I believe it is the same company, hence the sagebrush which we do not have here in Southeast Alaska. The new owners had a few years of tutoring from the original owners to ensure the quality would continue.Don't know who owns Sagebrush now, but I used to work with the people who owned the company when it was in Dillon, MT. GREAT people who used gear very hard. They were guides on the Beaverhead and kayak toured all over SE Alaska.
Great review, thank you