These five companies don’t appear on the shelves of major outdoor retailers, or on many retail shelves anywhere. No, these are small niche gear makers who sell mostly online and specialize in producing high-quality ultralight shelters, backpacks, and other camping gear. If you’re serious about saving weight, you’ve likely heard of at least a few of them. If not, maybe it’s time to get started.
One of the largest manufacturers in the ultralight gear niche. Offers a wide variety of high-quality options across the gear spectrum, including ultralight trekking poles and its flagship Gorilla backpack (25 ounces, 3,000-cubic-inch total capacity, $225).
For more on ultralight gear, check out these recent posts:
Ultralight Tents Weighing 2 – 3 Pounds (2010)
Ultralight Floorless and Single-Wall Tents Under Two Pounds (2010)
Ultralight Tarps (2010)
Bivy Sacks (2010)
Floorless Pyramid Tents (2009)
Pack Heat, Not Weight: The pros and cons of alcohol stoves (2011)
Alcohol Stoves: Useful Resources (2011)
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.