Cottage Industry and Traditional Backpacking Gear Directory

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Cottage Industry Backpacking Gear Companies

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

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.
  • 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 Backpacking Gear Companies

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Patagonia – Killer gear and clothing with an incredible environmental ethos.
  • 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 & Electronics Accessories

  • Anker – High quality external batteries and accessories for smartphones.
  • Casio – Outdoor watches with compasses, elevation, temperature and barometric data.
  • 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.



Hammock Gear & Accessory Manufacturers

Ultralight Gear Companies that have Shut Down

  • Appalachian Hammock – Hammocks, tarps and bug nets.
  • Bakpocket Hammocks – Hammocks, backpacks, bags and more.
  • Brooks Range Mountaineering – Mountaineering sleep systems and apparel.
  • E-Case – Waterproof electronics and phone cases.
  • Hammeck – Hammocks, hammock stands and accessories. (Closed)
  • Luke’s Ultralight – Ultralight backpacking apparel, stuff sacks and accessories.
  • Minibulldesign Cult – Alcohol and traditional fuel stoves and accessories.
  • Packafeather – Ultralight alcohol stoves and accessories.
  • Mid-Atlantic Mountain Works – Top quilts, underquilts and accessories.
  • Out Gear Recreation – Hammocks and hammock related gear.
  • Outdoor Equipment Supplier LLC – Lightweight tarps and accessories.
  • Southern Hammock Camping – Beach hammocks.
  • UK Hammocks – Hammocks, tarps, underquilts and more.
  • Wilderness Logics – Hammocks, hammock tarp and hammock accessories.

Backpacking Community and Forums

  • Backpacking Light – The biggest ultralight backpacking forum in the world!
  • – One of the biggest hammock forums around.
  • White Blaze – An Appalachian Trail centric community that also covers so much more.