Mountain Ridge Gear
Mountain Ridge Gear is a classic case of a hobby turned small business. Fifteen years ago I was walking around a fabric store with my wife who was looking for material so she could make a dress for our daughter. I was waiting for her and walking around the store when I noticed some camouflage material and I thought I could save money by making my own hunting clothes. I asked my wife to help me pick out a pattern and material, which she did. She was going to school at night and never had time to sew it for me so I convinced her to show me how to lay out the pattern and use the sewing machine. My first garment wasn’t all that impressive but I sewed several articles of clothing and gained more experience each time. Later, I started experimenting by making my own gear. Over the years I’ve made many bags, packs and accessories. A few years ago some of my friends noticed some of my gear and a few even paid me to make gear for them. After I broke my wife’s sewing machine I realized I needed something more heavy duty to support my hobby. I came to the realization that I could pay for my new sewing machine by selling some of my gear and Mountain Ridge Gear was born.
Veteran Owned - Family Run
After serving over 22 years in the military I have gained an affinity for rugged, functional gear that is NOT made in China. I want gear that will last! As many of you know, it’s hard to find high quality, rugged gear that’s made in America. My gear is just that. Everything I make is to the highest standards, with the best materials available. I don't put lots of useless pockets and do-dads on my gear. MRG makes "GEAR THAT'S OVER-BUILT, NOT OVER-DESIGNED."
We painstakingly make everything by hand right here in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. When you place an order we will make your gear. Because we don’t normally keep gear readymade we ask that you give us 2 to 3 weeks for delivery.
What is in a name?
I was once inspired by the following quote by the late Fred Bear.
I am an avid outdoorsman and while on a back-country archery elk hunt in Northern New Mexico I decided that when I started my company I would do so with the spirit of high adventure as my theme. As well as build gear that would withstand the riggers of a back-country experience. Elk live in some of the wildest, most beautiful places in North America. Naming my company Mountain Ridge Gear reminds me of my desire to be on a high, remote mountain ridge listening to the distant bugle of a bull elk.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.