Startup Stories

How USA made backpacks grew from a basement

Topo Designs, makers of classic-style USA Made backpacks, started in a basement. “We had a grassroots approach to growing it,” said co-founder Jedd Rose. “I bought a sewing machine and decided to start learning how…

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Environmentally friendly backpacks from OG Sack

Carrying groceries can be messy: broken eggs, spilled milk, exploded yogurt. OG Sack sprouted from a desire to create environmentally friendly backpacks that are ideal for food stops, or spills. OG Sack co-founder Doug Davis…

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How ingenuity advanced lightweight backpacking

Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s founder, Mike St. Pierre, has an appetite for new horizons and challenges. “Every trip I ever do is to a new place,” he says. “Problem solving excites me, problem solving within the…

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Meet Mountain Mama

At first, people were really freaked out at seeing pregnant mannequins at an outdoor trade show, especially pregnant mannequins wearing a climbing harness. But now the conversation is evolving. People are less surprised and more…

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