Backpacking and Outdoors Gear Made in America

Many companies in the outdoor industry and beyond produce items overseas because of cheap labor and material costs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t support the brands who manufacture domestically.

As long-distance hikers, we spend our time meeting America end-to-end. We encourage local business by supporting local outfitters and food truck offering hiker discounts. We inspire menu items and trail angels. Trail towns thrive because of us. We see the trail as a life-changing experience but we also change the lives of those in trail towns.

Below you will find all the gear companies which produce and sell within the US. Products with a “made in China” stamp might be cheaper but do not help our economy or secure jobs for Americans. Shop local and shop smart. REI has caught on by offering a “made in the USA” filter option while online shopping.

This list is composed of big gear companies and small “cottage industry” gear innovators. Some companies who had once manufactured in America but have switched to foreign manufacturing will not be on this list.

If you see an error in this article, or know of a made-in-America backpacking/outdoors company we’ve left out, please leave a comment and we will add it.


Exxel Outdoors
Haleyville, AL: Sleeping Bags


Bedrock Sandals
Oakland, CA: Running & Hiking Sandals

Dirty Girl Gaiters
Orange County, CA: Stylish gaiters

Fuerte Cases
La Mesa, CA: Waterproof Cases

Goleta, CA: Custom molded cases for your device

Ontario, CA: Flashlights

Nevada City, CA: Tarp tents

Westlake Village, CA: Water bladders

Western Mountaineering
San Jose, CA: Sleeping bags


Bear Paw Wilderness Designs
Fort Collins, CO: Tents, tarps, shelters

Katabatic Gear
Lakewood, CO: Down Sleeping Bags

Steamboat Springs, CO: Hiking socks and other merino wool apparel

Topo Designs
Denver, CO: Day packs & clothing

Warbonnet Outdoors
Evergreen, CO: Tarps, hammocks, underquilts

Grand Junction, CO: Sleeping bags

Hummingbird Hammocks
Ultralight hammocks and systems


RBH Designs
West Hartford, CT: Outdoor clothing and accessories


BuzzOff Outdoor Wear
Palm City, FL: Bug Resistant Clothing

Lawson Outdoor Equipment
Port St. Lucie, FL: Outdoor clothing, gear, tent stakes, and other accessories

Naples, FL: Waterproof and weatherproof sacks

Palm Bay, FL: Ultralight packs and accessories


Goosefeet Gear
Milledgeville, GA: Down Booties


Fox River Socks, Osage, IA
Osage, IA: Outdoors and backpacking socks. Home of the original Sock Monkey!


Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Biddeford, ME: Ultralight-focused stuffsacks, packs, and shelters

Corinna, ME: Alcohol Stoves

Rambler’s Way
Kennebunk, ME: Wool Clothing


Underground Quilts
Jackson, MI: Down quilts

Stormy Kromer
Ironwood, MI: Outdoor Clothing

Superior Wilderness Designs
Backpacks and accessories


Duluth Pack
Duluth, MN: Assortment of Gear

Battle Lake Outdoors
Clarissa, MN: Assortment of gear

Enlightened Equipment
Winona, MN: Down quilts and sleeping bags

Four Dog Stove
St. Francis, MN: Camping and backpacking stoves


Etowah Gear
Independence, MO: Assortment of Gear


Mystery Ranch
Bozeman, MT: Packs for expedition, day trips, hunting, and backpacking. Some made overseas.

Duckworth Co
Bozeman, MT: Ethically sourced merino wool clothing and outdoor apparel

Stone Glacier
Bozeman, MT: Hunting and expedition packs

White Box Alcohol Stoves
Great Falls, MT: Alcohol stoves

New Hampshire

Wild Things
North Conway, NH: Outdoor Clothing

New Jersey

Trenton, NJ: Flashlights

New York

Outdoor Equipment Supplier
Rochester, NY: Tarps and camping accessories

Rochester, NY: Durable plastic water bottles and accessories

North Carolina

AntiGravity Gear
Wilmington, NC: Trail maps, clothing, camping accessories

Elemental Horizons
Southport, NC: UL backpacks, sleep systems, accessories

LightHeart Gear
Asheville, NC: Ultralight tents; trekking poles, assorted other backpacking gear

Thomasville, NC: Tents, sleeping bags, hammock systems


Hammock Gear
Lancaster, OH: Hammock systems and accessories


Portland, OR: Lightweight, minimalist alpine and bacpacking packs

Portland, OR: Alpine and ultralight-focused clothing


The Boiler Werks
Pittburgh, PA: Backcountry Boiler

Williamsport, PA: Packs, clothing, rain gear, and other accessories

OutGear Recreation
Boiling Springs, PA: High-end hammocks and accessories 

South Carolina

Tato Gear
York, SC: Stoves, hammock stands, other outdoor hardware

FITS Socks
Charleston, SC: Variety of socks


Allegiance Footwear
Mountain City, TN: Durable boots and other footwear

Butt In a Sling
Covington, TN: Hammocks and accessories

Yukon Outfitters
Alamo, TN: Hammocks and accessories

Pack Rabbit Products
Garland, TN: Assorted backpacking and day packs


Hurricane, UT: Eyewear Retainers & Eyewear Accessories for the Outdoors

Clark Jungle Hammock
Salt Lake City, UT: Hammocks and accessories

Aquarius Plateau, UT: Alcohol and UL stoves

Springbar Tents
Salt Lake City, UT: Camping tents (not backpacking)

ULA Equipment
Logan UT: Lightweight backpacks and gear


Darn Tough
Northfield, VT: Ultra-durable socks

Ibex Outdoor Clothing
White River Junction, VT: Merino wool outdoors clothing


Jacks ‘R’ Better
Yorktown, VA: Hammocks, quilts, shelters with an ultra-light focus

Mountain Laurel Designs
Roanoke, VA: Lightweight backpacking gear

YAMA Mountain Gear
Charlottesville, VA: Tarps, shelters, DIY kits for accessories


Cascade Designs: Seattle, WA (2017 Badger Sponsorship supporter!)
        MSR – Stoves and backcountry cooking gear
        Platypus – Water bladders/reservoirs 
        Therma-a-Rest – Sleeping pads/air mattresses
        *Cascade Designs also has a manufacturing plant in Midleton, Ireland for the European market

Feathered Friends
Seattle, WA: Sleeping bags, down apparel, and other accessories

Liberty Bottleworks
Yakima, WA: Metal water bottles

McHale Alpine Packs
Seattle, WA: Ultralight alpine and expedition packs

Nanatak Gear
Twisp, WA: Sleep systems

Cloudline Socks
Seattle, WA: Merino wool socks


Open Country Campware
Two Rivers, WI: Camp pots, cookwear, and more

Sheboygan, WI: Hiking and backpacking socks (2017 Badger Sponsorship supporter!)


Big Sky International
Jackson Hole, WY: Ultralight and tarp tents, expedition tents

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Comments 34

  • Renee Hoppe : Mar 2nd

    Soul Flower Clothing- Golden Valley, MN
    It’s an eco-friendly clothing company that sells a lot to the granola outdoorsy crowd 😉
    Most items are designed/printed in-house by employees, everything is either fair trade or ethically produced or better for the environment in some way.

  • Nancy : Oct 1st

    I think Minus33 in NH manufactures their merino wool garments in the US.

  • Sue : Dec 7th


    We are trying to connect with US manufacturers of camping/hiking outdoor equipment who are looking to expand internationally into Australia. If you are please let us know. Cheers Sue

  • Lace Thomas : Jan 6th also offers some great deals when it comes to outdoor hammocks.

  • Sprinkles : Jan 27th

    Maryland – Groundbird gear. Tailor made dog backpacks – and they look awesome too!

  • Beyul : Jan 30th

    Check out Beyul, we are a small start up trying to focus on made in the USA outdoor gear and apparel. The site is

  • lkmi : Feb 5th

    Dutch – for hammocks, tarps and all kinds of interesting gadgetry.

  • Tico Duffer : Feb 22nd

    Minnesota (Duluth) – Frost River Reliable Softgoods – Waxed Canvas Briefcases, Canoe Packs, Daypacks, Shoulder Bags, and More!


  • Ron : Mar 28th

    Vere sandal company. Geneva NY

  • Shawn : Apr 17th

    Exo Mountain Gear, Boise, Idaho – backpacks

    Stone Glacier, Bozeman, Montana – also backpacks

  • Erik : May 15th

    Goodhew wool socks, in Tennessee

  • Sydney : Jun 8th

    Exxel uses imported materials and finish the sleeping bags in the US. Do others on this list also use imported materials?

  • Katie Rose : Aug 24th

    Mystery Ranch only makes their military bags in the U.S. now, all other manufacturing has been moved overseas.

  • Nathan : Nov 14th

    Out Gear Recreation is another good company to add. They hand make high quality hammocks in Boiling Springs PA.

  • Jake : Dec 1st

    Sheep to shelf out of Minnesota ( If I remember correctly )
    Nice wool products all made in USA!

  • Neil Parker : Dec 8th

    Here’s two more:
    Wild Ideas, Bearikade food canisters
    Oru Kayaks, folding and packable kayaks

  • Pete D : Dec 10th

    I want to thank you. Not only should we support for all the reasons you listed, but as a Catholic, my religion is severely suppressed in China. There is an underground church and pastors and members caught are fined, jailed, or executed. Products are made in near slave labor conditions. I find it disgusting to put an article of clothing on my kids knowing a mom or child was forced to make it. How would we feel if it was our family member in a horrible factory? Never again for me. Thank you. God bless our country and Christ the King. If he reigns, our nation amd manufacturing will be truly great again.

  • Kyle S : Dec 28th in Post Falls, Idaho makes most of the stuff they sell on site. They do import some things they sell, but their factory is in Post Falls.

  • BJ Clark : Mar 6th

    Virginia: Yama Mountain Gear

  • Chris G. : Mar 6th

    Hummingbird Hammocks Colorado.

  • Austin : Mar 6th

    Seattle, Wa based CloudLine makes merino wool hiking socks.

  • Brother Blood : Mar 7th

    Yukon Outfitters in TN makes great hammocks. Bought one in Damascus and used it all the way to Katahdin.

  • Matthew : Mar 7th

    FITS socks are made in the USA

  • Earl Bates : Mar 7th

    Superior Wilderness Designs, Michigan

  • Katie : Mar 10th

    great list! but I would add in Portland, OR!

  • JR M : Mar 10th

    Custom outdoor clothing.

  • JR M : Mar 10th

    Custom outdoor clothing.

  • Jo-al : Mar 12th

    Check out Outdoor Vitals from Utah. They specialize in sleeping bags, quilts etc.

    • MikeC : Apr 9th

      Their stuff is made in China and sent here. They have a youtube video showing their visit to see the manufacturing of the gear.

  • Jason : Mar 28th

    Six Moon Designs
    8250 SW Nimbus Ave.
    Beaverton OR, 97008

    Paria Outdoor Products
    PO Box 201328
    Denver, CO 80220

  • [email protected] : Mar 31st

    Hi Madisson, thanks for US companies outdoor gear.So far we know’REI’ is the the popular branded outdoor gear company.I like them.

  • Fieldtex Products Inc. : Apr 28th

    This is a great directory of American-made outdoor gear!

    Fieldtex Products designs and mass produces backpacks and tactical bags, as well as EMS, First Responder, and travel First Aid Kits that would make great supply and medical kits for outdoor adventures.


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