Come Join us at Outdoor Retailer Show

Grant Sible and Glen Van Peski of Gossamer Gear are going to Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City to schmooze and check out the latest in new products, new fabrics and new hardware.  They will be joining Henry Shires of Tarptent, Russ Zandbergen of Trail Designs, Bernie Wilt of PracticalBackpacking.com,  Tomo of Hiker Depot, […]

Continue Reading · 0

Journey On “A Day in the life of an ALS patient”

We would like to bring to your attention Royce Cowan.  He is a customer of ours and is a 27 year old ALS patient.  We consider him to be quite inspirational and you can check out his site to see why.   He is following his passion of backpacking in a really light way. Here is […]

Continue Reading · 4

Why Go Light?

There are many reasons to go lighter and this is one more compelling video with some incredible scenery to show why.  Steve Burgess did the Wonderland Trail in blazing time.  He was using our Murmur, LT4’s and NightLight Pad.  We are sure glad he got this on video as we certainly couldn’t have kept up […]

Continue Reading · 6

SpinnTwinn Is More Than a Shelter

Have you ever been caught in a vicious, windy, cold rainstorm? It can more dangerous and less comfortable than being in a snow storm. What if your rain gear and/or umbrella isn’t providing enough protection in such conditions? Unless your rain jacket is thick and not breathable, moisture is going to find a way through […]

Continue Reading · 0

Water is Heavy, So Why Carry More Than You Need?

This advice is primarily for hikers on established trails with good knowledge of their water sources.  Please read comments below for a number of other perspectives. Fears tend to drive what we carry.  The three hardest fears I have dealt with are getting cold, hungry and thirsty. I want to talk today about water management.  […]

Continue Reading · 12

Can you say Gorilla in Japanese?

While Glen was in Japan he was able to find out how some of our packs are being used.  One interesting customer segments he found was “Girl Hikers”.   Since hiking girls are becoming a trend in Japan, the boys are following suit.  Imagine that!   Below are some shots from Randonee Magazine and a Gorilla featured […]

Continue Reading · 2

Rocks Can Make for a Good Night’s Sleep

When setting up a shelter, I pick a location where there are rocks. Rocks can be used to add support to lightweight stakes.  Push the stake until it is all the way into the ground and then put a rock on top of the stake. The next time someone trips over a tent line or […]

Continue Reading · 2

Come Tour the Gossamer Gear “Factory”

Philip Werner from SectionHiker.com recently posted an online tour of our company.  It highlights the cottage nature of our business and reflects the roots of where we come from.  Gossamer Gear started in Glen Van Peski’s garage back in 1998 as GVP Gear (see our timeline).  Over time the business outgrew its ability to produce […]

Continue Reading · 1