Northern Ultralight

Northern Ultralight

Where: Nelson, BC

Year Established: 2018


Owner: Scott Matson

Northern Ultralight designs and crafts lightweight outdoor equipment in Nelson, BC. Out first product, the Sundown, is a sleek and versatile backpack perfect for a range of trip lengths. We also produce waterproof stuff sacks made out of Dyneema Composite fabric.

Give us a brief description of your manufacturing processes and philosophy.

All of our products are designed and crafted in a small-scale workshop in Nelson. Our manufacturing process begins by pairing innovative designs with high-end raw materials, primarily sourced from within North America. With utmost care and attention to detail, our talented team then transforms these raw goods into beautiful products that are built to last for the long haul. By keeping the design and manufacturing of our products local, we are able to quickly implement changes and improve our products over time.

How many employees and/or contractors do you work with?

One part-time employee and growing.

What brought you to the Kootenays and how long have you been here?

I, Scott, moved to the Kootenays in the Spring of 2018. I was drawn to the natural beauty, the slower pace of small town life, as well as the easy access to wild spaces and abundant trails in the region.

Tell us about the history and relative work experience of your founder(s).

I have a background in civil engineering. In 2016, I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 4260-km footpath across the western United States which connects the Mexican and Canadian borders.  Upon completion of this hike, I developed a prototype backpack and put it to the test on the Continental Divide Trail, another border-to-border long-distance hike. This initial prototype was then refined into the Sundown, and Northern Ultralight was launched in June of 2018.

Describe the mission, vision, goals, and aspirations of your company.

The driving force behind Northern Ultralight is to build great products locally and to help people connect with the wild spaces they love.