After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1995, Brian Vargo started a hobby website (hike-advice.com) to share gear advice. In 2002, as the site gained in popularity, he began selling ultralight gear from outdoor manufacturer Equinox on his site, took a job with Equinox, and began designing his own lightweight titanium gear.
Vargo opted to focus on titanium gear, which wasn't being used by other American companies at the time, for its ultralight weight and durability. His first gear offerings included a spork, alcohol stove (the Triad), and a tent stake. By 2006, he left Equinox to focus full-time on Vargo Outdoors. In addition to the first titanium alcohol stove, Vargo also was the first to offer a titanium wood stove (the Hexagon) and water bottle/cooking pot hybrid (the BOT), among other innovations.
Today Vargo offers stoves and cookware, backpacks, shelters, apparel, and other outdoor gear.
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