Gear Reviews

Made In The USA: The Best American Gear

"Local" is the new black. Check out these trail-tested products from companies that are dedicated to hometown-USA manufacturing.


Light & Motion Solite 250

“The Solite, with its helmet and bike mounts (sold separately; $15 for the set) lets me use it—hands-free—no matter what I’m up to.” Read the full review. (Courtesy Photo)

Voormi Drift (Courtesy Photo)

Rugged, water-resistant, and breathable, this wool jacket pairs backcountry performance with frontcountry looks. Read the full review. (Courtesy Photo)

Black Diamond Jetforce Inflated (Courtesy Photo)

A backcountry airbag that you can actually practice using. Read full review. (Courtesy Photo)

made in the usa: MSR Revo Explore (Courtesy Photo)

They’re tough and versatile enough to handle abuse in any terrain. Read the full review.(Courtesy Photo)

Ibex OD Heather (Courtesy Photo)

A wool button down shirt that is super soft, looks cocktail ready and actually performs in the backcountry. Read the full review. (Courtesy Photo)

Chaco Z/2 Pro

Supportive, comfortable trail sandals with great traction. Read full review.

Princeton Tec Byte

Small enough to fit into a first-aid kit, yet plenty bright to illuminate every camp chore, the Byte is great for ultralighters. $20; 2.2 oz; Buy it.

Farm to Feet Adventure Sport Greensboro Low

Ample, dense cushioning underfoot reduces foot fatigue on long-mileage, rough-trail hikes. Read full review. (Photo by courtesy)

Danner Light II made in the usa

Testers prized these all-leather boots for their tenacious traction, superior comfort, and midsole support. Read full review.

Made in the usa: SmartWool PhD Mountaineering Sock

A blend of nylon and merino makes these socks durable and fast-drying. Read full review. (Courtesy photo)

Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Classic (Ben Fullerton)

This closed-cell pad adds instant warmth to your winter sleeping system—and it’s a steal. Read the full review. (Ben Fullerton)

Duckworth Hummingbird Rib LS Crew (Courtesy Photo)

Get the benefits of wool—odor resistance and insulation—in a shirt that dries fast and manages a wide range of temps. Read the full review. (Courtesy Photo)

Orvis Clearwater & Encounter II

A backcountry fly-fishing setup should be low in bulk and weight for easy packability, and this system delivers at a wallet-friendly price. Read full review. (Courtesy Photo)