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Welcome to UGQ Outdoor Equipment, where we make back packing gear for your style. Whether, back packing, kayaking, canoeing, bike touring, or just about any other outdoor adventure activity that requires light weight small pack size equipment we can help you out. We manufacture high quality back packing quilts, tarps and accessories from our shop located in Jackson, Michigan. Feel free to look around and see what we have to offer, if you have any questions please see our policies page or contact us directly.


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The Lil’ Pursuer neck knife is custom made by Scott Davidson of Alto, Georgia.


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When humans discovered how to make fire, everything changed for the better. We gained the ability to cook our food, keep warm, and use heat to produce more advanced tools and materials. But in our modern world we can easily exist without the need to ever use open flame. Still, no one brags about how they can’t build a fire. On the contrary – most people are embarrassed after a failed attempt, while their respective camping buddies mocking their measly efforts. Our advanced world sometimes leaves us in an ironic primitive state.


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Hi Everyone! Today I’m going to talk about a foldable lightweight backpack from MIU Color.


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Knowing a range of knots is a good way to untangle yourself from tricky situations in the great outdoors. A good repertoire of knots is also every sailor or angler’s way of proving they are worth their salt.

Most of the time, however, you’re only going to need to know a couple of knots really well, and be able to tie them every time without slipping up. The infographic below will give you a list of must-have knots for various situations, and best practices for tying them perfectly every time.


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Jacks R Better Bear Mountain Bridge Deluxe Hammock (nearly)Complete setup:


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Hummingbird Hammocks started with a simple desire to build a hammock. Our designer looked around his rigging loft and used the skydiving materials he had on hand to build himself a hammock. The use of these materials, combined with the design and construction techniques borrowed from the Parachute Industry Association, created a hammock that is stronger, far lighter and much smaller packing than any other hammock on the market.


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Located in Asheville, North Carolina, just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lightweight and Ultra-lightweight backpacking has become very popular over the last several years. This has become possible through the use of modern synthetic fabrics and other materials along with innovative design. Dual or multiple use items have also allowed backpackers to reduce their pack weight. A lower pack weight often increases the likelihood of success and enjoyment on a backpacking trip.


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Hey Everyone! Updated: DEC 02, 2014. Please note. Most of the Sales have expired. There’s a few still offering deals through Dec. Scroll down to visit your favorite gear maker or explore the new.

I’ll leave this page live through Dec. Thank you for your continued support of the cottage gear makers!


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Helium Hiking Equipment is a small cottage industry gear maker for the common man. We all know how expensive top brand name outdoor gear can get and also how heavy. Our goal is to provide the best quality, competitively priced, and lightest gear around. We have been doing local custom orders for a little over a year now and are ready to expand our reach. If you are a serious ultralight backpacker, weekend hiker, or even a casual hammocker we have what you need! Let our gear help you “Float up the mountain!”


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Molly Mac Gear lightweight Climashield Apex top blanket.


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