US Backpack Manufacturers & Brands

We have compiled a list of U.S. backpack manufacturers & brands, which might include large corporations, small companies and individuals.

There are currently 20 companies in this list, which might include backpacks made from materials 100% manufactured here in America, but some may also contain a percentage of components sourced outside the USA.

We've included a few details about the companies and their products along with direct links to both the manufacturer & various on-line retailers where you can get the latest prices, shipping costs, special offers & more.

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Appalachian Ultralight

They're a cottage industry backpacking gear manufacturer specializing in ultralight backpacks, shelters, and rain gear. They'll also outfit your dog so he can join you on the trail.


CiloGear Home Page: the most versatile, lightweight alpine climbing backpacks for climbers and hikers. They're a very small company based in St. John's, Portland, just about underneath the St. John's Bridge. They make all their packs here in house, from the Alpinist Mountain Standard winning WorkSacks to the NonWoven Dyneema® and Woven NonWoven Dyneema® WorkSacks, the duffels and urban packs and of course their Haulys.

Cross Canvas Company

Cross Canvas Company has a huge selection of custom bags & baggage, manufactured in the USA, many styles, designs and fabrics to choose. Cross Canvas Company was founded in 1986 and has been manufacturing sewn products for the promotional products industry since then.


Founded in Chicago in 2011, DEFY designs bags & accessories that are hand-crafted in the USA , a stone’s throw away from Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood by people obsessed with hand-crafting happy, but they sell all over the world, and are built to last.

Dsptch Backpacks


Modern and functional bags, cases and accessories. Designed in San Francisco. Made in USA. With continued support from their customers, what began as a passion project with a couple of camera straps grew into a much wider selection of bags and accessories and eventually collaborations with brands such as Google, Reigning Champ, Leica, and 3sixteen, just to name a few.

Duluth Pack

Born in the late 1800s, and raised in the northern forests of Minnesota, Duluth Pack's mission is simple and straightforward. They provide premium handcrafted, American made canvas and leather backpacks with a lifetime guarantee on all craftsmanship and hardware. They are the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the United States.

Exo Mountain Gear

Their packs are made in Boise, Idaho, which allows them to have a hands-on approach to the design, development, testing manufacturing processes. They use the highest quality materials available, such as the Titanium in our K2 Frame. A direct-to-consumer sales model allows them to focus on the product, not on creating profit margins for the “middle man”. In the end, the hunter gets US-made, extremely high quality pack, that costs much less would be possible if we sold through normal retail channels.

Flowfold Backpacks


Minimalist Outdoor Gear for Everyday Adventures. Made in the USA with a Lifetime Warranty. Shop lightweight Backpacks, Duffle Bags, Totes, Slim and Thin Minimalist Wallets, Dog Leashes, and more.

Frank Clegg

At Frank Clegg Leatherworks, they strive to create some of the finest leather goods available. Since 1970 they have been designing, manufacturing and selling fine goods out of their Fall River Massachusetts workshop. Over the past forty plus years, they have created a timeless yet instantly identifiable style that is often described as what an American luxury leather bag should be.

Frost River

Outdoor packs, bags and gear made in the USA, with a heritage of quality & backed by a lifetime guarantee. Handcrafted in Duluth, MN. Built for generations.


Founded/Established in Los Angeles, CA in 2014, all of MIS products are produced at a factory specialized in manufacturing military goods. All materials, fabrics, metals, webbing tapes, and zippers used in the products of MIS are certified as Mil-Spec (Military Specification) and made in USA. MIS fabrication uses the manufacturing techniques even suited for polar regions. Their products are sturdy but simple, designed for town-use.


Moop bags are designed and hand manufactured, start to finish, in the United States. Mostly in their downtown Pittsburgh, PA storefront. They seek out quality materials from time tested manufacturers to ensure their bags will hold up to daily use.

Mountain Laurel Designs

Mountain Laurel Designs: MLD Gear is the most super ultra light backpacking gear and wilderness equipment available anywhere. Their products are proudly made by hand using MLDs rigorous quality standards in Roanoke, Virginia, USA, and shipped worldwide to outdoor lovers everywhere.

North St. Bags

They make high quality bicycle panniers and bags for the active travelist. Built in-house in Portland, Oregon with USA made materials, their unique gear is guaranteed for life to meet the challenges of your travels, whether commuting to work, or trekking far from home. Travel Well and Adventure Right, with North St. Bags.

Pack Rabbit, LLC

100% Made in the U.S.A., the patented Pack Rabbit™ and Pack Mule™ frame systems are ergonomically designed to improve posture and reduce physical strain when carrying heavy loads. They also incorporate an integrated low profile seat.

Seek Outside Gear

Seek Outside designs and produces exceptional, lightweight, all season, performance products for backcountry use. They manufacture all thier products in the U.S.A and source the raw materials from the best materials available regardless of origin. If the best material is produced in the U.S.A that is what they use. If they find the best material in Europe, that is what they will use.


TOM BIHN has been designing and making travel bags, laptop bags, and backpacks since 1972. The best materials and innovative construction.

Tough Traveler Backpacks

Tough Traveler

Many styles of luggage, backpacks, dog carriers, custom bags, & more, proudly Made in USA. Known for the durability of their products & the intelligence of our design since 1970. If you need a comfortable backpack, a perfect suitcase, a duffel that'll last decades, or a specialized equipment case, they've got your bag.

Triple Aught Design

Mission Capable. Whether on your toughest missions or in your everyday adventures, we know that exceptional quality and engineered functionality will help you succeed.

Wild Things

Founded in 1981, under the shadow of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, sewn slings, chalk bags, climbing packs, bivy sacks, and high altitude technical clothing were part of nearly every big climb from 1983 to 1990. Today their Mountain collection of clothing and carry serves the needs of those who are bold in their approach to the outdoor experience—climbers, bikers, campers, hikers, and just about anyone living, working, or playing aggressively in the outdoors.

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Some of the companies listed in this directory that produce outdoor products here in America, may also have them manufactured in other countries as well. Many businesses alter their brand names, manufacturing practices and product designs with little or no notice, so if there are questions that still remain, we suggest contacting the manufacturer directly.