The Best Gear Companies You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

These little-known gear companies are poised to compete with the big boys.

You probably know the biggest names in the outdoor equipment world, but there are plenty of upstart gear companies out there too. Click through the slideshow above to see a few that have caught our eye recently. (Note: BACKPACKER has not, as of this writing, reviewed or tested any of the above products in the field.)