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Ultralight Gear Brands

This are is 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!

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Garage Grown Gear

St. Paul, MN. Founded 2017

Garage Grown Gear is the world’s best marketplace for Cottage Industry ultralight gear, and we cannot recommend them highly enough! GGG stocks brands you know and love, brands you’ve maybe only heard of, and brands you’re still waiting to discover. Browse a complete range ultralight equipment, including the largest assortment of ultralight accessories anywhere on the internet. Shop GGG.

Paka Brand logo


Cusco, Peru. Founded 2017

For those who prefer high-quality, good looking, sustainable, ethically-sourced, lifestyle clothing, we recommend Paka Apparel. While not an ultralight brand per se, all of their designs are responsibly made with alpaca wool, which is incredible soft, odor-resistant, thermo-regulating, quick drying, and superior to merino. This brand is raising the bar when it comes to sustainability and business ethics, and we are thrilled to see them grow.

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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.

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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.