The (Nearly) Complete List of Small, Startup & Cottage Outdoor Brands

Trends & Top 10Lloyd Vogel

Small Startup Cottage Outdoor Gear Brands UL Backpacking Thru-Hiking Garage Grown Gear

After hundreds of emails and years of your requests, we finally did it. We compiled a list of small, startup, and cottage brands! Huzzah! This list is not totally comprehensive, but it's our first stab, and with your help, we are confident it can become the best darn list/resource for those looking to explore our little ecosystem of brands. 

A great many of these brands are available through Garage Grown Gear (with free shipping over $20!). We've also included brands that we're aware of and think highly of but do not yet sell. 

Check out our list and get clicking! Did we miss a brand you think should be included? Let us know in the comment section below and we'll get them added.

***Brands with an "*" are sold on Garage Grown Gear

*allmansright Backpacks/Accessories
Alpine Fit Apparel
*Alpen Fuel Granola
*Alpine Start Instant Coffee
Alum Equipment Backpacks
AntiGravityGear Apparel/Accessories
*Alt Route Meals
Dehydrated Meals
Appalachian Gear Company Alpaca Apparel
Arrowhead Equipment Hammocks
As Tucas Apparel/Quilts/Shelters
*Atom Packs Backpacks
*BearVault Bear Bins
Bedrock Sandals Sandals
*BeenCampin DCF Good Gear/Stuff Sacks
Bight Gear Apparel
Big Sky International Shelters
BioLite Headlamps/Stoves
Black Rock Gear Down Apparel
Borah Gear Down Apparel/Shelters
*Borealis Wool Co. Wool Apparel
*Bushka's Kitchen
Dehydrated Meals
*CampCraft Coffee Instant Coffee
*Cascade Wild Ultralight Tables
*Cascadia Coffee Roasters Instant Coffee
CiloGear Backpacks
*Cedarpass Creative Lifestyle Apparel
Cedar Ridge Outdoors Quilts
*Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear Backpacks
*Cloud Gear DCF Accessories
*Cloudline Socks Socks
Cold Case Gear Cold Weather Accessories
Cooke Custom Sewing Shelters/Backpacks
*Cnoc Outdoors Water Containers
*CragDog Dog Gear
Crux Backpacks
*CS Coffee Instant Coffee
*Cumulus Sleeping Bags/Apparel
*Cusa Tea Instant Tea
*Dandee Packs Backpacks
Darn Tough Socks Socks
DD Hammocks Hammocks
*Deliberate Life Designs Custom Sandals
Dirty Girl Gaiters Gaiters
Dream Hammocks Hammocks
Duckworth Wool Apparel
Durston Gear Tents and Backpacks
DutchWare Gear
Fabric Wholesaler
Dyborg Ultralight Gear Ultralight Accessories
*Eclipse Sun Products Protective Sun Apparel
*El Coyote Quilts Quilts
*Enlightened Equipment Quilts/Synthetic Apparel
*Ever Green Adventure Foods Dehydrated Meals
*FarPointe Outdoor Gear Ultralight Apparel
Farm to Feet Farm to Feet
Feathered Friends Sleeping Bags
*Fernweh Food Co.
Dehydrated Meals
*Flowfold Ultralight Wallets
*Food for the Sole
Dehydrated Meals
*Frau Fowler Powdered Toothpaste
*Genius Outdoors Long Spoons
*Give'r Leather Gloves
*Glacial Gear Sweat Rags
*Good To-Go
Dehydrated Meals
*Goosefeet Gear Down Apparel
*Gossamer Gear Backpacks
Granite Gear
*Grayl Water Bottles
*Greenbelly Meals Meal Replacement Bars
*Green Goo
Groundbird Gear Dog Gear
*Gryphon Gear Quilts/Sleeping Bags
Hammock Gear
Quilts/Sleeping Bags
*Hawbuck Ultralight Wallets
*Heather's Choice
Dehydrated Meals
Hennessy Hammock Hammocks
HeroClip Carabiners
*High Side Coffee Tea Bag Style Coffee
*High Tail Designs DCF Apparel/Stuff Sacks/Fanny Packs
Hikers Brew Coffee
*Hillsound Ultralight Stools and Gaiters
Hilltop Packs DCF Accessories
Hummingbird Hammocks Hammocks
*HydroBlu Water Filters
*Hyperlite Mountain Gear Backpacks/Shelters/Accessories
Jacks "R" Better Quilts
*Joe Chocolate Caffeinated Chocolate 
Justin's UL Water Bottle Pouches
Kammok Hammocks and Tarps
*Karen's Naturals Dried Fruits and Veggies
*Katabatic Gear Quilts/Backpacks
*Kate's Real Food Bars/Snacks
*Klymit Sleeping Pads/Sleeping Bags/Tents
Kora Outdoor Yak Wool Apparel
KS Ultralight Gear Backpacks
*Kuju Coffee Pour Over COffee
*Kula Cloth Pee Cloths
*Lawson Equipment Cordage/Titanium Goods
Life Elements CBD Salves and Balms
LiteHeart Gear Shelters/Apparel
*LiteAF Backpacks/DCF Accessories
Little River Packs Backpacks
Loco Libre Gear Quilts
Locus Gear Shelters/Trekking Poles/Apparel
*Lone Star Ultralight Accessories and Tarps
LoopAlien Knot Tying Accessories
LuminAID Lighting
Luna Sandals Sandals
*Mayfly Ultralight Feather Weight Sandals
Melanzana Fleece Apparel
Minimul Packs Backpacks
*Morsel Utensils
Mochilera Gear Quilts
Mountain Laurel Designs Quilts/Backpacks
Mystery Ranch Backpacks
*Napacks Accessories
*Nashville Pack Backpacks
Next Mile Meals
Dehydrated Meals 
*Nomad Nutrition
Dehydrated Meals 
Northern Lites Snowshoes
Northern Ultralight Backpacks
Noso Patches Repair Patches
Nunatak Quilts/Apparel
*NW Alpine Climbing Apparel
*Ombraz Armless Sunglasses
OMM Apparel
*Orange Mud Trail Running Gear
Outdoor Herbivore
Dehydrated Meals 
Outdoor Pantry
Dehydrated Meals 
Packit Gourmet Dehydrated Meals 
Pa'lante Packs Backpacks
*pStyle Female Urination Device
*Purple Rain Adventure Skirts Hiking Skirts/Kilts
*QiWiz  Trowels
Ragged Mountain Apparel
*Rainy Day Forge (Aka ULK) Knives
*Range Bar Meal Replacement Bars
*Rawlogy Massage Balls
Recap Hats
*Red Paw Packs Fanny Packs
*Rinord Shorts
Ripstop by the Roll Fabric Wholesaler
*Roscoe Outdoor Pants
*Ruta Locura Carbon Fiber/Titanium Accessories
*Sasquatch Fuel Dehydrated Meals
*Saunter Packs Backpacks
*Sawyer Water Purification
*Senchi Designs Polartec® Alpha® insulation Hoodies
*Shamma Sandals Sandals
*Six Moon Designs Shelters/Packs/Accessories
*Ski Balm Balms/Salves
Skida Hats
*SkyGoat Fleeces
Skylight Gear Custom Apparel/Shelters
*SlingFin Shelters/Backpacks
Solo Stove Stoves
*Space Bear Bags DCF Accessories
Steeped Coffee Pour Over Coffee
*Stunt Puppy Dog Gear
*Supai Adventure Gear Pack Rafts
*Superior Wilderness Designs Backpacks
Superior Fleece Fleece Apparel
Tarptent Shelters
*Terra Rosa Gear Tarps/Shelters
*Territory Run Co. Running Apparel and Hats
*The TentLab Trowels
*Thrunotes Waterproof Notebooks
*Thrupack Fanny Packs/Accessories
Timmermade Down Apparel/Sleeping Bags
Titanium Goods
*Trail Butter Nut Butter
TrailHeadz  Quilts
*Trailtopia Dehydrated Meals
UGQ Quilts
ULA Backpacks
*UltraliteSacks DCF Accessories
Unshoes Ultralight Sandals
*Ursack Bear Bags
*Vargo Outdoor Titanium Goods
*Venture Wipes Body Wipes
*Voke Tab Caffeine Tablets
*Volpi Outdoor Gear Backpacks
*Voormi Merino Wool Apparel
Wander Woman Gear
Pee Cloths
*Waymark Gear Co. Backpacks
Warbonnet Hammocks
*Westbound Gear Fanny Packs/Accessories 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags/Quilts
*Whitebox Stoves Stoves
Wintergreen Northern Wear Winter Apparel
*Wool-it Blister Prevention
*Xero Shoes Sandals/Shoes
YAMA Mountain Gear Backpacks/Shelters
*YAR.gear Backpacks
Zimmerbuilt Backpacks
*Zpacks Backpacks/Quilts/Shelters/Apparel
Small Startup Cottage Outdoor Gear Brands UL Backpacking Thru-Hiking Garage Grown Gear
Trends & top 10


John Simpson

John Simpson

Deviation Ski & Snowboard Works! Made in Portland Oregon.



I would add Seek Outside and EXO Mountain Gear.



Some considerations:

= have purchased from them
*Sierra Madre Research (similar to Kammok)
*Wristies [making masks at the moment] Cold Case Gear (insulated bags)
Altera Alpaca (socks)
Asolo USA (shoes)
Atom Packs
Backcountry Staples (DIY Food)
Wildly Good (formally Bear Feet Company)
Bear Paw Wilderness Designs
Beyond (clothing)
Bisgear {no web site, Amazon and Facebook}
Blue Flame Footwear (socks)
Coalatree (outdoor wear)
Cotopaxi (clothing, packs)
Flap Jacked (food)
Helen Knows Best (skin care)
Humangear (utensils, soft bottles)
Justin’s UL (backpack pouches) {Etsy, facebook}
Lightheart Gear (UL tents)
Little Shop of Hammocks {Canada}
Luxe Hiking Gear
Mac in a Sac {Ireland}
MilesGear (tents, DIY)
Mexitan (sun and bug protection)
Mom’s Stuff (skin care)
End round one

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