A fateful decision to hike the Appalachian Trail during the dawn of the nascent ultralight movement led owner/founder Brian Vargo to ask “What’s it all about?” while simultaneously asking “Why is my pack so heavy?” Soon the latter question outweighed the former and Brian’s quest for enlightenment gave way to a quest for the simple lighten-ment of his pack.
Turns out he wasn’t the only one asking the same questions.
Then, around 2002, with website traffic on the up-and-up he thought, “maybe I could sell stuff, too.” So the website was converted to an online store selling backpacking gear, climbing equipment, and outdoor apparel. A business was born.
Not even a year later a keen eye notice a major gap in the distribution of sought after titanium tent stakes. Again a need was seen and decidedly met. Thus, Vargo brand products began with the manufacturing and distributing of its own titanium tent stakes.
But why stop there? Titanium is awesome! Utilizing its unique properties and matching it with original, innovative designs, Vargo expanded into a full line of lightweight backpacking stoves, pots, mugs, campware, water bottles, and lifestyle products.
Today we sell our products to wholesalers and retailers throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, and East Asia. Yet we’re still trying to answer the same questions we asked at the beginning. It’s what drives us and keeps us innovating for you.