American-Made: Outdoors Gifts Born In The USA

There’s no shortage of awesome, American-made outdoors gear out there if you know where to look. Here we highlight some top made-in-the-USA picks to keep your gift-giving dollars fueling the domestic economy.


Tarptent Protrail ($225)

Since 2002, Tarptent’s following has been growing steadily. After testing out the independent brand’s ProTrail and interviewing founder Henry Shires last spring, we can see why. The Seattle-made shelters are beautifully engineered, super light and plenty durable at surprisingly low prices. The one-person ProTrail weighs 26 oz. and has served one of our editors well for the past year, weathering nasty storms without a problem. It’s also worked admirably as a two-person tent when needed.

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Darn Tough Vermont Hiker Micro Crew Cushion ($22)

Darn Tough Vermont only makes socks and the company is damn good at it. The merino socks are produced in a mill in Northfield, Vermont and are some of the most durable we’ve ever worn. The independent brand even has a no-questions-asked, lifetime guarantee. If you manage to wear a pair out, send ’em in, and they’ll send you a new pair. The Hiker Micro Crew (both men’s and women’s) is a go-to for many thru-hikers that’s every bit as practical day-to-day.

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Inside Line Equipment

Inside Line Equipment Default Mini Backpack ($220)

Inside Line Equipment is an independent, San Francisco-based bike bag company. The brand’s offerings range from day packs to photographer bags and phone holsters. Our editors tested the Default mini XPAC sailcloth bag. We found it to be as tough as any bike pack we’ve ridden with It’s completely waterproof and a nice in-between size that compresses with small loads, but it’s large enough for grocery runs and long weekend trips.

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