Acronyms! Outdoor Brand Edition!

Lloyd Vogel

Some companies have short names, some have long names. Some go by their long names, and others use acronyms or initials. While this is by no means a phenomenon that is isolated to the outdoor industry, there are an abundance of brands that rock 2, 3, or even 4 letter abbreviations. Lets see if you can guess what these brand’s names actually stand for! Last time we did this with 2 options… this time there are 3 (bum bum bum)!! All options are made with nothing but love for all the brands in this list.

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1. SWD
Slow midWestern Drawl
Superior Wilderness Designs
Stop Worshiping Dyneema

2. HMG
Hippy Maine Gear
Holds My Growler
Hyperlite Mountain Gear 

3. MLD
Mountain Laurel Designs
Minimal to Long Delays
Mountain Lions! Duh!

4. ULA
ULtimately Alright
UltraLight Adventure equipment 
Unusually Lite Af

5. GGG
Garage Grown Gear
Glory, Guts, and Gummy bears
Good Glamping Gear

6. EE
European E-union
Everything’s Exceptional
Enlightened Equipment


7. REI
Really Eager Individuals
Recreational Equipment, Inc.
Rebellion! Extraterrestrials! Igloos!


8. MEC
Many Excited Canadians
Minnesota’s Eye Candy
Mountain Equipment Co-op 


9. EMS
Everything’s Made Somewhere-else
Eastern Mountain Sports
Everyone’s Marmot Supply


10. NRS
Not Really Safe
North is Really South
Northwest River Supply


11. MSR
My Summer Reading
Mystery Stove Ranch
Mountain Safety Research

 

Answers:

1. Superior Wilderness Designs
2. Hyperlite Mountain Gear
3. Mountain Laurel Designs
4. UltraLight Adventure equipment 
5. Garage Grown Gear
6. Enlightened Equipment
7. Recreational Equipment, Inc.
8. Mountain Equipment Co-op 
9. Eastern Mountain Sports
10. Northwest River Supply
11. Mountain Safety Research

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35 comments

Lloyd - Garage Grown Gear

Lloyd - Garage Grown Gear

And the winner of the $50 gift card is… Hannah! Congrats!

Eric

Eric

11/11. I love the other options you came up with!

Donna Monson

Donna Monson

Got 11 out of 11 after laughing hysterically at the names 😂

Helen L.

Helen L.

Got them all. Pretty tough.

Geoff

Geoff

11/11 studying sure paid off

Michael

Michael

11 for 11. IMBAG. I must be a genius.

Christopher

Christopher

11/11. And I will throw in a bonus. The ‘L’ in MLD should be spelled as ‘Laurel’, not ‘Lorel’.

Francis Dufour

Francis Dufour

11/11, you’re even throwing an easy one for us up here in Canada!!

timothy mcphillips

timothy mcphillips

got them all, but loved “not really safe”

Ron

Ron

11 for 11, and done business with 6 of them.

Hannah Brotherton

Hannah Brotherton

11/11. Although Hippy Maine Gear should totally be a brand!

Stephanie

Stephanie

11/11. I can only attribute this to all the gear reaserch I have been doing lately.

Janice

Janice

11/11! VICTORY!

Stephanie Harper

Stephanie Harper

Got all 11! Also LOL “Unusually Light AF”

Donna Tozer

Donna Tozer

11/11 Gear Geek!

Allison

Allison

Got 10 of 11. Number 4’s answer wasn’t an option :/

Lauren

Lauren

10/10 correct! Though I wish that MEC was short for Minnesota’s Eye Candy

David Newlun

David Newlun

got all 11 … yess!!!

Lloyd - Garage Grown Gear

Lloyd - Garage Grown Gear

I goofed! It is Ultralight Adventure. Not sure why I flubbed that up, but its been fixed on the post!

Kat

Kat

Got all 11! Though even after using a Catalyst for the last year, I was surprised by the A in ULA (especially because they manufacture in Utah, far from Appalachia…)

Shawn

Shawn

Got all 11. I must read too many backpacking blogs.

Angela

Angela

Got all 11. Truly a gear nerd.

Joshua

Joshua

Got all 11.

Tim

Tim

11 for 11!

Phillip Wisehart

Phillip Wisehart

10 our of 10!!!

Carolyn Caufman

Carolyn Caufman

Uh, you made them easy, tho the 3Gs were a bit tricky. NOT!

Dave

Dave

Got them All!!

Chris Rice

Chris Rice

Got all correct the first time.

Collin

Collin

Got them all too, but like many I was surprised by the A in ULA

Janet

Janet

Guessed them all.

Debra Gagner

Debra Gagner

11 for 11 ! And some good laughs :-)

Mark

Mark

Got them all. #4 didn’t realize the “A” Appalachian.

Mojicka

Mojicka

I made all the correct answers, but it was fairly easy to do so.
Doorag

Doorag

Got them all as it was an easy-peezy one!!! Total gear junkie Iam so everything was very familiar to me.

Logan Wilder

Logan Wilder

I got them all but tbh I thought ula was ultralight adventure not ultralight Appalachian

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