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

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