How to get your local outfitter on board with vegan gear

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Let’s face it, being vegan comes with some difficulties. Finding food to eat at restaurants, explaining to your new friends why you don’t want to go to the zoo with them. Most of all… buying outdoor gear.

Photo credit: The Mountaineer, Keene Valley, NY

Photo credit: The Mountaineer, Keene Valley, NY

Imagine walking into your local outfitter shop and the employees knowing exactly where to point you when you ask about vegan hiking socks, vegan sleeping bags, vegan hiking boots.

I’ve been working for the last year and a half, contacting gear manufacturers to ask about their vegan options and to also show them what vegans are looking for in outdoor gear and that there is a thriving market for the synthetic stuff.

But to be really successful in making the outdoor gear world a more vegan-friendly place, I think the contact needs to be two-fold.

Just because Patagonia knows that their Nano Puff jackets are vegan, doesn’t mean the folks at the gear shop do. So I’m going to be reaching out to gear shops as well. To cover all of our bases.

Getting outfitters on board with this will make your life even easier when it comes to buying gear for your next adventure.

Fountain Square Outfitters, Glens Falls, NY
Photo Credit: Fountain Square Outfitters, Glens Falls, NY

Photo Credit: Fountain Square Outfitters, Glens Falls, NY

I know this is the case, because I’m lucky enough to have Fountain Square Outfitters just a few blocks from my apartment. I absolutely love them!

They’re always so excited to tell me about the new vegan gear they’re stocking (hello, Olu Kai!) and more than happy to check in with manufacturers on something for me. Because they’ve got the contacts!

Since getting to know the awesome owners and staff at FSO, my gear buying experience has gone from one of frustration, anxiety and ultimately giving up to something I look forward to. It really helps having someone who genuinely cares about what I’m looking for. I don’t have to wonder, “Are they just telling me this is vegan so I’ll buy it?”

Believe me. It makes a difference.

Looking ahead

So let’s look forward to your next trip to the shop. You walk in, mention to the person working that you’re vegan and their face lights up, because they know exactly what you’re looking for.

And maybe those products are even clearly labeled as vegan. Can you imagine?

It’s time to help our local outfitters get on the vegan bandwagon. We want vegan options and people who know what we’re talking about, and we want these things now!

Of course, we’re obviously going to ask nicely.

We’re going to take our gear buying trips to a new level of awesome and easy. And it’s going to be the best thing ever.

But it’s not a one woman job, and I’m definitely going to need your help. So here’s the next step.

Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your gear shop:

  • Their name, location, website.
  • Are you acquainted with the owners/staff?
  • What vegan products do they currently carry?
  • Are the knowledgeable about vegan products/open to learning more?
  • Anything else you think I should know

And then share this with your friends, whether they’re also outdoorsy vegans, or maybe they work at a gear shop. The more people we get involved in this, the more awesome the results will be.

I’m super excited about this and I hope you are, too!


Vegan Sleeping Bags Pt 2

Great news, friends! And just in time for camping season.

I know, I know… It’s always camping season if you’ve got the right gear. Now where did I hear that before?

I’ve just completely revamped the Where to Find Vegan Sleeping Bags page, and I’m sure you’ll find the perfect bag for your adventures with all of the options available.

Warm weather car camping? Try the REI Siesta!

REI Siesta

REI Siesta

Cold weather backpacking? Try the Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Torch 0 degree bag. It only weighs 3 lbs 4 oz!

Mountain Hardwear Hyperlamina Torch

Mountain Hardwear Hyperlamina Torch

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Connect with other outdoorsy vegans in the new Vegan Outdoor Adventures Forums

I’m so excited to have finally gotten the forums up and running. It’s been a goal of mine for a while because I think it’s the next step in creating the ultimate outdoorsy vegan community!

Head to the forums now to join in the fun!

Head to the forums now to join in the fun!

No more asking for opinions on a certain hiking boot in the comments of the gear page. Or trying unsuccessfully to unload an unused pair of trail runners.

Head right to the forums and get your message seen! Read more →


My Q&A with The Vegan Junction

The Vegan Junction is in the midst of publishing a pretty epic Q&A series. Have you checked it out yet?

It’s the Active Outdoor Vegans series and so far it includes competitive stand up paddler John Merryfield, Steph Davis, and… me!


Sheena of The Vegan Junction was kind enough to invite me to take part in the series and I’m really, really excited to share my Q&A with you. Read more →


6 Outdoor Blogs to Inspire You

If we can’t be out on an adventure, we might as well be reading [daydreaming] about one, right?

Or maybe you’re dreaming of heading out on a thruhike, but you’re not even sure where to start planning.

Wondering what foods to bring on your next overnight backpacking trip?


I’ve compiled this list of my 6 favorite blogs for learning tips and tricks from other outdoorsy vegans. Plus, I just really like seeing what other peeps are up to! Read more →


Where to Find Vegan Hiking Shoes

The newest vegan gear list is up and running here on VeganOutdoorAdventures.com.

Zamberlan Airound GTX RR

Zamberlan Airound GTX RR

Vegan Hiking Shoes

You know, for those days you want more than a trail runner, but less than a full on hiking boot.

I’ve uncovered 12 vegan shoes to keep your feet happy on adventures from Adidas, Merrell, TrekSta & Zamberlan. Read more →


Vegan Vagabond via Base Camp, Mount Rainier

A guest post by Kristin Wuhrman

I jump for joy when it comes to climbing mountains! Even just thinking about mountains. Passionate. Engaged. Exhilarated. This is how I feel as a long-time vegan outdoor enthusiast, living my dream of packing my passion in my backpack and taking on the land – embracing a life that makes a lasting difference! Nothing is more addicting than a nature-saturated outdoor experience where all you need is water, food and gear!

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Enter to win a Vegan Outdoor Adventures t-shirt

**Update: The contest is over and the winner is Amanda J! Congrats Amanda!**


If you were at the New England VegFest last Sunday, or follow me on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest), you’ve probably seen the new Vegan Outdoor Adventures t-shirts that my friends at Motive Company made for me.

I’m so excited about them!

For those who have been asking, yes, I will be setting up a store on the site so you can purchase them.

But for now, I thought it would be fun to give one away! (See below for details.)

This photo shows the front and back of the t-shirt. And below the shirt are little carabiner keychains and stickers, which I’ll be including with the shirt for the winner.

Enter to win these goodies!

Enter to win these goodies!

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