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Ultralight Gear Brands

This is a new area of our website dedicated to highlighting outdoor and ultralight gear brands of all shapes and sizes. Each of the brand spotlights will introduce a manufacturer, explain what sets them apart, highlight their best designs, and feature some content we’ve made about their products. While small for now, we will continue adding more companies and hope to introduce you to your next favorite ultralight brand!

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REI Co-op

Sumner, WA. Founded 1938

Everyone knows REI Co-op! So as the editorial staff of Adventure Alan & Co (Alan & Jaeger) surpass 50 years of collective Co-op membership, we take a moment to reflect on everything we love about this organization. From fond personal memories to our favorite Co-op label gear and CSR initiatives, we have a profound respect for REI, its people, culture, product, and mission.

zpacks brand tent in the spotlight


West Melbourne, FL. Founded 2004

Zpacks manufactures lighter than average ultralight gear, specializing in tents, backpacks, and quilts. Their founder is a Triplecrowner and their line caters to thru-hikers. Zpacks products are always made with top-of-the-line materials like Dyneema and ULTRA, and their quality commands a top shelf price tag.