17Jan Buying Local in 2021 .... and that makes 50!
Buying Local in 2021 .... and that makes 50!

With many new people “heading to the hills” to find clear air as well as improve their overall mental and physical fitness hiking is becoming a pastime of choice.
While gear for those first hikes might not be a consideration for newcomers, once hiking becomes a part of their life it is time to make some sensible choices about the gear they are wearing and taking with them.

A consideration of the pros and cons of what to wear has likely included a question of “Where is it made?” Normally this is a matter of a quality decision, however, with so many fellow countrymen and women being out of work or experiencing business downturns the rating of the importance of buying local has increased.

Also, with the pandemic causing international freight delays, “Buying local” affects delivery time as well as after sales service and warranty performance.

We thus thought it useful to capture a list of Australian and New Zealand made hiking related products. The description of country of manufacture does not reflect the fact that these companies may also sell in other countries. Eg  Aussie made ArmaSkin has local resellers in USA, UK, Europe.

This list of 50 companies/products is derived from a desktop review of websites including a very helpful blog from Hike Australia and New Zealand. Some manufacturers may be getting part of their products or range made offshore. We may have missed some local manufacturers who just did not come to our notice. By including a company on the list, we are not attesting to their quality.

The list provides Company Name which has a live link to each website, their Location plus a short product description.

We welcome corrections or additions to our list as we will be updating this blog post from time to time.

  

COMPANY

MADE IN

PRODUCTS

Aarn Packs

New Zealand

Back packs

Absolute Wilderness

New Zealand

Freeze dried meals for the trails.

Ah Chair

Australia

Lightweight hiking chair

Alps & Amici

Australia

Makers of a range of freeze-dried meals.

ArmaSkin

Australia

Anti-blister liner socks, nutrition carriers, anti-chaff merino base layer

Back Country Cuisine

New Zealand

Lightweight freeze-dry food

Bluey Merino

Australia

Merino Outdoor Clothing & Accessories.

Cactus Outdoor

New Zealand

Clothing, packs and bags, and a range of bike accessories.

Camper’s Pantry

Australia

Hiking food that is lightweight, nutritious, and tasty using local ingredients.

Earth Sea Sky

New Zealand

A wide range of jackets, tops, and other clothing items aimed at serious hikers

Empty Packs

New Zealand

Ultra-lightweight packs, pouches, and bags.

Feed The Hike

Australia

Lightweight food brand

Forager Food Co

Australia

Healthy freeze-dried hiking fruit and snacks.

Great Walks

Australia

Hard copy hiking magazine

Hillbilly

Australia

Cooking equipment and accessories.

K2 Antarctic Products

New Zealand

Packs of all kinds including for hunting, tramping, expeditions etc

KTI

Australia

Personal Locator Beacons (PLB)

Lindner Socks

Australia

Merino wool socks, beanies and alpaca scarves

Local Dehy

New Zealand

Vegan dehydrated tramping meals

Mongrel Boots

Australia

Mongrel Boots are made for industry but may suit some hikers.

Moroka 30

Australia

Hard-wearing clothing with hunting being a focus.

Mountain Designs

Australia

Wide range of gear and selling it and other peoples' gear in their own shops.

Norsewear

New Zealand

Merino wool socks, beanies and wind breakers.

On Track Meals

Australia

Gourmet Meals for The outdoors- Real Food not dehydrated.

One Planet

Australia

Ultra-durable backpacks and quality sleeping bags, Products that are made in Australia are clearly labelled.

Orange Brown

Australia

Ultralight backpacks and daypacks for your city hiking and bushwalking adventures in nature.

Ottie Merino

Australia

Merino wool t-shirt

Outback Packs & Gear

Australia

Backpacks, bags, and pouches with a hunting rather than hiking focus.

Paddy Pallin

Australia

Paddy Pallin shops (franchises) sell a full range of hiking gear. The 'Paddy-Made' gear is made by the background Paddy Pallin company, but they handle a huge range of other brands as well.

Qualitops

Australia

Qualitops makes a range of clothing, including t shirts, vests, skivvies and safety gear.

Radix Nutrition

New Zealand

Nutritional freeze dry food.

Remote Equipment Repairs

Australia

Repair gear such as packs, tents, sleeping bags, down clothing, rainwear and other minor items.

SafeLace

Australia

Shoelace locks

Smitten Merino

Australia

Merino clothing

Strive

Australia

A range of dehydrated ingredients to cook a fresh meal with full flavours.

Summit gear

Australia

Rugged backpacks and daypacks

Swazi

New Zealand

High performance, technical clothing and gear. Some gear is made in NZ; other products are made elsewhere.

Terra Rosa

Australia

Tarps, bags, pouches, quilts, and a range of bike packing accessories.

The Trekkers Friend

Australia

Innovative hiking trailer

Tier Gear

Australia

 Hiking and camping gear from down quilts to hammocks to tarps.

Trail Hiking Australia 

 

Australia

Hiking Guides and Checklists

Trekkers Wool 

Australia

Merino wool for hot spot and blister prevention

Twin Needle

New Zealand

Gaiters, chaps, belts, packs and pouches as well as tactical style stuff. They also offer a repair service.

Ultralight Hiker

Australia

Ultralight dry bags, pouches, and wallets

Wear on Earth (WOE)

New Zealand

Down jackets and vests.

 

WILD Magazine

 

Australia

Hard copy hiking magazine

Wilderness Threadworks

Australia

Lightweight outdoor gear.    

Wilderness Wear

Australia

Large range of clothing and socks made of merino wool and merino wool blends.

Wilkins Canvas

New Zealand

Canvas gaiters.

Yowie

Australia

Snowshoes

Zeenya

New Zealand

Colourful leggings and activewear.

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