Working with brands in the outdoor industry has been an integral part of what enables me to continue long-distance backpacking year after year. With discounted or free gear, my costs stay low, and the money I save allows me to travel more frequently and for longer too. But over time, I have learned that not all free and discounted gear is a good thing. While the cost of my gear is very important to my success, the effectiveness and quality of that gear are equally if not more important. So I am happy to work with a few sponsors that not only provide me with the gear I use every day, but also support all types of safe and sustainable adventure, thru-hiking being just one of them. And in return, I am usually asked to support and promote their brand, which comes naturally when I rely on their gear to keep me moving every day. Here are a few brands that I support and support me too.