Topics of Expertise: Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Knives and Tools, Knifemaking, Mechanical Engineering, Product Development, Marketing Strategy, Roof Racks and Accessories, Off-Roading, Overlanding, Being a dad to two amazing, outdoorsy girls
Years of Expertise: 25+
Education and Certifications
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, Minors in Native American Studies and American History
Years of Writing: 25
Certifications: SolidWorks Certified Mechanical Design Professional, Cicerone Certified Beer Server
Clubs or Association Memberships: Overland Bound, Member #2183
Awards or Recognitions: Being a father to two of the most amazing people on the planet
Previous Publications: Gear Institute
A Word from Nick LeFort
I am a contributing writer of GearJunkie and make guest appearances in a handful of other outdoor and craft beer publications. I am also the author of my own blog, The Tribe of Flannel, and part-owner of Ragged Mountain Knife Works.
I have been writing for over thirty years but spent ten years writing professionally about knives and tools, off-roading, overlanding, and outdoor living. Prior to GearJunkie, I was the Director of Knife and Tool Testing for Gear Institute.
Based in Connecticut, I am an avid wanderer and love spending as much time as possible in the outdoors with my two daughters. That includes doing my best to find all the best muddy ruts throughout New England to see if he can ever get my 4th Gen 4Runner stuck. So far, so good.
In 2017 I helped open a brewery in Connecticut and am an avid supporter of local breweries and helping them market themselves successfully in a real bear of a market.