Recommended Gear Companies I Use and Trust

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Ultralight Backpacking Gear

These are the definitive ultralight backpacking gear sources I use and trust!

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Retail & General Outfitters

These stores carry just about any traditional backpacking, hiking or camping gear you will ever need.

  • Amazon – How would I ever live without Amazon Prime?
  • Backcountry – Great online source for outdoor gear.
  • REI – The biggest retail outdoor retailer in the United States.
  • Sport Chalet – Another option for a wide variety of different gear.
  • MasseysOutfitters.com
  • Outdoorplay
  • Moosejaw
  • RedsGear
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Summit Hut
  • SummitOnline.com
  • US Outdoor Store

Cottage Industry Gear Manufacturers I Use

These companies build the best ultralight backpacking gear in the world by hand in the United States.

  • Enlightened Equipment – My favorite down top quilts and under quilts.
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear – One of my favorite backpack, tarp and stuff sack manufacturers.
  • Lawson Equipment – My favorite producer of cordage for tarp and tent guylines.
  • Mountain Laurel Designs – Ultralight tents, tarps, bivies and backpacks.
  • ULA Equipment – One of the most popular ultralight backpack companies around.
  • Wild Ideas – Makers of the Bearikade, the lightest bear cannister around.
  • Zimmerbuilt – One the foremost custom ultralight backpack builders around.
  • Zpacks – A cuben fiber gear innovator that makes ultralight tarps, tents, backpacks and more.

Cottage Industry Backpack, Shelter and Sleep Systems

Cottage Industry Sleeping Bags & Quilt Specialists

Cottage Industry Stove & Cookware Specialists

Cottage Industry Clothing and Apparel Specialists

Cottage Industry Accessories

  • Dirty Girl Gaiters – Customizable lightweight gaiters.
  • DIY Gear Supply – Raw materials, hardware and fabrics.
  • Lawson Equipment – My favorite producer of cordage for tarp and tent guylines.
  • Luke’s Ultralight – Ultralight backpacking apparel, stuff sacks and accessories.
  • LW Gear – Lightweight backpacking videos.
  • Ray Jardine – The godfather of UL backpacking’s MYOG kits and tutorials.
  • Ruta Locura – Trekking poles, tent poles & stakes, titanium hardware and more.
  • Simblissity – Lightweight gaiters, map sets, storage sacks and  accessories.
  • Suluk 46 – Ultralight backpacking stoves, tools and accessories.

Traditional Gear Manufacturers I Use

  • Black Diamond – Climbing equipment, apparel, headlamps and hardware.
  • Darn Tough – Awesome merino socks with a lifetime replacement guarantee.
  • Esbit – Lightweight stoves, cookware and solid fuel cubes.
  • Jetboil – Ferocious backpack and camping stoves.
  • EvernewCorporate Link (no direct sales) Ultralight titanium cookware.
  • Klymit – Cutting edge sleeping pads.
  • Marmot – Backpacking shells, rain gear and equipment.
  • Montbell – Backpacking gear and some of my favorite down apparel.
  • Patagonia – Killer gear and clothing with an incredible environmental ethos.
  • Platypus – Collapsible water containers, reservoirs and more.
  • Salomon – Running and trail running shoes and athletic apparel.
  • Sierra Designs – A traditional gear company that is pushing boundaries and taking risks.
  • Snow Peak – Lightweight titanium backpacking stoves, cookware and accessories.
  • SOTO – Backpacking stoves, cookware and accessories.
  • Therm-a-Rest – Sleeping pads and backpacking accessories.
  • Toaks – Titanium cookware at a reasonable price.
  • Under Armour – Outdoor and athletic apparel.

Backpack, Shelter and Sleep Systems

  • Arc’teryx – Outdoor clothing, technical outerwear and accessories.
  • Big Agnes – Backpacking tents, sleeping bags and accessories.
  • Black Diamond – Climbing equipment, apparel, headlamps and hardware.
  • Brooks Range Mountaineering – Mountaineering sleep systems and apparel.
  • Camelbak – Outdoor hydration packs and reservoirs.
  • CiloGear – Technical outdoor bags and packs.
  • Coleman – Outdoor and camping goods.
  • Cotopaxi – Backpacks and apparel.
  • Deuter – Backpacking and day packs.
  • Eureka – Camping tents and sleeping pads.
  • Easton Mountain Products – A full range of hunting and outdoors goods.
  • Exped – Backpacking sleeping pads and more.
  • Granite Gear – Lightweight backpacking gear and accessories.
  • Gregory – Backpacking backpacks and day packs.
  • GSI Outdoors – Backcountry cookware, utensils and accessories.
  • Kelty – Reasonable priced outdoor gear and apparel.
  • Mamut – Outdoor and climbing gear and apparel.
  • Marmot – Backpacking apparel, rain gear and equipment.
  • Mountain Hardwear – Outdoor gear and apparel.
  • Mountainsmith – Backpacks, camera bags and outdoor gear.
  • Mountain Safety Research (MSR) – Backpacking stoves, snowshoes and outdoor accessories.
  • NEMO Equipment – Backcountry sleeping bags, tents and accessories.
  • Osprey – Backpacking packs and day packs.
  • Outdoor Products – Backpacks, tarps and accessories.
  • Patagonia – Killer gear and clothing with an incredible environmental ethos.
  • Rab – Outdoor shelters, apparel and more.
  • REI – Wide range of backpacking and outdoor gear and apparel.
  • Sierra Designs – A traditional gear company that is pushing boundaries and taking risks.
  • The North Face – Outdoor shelters, backpacks, apparel and more.

Stoves & Cookware

  • BioLite – Off-grid personal scale energy products for cooking, charging, and lighting.
  • Esbit – Lightweight stoves, cookware and solid fuel cubes.
  • EvernewCorporate Link (no direct sales) Ultralight titanium cookware.
  • Jetboil – Ferocious backpack and camping stoves.
  • Light My Fire – Backcountry cookware and utensils.
  • Optimus – Very reasonably priced backpacking cookware and stoves.
  • Primus – Backcountry stoves and accessories.
  • Snow Peak – Lightweight titanium backpacking stoves, cookware and accessories.
  • SOTO – Backpacking stoves, cookware and accessories.
  • Toaks – Titanium cookware at a reasonable price.
  • Vargo – Ultralight alcohol stoves and windscreens.

Clothing and Apparel

  • Buffalo Systems – Outdoor apparel.
  • Darn Tough – Awesome merino socks with a lifetime replacement guarantee.
  • ExOfficio – Outdoor clothing and apparel.
  • Headsweats – Athletic headwear.
  • Ibex – Merino wool base layers and apparel.
  • Icebreaker – Merino wool base layers and apparel.
  • La Sportiva – Athletic apparel and running and hiking shoes.
  • Montbell – Backpacking gear and some of my favorite down apparel.
  • Nike – Outdoor and athletic apparel and shoes.
  • Outdoor Research – Outdoor jackets, gaiters and apparel.
  • Railriders – Outdoor travel apparel and clothing.
  • Royal Robbins – Outdoor apparel.
  • Smartwool – Merino wool base layers and apparel.
  • Under Armour – Outdoor and athletic apparel.

Shoes and Boots

  • Altra Running – Road and trail running shoes with zero drop.
  • ASICS – Running shoes and activewear.
  • Brooks – Road and trail running shoes.
  • Inov8 – Road and trail running shoes.
  • HOKA ONE ONE – Road and trail running shoes and hiking boots.
  • Keen – Wide selection of running shoes and footwear.
  • Lowa – Hiking and mountaineering boots.
  • Merrell – Wide range of hiking, running and casual footwear and apparel.
  • Montrail – Trail running and hiking shoes.
  • New Balance – Wide range of athletic shoes and apparel.
  • Oboz – Hiking shoes and boots.
  • Salomon – Running and trail running shoes and athletic apparel.
  • Saucony – Running shoes and apparel.
  • Scarpa – Casual, technical and mountaineering footwear.
  • Vasque – Hiking shoes and boots.
  • Zamberlan – Hiking and trekking boots.

Electronics, Tools & Accessories I Use

  • Anker – High quality external batteries and accessories for smartphones.
  • Aquamira – Water treatment drops and tabs.
  • Casio – Outdoor watches with compasses, elevation, temperature and barometric data.
  • Dr. Bronner’s – Organic soaps and other bodycare products.
  • Leatherman – Multi-tools, knives and pocket tools.
  • LifeProof – Bulletproof smartphones cases.
  • Light My Fire – Backcountry cookware and utensils.
  • Sawyer – Water filtration, insect repellants and sunscreen.
  • SkullCandy – Great sounding earbuds are a reasonable price.
  • Victorinox Swiss Army – Awesome knives.
  • Kahtoola – Microspikes for icy conditions.

Accessories

Electronics & Electronics Accessories

  • Anker – High quality external batteries and accessories for smartphones.
  • Casio – Outdoor watches with compasses, elevation, temperature and barometric data.
  • E-Case – Waterproof electronics and phone cases.
  • Garmin – GPS units and watches.
  • Goal Zero – Portable power, external batteries large and small, solar panels and more.
  • LifeProof – Bulletproof smartphones cases.
  • Petzl – Alpine equipment and headlamps.
  • Photon – LED flashlights and keychains.
  • SkullCandy – Great sounding earbuds are a reasonable price.
  • Suunto – GPS watches, dive computers, heart rate monitors and outdoor sports instruments.

Water Filtration and Treatment

  • Aquamira – Water treatment drops and tabs.
  • Lifestraw – Water filtration straws.
  • Katadyn – Water filters and treatment solutions.
  • Potable Aqua – Water treatment tabs.
  • Sawyer – Water filtration, insect repellants and sunscreen.
  • SteriPen – UV water purification.

Knives & Tools

Water Storage

  • Hydro Flask – Hydration and liquid container products.
  • Klean Kanteen – Stainless steel bottles, cups and mugs.
  • Platypus – Collapsible water containers, reservoirs and more.
  • Nalgene – Liquid containers and products.
  • Vapur – Collapsible water containers.

Bear Canisters & Protection

  • Bare Boxer – Bear canisters.
  • Counter Assault – Bear spray, canisters and bear accessories.
  • Garcia – (no corporate site) Bear canisters.
  • Wild Ideas – Makers of the Bearikade, the lightest bear cannister around.

Food

Maps

 

Hammock Gear & Accessories I Use

  • Dutchware Gear – Leader in ultralight hammocks, titanium hammock hardware and accessories.
  • Warbonnet Outdoors – Lightweight hammock tarps, quilts and accessories.
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