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YeOldeBackpacker
02-07-2008, 17:31
How many companies can you name that still make all their products in the USA, such as backpacks, clothes, tents, stoves etc..:-?

Appalachian Tater
02-07-2008, 17:33
It is doubtful that, even if the products are made in the U.S., the materials and components are.

tomsawyer222
02-07-2008, 17:34
Mc hale packs are made in USA and so are most of the hammock manufacturers except hennesy

hammock engineer
02-07-2008, 17:35
Look at the cottage gear manufactorers. I try to order from them whenever I can. They seem to do the best they can to either make them here and a lot of time do some or all the work themselves.

ScottP
02-07-2008, 18:09
Western Mountaineering and ULA do, for sure.

YeOldeBackpacker
02-07-2008, 18:34
I know Jet Boil is assembled in the US with imported parts, Western Mountaineering, ULA, Equinox,all made in the US.
Darn Tough Socks, Fox River, Traildog Clothing, McNett they make Aqua Mira, Revivex all made in the US.... anymore?

saimyoji
02-07-2008, 19:33
My Marmot bag was manufactured in the US with certified European goose down, but the shell material was manufactured in Bangladesh.

Spirit Walker
02-07-2008, 19:57
My ULA pack says, "Made in my garage in Ogden, Utah".

Jack Tarlin
02-07-2008, 20:21
My Zippo was crafted entirely in Bradford, PA! :D

Bob S
02-07-2008, 20:31
Zippos are well made, and I would love to take a Zippo camping with me as apposed to an inexpensive Bic lighter. But a Zippo is not reliable, you drop it in water and it’s done for. Do the same to the Bic and blow on it a min and its back running like new.

BradMT
02-07-2008, 22:39
Tarptent, Western Mountaineering, Mystery Ranch come to mind...

RedneckRye
02-07-2008, 23:35
As of this year, Western Mountaineering's jackets and vests are being made in Canadia. Chaco's ZX sandals are now made in Asia, all of their stuff over there probably within 2 years.

take-a-knee
02-07-2008, 23:39
Mchale packs, Kifaru, Feathered Friends, I believe ULA packs are US made. Oware, AGG, Six Moon Designs. You could outfit your entire kit from that list almost.

Footslogger
02-07-2008, 23:42
Six Moon Designs ...

'Slogger

fiddlehead
02-08-2008, 00:21
All of our stuff sacks and most of our pack covers and many of our fleece products are made in Reading, PA http://longunderwearsales.com/index.php?cPath=64

It's tough anymore. we would love to have all of our products come from the USA BUT,
5 of the 7 factories we used to use are now closed down.

Silk farms are only in Thailand and China (although i hear that Bangladesh is starting one) and it is very difficult to get these places to export only fabric. They would much rather sew it for you also.

Malden Mills (Polartec) has now even gone bankrupt. They couldn't compete and they had the best name in the business. But when you are selling something for $12 a yard and the Chinese come in at $2.80 a yard, and it's hard to tell the difference anymore, who you gonna call?

Of course, with the dollar dropping as hard and as fast as it is, things could change but you might not be happy working for $5 an hour again.

My price on silk from China has doubled in the past 4 years. Mostly all because of the devalued dollar. I have no choice but to raise my prices soon.

Tinker
02-08-2008, 01:53
Stephenson Warmlite products are still made in or around Guilford, N.H.

I believe their goose down comes from northern Europe and their fabrics are made here, or used to be, at least.

88BlueGT
02-08-2008, 03:07
I believe Benchmade knives are made in the USA.

DapperD
02-08-2008, 06:58
I thought that Red Wing boots and shoes still were, but learned even these are partially built in China, and then only finished here. Believe all their other brands are built overseas.

highway
02-08-2008, 07:34
Moonbow Gearskin

ki0eh
08-21-2008, 21:01
Zippos are well made, and I would love to take a Zippo camping with me as apposed to an inexpensive Bic lighter. But a Zippo is not reliable, you drop it in water and itís done for. Do the same to the Bic and blow on it a min and its back running like new.

Does anyone have the new Zippo "outdoor utility" lighter and can share any experience? http://www.zippo.com/products/zippoOUL.aspx

Roland
08-22-2008, 05:23
Does anyone have the new Zippo "outdoor utility" lighter and can share any experience? http://www.zippo.com/products/zippoOUL.aspx

I have no first-hand experience, but found these reviews (http://www.amazon.com/review/product/B000EA8U1M?showViewpoints=1) for you.

My opinion is that this lighter might be handy around the charcoal grill, but at 8" long, it's not the best choice for backpacking.

Valentine
08-22-2008, 09:29
Eno Hammocks are made in North Carolina. The double nest is very comfortable. The also now make a light weight one for backpacking.

Etowah stoves and accessories as well are made in US.

mrc237
08-22-2008, 09:46
Some New Balance shoes. I remember reading somewhere that a mfgr needs to have only 70% of his product made in the USA in order to label his product as such. Does anyone "Look fo the Union Label" before they buy?

Marta
08-22-2008, 09:54
Speer Hammocks are made in NC, too.

IceAge
08-22-2008, 10:32
Let's attempt to keep this on-topic, please. I'm going to leave this thread alone for now, but if we get anymore drift toward international banking i'm gonna break out my editing buttons.

Thanks!

Hooch
08-22-2008, 10:41
Eno Hammocks are made in North Carolina. The double nest is very comfortable. The also now make a light weight one for backpacking.

Etowah stoves and accessories as well are made in US.Hate to burst your bubble, but ENO hammocks are made overseas and sold by a company based in Asheville. However, Speer hammocks and his accessories are all made in Marion, NC.

IceAge
08-22-2008, 12:10
This thread has now been edited. This is not a political forum. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mags
08-22-2008, 12:48
Feathered Friends is also made in the USA.

http://www.featheredfriends.com/

NICKTHEGREEK
08-22-2008, 13:19
As of this year, Western Mountaineering's jackets and vests are being made in Canadia. Chaco's ZX sandals are now made in Asia, all of their stuff over there probably within 2 years.
Bags are still sewn in San Jose but the fabric, hardware and feathers are imports I;d bet.

Alligator
08-22-2008, 13:51
It seems pretty difficult to tell really where the raw materials might be from. It might take a bit of tracking down to get a decent idea. Start with questions to the end-product manufacturer I'd guess.

Valentine
08-22-2008, 14:46
Made in the USA;

MiniBull designs alcohol stoves
MiniBullDesigns.com is made in Maine.
Tinny makes all his stoves in a windmill powered shack.

Jacks R Better hammock underquilts.

Oware outdoor Products

McCat tarps

Valentine
08-22-2008, 15:16
Oh!, Malden mills polartec fleece and Thorlo socks.

The Weasel
08-22-2008, 16:09
I'm pretty sure Nalgene products are made in the USA.

The Weasel

smokymtnsteve
08-22-2008, 16:15
I'm pretty sure Nalgene products are made in the USA.

The Weasel


yes ..I think they are Homegrown.

The Weasel
08-22-2008, 16:22
Many Coleman products, including stoves, are USA made also.

Mags
08-22-2008, 16:42
Many Coleman products, including stoves, are USA made also.

In my Feathered Friends link above, there is an old school dual burner Coleman stove in the photo!

Old school car camping equipment..and bomber!

remington79
05-29-2010, 14:54
I know this is an old thread but I thought I should add that Kifaru and Mystery Ranch are made in the US with US made parts.

ki0eh
05-29-2010, 15:18
I have no first-hand experience, but found these reviews (http://www.amazon.com/review/product/B000EA8U1M?showViewpoints=1) for you.

My opinion is that this lighter might be handy around the charcoal grill, but at 8" long, it's not the best choice for backpacking.

Now that thread necropsy has set in I can say that I bought one of these and have used in on a couple of backpacking trips.

But when it came in the mail from Bradford it had a small sticker on it that said CHINA. Grrrr. Consequently the Zippo web page listing when I bought it was misleading at best.

BigFoot2002
05-29-2010, 16:03
You can still visit the Zippo/Case knife museum in Bradford Pa.

And yes, Nalgene is still headquartered in my hometown, although they are manufactured elsewhere in the USA.

leaftye
05-29-2010, 16:57
Zpacks

chars

springerfever
05-29-2010, 17:53
rivendell packs

http://rivendellmountainworks.com/

Mountain Goat
05-30-2010, 09:20
Some of the KA-BAR Knives are still made in the U.S. while others and the sheaths are made in Taiwan or Mexico.

leaftye
05-30-2010, 12:59
Downworks.

weary
05-30-2010, 14:53
Thorlos Socks are made in Statesville, North Carolina. They come in multiple varieties with designs suitable for all outdoor sports and activities. Most certainly backpacking.

When I was walking north with blistered feet, a trail angel suggested I switch to Thorlo socks and drove me to a store. I bought two pairs and ended my blister problem almost overnight.

I've been wearing mostly Thorlo socks ever since -- usually seconds purchased at the factory store in Statesville. No better trail sock is made than the Thorlo backpacking sock.

Weary