Today the family-owned company is based in Gilford, N.H., and helmed by Jack’s son, Bill. It continues to produce innovative, lightweight gear that hews close to some of Jack’s original designs. Among its offerings are ultralight hoop-style tents in 2-, 3-, and 5-person designs (2.3 to 4.7 pounds) and Warmlite Triple Sleeping Bags, which use 800+ fill down and include several innovative and unique features, including an integrated vapor barrier liner and a wrap-around zipper that allows you to fully separate the top and bottom layers, or join them together to create a large down quilt.
Stephenson’s Warmlite also continues to produce a complete line of vapor barrier clothing, including a pair of inexpensive vapor barrier liner socks ($8) that I would recommend to any winter hiker or backpacker. (The company’s website offers extensive information about the benefits of vapor barriers.)
Support your Northeast gear companies! Here are the 13 others I’ve profiled to date:
Delorme (Yarmouth, Maine)
Ibex Outdoor Clothing (White River Junction, Vt.)
Jetboil (Manchester, N.H.)
New England Ropes (Fall River, Mass.)
Nemo Equipment (Manchester, N.H.)
Orion Signal and Survival Products (Easton, Md.)
Dermatone Sunscreen (Windsor, Ct.)
Darn Tough Socks (Northfield, Vt.)
STABILicers (Biddeford, Maine)
Noble Biomaterials (Scranton, Pa.)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear (Biddeford, Maine)
New Balance (Boston, Mass.)
Sterling Rope (Biddeford, Maine)
Have a suggestion for a Northeast-based gear company to profile? Please let me know!
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.