Directory of Cottage Industry Backpacking Gear Companies

Cottage Industry Backpacking Gear Company Directory
A cottage industry backpacking gear company is one that designs and manufactures their own products. They’ll often customize them for a fee, as well. Cottage gear companies often make gear that can’t be obtained from mainstream manufacturers because it’s very specialized and relatively few people need it. They’re often at the forefront of many fabric or material innovations in their respective industries because they can make one piece of gear at a time and don’t need to inventory large amounts of raw materials. Most can’t anyway because they don’t have the cash reserves or credit lines of larger businesses.

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Cottage Backpacking Gear Directory

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