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Meet the Team: Mike


Here on the App Gear Co team, we practice what we preach:  our employees love to work hard, but play harder...and love to rock our All-Paca Performance apparel while doing so. Because we love getting to know our customers, from hearing their stories to following along on their adventures, we wanted to give our customers a chance to get to know us: the exuberant, passionate, adventurous people who make the AppGear machines run.’s a peek into the life of Mike, our co-founder.

Mike has more than 40 years of experience developing and perfecting textile processes for every application, from HALO jump fabric for the military to car-seat upholstery for the auto industry. He's got as much textile manufacturing know-how as anybody else in the country, and a sense of humor to match. Mike keeps AppGear machines humming like well oiled Ferraris so we can continue to produce the only performance 100% alpaca fabric on the planet.

    What is your favorite piece of outdoor gear?

      It’s a tie between the Appalachian Gear Hoodie and my cooler.


        When has App Gear Co apparel saved the day for you?

          At a Carolina Panthers game I was able to trade my Hoodie for a guest pass into the Miller Lite Suite.


            If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

              New Zealand.


                What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?

                  My family has been in the textile industry for over 70 years.


                    What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

                      Obviously golf, then college and pro football.


                        Worst outdoor experience?

                          Freezing at Lambeau Field in January while watching the Panthers lose.

                            Favorite camping spot?

                              Old Man Kelsey’s Pond.


                                If you were to only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

                                  Roast beef sub from Jimmy’s Deli.



                                    What are you reading?

                                      Are You My Mother? or anything by Dr. Seuss.


                                        What are you watching?

                                          I alternate between Justified and The Sopranos.


                                            What are you listening to?

                                              All the production machines at Appalachian Gear Company.


                                                Drink of choice?

                                                  Miller Lite.

                                                    Best gift you’ve ever gotten?

                                                      My daughter and son.


                                                        What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

                                                          Let the past be your friend.


                                                            Favorite Instagram account?

                                                              What’s Instagram?


                                                                Who is your outdoor idol?

                                                                  My father, Bickett, who fought in WWII.


                                                                    Top hack, outdoor or otherwise?

                                                                      When in doubt, always call Uber.


                                                                        You’re stranded on a deserted island. What can’t you live without?

                                                                          Miller Lite.


                                                                            What’s one thing you do EVERY day, without fail?

                                                                              Remind John G. of everything he forgot yesterday.


                                                                                Proudest accomplishment?

                                                                                  Figuring out how to produce the products for Appalachian Gear Company with my partner John. I am willing to risk everything - John has to make this work!

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                                                                                  • I have a lot of confidence in both of you. I am glad you let me ,Bobby and out company, Mt. Gilead Cut & Sew be part of your adventure.

                                                                                    Geraldine Craven
                                                                                  • Omg! Michael that picture is a classic!! Love me some Hawkins!!


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