From all of us at LightHeart Gear, we hope you are all safe and healthy, in this surreal situation.
LightHeart Gear is open for business – All items on the website are in stock and shipping, but we are not doing any routine sewing in the factory. That means no custom rain gear at this time.
The entire state of North Carolina has been put on a “Stay Home” order, but our factory has been designated an “essential business”. We are a small factory, with less than 10 people on the premises, and our sewing machines are naturally spread quite a distance from each other since we normally work on very large items, so staying 6 feet from each other is easy. Right now, we are making facemasks at the request of one of our local hospitals. This is volunteer work, and none of us are getting paid. LightHeart Gear, along with many other members of the Outdoor Gear Builders, of Western North Carolina and are working closely with the Carolina Textile District to manufacture other PPE.
Please help by supporting local small businesses, and staying home, staying safe and healthy. When this is over, we will all get back to hiking and gear building. Please be patient.
Many people have messaged me asking how they can help, can they make a donation since we are currently doing all volunteer sewing. If you wish to help, please make a donation to my 1% charity – the Jason William Hunt Foundation. This charity helps children pay tuition for outdoor experiential programs. Lets help children grow up to be better stewards of outdoors.
Judy Gross aka HeartFire
Owner, LightHeart Gear
Small Business of the Year North Carolina
LightHeart Duo tent in the land of the midnight sun.
The First To Thru Hike With LightHeart Gear
Amazing! Roomy and it can take the weather. I first saw this in Franklin and bought one after a few minutes of looking at it. Good Choice! This tent weighs well under two pounds! and is rock solid. Hand Made in Asheville, NC.
- Ramble~On AT - 2009 Trail Journal
I am very impressed with my LightHeart Gear tent. I have the duo and I have used it twice at Mt. Rogers, VA. And I have used it once in the Otter Creek Wilderness in WV. Both times at Mt. Rogers the winds were very high reportedly 50 mph max. The first time I was there it rained very hard both nights and I stayed completely dry. This last trip was last week and the wind chill was around 4 degrees F and I stayed warm. I have highly recommended this tent to people and everyone has been very impressed with it. Great product made by backpackers for backpackers.
Charlie D "Sparkey" AT 2110
Sweet tent! I cussed it at first because I did not have it seam-sealed properly and was not setting it up properly. After I got the kinks worked out I am in love with it. It's probably the ONLY hunter orange colored tent on the trail.