ZPACKS

WEST MELBOURNE, FL

ESTABLISHED: 2005

TOTAL PAID STAFF: 80-100

I picked up a Zpacks Groundsheet-Poncho for the PCT, and can state unequivocally that this is my absolute favorite piece of gear because of its versatility, multi-functionality, durability, and of course, minimal weight (5.1 oz). Almost three years later, I still use it every trip, all the time, and it continues to hold up beautifully. Of course, I also love that Zpacks products are made in the USA. Thanks to Owner / Founder Joe Valesko for sharing a bit about his business and favorite local public lands spots in Florida!

What is the primary function of this business? Manufacture backpacking gear

How much of your revenue do you estimate to be related to public lands? Possibly 90% or more

What are the primary activities your clients or customers do on public lands? Backpacking

Why West Melbourne? Good weather for testing gear, and for outdoor activities most of the year.

What are some of your favorite spots on public lands nearby? Florida Trail, Ocala National Forest, Suwannee River Wilderness State Trail, Everglades National Park