"Samurai" Joe Valesko
Joe Valesko founded Zpacks out of his apartment in 2005. He has been designing and testing all of our gear ever since.
A Triplecrowner, Joe has over 10,000 long distance miles under his belt, including the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Te Araroa, Tour du Mont Blanc and much more.
You can check out a complete list of Joe's Adventures here.
"Details" / Matt Favero
Matt joined Zpacks as our first employee in 2010. As our Director of Marketing, he can usually be found in the middle of one of our many ongoing projects.
With thousands of hiking miles under his belt, Matt has thru-hiked the Long Trail, the Superior Hiking Trail, the Tour du Mont Blanc (twice), the Uinta Highline Trail and walked coast to coast across Scotland during The Great Outdoor Challenge in 2014 and 2019.
A full list of all of Matt's Adventures can be found here.