hammock seat.
Six Moon Designs
www.sixmoondesigns.com – Ultralight backpacks, shelters and accessories.
www.solostove.com – Lightweight wood-burning stoves.
www.suluk46.com – Ultralight backpacking tools and accessories.
www.tarptent.com – The original lightweight single-wall shelters (and now double wall shelters)
www.titaniumgoat.com – Lightweight conical shelters, cook systems and more.
www.traildesigns.com – Lightweight stoves, cookware and accessories.
Ultralight Adventure Equipment
www.ula-equipment.com – The best lightweight backpacks in the biz.
www.warbonnetoutdoors.com – Lightweight hammock tarps, quilts and accessories.
Water Road Outfitters
www.wrogear.com – Lightweight wood burning stoves.
www.westernmountaineering.com – Ultralight down sleeping bags and apparel.
White Box Stoves
www.whiteboxstoves.com – Ultralight alcohol stoves.
www.zpacks.com – Ultralight cuben fiber shelters, backpacks and accessories.
This list is still a work in progress. If you have a question or would like to suggest a company that is not mentioned here, please post your comments below…