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Made in the USA

We at Backcountry North listen to what our customers have to say. Lately many of you have requested that we carry more products that are made in the United States, and we couldn’t agree more. We are working hard to bring you more USA-made products while still keeping the quality of our products high and the costs as reasonable as possible. For most consumers, when given the choice between two identical items - one made in China, the other in the U.S. - most would buy the cheaper item. However, we have noticed that many of our customers have made the choice to buy items that are made right here even though the cost may be higher.  We applaud your decision and have followed suit to carry the brands that keep their business domestic.

We feel that the quality of our products is of the utmost importance. After all, we deal in equipment that has to function in situations where equipment failure could be the difference between life and death.  Our next priority is to keep our prices competitive. The old adage “you have to pay to play” really hits home with us. Any product that we stock needs to fit in both of those categories. It would be against who we are to stock an inexpensive product that doesn’t meet our exacting standards, just as it would to stock an extremely expensive item whos cost exceeds its benefits.

It is impossible for all of our products to be made stateside, but when possible we will always make the commitment to support our country and our community. The following companies are manufacturing domestically and we proudly represent them at Backcountry North. 


Smartwool Socks

Based in Steamboat Springs, CO, SmartWool is a brand whose products are inspired by living and playing in the mountains. Many Smartwool sock favorites are knit here in the United States, including their Hiking, PHD Outdoor, and Running sock lines. Try a pair of Smartwool socks for footwear that offers comfort, style and technology... made the all-American way.


Nalgene Bottles

When you see the Nalgene name you are guaranteed to be buying a USA-made product. Every product they manufacture comes straight from their Rochester, New York manufacturing facility, guaranteed to be BPA-free, leakproof, durable and dependable. Nalgene bottles reinforce the idea that what counts most is what’s inside. Nalgene's ISO compliant facility is also registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility, which further demonstrates their consistent devotion to customer satisfaction. 


Mountain Safety Research

Owned by Cascade Designs, Mountain Safety Research is an American corporation that proudly manufacturers their camp stoves, water filters, and snowshoes in Seattle, Washington. They strive to provide the highest quality products while adhering to a code of responsibility that considers their operations impact today. When it comes to quality and innovation, it doesn't get any better.


Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Systems

The first Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad was created in 1971 by Jim Lea and Neil Anderson, the two Cascade Designs founders. Using an old sandwich maker, they melted two pieces of airtight fabric onto a piece of open-cell foam, creating a bond that was perfectly airtight. They added a valve, and their prototype was ready to test. Since then, Therm-a-Rest has designed and produced thousands of comfortable outdoor sleeping solutions in Seattle, Washington.


Seal Line

When it comes to wet outdoor conditions, SealLine has you covered. Owned by Cascade Designs, SealLine products are made of the highest-quality waterproof fabrics, while their proprietary RF-welding skills are unmatched in the industry. The result is unquestionable gear protection to help you survive the world's most challenging environments. SealLine proudly manufacturers their portable bags, packs, cases and accessories in Seattle, Washington.


Kershaw Knives

Kershaw Knives was started in Portland, Oregon in 1974 when knife salesman Pete Kershaw left Gerber Legendary Blades to form his own cutlery company based on his own designs. In 1997, Kershaw Knives expanded their Wilsonville facility to include manufacturing, marketing, and warehousing. One of the first products to be manufactured in the USA by Kershaw Knives was the Multi-Tool; since then, Kershaw has manufactured thousands of additional knives in the United States, including the entire Ken Onion line. Ken Onion is Kershaw's best-known designer, who has won numerous awards for his designs with the company since 1998, such as his Speed-Safe opening models. Speed-Safe is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open any Speed-Safe knife with a manual push on the blade's thumb stud or pull back on the blade protrusion. Fantastic quality, great warranties, and free life-time sharpening for all their knives, we are proud to support this American-made company. 


Western Mountaineering

More than 30 years ago, two northern California mountaineers cam together with a vision of uncompromised excellence. A dedicated search for the finest raw materials, meticulous design, and unsurpassed workmanship have come together to provide you the highest quality sleeping bags and down clothing available anywhere. With an offering of over 30 different models, Western Mountaineering can provide you a sleeping bag for any event, outing, or expedition requiring the lightest and warmest bags. Today, Western Mountaineering still remains a small independent company, manufacturing all of their sleeping bags in San Jose, California in order to give their customers the quality they want made with USA pride.


Zipfy Mini Luge

Zipfy is a lightweight, compact snow sled that mimicks a mini luge in its manuevering capabilities. While it only takes a simple drop of the heels to slow down or come to a complete stop, you can also steer by leaning to the side to carve down the hill. Zipfy is small for easy hauling and comes in multiple colors and two sizes - the Zipfy Classic that carries up to 250 pounds, and the Zipfy Junior which is recommended for children between 3-6 and up to 85 pounds. This little luge can be used on both snow and sand for year-round adventures! Zipfy is engineered in Canada and manufactured right here in the United States.


Fisher Space Pens

In 1965, Paul Fisher developed the Space Pen. This particular pen is reliable in the freezing cold, desert heat, underwater and upside down due to it's pressurized ink cartridge that does not rely on gravity to work. The Space Pen became named so, as it's qualities were everything that the astronauts were looking for to replace pencils. In October 1968, the Fisher AG-7 Space Pen was used by NASA in the Apollo 7 mission. All Fisher pens are designed and manufactured in the United States, with a factory store open to the public in Boulder City, Nevada.


Point6 Socks

Point6 is named after the body's optimal temperature of 98.6 degrees, and stands for temperature stabilizing properties inherent to merino wool. These socks use 100-percent compact spun yarn that produces more merino fibers per inch that creates a soft feel that is never scratchy, itchy or bulky. Point6 makes a wide variety of premium socks, from lifestyle and outdoor specific to skiing and cycling options. Point6 will be moving all of its manufacturing to US soil by early 2012.

Made in Michigan


Moose Rack - Headland Industries

Headland Industries manufactures their Moose Rack kayak storage solutions not only in the USA, but right here in Michigan. This durable rack system features a cradle design constructed with stainless steel and billet aluminum, boasting a 300 lb weight capacity. The pivoting mount locks into place for easy loading, or folds out of the way when not in use.


Great Lakes Proud

Great Lakes Proud makes one thing and one thing only: stickers. Not only are these stickers made in Michigan, but a percentage of all profits are donated towards supporting our Great Lakes. These stickers are beautifully crafted, 3x5 die-cut images of Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. They can be found in white or blue to correspond with the vehicle, window, cargo box, laptop, kayak, coffee mug, or anywhere else you want to proudly display your Great Lakes love.