Family Ties

Men's Journal has an interesting piece on some of the best brands making outdoor gear today. And they all happen to be all-American family-owned-and-run businesses. And these companies, "from a bootmaker whose wares last for decades, to a paddle-crafter working in high-tech carbon fiber," are not making widgets to fill some blank space in the product landscape—they're crafting the gear they themselves want to use to go out and explore the world. Here are just two.

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Beckel Canvas War Bag

"This small Portland manufacturer has become known for its luxurious canvas tents, built to stand out in the elements for seasons at a time—but that doesn't mean you should disregard its line of canvas luggage."


Buck Knives

"Its signature look—hardwood handle capped by brass bolsters, with a 3 3/4" blade—is almost identical to the one you might have seen your father hold, minus the anniversary badging."