38 Top Quality American-Made Backpack Brands
By Matt Mullins updated November 26, 2018
- alpineluddites.com - Custom alpine backpacks and bikepacking bags.
- cilogear.com - Technical backpacks for climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and more. I own and highly recommend their 45L Worksack which earned our Editor's Choice; check out the review!
- colfax-design-works.myshopify.com - Urban backpacks and camera slings.
- cookecustomsewing.com - Packs and more.
- crosscanvas.com - Classic canvas bags.
- defybags.com - Urban backpacks, messenger bags, and duffel bags.
- dsptch.com - Urban backpacks, messenger and laptop bags.
- duluthpack.com - Lots of classic bags, packs, and more.
- elementalhorizons.com - Ultralight packs and accessories.
- equinoxltd.com - Ultralight gear.
- exomountaingear.com - Hunting packs.
- freerangeequipment.com - Technical packs.
- frostriver.com - Canvas and leather durable goods including backpacks, bike bags, canoe bags, and more.
- goruck.com - Simple rucksacks, often used with Goruck weighted plates for workouts.
- greengurugear.com - Bike bags/packs, panniers and gear.
- hyperlitemountaingear.com - Technical mountaineering and backpacking packs.
- katabaticgear.com - Backpacks and sleeping bags too.
- kifaru.net - Hunting packs and more.
- killspencer.com - High end fashion backpacks.
- mysteryranch.com/Packs/Mountain/Kletterwerks - Retro rucksack packs and tote bags. Note, Kletterwerks is a division of Mystery Ranch.
- mchalepacks.com - Custom technical packs.
- miscalif.com - Backpacks following the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple Stupid).
- missionworkshop.com - Waterproof packs and more.
- mountainlaureldesigns.com - Ultralight packs and gear.
- mysteryranch.com - Backpacks (including the packs I used on the fireline). Note, most of their packs are now made in the Philippines. Much of their tactical line and fire packs are still made in the USA.
- northstbags.com - Backpacks, bike bags, panniers and more.
- pack-rabbit.com - Interesting external frame backpacks that convert to chairs.
- seekoutside.com - External frame backpacks, sleeping bags, tipi tents and wood stoves.
- specopsbrand.com - Tactical backpacks and various tactical nylon gear.
- swdbackpacks.com - Custom ultralight backpacks.
- tombihn.com - Durable packs and more.
- topodesigns.com - Some backpacks, travel bags, luggage, clothes, and more. Note that many Topo Designs products are now imported.
- toughtraveler.com - A variety of old school packs, luggage, and gear.
- tripleaughtdesign.com - Military inspired backpacks and other gear.
- ula-equipment.com - Ultralight backpacks. I own an Ohm 2.0 pack and love it! The Ohm 2.0 received our Best Buy Award.
- vedavoo.com - Fishing packs, bags and gear built to order in the USA.
- wildthingsgear.com - Technical packs among other gear.
- zpacks.com - Packs, shelters and sleeping systems.
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My recommendations for the best backpacks made in the USA for hiking, backpacking, climbing/mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and simple everyday use.