GSI Outdoors started out making cookware and dining products that adapt the comforts of home to active outdoor lifestyles at the campsite, base camp and anywhere in between. The business initially began in San Diego, but the headquarters has been in Spokane Valley since 1995. Over the past 20 years, GSI has become the leader in every cooking accessory, backpacking mess kit, and nearly every beverage container possible, including Lexan wine glasses, steel whiskey flasks and the best backcountry coffee press on the planet.

GSI recently announced an expansion that includes acquiring Innate, a well-known Canadian company that produces travel products as well as its own food and drink storage systems. Don Scott, co-owner of GSI Outdoors, says the acquisition is a natural fit. “The integration of Innate products into our collection is a key step in our expansion plans and the growth of our footprint in the outdoors market. Their ultra clean designs and ecologically sensitive approach to product development mesh well with the direction we are taking.”

Innate was founded in 2009 by climber, surfer and inveterate traveler, Greg Foweraker. Stand-out designs such as the Vivo Vacuum Sleeve and the Persona Travel Organizer testify to the company’s innovative ideas, and Innate’s products will quickly become a valuable component of the GSI Outdoor family. More importantly, outdoor enthusiasts will begin to see even more new gear and advancements from GSI in the coming years as the company continues to grow right here in the Inland Northwest. //