Whats your top 5 companies?
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Peter Sustr
(czechxpress) - F - M

Locale: Boulder
Whats your top 5 companies? on 03/22/2011 16:17:37 MDT Print View

We talk a lot on here about the 'small guys' who make lightweight gear but who's the best? List your top 5 midlevel companies. Midlevel means, not a 1 man shop and not as high as a company like Golite.

Whats your top 5?

CHANGE IT UP TO ONE MAN OPERATIONS

Edited by czechxpress on 03/25/2011 09:03:15 MDT.

Mark Hudson
(vesteroid) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Sierras
hmm on 03/22/2011 16:46:30 MDT Print View

Well I am not sure how many folks they have so there may be some one mans in my list.

For my standard hiking packs I love ULA

For my UL pack I love joe's (zpacks)cuben pack

For my UL shelter, again I am a fan of zpacks

For my standard shelter, I like both tarptent and MLD

For quilts I like JRB but have recently moved to enlightened equipments. Jrb is great if you want it off the shelf and a bit more bomb proof than UL, Tim and other cottage guys really have nice stuff if you need custom, or want the less weight possible.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Whats your top 5 companies? on 03/22/2011 17:26:07 MDT Print View

In no particular order (and not necessarily backpacking specific):

Backpacking Light (backpacking gear)
Cilogear (backpacks)
Surly (bicycles)
Spark R&D (splitboard binders)
Lifelink (backpacks, avalanche safety)

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
westcomb on 03/22/2011 17:26:46 MDT Print View

make in vancouver bc ...

uses the "best" materials they can ... double stitching all around

pricey, but then thats what sales are for =P

Robert Carver
(Rcarver) - MLife

Locale: Southeast TN
Whats your top 5 companies? on 03/22/2011 18:51:03 MDT Print View

Mountain Laurel Designs

Gossamer Gear

Tarptent

ZPacks

ULA

Ultralite Hiker
(Ultralite) - F
List on 03/22/2011 19:01:42 MDT Print View

MLD
GG
ULA
Tarptent
Montbell

Edited by Ultralite on 03/22/2011 19:02:18 MDT.

Angelo Radano
(zalmen_mlotek)

Locale: New England
top 5 on 03/23/2011 07:01:05 MDT Print View

MLD
Col d'Lizard
Integral Designs
Rivendell Mountain Works
Wild Things

Erik Hagen
(EWH100) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area
Six Moon Designs tops list on 03/23/2011 09:30:56 MDT Print View

SMD - Own 2 tents and 2 backpacks
Katabatic
MLD
Montbell

Edited by EWH100 on 03/23/2011 09:31:27 MDT.

jim jessop
(LuckyJim) - F
Top 5 on 03/23/2011 10:06:29 MDT Print View

Trail Designs
Mountain Laurel Designs
BearPaw Wilderness Designs
Ultralight Adventure Equipment
Six Moon Designs

Edited by LuckyJim on 03/25/2011 06:46:34 MDT.

Jason Knecht
(distortedaxis) - F

Locale: Earth
Hard question on 03/23/2011 11:35:23 MDT Print View

For me, this depends on if i am hanging in a tree or on the ground. Because most manufacturers don't cross into both realms as of this posting.

Ground Camping:
- Trail Designs
- Mountain Laurel Designs
- Ultralight Adventure Equipment
- Six Moon Designs
- Gossamer Gear

Hammock Camping:
- Warbonnet Outdoors
- Whoopie Slings
- Mountain Laurel Designs
- Jacks Are Better
- enLIGHTened Equipment

Edited by distortedaxis on 03/23/2011 11:36:10 MDT.

Samuel Kau
(Skau)

Locale: Southern California
Top 5 on 03/23/2011 11:42:47 MDT Print View

In no particular order:
Zpacks
Titanium Goat
ULA
Tarptent
Katabatic

Edited by Skau on 03/23/2011 11:43:39 MDT.

Peter Sustr
(czechxpress) - F - M

Locale: Boulder
Top 5 on 03/23/2011 13:47:49 MDT Print View

forgot to add mine:

MLD
Trail Designs
BPL
GG
Bozeman Mountain Works

James Arriola
(Ravs4fun) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
Top 5 companies on 03/23/2011 14:01:35 MDT Print View

I would say my top five would be

Backpackinglight/Bozeman Mountain Works
Gossamer Gear
Mountain Laurel Designs
Tarptents
Zpacks

John Vance
(Servingko) - F

Locale: Intermountain West
Top 5 "not so big" on 03/23/2011 14:07:47 MDT Print View

In no particular order:

Bear Paw Custom work

Katabatic Gear

Six Moon Designs

Mountain Laurel Designs

Feathered Friends

Edited by Servingko on 03/23/2011 14:08:51 MDT.

Peter Longobardi
(paintplongo) - F

Locale: Hopefully on the Trail
Wow on 03/23/2011 14:20:10 MDT Print View

No Western Mountaineering, that's disappointing!

Nathan V
(Junk) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lake State
RE : Wow on 03/23/2011 14:46:00 MDT Print View

I was just going to put Western Mountaineering, along with -

Montbell

SMD

Z-Packs

Gossamer Gear.

Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Northern Europe
Top 5 on 03/23/2011 15:00:05 MDT Print View

Mountain Laurel Designs
Gossamer Gear
Jacks R Better
Feathered Friends
Nunatak

(Wow . . . I had to edit this post several times.)

Edited by evanrussia on 03/23/2011 15:02:18 MDT.

Robert Carver
(Rcarver) - MLife

Locale: Southeast TN
Western on 03/23/2011 16:13:58 MDT Print View

Western is my most favorite company. I thought they were bigger then mid level. So, I didn't add them to the list. Plus I really like Goosefeet. But don't they fall into the one man catagory?

John Vance
(Servingko) - F

Locale: Intermountain West
Western Mountaineering too big? on 03/23/2011 16:26:39 MDT Print View

I chose FF over WM based on estimated size/sales of the company. I really have enjoyed products from both but have switched to quilts full time and don't have bags from either. I do have several garments from FF.

Ron D
(dillonr) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Re: Whats your top 5 companies? on 03/23/2011 16:55:18 MDT Print View

Mchale
Tarptent
Nunatak
BPL
Gossamer Gear