If you’ve ever been frustrated looking through pages of on-line retailers looking for their lightweight stuff and failing to find it then you’ll understand why Mark Richardson started Ultralight Outdoor Gear (UOG) in the UK, nearly fifteen years ago.
An experienced backpacker even then Mark was gradually buying and using ever lighter clothing and equipment but struggled to pinpoint truly lightweight gear in the mainstream outdoor retailers, his idea was to bring the best lightweight kit together under one ‘roof’ – as it were. Then provide an industry-leading level of detail on each product to help people make up their mind – for example; Ultralight Outdoor Gear weighs every product themselves, ensuring the weight they quote is accurate regardless of what the manufacturers say.
UOG staff members are passionate about the outdoors and have extensive knowledge and expertise surrounding outdoor gear, hand-picking each and every product they sell which is why their website and products appeal to like-minded enthusiasts.
They publish in-depth trip reports and gear reviews as well as writing an ‘our verdict’ for every product on their website to give an honest opinion and highlight the advantages and disadvantages, so customers know exactly what they’re getting.
Mark has a superb knowledge of the gear on the UOG website because he has used a high proportion of it on treks such as the Pyrenean High Route, the John Muir Trail, Indian Himalayas, Alpamayo Circuit and Wainwrights Coast to Coast - to name but a few.
The company has grown consistently since its formation; based in North East England, UOG currently has 15 employees, all with outdoor interests and knowledge surrounding outdoor gear, which is why UOG are able to advise people well and thoroughly support customers after purchases have been made.