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