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American Gear Guide's Top Picks 2020

This is our favorite gear, the top American made equipment that earns our Editor’s Choice and Best Buy Awards.

We have spent countless combined hours testing and perfecting our gear choices, this is what works best for us and our personal preferences. Keep in mind that certain gear choices like boots are incredibly personal. What fits our feet and is best for us may not necessarily be the best for you so be sure to try on footwear. We hope that our positive experiences (and the lessons learned from negative ones) will help others discover exceptional outdoor gear for getting out and enjoying our world.

Regarding our Best Buy And Editor’s Choice Awards: The Best Buy is awarded to gear that presents the greatest value for the price. Editor’s Choice is given to the highest quality gear, period.

Backpacks

Boots

Tents

Sleeping Bags

Sleeping Pads

Water Bottles & Purification

Clothing

Camp Cooking

Headlamps & Flashlights

Camping Accessories

*Note that this equipment is made in the USA but some may contain a few imported materials, however we don’t want the perfect to be the enemy of the good. We take more satisfaction in locally produced gear and find the quality of our top gear picks to be superior compared with top name brands produced overseas.

Matt Mullins on Kongma La Pass, Nepal
Your gear tester, Matt Mullins, using all American made gear on Kongma La Pass, Nepal while trekking to Everest.
Matt Mullins at Everest Base Camp
A -20F storm at Everest Base Camp.

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