About Us

Ryan & Laura

Hi, we're Ryan & Laura.  We have a passion for all things outdoors and the gear that gets us there.  We started gear well as a brand of disc golf bags in 2015 and are expanding into our other outdoor passions.  We believe that affordable, quality gear enables an active outdoor lifestyle!

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity..."

John Muir

We love being outside.  There is something about the outdoors that reaches down into us and reminds us that we're alive, that the world is bigger than the drama that fills pop culture and politics.  Dirt on your hands, sweat on your brow, a destination, a target, a goal - these things remind us what it's like to be human, and that we are apart of this awesome place.  

We are Ryan and Laura Norris - husband and wife in the Seattle metro area.  Originally from the Midwest, we moved to the Pacific Northwest for mountains, fresh air, and some peace and quiet out in the mountains.  

Back in Valparaiso Indiana, Ryan cultivated a love for disc golf, and that became our very first Gear Well product idea. 

Laura, an RRCA running coach, and blogger at This Runner's Recipes, is passionate about all things running and hiking.  

Since the launch of our first disc golf product, we have taken our other outdoor passions (hiking, backpacking, and running) and pulled them into our brand to create thegearwell.com.  

We both have an obsession with outdoor gear.  We faun over Outside Magazine's seasonal gear guides, spend hours pouring over gear reviews online, and a typical date night may include a trip to our local REI.  

Good gear can enable you to experience who you are.  Our tag line is: be who you are and be that well.  We believe good gear will help you achieve who you are, by enabling you to fully enjoy all the outdoors have to offer and finding yourself in the freedom of the wilderness.

The right gear makes the difference between discomfort and comfort - between having a miserable experience and enjoying the outdoors. If you can make your campsite feel like home away from home - a comfortable mattress pad, a warm sleeping bag, and clean water to drink at your leisure - you are more likely to pursue time outside again and again.

That is the mission of Gear Well: to provide you with high-quality gear to maximize your outdoor experience. Whether you enjoy an afternoon outside spent disc golfing or a weekend away in the mountains, our gear will make your outdoor experience comfortable and enjoyable - so much so that you would rather be adventuring outdoors than stuck inside.

If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to shoot us a Facebook message (link on the bottom right of your screen, or through our Facebook page), or send us an email at info@thegearwell.com.  We'd love to hear from you!  You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!