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    Senior Member Jsaults's Avatar
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    Gear history anyone?

    A fellow boater sent me this link after reading a post I had made on Paddling.Net. I developed my outdoor interests in the 60s, and saw many of the "famous" names in backpacking arise, and sometimes fail.

    What I find interesting is that most all of the manufacturers started out in basements or backrooms. Basically, cottage industries. A great many were swallowed up by conglomerates, some had family problems and folded, and some just disappeared. Some are still around, such as TNF and SD and Jan Sport. Some didn't fit in the corporate/conglomerate world and were divested.

    All in all, fascinating reading for someone like myself who loves outdoor history.

    Anyone remember Gerry Equipment? Holubar? Early Winters?

    Jim

    http://www.oregonphotos.com/Backpack...volution1.html
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    I have an older Snow Lion down bag in great shape. Really nice bag. Just don't know a lot about it. Other than it is purple and has 2 zippers

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    Rivendell Mountain Works!
    KM (who still has the 1400 day pack that saw her thru Europe one semester in college..)
    ps- learned to sew to make a frostline kit goretex jacket..still have that too; bit small now.

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    Senior Member Jsaults's Avatar
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    I learned to sew

    by constructing a Frostline pack bag to fit a Kelty frame that I bought at a fire sale. I sewed it on a treadle machine (!).

    What a Frankenbackpack! Kelty frame, Trailwise mesh back panel (wonderful!), Trailwise shoulder straps, Camptrails full-circle hipbelt, and Frostline bag. I can honestly say that nobody else east of the Mississippi had one like mine!

    Jim

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    Old Gorge Rat Hawk-eye's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jsaults View Post
    .....Anyone remember Gerrt Equipment? Holubar? Early Winters?

    Jim
    Ha ... how could you forget Early Winters? Always caught my eye!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jsaults View Post
    >snip<
    Anyone remember Gerry Equipment? Holubar? Early Winters?

    Jim

    http://www.oregonphotos.com/Backpack...volution1.html
    Yes. Bought gear from Gerry and EW

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    Yes. I remember Gerry. And my GF back in those days made me several frostline things, down vest, bicycle paniers, down booties...

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    i don't remember any of those names. i bought my gear with S&H Green Stamps and newspaper route money at I. Goldbergs.
    "Tenting is equivalent to a bum crawling into a cardboard box, hammocking is an art" KK

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    Still have my 'HOLUBAR' Down Bag !!!
    And they do have some History, both my bag and the Company!!!

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    Oh, Yeah Layak Carl! I. Goldberg's!

    Spent sll of my food money there when at Drexel. Bought my Svea 123 for $7.95! Still have it, but wish I had the box with price tag.

    Jim

    Heck, I cant spel Kayak!
    Last edited by Jsaults; 09-19-2011 at 20:06.

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