History of Gear Series: DownHome

Chase Anderson

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In the little town of Arcata, California, it only took two gear makers, Chuck Kennedy and Denice Hermann to create the spark that would lead to this small town becoming a gear hot spot and the early home of DownHome sleeping bags.

Chuck and Denice talk about the early days of making gear by hand, finding other like minded people, and helping create a community where gear companies like Arcata Transit Authority, Blue Puma, Kōkatat, Moonstone, DownHome, and even Yakima Racks could grow.

Watch or listen to the whole conversation on YouTube or on the Highlander Podcast.

Learn more about the Arcata, California region as a gear hot spot on a previous episode.