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Thursday, July 13, 2017


Image result for PATAGONIA VESTPatagonia: With Ventura-based Patagonia, you get what you pay for.  What you pay is a lot.  What you get is exactly what you want.  Patagonia’s gear and clothing looks great, it works perfectly, and it is manufactured as ethically and sustainably as reasonably possible.  I do not yet own a Patagonia vest.  But my wife and children all do, and they are quality garments. 

Mountain Hardwear: Richmond-based Mountain Hardware has been my go-to supplier for camping-and-backpacking clothing and gear for more than a decade.  They make vests suitable for any outdoor activity, including vest-daypack hybrids that they call “racing vests.”

North Face: Alameda-based North Face makes pretty much everything an outdoors-enthusiast could want.  And – judging by everything I’ve bought from them so far – they make all if it really really well.  Fifteen years ago, I bought a North Face backpack.  Thousands of backpacking miles later, not a stitch has popped, not a buckle has broken –the thing doesn’t even smell bad.  I do not yet own a North Face vest.  But I will.

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