GIVEAWAY! $1,000+ in ultralight backpacking gear, three winners

Ultralight Backpacking Giveaway - Copyright Garage Grown GearNothing compares to that feeling of being truly out there, surrounded by wild places and close friends. The pace of life slows, even as your pace on trail picks up. You begin to appreciate the simple things, like jumping in snow-fed alpine lakes and gooey marshmallows. The physical challenge, the quieting of the mind and the stunning beauty make each moment full and alive.

This ultralight backpacking giveaway is all about that experience, and the amazing gear that helps to make it possible. We hand selected the five participating companies. We personally use gear from each of these brands and we personally know the founders who started them – and therefore, confidently recommend them.

The giveaway entry form is at the bottom of this post. On your way down to that form, take a moment to read about companies behind the giveaway. They are run by passion-driven individuals who want to make the best gear possible for themselves, their friends and you.


Giveaway Prizes

Ultralight Backpacking Giveaway_edited-1Sweepstakes Winner

– $300 Enlightened Equipment gift certificate
Hummingbird Hammocks single hammock + tree strap
– 5 pairs of Cloudline Apparel socks
Roscoe Outdoor Washakie pant + tee shirt
Outpost Titanium 20 oz. double wall mug + eco spork with bottle opener


Runner Up Winner #1

Hummingbird Hammocks single hammock + tree strap
– 5 pairs of Cloudline Apparel socks
Roscoe Outdoor Washakie pant
Outpost Titanium 3 piece cutlery set + durable carabiner


Runner Up Winner #2
Hummingbird Hammocks single hammock + tree strap
– 5 pairs of Cloudline Apparel socks
Roscoe Outdoor Washakie pant
Outpost Titanium Colossus water bottle


About participating brands

Enlightened Equipment

Enlightened Equipment Ultralight Backpacking Giveaway

Enlightened Equipment’s down quilts help you stay warm at night while cutting weight. While the company has graduated out of founder Tim Marshall’s basement, all quilts are still handmade in Winona, Minnesota. And best of all, they are both reasonably priced and custom built – you get to pick the length, width, color and down type.


Hummingbird Hammocks

Hummingbird Hammocks - Ultralight Backpacking GiveawayHummingbird Hammocks are lighter and pack smaller than any other hammock on the market. They weigh a mere 5.2 ounces and fit in the palm of your hand. Founder Chris Loidolt is a FAA certified parachute rigger. When Chris decided he needed a hammock, he looked around his rigging loft and used the skydiving materials he had on hand. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Hummingbird Hammocks is now a thriving small business, with all hammocks made in Colorado.


Cloudline Apparel


CloudLine Apparel was created to give you the best possible socks for every adventure. They believe that the feeling of topping out on a mountain, above the clouds, is one of the best feelings around. Cloudline socks are made in the USA from merino wool, a fiber that breathes while wicking moisture. And, its anti-microbial means the socks don’t smell, even after many uses. Cloudline socks are offered in a variety of colors, cushion levels and ankle lengths. 


Roscoe Outdoor 

Roscoe Outdoor Washakie Pants Review 7 - Garage Grown Gear

In 2008, Hans Howell and Hailey DeMarois founded Roscoe Outdoor, a clothing company based in Red Lodge, Montana. Hailey and Hans built their business from the ground up, starting with the Washakie pant. The Washakie pant is made of comfortable, quick dry material. It's fitted but not restrictive. And, it includes a litany of great features, such as: zipped pockets, reinforced knees, enclosed belt loops and reflective quick-pull calf cinches on the cuffs.


Outpost Titanium

Outpost Titanium - ultralight backpacking giveaway

Outpost Titanium mugs, pans, sporks, water bottles and carabiners are as feather light as they are strong. And best of all, they offer dual utility. Heat up water in your double wall mug. Crack open a cold brew with your spork. Oh, and don't forget your titanium chopsticks. Now you can take the kitchen sink without actually taking the kitchen sink.


Giveaway Entry Form

Use the entry form below to enter the giveaway. Entering your e-mail address will unlock LOTS of opportunities for bonus entries. Like and share to up your odds!


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65 Comments on "GIVEAWAY! $1,000+ in ultralight backpacking gear, three winners"

  1. The promo website hasn’t been updated from the last giveaway…

  2. Scott Elliott | August 1, 2016 at 7:59 am | Reply

    If given this gear I will put it to great use! I will be hiking the Appalachian Trail in March of 2017 and would be a great addition! Thank you for your consideration! 🙂

  3. Awesome gear!

  4. Dylan Salsgiver | August 1, 2016 at 10:27 am | Reply

    Would love to win anything I can pack in my 74 Westfalia camper bus for camping lounging whatever!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!!

  5. Justin Whitman | August 1, 2016 at 10:41 am | Reply

    I like this giveaway for the opportunity to win some awesome gear but also to be plugged in to good quality sites and the great deals on gear.

  6. What a great bit of kit for my backpacking and summit approach adventures!

  7. Anything to help get me outside with my very outdoorsy man!

  8. This would be a great birthday present(s) to myself. Awesome gear and great opportunity to win. Thanks!

  9. Thought and care has really helped me get out and enjoy the outdoors with this equipment. Thank for the fresh air.

  10. Marcel Hoveling | August 2, 2016 at 8:12 am | Reply

    Boy,I could sure use some new gear!

  11. Rad gear giveaway! We sell Roscoe at our shop in CO (love their stuff), but I haven’t heard of any of the other brands. Cool stuff, nice to see a CO brand in there and some USA made merino socks. Would be stoked to take out some new gear on my upcoming trips!

    • Elizabeth,

      Thanks for the note. What’s your shop in Colorado? Super psyched to hear we were able to provide an intro to these other rad brands ; )



      • Amy, I work at a gear shop called Jagged Edge Mountain Gear, located in Telluride. We strive to carry brands that have a cool story, use bomber materials, and provide products that will help us all continue our passion of an adventurous life in the mountains. I’ll have to mention the brands in the giveaway to the boss!

        • Elizabeth,

          That’s so cool. What I love about independent retailers is their ability to take risks on new brands and help tell their story. And Telluride … what an amazing place to call home. If I’m ever in the area, I’ll pop into Jagged Edge.



          • Elizabeth Long | August 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm |


            Thanks! It’s so exciting to be introduced to so many unique brands that build practical, durable gear, and that are run by awesome people who we can talk to and share adventure stories with! Hope to see you in the shop sometime. The San Juans await!


  12. wow, this gear great for camping. A life saver.Wow, grand prize package is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me,

  13. Scott Turner | August 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm | Reply

    Looks like a great collection of gear for many outdoor adventures.

  14. What a great prize giveaway, fantastic gear! Thanks for the chance.

  15. Thanks so much for the chance to win and for giving us all a place to source some quality gear! Rocky Mountain and Moab are going to be so much better with this 🙂

  16. Tanks for all the opportunities you provide; both in actual gear access and in intelligent reviews.

  17. THANKS everyone for these great comments and participating in the GIVEAWAY. Love the stoke!

  18. Thanks garage grown! I ordered the hat from Abby Paffrath at Art 4 All and it rules

  19. Thanks for this awesome give away, whoever wins will be one happy camper! lol, pun intended.

  20. Great idea for a giveaway! Thanks for the chance(s)! Now, a bit of friendly advice: You may wish to edit your giveaway post, as I believe there is an error. “We personally use gear from each of these brands and we personally know the founders who started them – and therefore, confidentially recommend them.” You may want to CONFIDENTIALLY recommend them, and that’s fine, but I’m willing to bet you’d rather CONFIDENTLY recommend them instead. 🙂

    • Ahhh … I’m actually SO honored that you read the post that closely … thanks for pointing out the mistake … fixing now ; )


  21. Awesome gear! Yay!

  22. Great gear, love your web site.

  23. Thanks for the chance. This prize is fantastic!

  24. Wow, lots of great gear – most is new to me. Thanks!

  25. Justine Schrader | August 5, 2016 at 7:05 am | Reply

    This giveaway represents what it really means to be living. If you win, you’ll be submerged into living fully.

  26. It would be great to win this my equipment hasn’t been updated in 15 years.

  27. All this equipment just keeps getting better!!

  28. when will the winner be drawn?

  29. Cheryl Powell | August 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Reply

    It would be wonderful to win this gear . So badly needed I have my fingers and toes crossed.

  30. Karen Webster Hunt | August 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm | Reply

    This is great. Thank you!

  31. Would really love to win this for my husband. He said he wanted a hammock last year, and I planned on getting him one for Christmas. He had a stroke in November, so money and plans changed. (We are praying for a full recovery in the future.) This would be a great encouragement for him. This is a great giveaway!

  32. Elizabeth Worden | August 9, 2016 at 7:32 am | Reply

    I referred three friends and did no receive any entries for doing so. And here I think it is SUCH a great opportunity and would love to win!

    • Elizabeth,

      Did you use the link in the Promo Simple entry form to refer your friends? We tested it and it worked for us. But if others are experiencing a similar issue, please let us know. THANKS to everyone who has helped to spread the word about this giveaway.



  33. Looks like an excellent giveaway

  34. Really wanting to win something for my fiancé. He LOVES the outdoors, and is always going camping. So it would be nice to give him something like this as a gift.

  35. This has to be a Camping man’s dream come true. Thank you for the chance.

  36. ethel solinski | August 11, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Reply

    I love camping and fishing.

  37. Backpacking is life

  38. Patricia Hodges | August 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm | Reply

    Email sign-up not working…..too bad…..some good gear there! Good luck to everyone….who was able to enter this drawing

    • Patricia,

      Apologies we didn’t see this note until today. Not sure what happened??? Looks like there was about an hour long window when the entry form wasn’t working. Hope you were able to circle back sometime during the rest of the weekend to enter.



  39. Pameula Henson | August 14, 2016 at 7:18 am | Reply

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. I love camping! The camping gear would be great! I love going fishing & site seeing!

  41. love to camp…love to the outdoors period.

  42. william bustle | August 14, 2016 at 3:37 pm | Reply

    make it so…

  43. we love camping with our 2 saint bernards George and Gracie

  44. Mary Lou MacKenzie | August 14, 2016 at 8:35 pm | Reply

    Great giveaway….would love to win…thanks for chance!

  45. Some pretty cool stuff. It would be fun to freshen up the gear closet! Thank you!

  46. this give away is still popping up when you go to your site – even though it has ended. FYI

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