It’s almost assumed these days that the products that you buy in the U.S.A—even if they’re from “American” companies, are probably made somewhere else. You can’t really be blamed for the assumption, after-all, we do live in an age of international trade where the consumer is constantly demanding more for less. Luckily there is a resurgence of American-made products—and it’s especially noticeable in the in the overlanding circle we call our own. No matter if it is a hand-built bumper for your Toyota, a quality pair of leather boots, or an innovative winch, knife, or flashlight, more and more overlanders are choosing to buy American.
At Expedition Portal, we love quality-made, innovative products no matter where they’re produced. Being an American-based company, sometimes we can’t help but to appreciate those in our industry who also produce their products right here in America. That’s why we’re starting a new column, The American Overlander, which will begin to highlight those products and companies relevant to the overland market. In addition to highlighting American-made goods, we’ll be touring factories to give you an inside look at how it’s done.
We’re starting The American Overlander with a list of companies who are making a good majority of their products right here in the United States. While information and manufacturing does change, we hope this list is constantly evolving and continues to grow. We will count on submissions from our readers in the comments below.
Made in the U.S.A. Overland Equipment:
*Select products produced in U.S.A.
For a more American-made goods list with a human-powered, outdoor emphasis, check out http://www.adventure-journal.com/american-made-products/
Fore a lifestyle oriented American-made goods list, check out http://www.acontinuouslean.com/the-american-list/
Update 3/24/2013: Thanks for the huge amounts of feedback and suggestions, I'm in the process of vetting some of those companies as we speak. I am also starting to denote which companies only produce a few select products in the United States, please keep in mind that this information is constantly changing.
Please make suggestions below.