Produced in: Bozeman, Mont.
Known for: Tough bags
The story of Kletterwerks is a long and twisted one that ends with awesome bags being made by complete devotees who are holed up in Montana. The brand was first created in 1975 in Bozeman, and catered to a small but passionate clientele of climbers and outdoorsmen. In the early '80s Kletterwerks was put on hold, but returned 35 years later from a group of dudes who were creating bags and gear for Navy SEALS. If it's good enough for the dudes who took down Bin Laden, then yes, it's good enough for the average consumer and sportsman.