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ULA Ohm 2.0 Backpack on Kongma La Pass, Nepal

42 Top Quality American Made Backpack Brands

By Matt Mullins   updated December 8, 2023

If you’re searching for what backpacks are made in the USA then you’ve come to the right place. Here I’ve researched and compiled a directory to all of the American made backpack manufacturers I could find. If you know of more then please let me know! The pack in the above photo is one of my personal favorites, the ULA Ohm 2.0 on Kongma La Pass, Nepal while trekking to Mt. Everest.


If you want to see my top 5 recommended backpacks then visit my Top Recommended Backpacks page.

Alpine Luddites


  • – Technical backpacks for climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and more. I own and highly recommend their 45L Worksack which earned our Editor’s Choice; check out the review!

Colfax Design Works

Cooke Custom Sewing

Cross Canvas


  • – Urban backpacks, messenger bags, and duffel bags.


  • – Urban backpacks, messenger and laptop bags.

Duluth Pack

Elemental Horizons

Equinox Ltd

Exo Mountain Gear


Free Range

Frost River

  • – Canvas and leather durable goods including backpacks, bike bags, canoe bags, and more.


  • – Simple rucksacks, often used with Goruck weighted plates for workouts.

Green Guru Gear

Hyperlite Mountain Gear




MIS (Make It Simple)

  • – Backpacks following the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple Stupid).

Mission Workshop

Mountain Laurel Designs

Mystery Ranch

  • – Backpacks (including the packs I used on the fireline). Note, most of their packs are now made in the Philippines. Much of their tactical line and fire packs are still made in the USA.

North St Bags

Pack Rabbit

  • – Interesting external frame backpacks that convert to chairs.

Pa’lante Packs

Seek Outside

  • – External frame backpacks, sleeping bags, tipi tents and wood stoves.


  • – Tactical backpacks and various tactical nylon gear.

Stone Glacier

Superior Wilderness Designs

Tanner Goods

Tom Bihn

Topo Designs

  • – Some backpacks, travel bags, luggage, clothes, and more. Note that many Topo Designs products are now imported. 

Tough Traveler

Triple Aught Design

Tucker and Bloom

ULA Equipment

  • – Ultralight backpacks. I own an Ohm 2.0 pack and love it! The Ohm 2.0 received our Best Buy Award.


  • – Fishing packs, bags and gear built to order in the USA.

Wild Things Gear

  • – Small batch ultralight frameless backpacks.

Z Packs

  • – Packs, shelters and sleeping systems

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