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MFGR Interviews

August 13, 2015

It’s interview time again! Who better to pester with a great many questions than Jon Fong, the man behind Flat Cat Gear, and backcountry baker extraordinaire! Jon has not only been crafting ultralight stoves for some time now, he’s also been boiling, baking, steaming, simmering, and frying up all kinds of delicious food using his stoves and various techniques. Are…

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November 12, 2014

So why, you ask, are we interviewing Bedrock Sandals on Hike It. Like It.? Afterall it’s for those who Hike and Run Free with a Lightweight Mindset… and that would be exactly why. You see, Bedrock Sandals are not synonymous with loafing around in the hammock with a beer in hand. Sure you could do that too (it’s a great…

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May 16, 2014

Borah Gear is a name that just a couple of years ago was unknown even amongst those of us who scour the reaches of the interwebs for interesting and lightweight gear. Since then Borah has built up a good rep in the ultralight hiking community. John West, the proprietor of Borah Gear, has propelled the company forward on that success…

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September 25, 2013

Gen Shimizu is a long distance backpacking, cross-country unicycle riding, human rights advocating, awesome lightweight-shelter building type of regular guy. He’s also known as the motive force propelling YAMA Mountain Gear forward and I finally had a chance to speak with him. We touch on everything from raising awareness of human trafficking to the intricacies of Cuben Fiber shelter design.…

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February 15, 2013

We’re kicking off February with our first interview of the year. It’s my pleasure to have the chance to talk with HyunSang Lee, founder and director of zerogram, a new gear manufacturer based in Korea. I’m always interested to learn what’s going on outside of the US, especially in the cottage gear scene. Although it’s a fairly young start up,…

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September 21, 2012

Summer is over and fall is already here, soon the holidays will be upon us. If that doesn’t conjure images of cold weather, snow, and over eating… I’m not sure what will. Speaking of snow, yup, it’s time to start thinking about snowshoeing and snow camping again. Today I talk to Brian Hallgren, co-owner of Northern Lites, to see what’s…

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July 4, 2012

Bosavi may not be a familiar name but, as backers of the project, we’re hoping that will change soon. Bosavi is Dan Freschl’s dream. Dan has set out to create a headlamp so choc full of awesome that a person would never need to look further. Dan’s way into rock climbing, but of course headlamps are used by most of…

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April 30, 2012

If you’re reading this then chances are you’ve discovered the joy of quilts, maybe curious about switching from a sleeping bag to something more comfortable, or it could be that you’re just interested in hearing more about the thriving Cottage Industry of the lightweight backpacking world. Whichever case it may be, this interview with Enlightened Equipment should satisfy your thirst…

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April 13, 2012

Robert Kelly, a.k.a. QiWiz UL Gear, has been making a few interesting products for weight-conscious backpackers for over a year now. QiWiz manufactures ultralight titanium wood stoves and trowels, as well as ultralight buck saws. We first caught up with Robert about a year ago when his trowels were having good success through the online forums, and in fact, we…

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December 5, 2011

So it’s the holidays and we’ve been a little lazy over here. Well not really, lots of things going on behind the scenes actually, butwe’ve been slow to post anything lately. Earlier this fall I had the chance to speak with Christopher Zimmer of Zimmerbuilt. Christopher is a backpack sewing maniac – but in a good way, of course. If…

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