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How to find gear made in somebody’s garage

The question answers itself: Why would gear crafted by hand be better than gear mass-produced in a Chinese sweatshop?

Over at my hiking blog, I amassed a nice list of links to folks who make packs, tents, gaiters, stoves and a host of other cool outdoor gadgetry. Most of it is price-competitive to high-end gear, though you can always buy a $19 tent at Wal-Mart (till 1 billion Chinese realize communism is supposed to help working people; then all bets are off).

Here’s my list of links (not all of these are specifically garage/basement/backyard built, but they are home-built businesses:)

Click away and support home-grown entrepreneurism.

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Tom posted at 5:28 pm August 25th, 2008

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  1. Sarah Kirkconnell says:

    Tom,
    There are times I feel like my office is a sweat shop while sewing my freezer bag cozies….about the time it hits 80* and above 😉 That is when I go hiking!

    Permalink | Posted August 25th, 2008, at 9:38 pm
  2. scienceguy288 says:

    Thanks for this. I will certainly be using it (college students are known for being cheap).

    Permalink | Posted August 27th, 2008, at 8:41 pm
  3. Fred Theilig says:

    How about http://www.zenstoves.com? They seem to fit this category.

    Permalink | Posted August 28th, 2008, at 8:49 am
  4. Tom says:

    Fred: that site is one of my all-time favorite stove-info resources… I forgot they actually made their own stoves.

    Permalink | Posted August 28th, 2008, at 8:51 am

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