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#19870 - 11/15/11 04:14 PM Gear Made in USA
lynn-a-roo Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 627
Loc: OrangeCounty
I would like to dedicate this thread to Gear made in the USA ONLY.

Dear Fellow WZ Registered Users and Members:

I would deeply appreciate you posting Hiking, Climbing, Backpacking and Skiiing Gear made in the USA in this thread because I can't think of one brand made in the USA, but I know there has to be at least one brand made in the United States of America.

Today I was looking through a Pantagonia catalog and did not see one item made in the USA. Everything in the catalog is made in China, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Thailand. I think there might have be one item made in Canada/Mexico (NAFTA - the closest to being a product made in the USA). I'm not saying the products in the Pantagonia catalog are not quality items, I'm just saying they're not made in the USA.

I hope some of you can come up with some American made products we normally use to hike or climb.

If someone wants to start a thread for Made in the UK, Germany, Australia, France or some other country, that would be great too, but this thread is for USA made products.

Thank you for listening,
L-A-R

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#19875 - 11/15/11 07:18 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: lynn-a-roo]
Glenn Offline


Registered: 09/16/11
Posts: 105
Loc: Oklahoma
Hmm... Rummaging around, what can I find?

Three MSR stoves
A Western Mountaineering down bag
A Feathered Friends down bag
A Feathered Friends down jacket
Two Never Summer snowboards
A pair of 40 Below overboots
Two BearVaults
A Thermarest sleeping pad
A Ridgerest sleeping pad
A pair of MSR snowshoes
A pair of Black Diamond crampons
A whole bunch of USGS and Trails Illustrated maps
A Katadyn water filter
A dozen or so Nalgene water bottles

Most of my favorite stuff is made in the USA. You're right about clothing for sure though. Patagomia does actually have a few small items that are made here ("mens boxer briefs", for example), but it seems like things that involve sewing tend to be from far away. Tents and backpacks too.

Someone in another thread hear, or somewhere, suggested going to the REI website and searching on "made in the USA". There is more stuff than I had expected.

Cool idea, I hope there'll be a lot more posts here.

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#19876 - 11/15/11 07:28 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: Glenn]
Glenn Offline


Registered: 09/16/11
Posts: 105
Loc: Oklahoma
Oh, and "Knit in USA" SmartWool socks!

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#19879 - 11/15/11 08:59 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: Glenn]
SaraC_UK Offline


Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 127
Loc: Sussex UK
Originally Posted By: Glenn
Oh, and "Knit in USA" SmartWool socks!


ahh but where does the merino woll come from, and most of the down in sleeping bags

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#19880 - 11/16/11 02:18 AM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: SaraC_UK]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 830
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...what's a "woll?"

Is that a wooly troll? I made a funny.

I got sheep and geese in my backyard! Lambchops and eggs fer breakfast!

Need pigs and chicken and a dog...sic 'em on a chicken...

Anyhooooo.....

"Okay, sheep and geese, Alex!"grin

"2d, your answer must be in the form of a question."

"Answer in the form of question? That's redundant, Alex!"

"Rules are rules, 2d."

"Okay, what are sheep and geese?" grumble, grumble, grumble.

"Correct and your wager was....$15.00! You are the new Jepperdee champion!"

"Now I can apply for the Whitney lottery!"
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#19883 - 11/16/11 05:07 AM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: SaraC_UK]
Glenn Offline


Registered: 09/16/11
Posts: 105
Loc: Oklahoma
Originally Posted By: SaraC_UK
Originally Posted By: Glenn
Oh, and "Knit in USA" SmartWool socks!


ahh but where does the merino woll come from, and most of the down in sleeping bags


Touche!

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#19958 - 11/19/11 07:57 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: Glenn]
catpappy Offline


Registered: 03/06/10
Posts: 120
Loc: acworth, ga
These guys are great.

Read the company history - enjoyable.

http://mchalepacks.com/index.htm

John

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#19985 - 11/21/11 03:49 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: lynn-a-roo]
Rally Eagle Offline


Registered: 11/21/11
Posts: 1
Loc: USA
Hello,
I stumbled across your post today, and wanted to give you a link for outdoor gear Made In USA. We have started a website (Rally Eagle) to make it easier for people to shop for American made products. I hope this helps!

http://rallyeagle.com/outdoor-recreation/b?node=706814011&bc=3375251_706814011

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#19997 - 11/22/11 02:43 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: Rally Eagle]
lynn-a-roo Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 627
Loc: OrangeCounty
Rally Eagle, catpappy and Glenn,

Thank you for the all the USA made info, it's wonderful to see so many products Made in the USA. The websites you all attached are great. Thank you everyone, I hope together we can find even more USA products to share on the WZ.

SaraC, we'll have to investigate the wool supply for the socks.

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#19999 - 11/22/11 03:21 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: lynn-a-roo]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2243
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
Originally Posted By: lynn-a-roo
SaraC, we'll have to investigate the wool supply for the socks.

Actually, the Monaro region of New South Wales provides the highest quality Merino wool. Ask me how I know.

"The Melbourne Age in 1908 described Eliza Furlong as someone who had 'notably stimulated and largely helped to mould the prosperity of an entire state and her name deserved to live for all time in our history' (reprinted Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser January 27, 1989)."
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#20002 - 11/22/11 04:38 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: lynn-a-roo]
catpappy Offline


Registered: 03/06/10
Posts: 120
Loc: acworth, ga
Lynn, I got a bunch more. Maybe I'll post one a week.

Not just US made, but Georgia made.

http://www.bluewaterropes.com/

John

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#20145 - 12/07/11 04:07 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: catpappy]
catpappy Offline


Registered: 03/06/10
Posts: 120
Loc: acworth, ga
The food we eat.

Tried and true: http://mountainhouse.com/about.cfm

Gourmet: http://hawkvittles.com/

SanDi_carole turned me on to HawkVittles. They are the best freeze dried meals I've ever had. And to think I once ordered 150 Mountain House meals at one time in prep. for my AT hike.

John

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#20146 - 12/07/11 06:01 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: catpappy]
hikin_jim Offline


Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 148
Loc: Los Angeles, CA, USA
All MSR stoves except the Pocket Rocket are made in the USA.

HJ
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#20242 - 12/15/11 03:19 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: hikin_jim]
catpappy Offline


Registered: 03/06/10
Posts: 120
Loc: acworth, ga
Jim, I love my MSR WindPro. Used it in single digit temps several times.

My canoe is US made.

http://www.wenonah.com/company/index.php

My canoe.

http://www.wenonah.com/products/template/product_detail.php?IID=34&SID=80107526587d696

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#20247 - 12/15/11 05:58 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: catpappy]
hikin_jim Offline


Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 148
Loc: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Hi, catpappy,

Just curious: Did you run it with the canister upside down?

HJ
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#20250 - 12/16/11 12:55 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: hikin_jim]
catpappy Offline


Registered: 03/06/10
Posts: 120
Loc: acworth, ga
Jim, what I did was sleep with the canister then stick a chemical toe warmer to side of canister, and place canister in the top of a sock. This has always worked for me.

John

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#20251 - 12/16/11 01:11 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: catpappy]
hikin_jim Offline


Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 148
Loc: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Originally Posted By: catpappy
Jim, what I did was sleep with the canister then stick a chemical toe warmer to side of canister, and place canister in the top of a sock. This has always worked for me.

John
That ought to work.

Something to try though: run it with the canister inverted. You can do it on a WindPro (doesn't necessarily work with all stoves). Start with the flame low, let the stove warm up a bit, and then invert the canister. You should get better pressure toward the end of the life of the canister.


HJ
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#25099 - 06/14/12 07:03 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: lynn-a-roo]
wazzu Offline


Registered: 06/20/10
Posts: 319
Loc: Orange County, CA
Just found this new manufacturing company starting up in the USA. It will be making mens underwear. Very interesting story on how the capital was raised to get this company started.

Here's the company website:

http://signup.getflintandtinder.com/

Here's the how the guy got his startup money:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jakehimself/flint-and-tinder-premium-mens-underwear



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#28249 - 10/04/12 10:13 AM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: lynn-a-roo]
cmachler Offline


Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 1
Loc: Long Beach, CA
The hiking socks from [url=http://www.wigwam.com]Wigwam[/url] are on par with other brands I've tried. I also wear their everyday white athletic socks.

The liner socks from [url=http://www.foxsox.com]Fox River[/url] are wonderful. Plus, they even make dress socks, which are far superior than those you'll find in department stores.

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#28453 - 10/12/12 05:27 PM Re: Gear Made in USA [Re: cmachler]
Fishmonger Offline


Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 1029
Loc: Madison, WI
My big backpack is a gem - and probably the only pack Gregory still makes in the US

http://www.gregorypacks.com/products/mens/technical/23/denali-pro-105

[img]http://www.gregorypacks.com/cache/Products/23/460_504w/Denali_Pro_105_chilired.jpg[/img]

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