Wyoming companies make the best outdoor gear

Wyoming has a lot to offer when it comes to the outdoors, so it should come as no surprise that the state is also home to a very large number of outdoor equipment companies.

You can put together your entire outdoor gear collection with products made or designed right here in the Cowboy State. When you start to look around at the brands of gear in the outdoors stores, a surprising number of them are Wyoming companies.

Brunton’s been here forever, making the world’s best compasses. And Weatherby and Stag Arms made headlines in recent years when both of those companies moved their headquarters here. But we also have Freedom Arms, which has been making the venerable .454 Casull for decades, as well as precision rifle and optics makers Wyoming Arms, Straight Jacket Armory, Gunwerks and Best of the West.

Optics makers Huskemaw, Maven and Lucid also produce world-class products, and HiViz makes innovative sight systems for handguns, shotguns and rifles.

There are more gun accessory companies in Wyoming, too. Thunderbeast and Wyoming Arms make suppressors and other gear, and Magpul is well known for its modern sporting rifle accessories.

There’s also climbing gear maker Butora, and outdoor clothing companies Stio Outdoors, Giv’r and Surf Wyoming. If any of those garments get ripped, NoSo patches let you repair them easily. To get you out of a jam, DMOS shovels and recovery gear were inspired by Wyoming’s wilder places, and LifeKey signal systems can summon help if you need it even where cell signals don’t reach.

And that’s just a short list of the gear that comes from right here in Wyoming. Next time you’re shopping for outdoor gear, see if what you’re looking for is made here. Whatever you’re after, there’s probably a top-quality version of it made by a Wyoming company.

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