Our Story


We believe in the style of camping that lets you immerse in the experience and provides a blank canvas for anything you can dream up. A creative dwelling that moves you to escape into adventure. To believe, to invent, to celebrate anything your heart calls out. It is our dream to combine modern materials, design inference, and innovative manufacturing techniques to create the world’s best camping equipment for the adventurers of the world.


Alien Buffalo began as an obsession with finding the world’s best survival structure for spending a week in the Nevada Desert at Burning Man. A structure that would not just shelter, but reflect the creative spirit of the people drawn to such adventures.

Our team founders met as part of the Mayan Warrior camp, a group known for pushing the envelope in terms of uncompromising experiential design.

After several years of experimenting with different camping solutions, the Alien Buffalo team decided, with typical uncompromising spirit, to form their own brand and create their own shelter.

The Buffalo Tent is the result of that collaboration.


Our roadmap is pretty vast and ranges from electronics to tables. We’re excited to put the world of modern materials and design to work for camping venues for the years to come.

Our Team

Barrett is a successful Internet pioneer, artist, pilot, and father. He’s an avid outdoors survivalist and Burning Man camp designer.  He was the founder of four successful Internet startup businesses prior to shifting his business interests to camping equipment.

Barrett Lyon

CEO & Founder

Layne has spent most of his adult life building, deconstructing, and learning about engineered systems. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, martial artist, and scuba diver. Outside of the office, he is often found exploring the vast California outdoors with his wife, Sarah.

Layne Clemen

Chief Engineer & Co-Founder

Kate is in charge of the day to day business operations here at Alien Buffalo. She spends her free time adventuring in the great outdoors with her boyfriend and their beloved dog. Among all activities, Kate enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and kayaking the most.

Kate Callahan

Executive Administrator

A graphic designer by trade, Brian ensures that the Alien Buffalo aesthetic is reflected across all our digital and packaging touchpoints. When he is not designing you can find him outside floating on Lake Tahoe with his wife and two little doggies.

Brian newman

Lead Designer

Laz has 35+ years of experience in the building and manufacturing trades. His hard-earned skills make him an essential part of our team at Alien Buffalo. When Laz is not manning the warehouse, you can find him camping, golfing, or playing his guitars.


Shop Foreman

From the Sierra Nevada foothills, Doug is an avid mountain biker, climber and all around outdoors enthusiast. He is the Alien Buffalo field tester, using the tent in various environments, from music festivals to multi day expeditions in the Sierra mountains.

Doug Levin

Chief Tent Testing Officer