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Darcy
08-14-2007, 04:45 PM
If you're a fan of TOM BIHN bags, you probably have other favorite brands that have earned your loyalty through their dedication to quality, style, and maybe the environment or fair labor practices.

Here are a few of my favorites...

Taiga Works (http://www.taigaworks.ca/) - Fleece jackets, hats, and mittens, raincoats, shells, down vests and jackets for men and women. Manufactured in Canada.

Sierra Trading Post (http://www.sierratradingpost.com/) - You can find some amazing bargains here. They list the country of origin for everything that they sell.

Certified Jeans (http://www.certifiedjean.com/index.html) - Jeans made in the U.S.A. out of U.S.A. grown organic cotton.

Maggie's Organics (http://www.organicclothes.com/) - Socks, tops, tights. Made in Nicaragua.

Sanita Clogs (https://www.sanitaclogs.com/) - Shoes. Made in Denmark/Poland/Ukraine.

PM4HIRE
08-14-2007, 06:27 PM
Darcy, checkout http://www.wintergreendesigns.com/ for American made jackets.

Darcy
08-15-2007, 10:26 AM
Darcy, checkout http://www.wintergreendesigns.com/ for American made jackets.

Wow, cool! I had never heard of them. Thank you.

scholar
08-24-2007, 02:25 PM
http://www.utilikilt.com

utili kilts... they sell freedom, with VERY high quality, both on the product, and the service

j

Meryddian
08-30-2007, 11:30 PM
I'm a huge fan of Columbia sportswear (http://www.columbia.com/). In particular, I love their jackets and footwear. I've had their "Bugaboo" coat for a couple years now, and it's kept me dry and warm in all kinds of weather. If only they made a stylish trenchcoat / long winter coat, I'd *really* be in outerwear heaven!

I also like PacSafe (http://www.pacsafe.com/) for two things - their mesh PacSafe bag protectors (I've had one since '99), and their "unslashable" traveler gear (money belt, etc). Their bags aren't quite so stylish and pretty as Tom Bihn's, but I like that they have reinforcements in them.

grumpy3b
09-03-2007, 03:24 AM
Excellent idea Darcy...THANKS...

It really is difficult to find products we can trust to be made honestly anymore. And while I still have problems trusting so-called organic/non-gmo products made in countries other then the US and Canookia I am certainly going to look into some of the sites you indicated...

Now I am not sure if all of their products are, well, honestly made, but I have gone back to wearing Earth Shoes...yup the old 70s Earth Shoes are still alive and kicking!

I have foot issues and their shoes are the only shoes I have found that make walking/hiking possible for me again. Something nice is they have Vegan shoe lines.

http://www.earthshoes.us

I just ordered some of their new men's hiking boots so it will be interesting to see how they work out. BTW, their men's shoes do not come in wide sizes but I wear a 9.5D in their shoe and it fits my stubby fat feet. Something about the Kalso sole design positions the foot so one does not need a wide shoe...and weird but darned if it is not true for me. I normally wear a 8.5-9 EE or E width depending. But regular D width is fine.

Now, armed with my trusty Bihn Bag-o-the-day I can wander around dragging my laptop with me pretty much anywhere...and still get work done no matter how much I try to avoid it.

PM4HIRE
09-03-2007, 11:07 AM
Well Darcy, you seem to have a thing for Canadian stuff, then checkout http://www.tilley.com/ for your next hat. I've had the LT 5 hat for years. Tilley has an international reputation.

GaryS
09-03-2007, 11:34 AM
Well Darcy, you seem to have thing for Canadian stuff, then checkout http://www.tilley.com/ for your next hat. I've had the LT 5 hat for years. Tilley has an international reputation.

Oooo, Tilley hats (http://onebagger.squarespace.com/blog/when-you-see-the-tilley-hat-shoot-me.html).



:)

Darcy
09-04-2007, 12:51 PM
Hey man, Tom Bihn (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/53) wears a Tilley hat!

GaryS
09-04-2007, 02:38 PM
Hey man, Tom Bihn (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/53) wears a Tilley hat!

Really? On purpose?

:)

I'll bet Josh doesn't wear a Tilley hat. (Now, a silly hat maybe...)






:D

Josh
09-04-2007, 04:13 PM
[b]I'll bet Josh doesn't wear a Tilley hat. (Now, a silly hat maybe...)


Hey! I wouldn't consider any of my hats silly! Other people however.....that's their call.

Darcy
09-06-2007, 10:58 AM
Still Made in USA.com (http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/)

GaryS
09-06-2007, 06:39 PM
Still Made in USA.com (http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/)

She doesn't list Tom Bihn. She does list Tough Traveler (http://www.toughtraveler.com/) though.


:)

scholar
09-12-2007, 07:53 PM
hey, the tough traveler factory store is right down the street from me, and they are definitely a great company to deal with... all of my bags with one exception before I got my first bihn was from them... the one exception was a targus bag, that I absolutely hated... so when I checked out TT, just didn't like the styling on them, so I searched around and found you guys:)

PM4HIRE
10-10-2007, 10:26 AM
Click http://www.chuckroast.com/ to view. Great quality at competitive prices.

Darcy
10-10-2007, 11:01 AM
Click http://www.chuckroast.com/ to view. Great quality at competitive prices.

And some of it is made of Malden Mills fleece, too!

Darcy
11-05-2007, 10:37 AM
I didn't think this was possible but I've found a company that makes stuffed animals in Canada.
Stuffed Animal House (http://www.stuffedanimalhouse.com/) makes high-quality stuffed animals in Canada. (Some of the stuffed animals are made in China -- email them to ask which aren't. Some of the animals made in Canada include: 33" and 50" Bellyflop Bears (all furs), 32" Ranger Moose, Raccoon & Bear, 48" Floppy Moose.) An excellent holiday gift for kids not made by kids.

PM4HIRE
11-05-2007, 01:21 PM
Need a quality sleeping bag made in the USA, click http://www.wiggys.com/ and http://www.featheredfriends.com/Default.aspx
to learn more.

Darcy
11-05-2007, 01:49 PM
Need a quality sleeping bag made in the USA, click http://www.wiggys.com/ and http://www.featheredfriends.com/Default.aspx
to learn more.

That's cool. Wiggy's makes inexpensive dog beds (http://www.wiggys.com/category.cfm?Category=10&CFID=1326436&CFTOKEN=66380679), too.
Western Mountaineering (http://www.westernmountaineering.com/) sleeping bags are also made in the U.S.A.

P.S. For boots and shoes, we can't forget Frye (http://www.fryeboots.com/), all made in U.S.A.

PM4HIRE
11-05-2007, 03:18 PM
Darcy, Wiggy is a bit of a character. You can read his rants against
his industry on his website. He once spent an hour on the phone with
me talking about politics, he's a big Ann Rand fan.

GaryS
11-05-2007, 04:07 PM
Darcy, Wiggy is a bit of a character. You can read his rants against
his industry on his website. He once spent an hour on the phone with
me talking about politics, he's a big Ann Rand fan.
Uh-oh! That's enough for me.

Actually the Wiggy stuff I've seen (I've been a backpacker and whitewater canoeist in the past and own equipment from an assortment of companies but not Wiggy) is well made but can only be described as "cruder than a stone ax". The thing that makes the products from Tom Bihn stand out is the thoughtful and elegant design. Something Wiggy and some other "Made in America" evangelists omit. I don't care where a product is manufactured as long as it meets my expectations.

Darcy
11-06-2007, 05:06 PM
The thing that makes the products from Tom Bihn stand out is the thoughtful and elegant design.

That's a good point. Just because something is made in the U.S.A. (or other countries with safety, environmental, and labor standards) doesn't mean it's a good product. But when I find something that has thoughtful, attractive design, is made out of fine materials, and is made in countries that have environmental/safety/labor laws and regulations, I feel that much better about it.

Chris
11-06-2007, 06:24 PM
Great thread! How about beyondclothing.com? Made-to-order, custom-fitted, made in the USA outdoor clothing at reasonable prices!

judge
11-06-2007, 07:02 PM
Great thread! How about beyondclothing.com? Made-to-order, custom-fitted, made in the USA outdoor clothing at reasonable prices!

I'm actually thinking about getting one of their softshell jackets right now, but I'm a bit strapped for cash after all my Tom Bihn orders... So how are their jackets? I just wish I could try on a sample or something first before ordering.

Darcy
11-06-2007, 07:55 PM
Great thread! How about beyondclothing.com? Made-to-order, custom-fitted, made in the USA outdoor clothing at reasonable prices!

I've been looking for a new Gortex jacket and pants, made in USA or Canada, that wouldn't feel like a hefty bag on me (because every jacket I try seems huge for my frame). Perfect. And they are in Seattle!

pretzelb
11-07-2007, 06:24 AM
Great thread! How about beyondclothing.com? Made-to-order, custom-fitted, made in the USA outdoor clothing at reasonable prices!

I thought the prices were just insane until I realized they do custom fitting. I'm tempted by this but it is probably geared for cooler weather than I ever see. Still, a nice thin breathable shell for running in the 30s to 40s is something I've wanted.

judge
11-07-2007, 09:00 AM
I thought the prices were just insane until I realized they do custom fitting. I'm tempted by this but it is probably geared for cooler weather than I ever see. Still, a nice thin breathable shell for running in the 30s to 40s is something I've wanted.

I thought the same thing until I started looking at other softshell jackets. Some of them are more expensive but without the custom fit. I think some of their lighter jackets can be worn year round, or at least most of it. The pit zip vents that they offer on some jackets would probably make them even more versatile.

Darcy
11-07-2007, 09:06 AM
If the jackets are of excellent quality, I don't think that they are expensive, custom or not. There's a lot that goes into clothing like that and you pay extra for quality and the assurance that the people who made the jacket make a fair wage. A jacket like that is something you should have for years and years and years, unlike cheaper stuff that might break or fall apart within months.

PM4HIRE
11-07-2007, 06:47 PM
I don't think that they are expensive, custom or not either. In fact, for
high-end quality gear the prices seem very reasonable to me.

Wintergreendesigns.com has much higher prices for US-made jackets.

pretzelb
11-08-2007, 05:39 AM
After living in a warm weather climate for a long time I guess my pricing of winter performance gear is off. Whatever I buy lasts a very long time because it barely gets much use. I'm sure if I got more use out of this type of gear I'd start to see flaws in the cheap stuff and the value of the high quality stuff.

Then again, I don't think I've ever purchased a custom anything when it comes to clothing. Kind of seems like something too fancy for a guy who likes to wear jeans and a t-shirt. But I am going to read up on it because it might be great for jogging on cold mornings.

Darcy
11-09-2007, 01:10 PM
Marmalade Pet Care (http://www.marmaladepets.com/) makes attractive cardboard cat scratchers in the U.S.A.
And you can get a free cardboard cat toy (http://www.marmaladepets.com/owners/mouse.html) from their site, too!

PM4HIRE
11-29-2007, 03:53 PM
Click http://www.darntough.com/ to view.

Darcy
11-29-2007, 03:55 PM
Click http://www.darntough.com/ to view.

Very nice. Nice colors, too.

jehingr
11-29-2007, 08:25 PM
If you have a sweet tooth, you'll certainly want to check out the Stained Glass Candy Company http://stainedglasscandy.com/Index.htm

They are a little mom-&-pop that makes absolutely the most amazing hard candy in the world. The stuff is SO tasty, I drool just thinking about it.

Darcy
01-18-2008, 03:32 PM
Cesar Millan Illusion Leash and Collar Set (http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/products/i-collar.php)

This is a very high-quality leash/collar set: the pictures and the description don't do it justice. We know our webbing, buckles, and construction around here, and the Illusion Leash/Collar Set is made (in the U.S.) out of very high-quality webbing and buckles. Plus, it works really well: Lily (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tombihn/2123186863/) is totally squirrel crazy (she was pretty much bred to be so) and the Illusion collar has proven to be a safe, effective, and gentle way to train her.

Beyond
01-18-2008, 10:10 PM
Ibis Bicycles has provided me with the best product and customer service for the past 14 years. I had a chocolate lab puppy in college named Ibis; the owner, Scot Nicol, sent me a gift package complete with collar made out of recycled inner tubes - the valves were pointing out ala faux spikes.

AVService
01-20-2008, 07:53 AM
It seems a dis-service to me not to mention Gary Waterfield and www.sfbags.com as far as I am concerned.

I have had EXACTLY the same kind of service from them as I have from Bihn and though you may compete there is plenty of room for good service and quality.

Style and model wise there are only a few tough descisions between you two and I am sure both can appreciate the other.

Ed

PM4HIRE
01-20-2008, 10:46 AM
For me, Waterfield gear suffers from dismal quality assurance.
I ordered a wallet from Waterfield in early 2004, paid for 2 day
shipping, and the product arrived torn inside the wallet.

I will never order from Waterfield again!

AVService
01-20-2008, 11:12 AM
For me, Waterfield gear suffers from dismal quality assurance.
I ordered a wallet from Waterfield in early 2004, paid for 2 day
shipping, and the product arrived thrown inside the wallet.

I will never order from Waterfield again!

I don't really understand what this means?
What product thrown inside the wallet?

Anyway I have had nothing but terrific service and quality from them.

PM4HIRE
01-20-2008, 12:56 PM
The lining inside the wallet was ripped, therefore, the wallet was not usable.

AVService
01-20-2008, 02:33 PM
OK so you meant "Torn" not "Thrown"?

That makes more sense!

PM4HIRE
01-20-2008, 04:16 PM
I'm glad someone can spell on this forum, b/c I can't.

AVService
01-20-2008, 04:39 PM
I thought I was just having some mental block and kept re-reading your post trying to make sense of it.

pretzelb
01-21-2008, 08:19 AM
Cesar Millan Illusion Leash and Collar Set (http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/products/i-collar.php)

This is a very high-quality leash/collar set: the pictures and the description don't do it justice. We know our webbing, buckles, and construction around here, and the Illusion Leash/Collar Set is made (in the U.S.) out of very high-quality webbing and buckles. Plus, it works really well: Lily (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tombihn/2123186863/) is totally squirrel crazy (she was pretty much bred to be so) and the Illusion collar has proven to be a safe, effective, and gentle way to train her.

Darn. Our dog Georgia is squirrel and bunny crazy but she has a weak trachea and it does say at the end to avoid this collar in that case (glad I read all the way to the end). It always bugs me watching any TV show on dogs where they tell you to control the dog's head because it's pretty hard to do that when you can't put any collar around the neck. Oh well, she's a good dog and we'll just keeping using a harness.

pretzelb
01-21-2008, 01:45 PM
For those who roast their own coffee I've been using Sweet Maria's (http://www.sweetmarias.com/) for under a year and they seem like a decent bunch. I have only ordered online but I've had sent emails back and forth and got really good support. Not sure if they qualify as making a quality product because they just distribute the beans but they have done well by me so far.

Darcy
02-05-2008, 02:22 PM
Tonic (http://mytonic.ca/) -- women's active wear made in Canada.

Nordic Ware (http://www.nordicware.com/) -- U.S. made bundt pans!

reina
02-18-2008, 11:37 PM
Benchmade knives are the best!!! :) :) :) Beautiful, durable, sharp...even customizable for lefties. :)

aiethabell
02-21-2008, 12:41 PM
Two great companies:

Laptop Lunches (www.laptoplunches.com) is a wonderful California company trying to reduce waste children and adults create from carrying their own food with them. Buy one of these and you've eaten your last overpriced inflight 'meal' or your last lousy takeout. I actually bought my first Laptop Lunchbox at Tom Bihn, back when the store was on 2nd Avenue. It was the only store in the state with it, so I went in for the lunchbox... and left with some nice Tom Bihn bags, one of which toted the item I'd gone in for! :p

For dog people, I highly recommend Doggone Good (www.doggonegood.com) for dog items. Although they've discontinued their Cabana Crate, it can still be found for sale at some dog shows. Many are in evidence with happy dogs inside (usually top competitors, who use their crates nearly constantly). I have two, still going strong. Their clicker bait pouch has outlasted two dogs and one cat, and is awaiting my next puppy.

They actually discontinued making their crates because they couldn't compete with the cheap Chinese-made drek flooding the market. The die-hard Obedience/Agility/Field competitors (myself included) begged them not to; we were more than willing to pay a premium price for a premium product made hell-for-stout with an outstanding warranty (which is why I buy Tom Bihn). It was either quit making the crates or make cuts in the quality (which they were not willing to do) to stay competitive with the other manufacturers. That's why I recommend them. They have integrity.

Their article bags outlast the articles in them (it's a Utility Dog thing)!

brantroz
03-03-2008, 07:46 AM
http://www.ravensbrew.com/

I live in Chicago, and I buy my beans direct from this Olympia, WA based roaster. A friend from the region turned me on to these beans a few years ago, and I'm hooked.

Try the Dead Man's Reach and Dharma Beans blends!!

Darcy
03-03-2008, 11:07 AM
http://www.ravensbrew.com/

I've had that coffee! It's great stuff.

stargurl84
03-13-2008, 08:25 AM
well I'll be the first one to do it. My beverage of choice is Stella Artois. If anyone needs a libation on the weekend, I recommend this beer!

mrae
04-20-2008, 07:52 PM
Cesar Millan Illusion Leash and Collar Set (http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/products/i-collar.php)

This is a very high-quality leash/collar set: the pictures and the description don't do it justice. We know our webbing, buckles, and construction around here, and the Illusion Leash/Collar Set is made (in the U.S.) out of very high-quality webbing and buckles. Plus, it works really well: Lily (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tombihn/2123186863/) is totally squirrel crazy (she was pretty much bred to be so) and the Illusion collar has proven to be a safe, effective, and gentle way to train her.

Thanks. I've been wondering how they work. I'm going to try it. The only thing that's worked with my girl is a head harness and that rubbed near her eyes so I switched to a regular halter. The info on the site is a little confusing because it says not to use with short nosed dogs but lists pitbulls and staffordshires in their sizing.

mrae
04-20-2008, 08:50 PM
I love this thread. My recommendation is for dogs that like chewing. Yak cheese chews. They're as hard as a bone and are fully edible. My dog goes through most chewies, like bully sticks, in a few minutes but it takes her a long time to complete a large yak chew. I buy mine at my local pet store. Here's the link for the company:
http://www.himalayandogchew.com/

brantroz
04-21-2008, 09:20 AM
The previous few threads reminded me of this:

Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance
(http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/)
I can't rave enough about this food... they are the first to publish 100% of their ingredients, and even have an all organic formula (which we use.)

Our Italian Greyhound eats the same amount that she did per day with her previous food... but she gained the final 3/4 of a .lb she had been missing (and this for a "skinny" breed.) Essentially, she is getting more nutrition from the same quantity.

They also have specific food allergy blends. I sent them a note thanking them for their quality product, and they mailed me a bunch of coupons. Really great company, and very HIGH quality product.

-B

brantroz
04-21-2008, 09:40 PM
Ok, bear with me...

My next recommendation is a book, and the "quality" it brings is the enlightenment it lends you. I'm not the most emotional guy in the world, and I'm not the least, but there are inspiring moments while reading this book where you just find yourself welling up at the sheer inspiration of this real person... someone who was once renowned around the world, and who we might all be better for knowing again:

A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler (http://www.amazon.com/Sense-World-Historys-Greatest-Traveler/dp/0007161069)

Honestly, I hope some of you decide to pick this one up... it will warm your heart. James Holman had one of the most devastating impositions of his time... and treated it as a hurdle, not an obstacle. Really well written, uplifting book.

Darcy
10-09-2008, 03:10 PM
Anderson-Little (http://andersonlittle.com/) have reclaimed their brand and are once again manufacturing their men's blazers in a U.S. factory. Interesting story.

MikeL
10-10-2008, 09:19 AM
That's interesting News Darcy. My mom's family is from New England, and I was familiar with Anderson-Little; but never had any of their clothes. the only thing the site has is their Classic Blue Blazer. I may have to buy one. I'm in the market for a one, and it's not any more expensive then going else were for one.
Thanks for the update.

flitcraft
10-10-2008, 10:56 AM
Here are the brands I'm a fanatic about:

I-roc shoes--they're made in the US, they are built to last, and (coupled with Power Step Pinnacle insoles) cured my long-standing plantar fasciitis. www.i-roc.com.

Orthaheel sandals--Not sure where they're made, but they were designed by an Australian orthapedist. Their flipflop type Wave sandals have arch support that most other shoes can only dream of. I'd given up hope of ever wearing flipflops again, but these are terrific. Again, well constructed, light weight, and an essential for the pack-light fanatic like myself. I get them at www.footsmart.com (which is a pretty good company in its own right, though it's hard to beat www.zappos.com for shoes, with its free shipping and free shipping on returns policy!)

Avene SPF 50+ sunscreen: I have to get this in Europe, but it is a tinosorb-based sunscreen with very high UVA/UVB protection. I wish the FDA would get it together and approve the new generation of sunscreens being used in Europe--so much better and more effective than what we get sold here in the US. (It can also be ordered in the US from online etailers lile wwwfrenchcosmeticsforless.com). Actually, the Avene cosmeceutical range in general is very high quality--I use their retinaldehyde products like Diacneal and Eluage, too. But I'm not sure that anyone on this forum is interested in skincare...

But for those still reading on, the hands-down best cosmetics company I know is by Julie Hewett. Her camellia oil lipbalm (stick or pot) is better than any petroleum based one, and her lipsticks are absolutely to die for. Love her eyeshadows and foundation, and her cream blushes last forever and are sheer and lovely. Yeah, I know that no one here cares, but you did ask about favorite companies, and www.juliehewett.net is one of mine.

I tend to be evangelistic about my favorites, obviously including Tom Bihn.

timothy
10-10-2008, 07:45 PM
The Anderson-Little blazer looks good, and though not "cheap" (I have not often paid more than $100 for a single item of clothing, and doing so gives me a pretty big dose of skepticism) it looks to be of high-quality. I wonder if they come with other than gold-looking buttons :) I know that's the (a) classic blazer look, but to me / on me, gold things always look gaudy.

A few years ago, I took a 2-week trip to China -- group tour, with the plusses and minuses of a group trip -- and I packed pretty light, in fact radically light for me (one small backpack), and was very glad to've brought a blue blazer along. Mine was definitely a size or more larger than ideal, but that made for greater comfort on airplanes, etc, and was close enough to stand in for "dressed up" for restaurant purposes. A nice blue blazer and a white oxford shirt (with collar buttons, making use without a tie more palatable) to me is about as close as one can get to "powdered suit" -- it's formality boullion.

timothy

PM4HIRE
10-11-2008, 11:37 AM
Anderson-Little blazers (http://www.andersonlittle.com/) are very reasonable priced considering the blazers
are made in the USA. I've paid $200 to $450 for a quality blazer in the
past.

Nice find!

Lone Piper
10-12-2008, 06:26 AM
Kifaru Backpacks (http://www.kifaru.net/) - While I've used their packs for years for my military travels, there is no doubt their camping line is as equally tough. I've literally taken Kifaru bags through some of the spots rarely found on the top ten lists for friendly vacation spots: Baghdad, Iraq, Kosovo, Panama, Afghanistan...you get the point. Built to nearly bombproof standards, made in the USA and with great customer service. I guess they are the Tom Bihns of tactical packs!

Darcy
10-13-2008, 03:37 PM
Avene SPF 50+ sunscreen.....

But for those still reading on, the hands-down best cosmetics company I know is by Julie Hewett.

Thanks - those are great recommendations! I have very fair skin, and even though we're in the Pacific Northwest, a good sunscreen is important. I've been hearing about sunscreens from Europe for a while but didn't know I could actually order them...woohoo!

Darcy
10-13-2008, 03:39 PM
Great to read all of the interesting posts re: Anderson-Little blazers. If any of you order one of their blazers, be sure to let us know what you think!

This women's career wear line looks promising:
http://www.rochellebehrenscollection.com/
(Made in USA, fabric from France.)

PM4HIRE
10-13-2008, 04:28 PM
Darcy:

Every man and woman in business today should have at least one
or may be two dark navy blazers in their closet. Great classic
look and flexible product...think of an expensive blazer as an
investment item.

In this case, buy the best and cry once.

jehingr
10-13-2008, 10:12 PM
While not necessarily a brand, or even stuff, I would like to plug <a href="http://www.saveoursetters.org/index.html">Save Our Setters</a> - a rescue organization for Irish, Irish Red & White, English, and Gordon Setters. We volunteer for them as a foster home and have successfully placed two dogs from our foster.

They are a truly fine, non-profit, organization. They work with dogs nationwide and Canada (and other places from time to time). If you are thinking of getting a specific breed of dog - check one of the many breed-specific rescue groups. If you have the time and resources please consider volunteering as a foster home or for transportation duties. Or consider a donation to sponsor a dog in need.

It is sometimes heartbreaking to see what people can do to a dog, but it is equally rewarding to see what dedicated people can do FOR a dog as well. Helping a single dog may not change the world, but it can certainly change the world for that dog.

And if you just want to feel good for a moment about the basic goodness of dogs and humanity, check out the story of <a href="http://www.saveoursetters.org/CloudGA2007December.html">Cloud</a> - the Irish Setter who Could! It may just be the most heartwarming story on the old internet.

timothy
10-14-2008, 01:56 AM
Kevin Kelly is one of the guys associated with the old Whole Earth Catalog, among other projects. He has a site I've been a fan of for years (disclosure: have also been published there two or three times, which is the only place I've been published in common with William Gibson, which is of course a silly claim, but still fun) called Cool Tools, and it's an excellent place to see more of the "quality items" theme.

http://www.kk.org/cooltools/

Warning: Cool Tools can be a HUGE time sink, at least for me. As I read through it, I've more than once thought that if I were rich enough, I'd like to just have "one of each" sent to me, as products are reviewed there ;) (Or maybe "one of each after a quick right of refusal" ;))

timothy

brantroz
10-14-2008, 08:49 AM
Ok, so apparently the only thing I post is regarding coffee (anyone see a trend here?)

I live in Chicago, and recently found this local roaster that produces really great, quality local beans:

http://www.metropoliscoffee.com/

I still get my Ravensbrew for a treat, but for supporting local small business, you can't go wrong.

-B

Darcy
10-20-2008, 02:16 PM
http://www.kk.org/cooltools/


The Brain Bag was once recommended in Cool Tools! I hope we are included again someday...Cool Tools is great.

Darcy
10-20-2008, 02:20 PM
Ok, so apparently the only thing I post is regarding coffee (anyone see a trend here?)


A question for the coffee expert: my absolute most favorite coffee ever is Peet's Major Dickason's blend..I don't know if you're familiar with it, but it's pretty much the only coffee I drink. I drink it black and enjoy every minute of it! If I wanted to expand my horizons, is there a Ravensbrew or Metropolis Coffee blend you'd recommend?

brantroz
10-23-2008, 08:26 AM
Darcy,

Let's see if I can do this justice. Peet's Major Dickanson is a full-bodied balanced blend.

I too drink it black, and it is absolutely all a part of the morning ritual. I won't claim to be an expert--but I have tried most of the blends from both sources, and definitely have some favorites. Oh, and don't be afraid to Branch Out!! :) The great thing about so many good boutique roasters these days, is that some of them are really able to hit niche, local origin coffee with very interesting characteristics. A good roast should be smooth, but subtly distinct. I have listed 3 favorites from each, which I can wholeheartedly recommend:

Raven's Brew:
Deadman's Reach (http://www.ravensbrew.com/dmr.html)
Ebony Pearls French Roast (http://www.ravensbrew.com/NewFiles/coffees.html)
Organic Mahogany Sweets (http://www.ravensbrew.com/NewFiles/organics.html)

Metropolis:
Redline Espresso Roast (http://www.metropoliscoffee.com/shop/category/coffee/blends/view/redline-espresso-p1/)
Cordillera (http://www.metropoliscoffee.com/shop/category/coffee/page-2)
French Roast (http://www.metropoliscoffee.com/shop/category/coffee/blends/view/french-roast-p6)

Let me know if you have more specific questions!

-Brandon

timothy
10-23-2008, 05:26 PM
Darcy wrote:
The Brain Bag was once recommended in Cool Tools! I hope we are included again someday...Cool Tools is great.

Darcy:

I've been considering a writeup of the Super Ego -- I have as well a Brain Bag (which was on CT before), so I think I could make a relevant comparative review, and have had a few items published there.

Cheers,

timothy

Darcy
10-27-2008, 09:56 AM
I've been considering a writeup of the Super Ego -- I have as well a Brain Bag (which was on CT before), so I think I could make a relevant comparative review, and have had a few items published there.


That would be very cool! Please let us know if you submit the writeup. :)


A good roast should be smooth, but subtly distinct. I have listed 3 favorites from each, which I can wholeheartedly recommend:

Thank you!! Time to do some ordering and coffee experimenting. Fun!

Darcy
10-27-2008, 01:36 PM
Every man and woman in business today should have at least one
or may be two dark navy blazers in their closet. Great classic
look and flexible product...think of an expensive blazer as an
investment item.

It's difficult to find women's blazers/jackets made in USA. :(

New recommendation: Guittard Chocolate (http://www.guittard.com/home/index.html). Their chocolate is still made in San Francisco. It's the best baking chocolate (cocoa powder, chocolate disks, chips) that I've used.

pretzelb
10-28-2008, 01:06 PM
A question for the coffee expert: my absolute most favorite coffee ever is Peet's Major Dickason's blend..I don't know if you're familiar with it, but it's pretty much the only coffee I drink. I drink it black and enjoy every minute of it! If I wanted to expand my horizons, is there a Ravensbrew or Metropolis Coffee blend you'd recommend?

If you really want to be adventurous you could try to roast the beans yourself. It's not hard really. I use Sweet Marias (http://www.sweetmarias.com/index.htm) for my supplies. They have a system for their tasting of the beans and write a very complete report each time. Only problem is that they deal with small lots so it's common for them to run out.

Darcy
10-29-2008, 12:50 PM
If you really want to be adventurous you could try to roast the beans yourself. It's not hard really. I use Sweet Marias (http://www.sweetmarias.com/index.htm) for my supplies. They have a system for their tasting of the beans and write a very complete report each time. Only problem is that they deal with small lots so it's common for them to run out.

That's pretty cool: I had no idea people roasted their own beans.

pretzelb
10-29-2008, 02:04 PM
That's pretty cool: I had no idea people roasted their own beans.

It's really easy too. The only drag is that most home roasting machines only do a small amount at a time so you end up doing a few batches each week. I started with the entry level roaster but you can even use an old air popcorn popper I think. The other drag is that you do need to baby sit the beans because they could burn if you don't watch them or set the timer too long. It's also not the best smell and results in smoke so you need to do it outside. Gee, it's starting to sound like a major pain now that I talk about it.

But it has turned me into a coffee snob because I can tell a difference. I can almost taste some of the subtle flavors in some of the beans. I'm not perfect at the process but there are times when it comes out really good and you really enjoy the cup to the point you feel like an actor in a commercial.

It should also end up being cheaper. The site I use averages around $5 per pound of green beans and usually you pay around $10 to $12 for a roasted bag of beans. I used to think I was saving money by brewing my own but now that I roast too I should really be saving money.

The other drawback is when I evaluate a bag I have to account for my coffee thermos and my water bottle. :D

Darcy
10-29-2008, 02:34 PM
I'm not perfect at the process but there are times when it comes out really good and you really enjoy the cup to the point you feel like an actor in a commercial.

Heh! There's a coffee place in Seattle that roasts beans on site. The first time I went there the coffee was amazing - way above average. The second time...not so good. I think maybe the person who had roasted beans that day was new. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes.

Akilae
11-06-2008, 08:45 PM
I suppose I'll add two to this list.

For my backpack, I shamefully admit I use a non-Bihn bag as my preferred bag of choice: The FAST Pack Alpha made by TAD Gear (http://www.tadgear.com/index.html). They carry a few brands, but their own stuff is generally well-designed and well-manufactured. My FAST Pack has been with me for five years, from hauling my T61P and textbook tomes to class, to clothing and camera gear for trekking/photography trips, and it still looks like the day I bought it. Since TAD caters to the military crowd, the FAST pack also comes with MOLLE straps, making it a very modular bag. It's interesting in that I had originally ordered an ID for my laptop, and had figured on relegating my FAST Pack to hiking trips. Then the textbooks started piling up and I realized a backpack was still the ideal way for heavy hauling. Nowadays the ID lives with a Freudian Slip and is quite happy as a general document/office bag.

My other recent obsession has been shoes. After five years of wearing nothing but sandals and Merrell mocs, I finally fulfilled one of my dreams and bought a pair of Alden 405 "Indy" boots. Alden (http://www.aldenshoe.com/) is one of the last American shoe makers in the North Eastern states. All their shoes are hand made in the US and generally cater to an older crowd, i.e. at least 20-nearing-30-somethings. Customer service is top notch. The original pair of Indy boots I bought had a construction flaw which resulted in pain in my ankle. Alden immediately took the shoe back and issued me a pair of replacements, no questions asked. They even gave me a better-sized pair after listening to me talk about how my feet felt. The Indy boots I bought are more famous for being the boots than Indiana Jones wore in all of the movies. Being famous movie boots aside, they are wonderfully comfortable, durable, and stylish boots that go well with either jeans or dress casuals, probably one of the more versatile pair of boots I've ever seen (other than White's Semi-Dress... but that's another story).

Darcy
11-11-2008, 05:11 PM
Juniper Ridge (http://www.juniperridge.com/) products - made out of wild harvested sage, juniper, fir, and cedar, with no extra scents or additives.

jay_imok
11-12-2008, 03:56 AM
....an older crowd, i.e. at least 20-nearing-30-somethings.....



i am absolutely speechless.............




well, i guess not entirely. please excuse me now, i have to drive off the edge of the world...

PM4HIRE
11-12-2008, 11:44 AM
I'm struck dumb, being 64 y/o.

Akilae
11-13-2008, 02:49 PM
i am absolutely speechless.............




well, i guess not entirely. please excuse me now, i have to drive off the edge of the world...

lol. I wrote that after coming from a thread where people in their teens were asking about shelling out $500 for tasselled mocs, and everybody was trying to convince them they were much, much too young to be spending that kind of money on shoes that most likely didn't go well with their lifestyle.

yeah... my apologies...

Darcy
11-20-2008, 10:12 AM
Recycline products (http://www.recycline.com/colander.html) are brightly colored, very cool, and Made in USA. Their products include colanders, toothbrushes, plastic tupperware, razors, cutting boards, etc.

S Anderson
12-05-2008, 10:53 PM
Hey Darcy, Scott Anderson here, President of Anderson-Little.

Thanks for the plug for my company! I really appreciate it.

If anyone has any questions for me, feel free to ask. I love my product and am always up for getting to know Anderson-Little fans.

Darcy
12-16-2008, 12:03 PM
Hey Darcy, Scott Anderson here, President of Anderson-Little.

Thanks for the plug for my company! I really appreciate it.

If anyone has any questions for me, feel free to ask. I love my product and am always up for getting to know Anderson-Little fans.

Welcome, Scott! Do you have any plans to make a women's blazer?

backpack
12-18-2008, 04:16 PM
It's difficult to find women's blazers/jackets made in USA. :(

New recommendation: Guittard Chocolate (http://www.guittard.com/home/index.html). Their chocolate is still made in San Francisco. It's the best baking chocolate (cocoa powder, chocolate disks, chips) that I've used.

I second the difficulty of finding stylish women jackets made in the U.S.A, especially in plus size.


I also use the Recycline products, the toothbrush are especially easy to find.
They are at all Trader Joes and at Kroger but I cannot find razors!
Anyone knows of a retailer which carry the razors?


I have not mentioned the chocolate because I probably had some, I used to live in the Bay Area.
If I get a Proust moment, my next grocery shopping trip is going to include lots of chocolate items, plentiful at this time of the year and better left out on the shelf than in my stomach and then as an extra topping on me.

soooo tempting

Darcy
12-19-2008, 01:38 PM
I also use the Recycline products, the toothbrush are especially easy to find.
They are at all Trader Joes and at Kroger but I cannot find razors!
Anyone knows of a retailer which carry the razors?

I've seen them at Whole Foods and Recycline now has an online store! Woohoo! http://www.recycline.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=35

timothy
12-25-2008, 12:57 AM
I don't think anyone's yet mentioned Dr. Bronner's soaps. Nutty labels: I first became aware of the brand 20 or so years ago because of a book -- I think it was either "Big Secrets" or "Bigger Secrets," somewhat in the style of The Straight Dope newspaper column / website -- which went into some depth on the content and significance of the label. (About which, see Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Bronner)

The label is a neat hook, but people swear by it for all sorts of uses, to a few of which I can personally attest (hand / body soap, and washing random objects that can fit in the sink); I have yet to shave with it, or use it as shampoo, or wash clothes, or spray plants in the garden ...

It's neat stuff: highly concentrated ("Dilute! Dilute! OK!"), and available in sizes from just a few ounces to gallon size; a tiny dab gets my hands feeling cleaner than a big squirt of conventional sinkside hand-pump soap. My favorite variety is (I think) the original, peppermint, but there are many others available.

I'll be taking some with me on my upcoming travels, decanted into a small TSA-friendly container, and may even get brave enough to brush my teeth with it; I'll also try laundering with it first. Would be good to shave off a few ounces of travel weight by dropping at least one of those little bottles from the toilet kit.

timothy

Sco1t
01-25-2009, 10:20 AM
The build quality of the original "Colorado" Caterpillar boot is unsurpassed in my opinion. They are the only boots which have ever stood up to the abuse I heap on them, well worth the money.

Regards,
Scott

puddin
01-25-2009, 11:47 AM
my bag collection has 4 brands i believe in.

the newest is Tom Bihn - the Super Ego is clearly a top notch quality product.

Maxpedition - the Jumbo Versipack is an ideal man-purse
Eagle Creek - can't beat their carry-on wheelies.
Lowepro - solid camera bags. i have 2 of theirs.

for flashlights - Surefire. I only have one but i believe it will turn on everytime i need it to. the surefire e2L cree is what i have.

for tequila - patron :)

for footwear - Merrill. their boots have lasted me for years and years. also Gola - for comfortable and stylish sneaks.

for a multi-tool - Leatherman. good stuff.

for shades - Ray-Ban and Serengeti. Good quality optics and superior tints.

keb
01-27-2009, 01:27 PM
PowerMonkey-- rechargeable by either main or solar, interchangeble tips, charges my kids' ipods and gameboys and my blackberry and my daughters' phones, small and light and two currently reside in my snake charmer.

I like Oakley for prescription sunglasses. Flak Jacket XLJ w Polarized Black Iridium lenses have changed my life from golf to beach to skiing to driving. No distortion at all. Only drawback are slightly goofy nosepads.:cool:

Darcy
01-28-2009, 08:04 PM
I think Pendleton (http://www.pendleton-usa.com/) blankets are beautiful, and I was pleased to see that some of their women's skirts (wool plaid skirts) are Made in USA.

PM4HIRE
01-29-2009, 09:13 AM
I remember when the Beach Boys were a garage band pendleton shirts were their signature look. At my high school, only the wealthy kids could afford these pendleton shirts in the 1960s. I wasn’t one of them.

MagicTiki
01-29-2009, 11:49 AM
Lodge cast iron cookware.

I swear that I can cook anything in my 12" cast iron skillet. It will outlast everything else in my kitchen, and probably end up as a heirloom for my kids. Plus, when seasoned properly, it does a far better job as a nonstick surface than any teflon coated pan (not to mention the health issues).

It cost me less than $20 and is still made in the US.

Darcy
01-29-2009, 12:26 PM
I remember when the Beach Boys were a garage band pendleton shirts were their signature look. At my high school, only the wealthy kids could afford these pendleton shirts in the 1960s. I wasn’t one of them.

Interesting history on the Pendleton web site mentions that. (http://www.pendleton-usa.com/jump.jsp?itemType=CATEGORY&itemID=217)


Lodge cast iron cookware.

I love Lodge. Their cast iron wok is great.

PM4HIRE
01-29-2009, 12:57 PM
Many of my high school friends were friends with the Beach boys since they attended a competing high school in the South Bay area in southern California where I grew up.

nikonnut
01-30-2009, 05:28 PM
Well, I have to say that I'm starting to see a pattern in my buying habits. Sage Fly Rods (awesome warranty, great products), Filson clothing (if you haven't tried their stuff, OMG! I swear tin cloth is bullet proof! Also, I really like the old school materials), and now Tom Bihn (no explanation needed). The pattern? They're all in the Seattle area! Apparently, quality is still valued in that part of the world. Not to bash the mutliple other great companies sprinkled across this great nation but I think I'm gonna have to move.;)

P.S. Benchmade! How could I forget Benchmade Knives and their life sharp policy(It gets dull, you send it in, it comes back sharp as new). OK, so they're in Portland but still.

shakir5582
02-01-2009, 12:39 PM
Wet shaving in general is a quality purchase and a luxury I have recently found. Funny thing is, it saves you money. a used razor at an antique store 5-10 bucks blades are under a quarter, a tube of 5 dollar cream lasts and lasts, and even the 13 dollar tweezer man brush does a good job. Much cheaper than a Mach 3, better shave and it feels so good. If you are interested search wetshaving on youtube. it is a great feeling having a soft brush apply warm fragrant lather on your face. trust me.

KarlJ
02-01-2009, 01:41 PM
And another Lodge Cast Iron user, here. I have a 10, 12, and 15". Bought them at Costco of all places (haven't seen them again in the two years since I bough them). They're seasoning in just fine, and Bob P is absolutely right: they'll definitely be the last cast iron skillets I'll ever need to buy... they're bulletproof! In fact, I may have to order the dutch oven I always wanted but never got around to buying (see what you guys started?).

Lodge Cast Iron Cookware (http://www.lodgemfg.com/)

MagicTiki
02-01-2009, 06:18 PM
And another Lodge Cast Iron user, here. I have a 10, 12, and 15". Bought them at Costco of all places (haven't seen them again in the two years since I bough them). They're seasoning in just fine, and Bob P is absolutely right: they'll definitely be the last cast iron skillets I'll ever need to buy... they're bulletproof! In fact, I may have to order the dutch oven I always wanted but never got around to buying (see what you guys started?).

Lodge Cast Iron Cookware (http://www.lodgemfg.com/)

A cook after my own heart! :)

I have a monstrous cast-iron dutch oven as well, but it's not a Lodge. I have another Lodge on on my "wish list" that's a camp-style dutch oven with legs and a reversible lid that you can use as a griddle. You can plant your coals underneath it, on top or inside depending upon what you're doing.

One quick note on the Made in USA thing: it seems that the traditional cast-iron stuff is all made in the USA, but some of their new lines of enamel/cast iron products are imported. Just something to note if you're looking. I've seen videos of them making the traditional cast-iron stuff in Kentucky. It's pretty neat!

calel
02-02-2009, 11:59 AM
I don't know if they're bullet-proof; my roommate's handle-less Lodge skillet might dispute that (fell off the counter onto our kitchen floor and the handle snapped right off; the tile was unscathed). However, with some proper care and handling, they do last a pretty long time. I picked up a skillet from a flea market. It's probably ancient but still in great condition.

On the subject of coffee, I get my beans from Anderson's Coffee (http://www.andersonscoffee.com/home.html) in Austin. I've never had a blend that I didn't like (I like Alfred's best), and the prices are reasonable, too.

keb
02-04-2009, 09:21 AM
A cook after my own heart! :)

I have a monstrous cast-iron dutch oven as well, but it's not a Lodge. I have another Lodge on on my "wish list" that's a camp-style dutch oven with legs and a reversible lid that you can use as a griddle. You can plant your coals underneath it, on top or inside depending upon what you're doing.

One quick note on the Made in USA thing: it seems that the traditional cast-iron stuff is all made in the USA, but some of their new lines of enamel/cast iron products are imported. Just something to note if you're looking. I've seen videos of them making the traditional cast-iron stuff in Kentucky. It's pretty neat!

Was looking into Lodge and found some not-so-favorable cooking site forum feedback of the enamelled product vs the Le Creuset 800-pound gorilla. The feedback on the regular cast-iron products seemed very favorable.

Darcy
02-09-2009, 02:03 PM
Stuffed animals made in Arizona. Pretty cute, great gift for small kids. (http://www.stuffington.com/)

stephenpacker
02-26-2009, 11:13 AM
Did somebody say coffee?? :D These guys have some good stuff, and even some beans that support a dog rescue organization:
Green Tree Coffee & Tea (http://www.greentreecoffee.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=BEAN&Store_Code=GTCAT)

mruseless
03-01-2009, 03:42 PM
I'm very fond of Jos. A. Bank Signature men's business suits. There are more expensive suits out there, but in my opinion these best value for the money(especially if you buy them on sale!). They are of very high quality, and with proper care they last a long time. And its hard to beat the customer service at a JAB store.

dclawyer
03-01-2009, 05:08 PM
I love this thread.

I recently discovered that flashlights in recent years have come a long way. With LEDs they are much brighter, even when the flashlight is small. My favorite small flashlight is the Liteflux LF3XT (http://www.eliteled.com/products/flashlights/liteflux-lf3xt.html). At its brightest, it is amazingly bright and the beam is infinitely adjustable. At its dimmest it's perfect for reading a restaurant menu or check or for use in a theater.

I also love Patagonia clothing. I like walking in all kinds of weather. Patagonia clothing allows me to get out there comfortably. I also like their bags along with Tom Bihn bags.

PM4HIRE
03-01-2009, 05:32 PM
I have a Jos. A. Bank store around the corner from me. Pricey clothes but their stuff lasts forever and is well made.

maverick
03-09-2009, 01:12 PM
Lake Champlain Chocolates (http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/) are delicious chocolates available in the U.S. i pick them up at whole foods, but you can buy them on their website and at various retailers (http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/RetailLocations.aspx).

my personal favorite is the five star fruit and nut bar (http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/Chocolate/Five-Star-Chocolate-Bar/Fruit-Nut-Five-Star-Bars.aspx).

ratdeau
03-10-2009, 09:36 AM
For people needing secure data transport, look at www.ironkey.com
Expensive but a really good product designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.

Samonid
06-08-2009, 12:16 PM
Of the many boutique roasters I've tried up and down the west coast, none has approached this one. http://www.keancoffee.com/

All coffee is roasted in their coffee house, in full view of customers. Family business. Each roast is tailored to the bean batch, and brings out flavors that you rarely get from coffee due to homogeneous roasting practices.

Any one have a recommendation for cute purses/totes? Looking for a gift for my wife...

ifse
06-08-2009, 03:32 PM
Travel related: Singapore Airlines. Great service at reasonable prices. On some Asia routes, they sometimes offer the lowest air fare.

bltkmt
06-26-2009, 06:05 AM
Unusual, but perfect (for me) pocket organizer/wallet: http://www.billscustomcases.com/accessories.html

The quality is excellent and a lot of thought went into the design. Plus, Bill is a great guy to work with.

hrmeeks
08-06-2009, 05:38 PM
I’ve noticed several people listing lip balm or chapstick in their packing lists. Gear Pipeline offers clip-on chapstick holders -- just right for clipping to an O-ring, & they keep it easily accessible instead of stuck in the bottom of a pocket or a pouch:

https://www.gearpipeline.com/c-30-sun-care-products.aspx

The clips come with their Beyond Coastal lip balm, but I prefer Blistex Herbal Answer. The clear plastic holder is nice & sturdy. The neoprene holder is not as well-made.

BPritchard
08-10-2009, 08:08 PM
Reference picture. (http://www.tools-plus.com/dewalt-dw2190.html)

I got mine at Home Depot for $4.99.

Great for my bits and other drill accesories. Everything stays locked down.

I bought another one just to keep assorted screws, etc

BPritchard
08-12-2009, 06:31 AM
Trek-Tech (http://www.trek-tech.com/)

I had the original TrekPod II. Gave it to my son-in-law when I got the Trek Pod go which breaks down into a size for a carryon.

The TrekPod II has a carry bag($29) that I used to carry on the plane. Fit in the overheads fine.

I just bought the panning part of the WindowMount Plus for my TrekPod. Allows for better horizontal and vertical panning. Not as precise as a professional tripod, but great for hiking, etc where you don't have to carry a heavy tripod. Plus, you also have a hiking stick.

Expensive, but well engineered, like TB bags.

bltkmt
08-13-2009, 09:35 AM
Thanks for that! I needed a new tripod, and just ordered the TrekPod II. How cool is that earth magnet mount?

BPritchard
08-13-2009, 01:11 PM
Thanks for that! I needed a new tripod, and just ordered the TrekPod II. How cool is that earth magnet mount?

Holds the camera very well. Plus there is another lockdown.
You get two mag mounts. One is for DSLR and the other is for a lighter camera or device.

I used the lighter one for my Canon S1 super zoom. The heavier one almost ripped the camera apart trying to disconnect it.

As a side note, the panning part of the WindowMount is not availble on their web site, you have to call.

Darcy
08-16-2009, 11:12 AM
Krebs Recycle dog leashes (http://twitter.com/krebsrecycle)

Best dog leashes in the whole world, plus they up-cycle small pieces of our 500 denier Cordura. Read more here. (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/1060)

Zephyrnoid
09-14-2009, 09:35 PM
I can't break...
Maxpedition Liger Belts
Maxpedition PUG Wallet
Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon
Cartier Passport Wallet
Tom Bihn luggage
Lummi Wee
SAK Knives
Circulon Special Edition Deep Pan
Old School Chicago Cutlery - Walnut Tradition
Sachtler Tripods
Raichle Hiking Boots
Gatorz Wraptor eyewear
Rudy Project eyewear
ballchain necklace
YKK zippers
My veteran Nikon Coolpix 5000 camera
Petrol Camera Bag
PortaBrace Videographer's Vest
Amazon.com
Doc Martens Shoes
Blackhawk luggage
Fenix lights
Lindt 70% Chocolate ;)

jehingr
10-13-2009, 09:07 PM
We just discovered Tiger Tail Foods (http://www.tigertailfoods.com). They make wonderful all-natural treats for animals (not just dogs & cats, but horses & small animals as well).

They are a small American company with customer service that will remind you of your favorite bag vendor. As a bonus, they will contribute a portion of your purchase to your favorite shelter or rescue. And of course if you don't have a favorite, Save Our Setters (http://www.saveoursetters.org) would gladly accept your donation.

backpack
10-14-2009, 10:12 AM
We just discovered Tiger Tail Foods (http://www.tigertailfoods.com). They make wonderful organic treats for animals (not just dogs & cats, but horses & small animals as well).

They are a small American company with customer service that will remind you of your favorite bag vendor. As a bonus, they will contribute a portion of your purchase to your favorite shelter or rescue. And of course if you don't have a favorite, Save Our Setters (http://www.saveoursetters.org) would gladly accept your donation.


The treats are not organic just "all natural", which anybody can use in their labels as this statement is not regulated.
They use human grade ingredient but battery chicken and feedlot beef are human grade meat.

Just wanted to clarify the ingredient but they are a very nice company that does a world of good.

GaryS
10-14-2009, 01:51 PM
This lady (http://www.gottahavahat.com/index.html) is sort of the Tom Bihn of hats. I haven't ordered from her but will for Christmas. Every hat is made by her by hand. Wow.

PM4HIRE
10-14-2009, 08:32 PM
I plan to order a hat from this lady, gotta have a new hat.

bltkmt
10-16-2009, 09:16 AM
This lady (http://www.gottahavahat.com/index.html) is sort of the Tom Bihn of hats. I haven't ordered from her but will for Christmas. Every hat is made by her by hand. Wow.

Thanks for this - have you seen her work personally? I might just order one.

GaryS
10-16-2009, 04:36 PM
Thanks for this - have you seen her work personally? I might just order one.

No, I just stumbled on it looking for an alternative to a Tilley.:p

Darcy
10-26-2009, 08:54 AM
<a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a>

I love searching for unique, hand-made items and artwork on Etsy. My current favorite shop is <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5144593">willav's</a>.

aisboy1
10-27-2009, 06:28 AM
I used to be a fan of Pac bags in Canada, not that I am not now, it's just that I was introduced to Tom Bihn by Pat from pac and the rest is history. I went to Toms site, and fell in love with his bags, designs, colors, and most of all his philosophy...Quality!!!!...Thanks Tom, and thank you Darcy for the incredible customer service!!!........Al Meo

bltkmt
11-12-2009, 11:27 AM
I believe it was Darcy that made the initial referral, but I can endorse Battle Lake Outdoors (http://battlelakeoutdoors.com/shop/catalog/index.php)...have ordered a few of their items and they are all top-notch quality. Not quite as stylish as the TB stuff, but good nonetheless.

ex machina
11-13-2009, 04:06 AM
Benchmade knives are the best!!! :) :) :) Beautiful, durable, sharp...even customizable for lefties. :)
Benchmade makes a fine blade for the money. My next Benchmade (http://www.benchmade.com/) purchase will be a co-branded item Benchmade (http://www.benchmade.com/) was contracted to produce: The Doug Ritter RSK MK1 (http://www.dougritter.com/dr_rsk_mk1.htm). Like all Benchmade knives it has the Lifetime Warranty (http://www.benchmade.com/about_knives/warranty.asp) and LifeSharp (http://www.benchmade.com/about_knives/lifesharp_service.asp) service.

I currently use a Mel Pardue 722 (http://www.benchmade.com/products/722) with a tanto tip, full straight edge, coated black for EDC. It's an excellent blade. I would like the MK1 but it's a secondary tier item at present in my purchasing scheme because I have such a good blade already. That said, if I did not already have such a fine EDC blade the Ritter would be my priority. Mel Pardue also aided in the design of the Ritter MK1. Both blades use the AXIS lock technology which is to my view, the best available for folding knife locks. I won't use as my EDC a blade that doesn't have it. I also keep a Swiss Army (Victorinox) Spartan in my bag. I view that more as a tool kit than a work blade. I have a second Swiss Army knife that I used to keep on a keychain but now also sits in my EDC bag as a tool kit. It has scissors. ;)

Just
11-13-2009, 11:26 AM
My next Benchmade (http://www.benchmade.com/) purchase will be a co-branded item Benchmade (http://www.benchmade.com/) was contracted to produce: The Doug Ritter RSK MK1 (http://www.dougritter.com/dr_rsk_mk1.htm).

The MK1 has been part of my EDC for the past... many, many years. I actually bought it twice. My first departed from me one night in a helicopter over Afghanistan somewhere...

bltkmt
12-04-2009, 12:21 PM
Mountain Khakis pants...tough as nails and look pretty nice too. I use the Teton Twills for work...love them!

ex machina
12-04-2009, 12:32 PM
The MK1 has been part of my EDC for the past... many, many years. I actually bought it twice. My first departed from me one night in a helicopter over Afghanistan somewhere...

Well Just, that about sums it up: combat tested, and when a replacement was needed, you chose the exact same knife (http://www.dougritter.com/dr_rsk_mk1.htm). :)

Darcy
02-17-2010, 11:18 AM
Ibex (http://www.ibexwear.com/) makes really nice merino wool (wool from New Zealand) clothing for men and women.

blackfungi
09-11-2010, 04:52 AM
http://www.gransfors.com/htm_eng/ullfrotte/


i work outdoors all year round so it's important for me to get the proper under garment for keeping me warm in the winter. i have garments by ice breaker, an merino wool garment company from new zealand, that are good but this company woolpower/ullfrotte is even better and warmer.


These Merino Wool Terry Cloth products keep the human body warm in cold wet conditions. The products have been tested and used in Scandinavia by industry and military for more than 10 years. They are made up by combining Merino Wool and polyamide in a unique knitting method which gives the products higher insulating values and better moisture balance than other similar products.

keith
09-19-2010, 09:15 AM
Hey Darcy,

maybe we can get our Thoughtful Harvest Products on your great products list??

thanks would be cool...I ma eager to place a HUGE Tom Bihn review and recommendation on our great stuff page on Harvest Eating...

Best
Keith Snow
http://www.thoughtfulharvest.com
http://www.harvesteating.com

Darcy
09-19-2010, 10:43 AM
Hey keith,

I was just about to do that!

For those who don't know, Keith sent a box of his amazing Thoughtful Harvest pasta sauce to our Seattle factory. Everyone wanted a jar, and when the dust settled, I made off with the Flame Roasted Red Pepper (http://thoughtfulharvest.com/2010/05/01/charred-red-pepper-pasta-sauc/) variety. It is really, really good. Like, you don't know it came from a jar good.

It came at the perfect time, too - I've been really good about using my weekly farm share since May, but things have gotten increasingly busy in the last few months with the Field Journal Notebook debut and some changes (that we'll be telling you about soon) and I just haven't had the time to deal with making stuff from scratch. This pasta sauce tastes like I made it from scratch, except it tastes better than when I make pasta sauce from scratch.

Keith.. if one were feeling ambitious, what sauteed vegetables would they add to complement the Roasted Red Pepper pasta sauce?

flitcraft
09-19-2010, 11:38 AM
We just were shopping for bookcases and came across Mako Furniture. They do both stock and custom furniture in sustainably harvested alder and pine from North America--some wood is Canadian and some US. They craft their furntiture in Surrey BC. You can order their stuff finished or unfinished. Good quality stuff and good folks...

Darcy
09-20-2010, 08:28 AM
We just were shopping for bookcases and came across Mako Furniture. They do both stock and custom furniture in sustainably harvested alder and pine from North America--some wood is Canadian and some US. They craft their furntiture in Surrey BC. You can order their stuff finished or unfinished. Good quality stuff and good folks...

I actually have two small pieces of Mako furniture - it's, just as you said, good quality stuff. I appreciate the choice of stain: I prefer light wood, which can sometimes be oddly hard to find.

Katy
09-24-2010, 08:11 PM
Hey Darcy,

maybe we can get our Thoughtful Harvest Products on your great products list??

thanks would be cool...I ma eager to place a HUGE Tom Bihn review and recommendation on our great stuff page on Harvest Eating...

Best
Keith Snow
http://www.thoughtfulharvest.com
http://www.harvesteating.com


Darcy was generous enough to snag me a jar of the Flame Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. I made some ravioli tonight and gave it a try. :eek: I am blown away! It definitely does not taste like it came from a jar. It was one of the most delicious sauces I've ever had.

I'm quite critical of sauces and Italian food. One of our close family friends in the town I grew up in in Ohio has a Italian Restaurant/Pizzeria. I remember it being the best Italian food I've ever had. Nothing has ever come close to the level of deliciousness until I tried The Flame Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. It really is amazing! :D

Thank you for the thoughtful and delicious gift!

ex machina
09-24-2010, 11:32 PM
Ibex (http://www.ibexwear.com/) makes really nice merino wool (wool from New Zealand) clothing for men and women.

I recently purchased several pairs of merino wool socks from icebreaker.com (http://www.icebreaker.com/site/index.html)and I must say they are a wonderful garment. These are my first wool socks so I have no control to measure against for comparison to other wool brands, but I will say they beat the pants off of my old cotton socks. :)

I was inspired in part to buy wool socks by Tom Bihn. Seriously. I was looking at Packing Cubes, and also read about Tom's socks (shown in the cubes), which led me to look at the manufacturer and eventually led me in a search for a wool sock I could use which landed me at Icebreaker.

bchaplin
09-26-2010, 04:56 PM
Having owned a Kindle 2 and now a Kindle 3, I'm a big fan of Oberon's leather covers (http://www.oberondesign.com/index.php). They are "book-style" and makes it easier to hold the kindle without dropping it, as well as well as being more pleasant to touch than glass and plastic. The covers well out-last the devices they're meant to protect.

They are a small family business that makes everything in-house, and they have some beautiful designs.

bltkmt
09-30-2010, 05:24 AM
The previous few threads reminded me of this:

Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance
(http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/)
I can't rave enough about this food... they are the first to publish 100% of their ingredients, and even have an all organic formula (which we use.)

Our Italian Greyhound eats the same amount that she did per day with her previous food... but she gained the final 3/4 of a .lb she had been missing (and this for a "skinny" breed.) Essentially, she is getting more nutrition from the same quantity.

They also have specific food allergy blends. I sent them a note thanking them for their quality product, and they mailed me a bunch of coupons. Really great company, and very HIGH quality product.

-B

Our new Vizsla (Floyd!) eats this food and loves it. Vizsla's can have food allergies and this food was recommended to prevent allergy issues. Luckily our local pet store has it too!

Margot
02-02-2011, 09:52 AM
Fellow dog lovers and home makers, this is for you!

Thanks to the landlord's dog peeing (a lot! 18" spot) on my new sisal rug, I discovered the most amazing product: Host Dry Carpet Cleaner.
http://hostdry.com/do-it-yourself/do-it-yourself-products

After reading that sisal is impossible to clean - any liquid, even water stains it - I was not very optimistic (stupid purchase!). I tried dry products like baking soda and salt, which did nothing. As you may imagine, I was eager to remove both the odor and the stain to avoid repeat incidents. Then dear Martha Stewart came to the rescue. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, this is the most amazing product (green, too!) - it actually worked, even on sisal!

bltkmt
02-18-2011, 05:02 AM
As it turns out my new Vizsla puppy is quite a chewer, I found these dog beds which have proved to be incredibly well made and very tough. Great people to work with too.

http://www.k9ballistics.com/index.html

dorayme
02-18-2011, 12:15 PM
What a great thread Darcy. I would like to add Mohop (http://www.mohop.com) sandals. I recently found them after searching flicker pictures for Tom Bihn bags of all things. They are hand made in Chicago and sold through Etsy. Annie, the maker is branching into RTW and those are MIC, but you can still buy her custom shoes made right here in the USA. Great travel shoes, they are very comfortable, and with a few ribbons they transform into many different looks.

Another alternative, and one that I love with a cause is Sseko (http://www.ssekodesigns.com) sandals. Similar style, Ugandan made by women to fund their education.

Maria
02-18-2011, 02:35 PM
As it turns out my new Vizsla puppy is quite a chewer, I found these dog beds which have proved to be incredibly well made and very tough. Great people to work with too.

http://www.k9ballistics.com/index.html


Oh a Vizsla! How gorgeous! My sister wants to get one...and she knows I am a fan of the breed. I won't tell her that they can be chewers! ;) Well, she knows all puppies are that way!

Thank you for the link, as I've never heard of this brand and I like the photo of the Great Dane on the largest size bed...so at least I know they will fit!

Here is another great dog bed:

http://kuranda.com/

Flinx
02-18-2011, 04:36 PM
Kershaw Knives (http://www.kershawknives.com/products.php?brand=kershaw) offer, in my opinion, the most bang for your buck for good quality folding knives. There are tons of models and price points to choose from too.

I'm on my second pair of gortex-lined hiking boots made by Vasque (http://www.onlineshoes.com/mens-vasque-wasatch-gtx-moss-brown-p_id22234?green=20511583308&mbs=w&mbpz=brand_1)in the last 12 years... The first pair lasted over 9 before the gortex lining finally cracked, and the second pair is still going strong. I wear these daily too; they're not just weekend wear!

I'm new to an e-reader, but my new Kindle 3 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002Y27P3M/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=7161672071&ref=pd_sl_dda9exctw_e) is looking like it'll be on the bedside table for a looooooong time to come!

jannilee
02-20-2011, 07:38 AM
For those of of us who need a more dressy leather purse, Canadian Derek Alexander is fabulous. I have used his leather bags for years. They are thoughtfully designed and have the form follows function idea down as well as Tom does. They have pockets and slots and multiple compartments that mean no organizer pouches are needed.The bags are made from beautiful soft leather died with vegetable dyes. There is also a line of nylon purses that are intended for travel, but I prefer the quality of the leather. I have a sling bag that is 10 years old and one of the zipper pulls is getting a bit worn but the rest is in perfect condition. I also have several other dressier organizer bags (Of COURSE I would have a number of them!). Sigh.... I love things that are well made and well designed!

casun
11-27-2014, 08:15 AM
i'm revivng this old thread with an addition: mitchell leather company. made in milwaukee. best wallet i've ever owned:
American Cowhide Money Clip Wallet (http://shop.mitchell-leather.com/Money-Clip-Wallet-American-Cowhide-MCWACH.htm)

Orangeboys
11-27-2014, 01:52 PM
As long as we're here, I have a question about merino. On the "Tom Bihn of Clothing" thread, many folks mentioned Ibex and Icebreaker clothing. What about SmartWool? I love their socks, but have not tried their other clothing. What do you all think? Is there a reason it did not get mentioned in the Merino discussion?

Dandelion
11-27-2014, 02:39 PM
TreadLightGear (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TreadLightGear) - love their raw cut inca moccs

Steger Mukluks (http://www.mukluks.com/) - don't have any... YET! Soon though.

Both in Minnesota.

mangosteen
11-27-2014, 04:34 PM
As long as we're here, I have a question about merino. On the "Tom Bihn of Clothing" thread, many folks mentioned Ibex and Icebreaker clothing. What about SmartWool? I love their socks, but have not tried their other clothing. What do you all think? Is there a reason it did not get mentioned in the Merino discussion?

I have several Smartwool base- and mid-layer tops. I've had them for about 2 years now and they've worn pretty well, I think; they don't necessarily look brand new, but they've held up better than, say, cotton tops from Target that I also wear. I like that you can put them in the dryer without any shrinkage issues. I recently got a few Ibex tops from their online web specials; I like the material, but one shirt twisted when it dried -- not in the dryer; this was laid out flat. For me, Smartwool is a little easier to take care of because I can put them in the dryer, while Ibex stuff says not to, and I haven't had any twisting/shrinking from Smartwool, like I have with Ibex (I accidentally left a different Ibex shirt in the dryer and it shrunk a bit; I still wear it, but it's a little shorter than I like). I haven't tried out Icebreaker. I do think Ibex has a more flattering cut for their casual wear t-shirts (the relaxed and semi-form fit) than Smartwool, if they don't shrink/twist, for someone who doesn't have a super athletic body type, let's say. I would be interested in seeing how the Ibex woolies compare to Smartwool's baselayers.

casun
11-27-2014, 05:15 PM
As long as we're here, I have a question about merino. On the "Tom Bihn of Clothing" thread, many folks mentioned Ibex and Icebreaker clothing. What about SmartWool? I love their socks, but have not tried their other clothing. What do you all think? Is there a reason it did not get mentioned in the Merino discussion?

i do have a smartwool long sleeve baselayer shirt and long underwear that i sleep in when backpacking in the cold. i like them but can't really speak to how long they last since i've only worn them maybe 15 nights. i have not had good luck with smart wool socks. the five or six pairs of socks that i've had have all worn out pretty quickly.

Badger
11-28-2014, 07:27 AM
As long as we're here, I have a question about merino. On the "Tom Bihn of Clothing" thread, many folks mentioned Ibex and Icebreaker clothing. What about SmartWool? I love their socks, but have not tried their other clothing. What do you all think? Is there a reason it did not get mentioned in the Merino discussion?

It may be an aesthetic issue. I'm not exactly saying that SmartWool is the mom jeans of the merino world, but I feel that in general, it's cut boxier than Ibex or Icebreaker. I don't own garments of any of the brands but when I've been checking them out and comparing them against each other, I've noticed that SmartWool base layers are a bit more see-through/loosely woven. I doubt this is an issue from a technical performance standpoint, but to me that makes the item less versatile because you have to wear something over it for sure.

Orangeboys
11-28-2014, 08:31 PM
Thank you all for your thoughts on the SmartWool stuff. It seems available in more variety in the stores around here, and I like being able to try things on. :)

binje
11-29-2014, 07:16 PM
i have not had good luck with smart wool socks. the five or six pairs of socks that i've had have all worn out pretty quickly.

I think Smartwool is slipping in the sock category. I have several pair from at least 10 years ago that are still going strong while the most recent ones seem to wear quickly at the heels and get holes in the toe seams. It's very disappointing. I'm trying out a pair of Goodhew (http://www.goodhew.us.com/)socks now. It's too early to comment on longevity, but so far, so good. US-made and I found them in a small local outdoor shop.

Orangeboys
11-29-2014, 09:43 PM
I think Smartwool is slipping in the sock category. I have several pair from at least 10 years ago that are still going strong while the most recent ones seem to wear quickly at the heels and get holes in the toe seams. It's very disappointing. I'm trying out a pair of Goodhew (http://www.goodhew.us.com/)socks now. It's too early to comment on longevity, but so far, so good. US-made and I found them in a small local outdoor shop.

Ah HA! My SmartWool socks are about 6 years old and still in good shape. I'll check out the Goodhew -- thank you!

taminca
11-29-2014, 10:51 PM
Darn Tough Socks are my favorite, @Orangeboys. Comfy, colorful and, well, darn tough! :)

eightspokedb
11-29-2014, 10:52 PM
Nite Ize electronic accessories
Brooks Addiction walking shoes
Baggu nylon shopping bags - especially the Baby Baggus - never go shoptting without them....

and some small bag company from Seattle....can't quite remember the name....

adalangdon
11-30-2014, 12:30 AM
TreadLightGear (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TreadLightGear) - love their raw cut inca moccs

Steger Mukluks (http://www.mukluks.com/) - don't have any... YET! Soon though.

Both in Minnesota.

Those Steger mocs look amazing. Do... want... (and seriously, I wish I had a reason to wear mukluks, but I never will-- not in this darned part of the world!)

Dandelion
11-30-2014, 06:55 AM
Those Steger mocs look amazing. Do... want... (and seriously, I wish I had a reason to wear mukluks, but I never will-- not in this darned part of the world!)

Steger Moccs on fleabay (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=steger+moccasins&_sop=10&_from=R40%7CR40&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0&_nkw=steger+moccasins&_sacat=0):)

Steger sizing chart (http://www.mukluks.com/component/content/article/8-product-info/9-find-the-right-size)

Tread Light Gear will custom make the moccasins if you want. Just send in tracings of your feet.:)

Ok, enough enabling.

Dandelion
11-30-2014, 07:09 AM
Made in the USA, functional, beautiful, reasonably-priced knife goodness. It's stuff I love, own and use. :)

Eye Candy: ML Knives – One of a kind custom hand forged knives | Past Work (http://www.ml-knives.com/past-work/)

Jd1006
01-28-2015, 05:12 AM
American giant -- awesome hoodies and sweat pants. Seriously...I want to wear them all day.
Quoddy -- I have 4 pairs of there shoes....so comfortable, durable, and they will resolve them so they could last a lifetime.

bltkmt
01-28-2015, 05:48 AM
+1 on Quoddy mocs...I have two pair and would have more if I lived in a warmer climate so I could wear all year.

blackbird
01-28-2015, 06:13 AM
Dansko clogs (great if you're on your feet all day) and Clark's Wallabees (incredibly comfy and durable). Neither is cheap, but both are built to last.

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Ilkyway
01-28-2015, 06:19 AM
MUST NOT READ THIS TREAD - MUST NOT READ THIS TREAD - MUST NOT READ THIS THREAD

Over and out...

bltkmt
03-03-2016, 05:24 AM
I don't want this thread to die a slow death as I think there is a lot of valuable info here. One other thing that I have found recently and love are Kuhl mens pants. I have a pair of the Free Rydrs, which are their "Klassik" fit and fit me great. Good quality pants and very comfortable.

John
03-03-2016, 06:15 AM
Racking my brain to think of quality things made in the USA (given this forum's demographics) which I like:

Wallet Pen
Mothers Day - Graduation - Summer Wedding (http://www.thewalletpen.com/)
Made in Vermont. It's saved me on occasions when I don't have a pen immediately to hand, e.g. stuck in a plane seat with my bag (and pen) in the overhead and needing to fill out an immigration card before landing.

Really Right Stuff
Really Right Stuff (http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/)
All gear made in San Luis Obispo. Tripods and related camera/lens support accessories for all situations. Expensive but it'll most likely have a much better effect on the technical quality of your photos (compared to spending the same/more on getting a new camera). I think their stated values are great:


We strive for product perfection in form, function and value.

We passionately appreciate beauty in all God's creations and strive to create beauty for others to enjoy.

We believe product aesthetics are as important as function.
Innovation beats imitation and it's more satisfying.

We believe people are inherently good. We trust our customers and make every effort to meet or exceed their expectations for superior service and product performance.

It's our duty to help our customers understand camera support system selection and use.

We expect to make a reasonable profit.

Our Vision is what we want to be;

Our Mission is what we do;

Our Values teach us how.

LordBute
03-03-2016, 10:09 AM
My favourite brand at the moment is Woolpower. They make warm wool clothing. I have bought 200g and 400g ullfrotte vests, jackets and long-johns during the last year and I love them,

I take the bus every day and between walking to the bus-stop and waiting for the bus I need clothes that work. I go to hot yoga and sweat a lot. Then I change into my woolpower to walk home. I dont get cold even if Im wet. The colours are not that exciting. Mostly green, grey, black and navy. But I have one petrol/champagne 400g jackets that is really pretty. I'm not going to lie. My green 400g long-johns are crazy ugly. ;) Warm is number one priority.

They make everything in Östersund Sweden. I like that. The seamtress make the whole garment and put a label with her name in it.

14670

Pokilani
03-03-2016, 10:31 AM
I love this @LordBute. When I read the most recent blog post from Tom, it made me wish that there was a similar tag in my TB bags.

Juanito
03-03-2016, 12:00 PM
I don't want this thread to die a slow death as I think there is a lot of valuable info here. One other thing that I have found recently and love are Kuhl mens pants. I have a pair of the Free Rydrs, which are their "Klassik" fit and fit me great. Good quality pants and very comfortable.

+1 on Kuhl pants. I have several pairs of their Renegades. They are made of a stretch fabric that repels water and dirt and comfortable in a wide range of temperatures. I bought them for hiking, but soon repurposed them for everyday wear in place of jeans. They fit well, look good, and are very durable.

Kirri
03-03-2016, 12:02 PM
Ergo baby carriers. The best and I tried lots before this. I discovered the ergo with my third child and wished I had had one for the first two. I found I could carry even my four year old in it as easily as I carried my baby. Almost considered another baby just to be able to use it more. Lol.

It is just so comfortable and makes the weight sit your hips like a hiking backpack.

Lani
03-03-2016, 02:51 PM
There is one other brand that I am as loyal to as I am for Tom Bihn, and that's INKnBURN (Art on Running, Yoga and Workout Clothes for Women, Men and Kids by INKnBURN (http://inknburn.com/)).

INKnBURN makes exercise (running, yoga, etc.) clothing; more specifically, graphic print running shirts, shorts, running skirts, capris, and yoga pants.

They are different from the rest of the exercisewear market in that they are VERY similar to Tom Bihn:

- Their factory is located right here in the US, in Costa Mesa, California
- You can visit their factory store on weekdays to purchase products in person, although most of their sales are online
- Price is a little on the higher side, but just like Tom Bihn, their quality is without peer. Once you feel a shirt, try it on, you understand instantly that it's worth every penny
- INKnBURN fans are as loyal as Tom Bihn fans! There is a vibrant used market! Imagine buying a used running shirt for $70 -- happens all the time!
- Similar to some of the limited editions that Tom Bihn produces, INKnBURN makes limited edition runs of their products (which also explains why there is a strong aftermarket).

One of their hallmarks is the way they produce their shirts. The shirts are all dye-sublimation printed with bright designs and graphics, but unlike most other manufacturers, the designs are printed on rolls of fabric based on the intended size they will be cut to. That means all the designs match along the seams no matter what size shirt you get! It also means borderless printing, and printing on the sleeves and the back. Amazing, amazing stuff.

A couple of things INKnBURN does that Tom Bihn does not:

- INKnBURN introduced "Club INKnBURN" this year. Limited to 320 "memberships" for 2016, members got a black box with a bunch of stuff (a couple of shirts, water bottle, trucker hat, stickers, etc.) that were available only to members. Members also have access to a special club page on the website where you can order stuff only available to club members.

- INKnBURN sponsors elite athletes and helps gear them up for races.

- INKnBURN has a thriving ambassador program with several hundred members, who apply for these coveted spots. Ambassadors are active in social media, and post photos of themselves wearing INKnBURN gear, and also participate in running races wearing their gear. Ambassadors are appointed for a year at a time and get a bit of a discount on gear.

Tizi
03-03-2016, 03:12 PM
Shop Tommy Bahama | TommyBahama.com (http://www.tommybahama.com) great quality clothes at reasonable prices. Easy living!

Darcy
03-03-2016, 03:19 PM
Yay! Glad to see activity on this thread. Here's two brands I've appreciated as of late:

Aigle Boots (http://www.aigleboots.com)
I first learned about Aigle here on the Forums! Aigle boots are hand made in France; here's a video about the process. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCtBNvHv-uI) I get cold toes and had been looking at these boots (http://www.aigleboots.com/aiglentine-asphalte-264#.VtjE97R_dSw) longingly for a while. Then, on President's Day weekend, a coupon from Aigle arrived and I couldn't pass them up! I've pretty much been wearing the boots ever since. I think they'll be a good investment: they seem well-made and I get the sense they'll last me many years.

Evan Healy (http://www.evanhealy.com)
Natural and simple skin care products made with ethically sourced ingredients.

John
03-03-2016, 03:46 PM
I have a mattress from a company called Beevers based in the north of England in a small fishing port called Whitby (famous for featuring in Bram Stoker's Dracula story, with a ruined abbey high above the town). Their mattresses are made by hand by joiners and seamstresses and use natural materials sourced from the UK where possible. The one I have is very thick and heavy but is really comfortable and I've used it many years and it should last many more.

Beevers Handmade Beds Whitby (http://www.beeversbeds.co.uk/closer.html)

Pokilani
03-03-2016, 03:47 PM
Thanks, @Lani! Looks like a great company! I'll have to check them out when I'm down south again. @Darcy, I must admit, I gasped when I saw those boots in a size 35! It's so hard to find shoes for my little feet.


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Darcy
03-03-2016, 04:43 PM
@Pokilani if you try a pair of Aigles, let me know what you think! My hobbit-like Size 9 feet love them. :)

Here's one more:

Mountain Rose Herbs (https://www.mountainroseherbs.com)
I've been buying herbs and tea from these folks for years now. Huge selection and most items (if not everything?) are organic. They seem like a pretty cool company, too.

capncat
03-03-2016, 09:13 PM
I love this @LordBute. When I read the most recent blog post from Tom, it made me wish that there was a similar tag in my TB bags.
Duluth pack bags (made right next door in MN!) have tags like these, too. I have one of their market totes to use for work situations when my usual brain bag would be a little too informal. the thing is built like a TANK!

Dandelion
03-05-2016, 05:26 PM
La Siesta Hammocks (http://www.lasiesta.com/hammock/)

I swap between the family-size Flora and discontinued Casera.

Ginkgo
03-06-2016, 07:04 PM
Yes to Aigle boots and Mountain Rose Herbs! I have Aigle Parcours ISO boots, which are lined with neoprene. They were really tricky to source within the US, and they cost a fair penny, but worth it worth it worth it because I bought them in time for the super snowy winter a few years ago. Traipsing around in slushy freezing streets was no longer an issue.

Mountain Rose Herbs is fabulous. I have so many herbs and teas and spices from them.

Travelin'Light
03-09-2016, 05:54 PM
I don't want this thread to die a slow death as I think there is a lot of valuable info here. One other thing that I have found recently and love are Kuhl mens pants. I have a pair of the Free Rydrs, which are their "Klassik" fit and fit me great. Good quality pants and very comfortable.

+2 on Kuhl men's pants. I just wore the Ryder for three days of busting through briars and swamp. I also have a lightweight pair... I think they are the Revolvr, that pack up really well and may be my most comfortable pair of pants.

Lani
03-10-2016, 02:53 PM
- INKnBURN has a thriving ambassador program with several hundred members, who apply for these coveted spots. Ambassadors are active in social media, and post photos of themselves wearing INKnBURN gear, and also participate in running races wearing their gear. Ambassadors are appointed for a year at a time and get a bit of a discount on gear.

Just wanted to post an update to announce that I've been chosen to be a member of their ambassador program for 2016!! So excited!!

Pokilani
03-10-2016, 03:34 PM
Just wanted to post an update to announce that I've been chosen to be a member of their ambassador program for 2016!! So excited!!

What an honor!

Saltgirl
03-10-2016, 05:13 PM
Click Home page - Darn Tough Socks (http://www.darntough.com/) to view.


LOVE! these people. I do not know why anyone would buy SmartWool instead. These socks never get thin spots and SmartWool do in months.

NWhikergal
03-10-2016, 09:39 PM
@Lani, I am so excited for you! Thanks to your recommendation, I received a pair of the InknBurn capris in the mail today, and I am completely in love with them. Thank you for all the great running gear tips - you will be a great ambassador !


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b1gsky
03-12-2016, 06:57 AM
My favourite brand at the moment is Woolpower. They make warm wool clothing. I have bought 200g and 400g ullfrotte vests, jackets and long-johns during the last year and I love them.

Thanks for the tip! Because they're based in Sweden they seem to be available here too.

Here are some of my favourite brands for quality made in Germany/Europe (so probably not that interesting for most of you):

::: MEINDL ::: Shoes for Actives ::: (http://www.meindl.de/english/index.html)
I have a pair of trekking shoes which I love and a pair of hiking boots.

VEITH Allgäuer Bergstrumpf: VEITH Socks (http://www.veith-socks.de/index.php?id=1&L=1)
I wear them not only for hiking but all through winter in my everyday boots.

EMIL - Die Flasche zum Anziehen | Homepage (http://www.emil-die-flasche.de/en/index_home.php)
Got one again a while ago and love it because it reminds me of my childhood!

BIRKENSTOCK. Tradition since 1774. (http://www.birkenstock.com/home-en.htm)
Yes, I know a lot of people hate them... But they make the most comfortable sandals (at least for my feet). Made in Germany and it takes them ages to wear down. And they're not as expensive here than elsewhere, I get a pair of sandals for 60€ that lasts five years.

Fashion stuff:

startpage - Trippen (http://en.trippen.com/startpage)
http://shop.volker-lang-accessoires.de/index.php?id=85&lang_id=en_GB&
https://www.armorlux.com/en/
http://www.johnstonscashmere.com/us/

Snowster
03-13-2016, 01:31 PM
Cotopaxi gear is great, and every purchase gives to an associated charity.

Khunu is a new brand I'm testing out as a base layer. Yak wool is really something, and works great in the current climate of rain, snow, and sun.

bchaplin
03-13-2016, 04:10 PM
Leuchtturn notebooks -- particularly their "Jottbooks" (https://www.leuchtturm1917.co.uk/jottbook-medium-a5-table-of-contents-60-pages-32-sheets-removeable.html). I use them for everything: journals, classes, ideas. They are well-made and not too expensive, and very compact for carrying around. A signature of all the Leuchtturn notebooks is that the pages are printed with numbers, and there is a space for a table of contents in the front. They lay flat. The paper is high-quality. And for those that care about such things, they are available as blank pages, dotted or lined. When I get to Berlin, one of my many missions is to pick up more Jottbooks, in colors that are not available in the U.S. (Specifically, taupe. Yes, I like to live dangerously.)

capncat
03-13-2016, 08:05 PM
+1 for leuchtturm notebooks! I use one for work (tasklists, meeting notes, brain dumps, etc). the page numbers / easy indexing are so helpful and make it so easy to go back and find exactly what I'm looking for. At one point, I tried replacing it with Microsoft onenote, but alas, the brain of your ol' pal here overwhelmingly prefers doing those things by hand.

capncat
03-16-2016, 02:55 PM
my eco lips (http://my.ecolips.com/) is another good one as consumables go! i have really sensitive skin (particularly lips), and discovered this a while back, which allows one to have custom made lip balms in any of two billion possible combinations of ingredients, flavor, color, consistency, etc. i had been on a nearly lifelong quest for the perfect lip balm that had a good consistency that didn't make my lips rash or swell up. my DIY concoctions weren't cutting it! since november, i've been using my most perfect holy grail peppermint lip balm. it's so silly, but i get such joy (and also relief from being all dried out) using it :x

i also really like eco lips' non-custom sun protection lip and face balms. bonus: they're sustainably made in iowa, not terribly far from here!

habanero
03-17-2016, 03:57 PM
+1 again for the Leuchtturm notebooks! On the other side of the size spectrum, I just picked up the master size notebook, which is around 12.5" x 9". I got the slim version so only 120 pages (60 leaves). I'm experimenting with how to best use it as a dashboard and to track specific todos, in my new position where I'm tracking multiple project statuses and direct reports. It's a joy to write in, and my brain likes having lots of paper real estate on view at once.

GoStanford
03-19-2016, 10:57 PM
About a year ago, I started collecting scarves from Block Shop Textiles. The company is run by two sisters from the United States who travel to India to work with skilled artists who make block-printed scarves by hand. I was lucky enough to meet the sisters at a recent craft fair in California. Their website and Instagram feed are full of beautiful photos. And the scarves are utilitarian, beautiful, one-of-a-kind products. Block Shop also sponsors some great projects in the town where the scarves are made, including health-related outreach projects.

Darcy
03-21-2016, 09:31 PM
About a year ago, I started collecting scarves from Block Shop Textiles.

These are beautiful! I'm tempted, but I've always been hopeless at wearing scarves... I think I just don't know how to tie them or arrange them. Any advice?

Pokilani
03-21-2016, 09:42 PM
These are beautiful! I'm tempted, but I've always been hopeless at wearing scarves... I think I just don't know how to tie them or arrange them. Any advice?

One of my favorites is a French Knot. But I also just love wearing it open or a simple neck wrap.

13 Super Stylish Ways to Tie a Scarf | Different Ways of Tying a Scarf (http://helloglow.co/how-to-tie-a-scarf/)


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GoStanford
03-21-2016, 10:28 PM
These are beautiful! I'm tempted, but I've always been hopeless at wearing scarves... I think I just don't know how to tie them or arrange them. Any advice?

I'm not well-versed in the art of scarf tying either. I just draped them around my neck however it feels comfy, usually with the ends dangling, but lately I've also started tucking the ends under to create a big fluffy neck warmer when it's cold outside. I find the Instagram feed a good source of inspiration as they show lots of customers and the company leadership wearing the scarves in various ways.

I did see a book last year on 50 different ways to tie a scarf, but I figured there must be something online I can use instead!

Darcy
03-22-2016, 08:48 AM
Thanks, Pokilani and GoStanford... I think I'll give it a try! Worst case, if I'm just not a scarf person, I think it would beautiful wall hanging.

binje
03-22-2016, 10:29 AM
One of my favorites is a French Knot. But I also just love wearing it open or a simple neck wrap.

13 Super Stylish Ways to Tie a Scarf | Different Ways of Tying a Scarf (http://helloglow.co/how-to-tie-a-scarf/)


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And now I know the name of what I do with scarves. Someone showed me that one and I'm afraid I'm not creative enough to branch out aside from just wrapping the durn thing around my neck and calling it a day.

Worse is that I've started knitting shawls obsessively and am so not a shawl person.

dnarud13
03-25-2016, 08:56 PM
I've never been much into soaps and skin care, but these are amazing products and all that I use now. XO Soap Co. (http://xosoapco.storenvy.com/products) Handmade by a girl in Ocean Shores, WA. Her daughter is very chemically sensitive and she couldn't find anything on the market that didn't cause a rash and so started making her own. I don't particularly need hypoallergenic stuff, but these are so delicious that I don't like anything else. Scents for men and women. Vegan & organic.

svea
03-25-2016, 09:22 PM
Hello... first post here... I am bag addict who has newly come to Tom Bihn (love my medium cafe bag & the accompanying mini bag gift, thank you Darcy!) & a scarf addict as well. This video is awesome for scarf wearing ideas & demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYAEz777AU
Ok, back to lurking & hoping for a aubergine Aeronaut 30 color option. :)

trailrunner
04-23-2016, 03:32 PM
Not from the US, but I just discovered these great mostly merino blend tights --Trasparenza Gennifer Tights (http://www.amazon.com/Trasparenze-Gennifer-Merino-Tights-Available/dp/B00FCFPQO8) --much nicer than my previous Smartwool ones--nice amount of Lycra so they keep their shape better. I think I will bring these instead of merino long underwear for an extra bottom layer on my next cool weather trip (more compact and dressier). Size up though, they run kind of small.

backpack
05-04-2016, 12:35 PM
One of my favorites is a French Knot. But I also just love wearing it open or a simple neck wrap.

13 Super Stylish Ways to Tie a Scarf | Different Ways of Tying a Scarf (http://helloglow.co/how-to-tie-a-scarf/)


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This is a wonderful site Pokilani, thank you so much.

Darcy, like you I was hopeless with scarves until I decided to use the classic pull through, just like French people do, but wear the v area lower than the way it is in the blog's picture.

It is very simple and you can make the loop, first, then put the scarf around your head and tighten or loosen the pull thru to change the look, it has changed the way I view scarves.

I have always collected them to use around the brim of my hats (winter hats, spring hat and wide brimmed summer hat)

My first wide brimmed sun hat was an expensive finely woven straw hat in black, so I needed color to brighten it up.
It is now dark grey and still going strong but it is not packable, so 10 years ago, an expensive light pink cotton hat replaced it.
I need the scarf to fight the wind.

I think the key to successful scarf management is to have a scarf that is long enough.

backpack
05-06-2016, 01:51 PM
And now I know the name of what I do with scarves. Someone showed me that one and I'm afraid I'm not creative enough to branch out aside from just wrapping the durn thing around my neck and calling it a day.

Worse is that I've started knitting shawls obsessively and am so not a shawl person.

Gifting or selling them to women who will be enrolled in wedding duties: bridesmaids, mothers of the brides, guests and brides themselves could be a way to get more money to grow your yarn stash, unless, they have sentimental value for you.

I do hope that, this time of years, knitters who could use the extra income, are thinking of starting a thread in Ravelry.

The shawl would be a lovely heirloom for the bride and her nice , lightweight, reusable and useful memento for her guests, what's not to like?

Darcy
05-13-2016, 08:56 AM
Currently enjoying...

Floracopeia's (http://www.floracopeia.com/) Pinon-Juniper essential oil. (http://www.floracopeia.com/Essential-Oils/essential-oils-sub/Pinon-Juniper-dram.html)

CORE meals Sunflower Carob Bars (http://www.corefoods.com/collections/core-meals/products/core-meal?variant=1134813972)
1.4 ounces of almonds = 186 gallons of water to grow, 1.4 ounces of sunflower seeds = 39 gallons. Plus they're pretty tasty. Not so tasty you'll be tempted to eat them as a treat, but tasty enough that when you're hungry they taste pretty good. :)

Juanito
05-13-2016, 10:18 AM
Currently enjoying...

Floracopeia's (http://www.floracopeia.com/) Pinon-Juniper essential oil. (http://www.floracopeia.com/Essential-Oils/essential-oils-sub/Pinon-Juniper-dram.html)

CORE meals Sunflower Carob Bars (http://www.corefoods.com/collections/core-meals/products/core-meal?variant=1134813972)
1.4 ounces of almonds = 186 gallons of water to grow, 1.4 ounces of sunflower seeds = 39 gallons. Plus they're pretty tasty. Not so tasty you'll be tempted to eat them as a treat, but tasty enough that when you're hungry they taste pretty good. :)

Thanks for the CORE meals link. It's great that they are an Oakland based, not-for-profit business committed to having positive social and environmental impacts.

MDF
05-13-2016, 11:57 AM
As a self-confessed soap-a-holic, I am always on the lookout for all natural handmade soaps as I like to always have options on hand. It's the one thing I find it hard to be minimalistic about! Just ordered from a great company called Stone City Farm (also in Washington State). They sell handmade goats milk soap on their 14 acre farm from goats they raise themselves. There is a video on the website showing pics of the farm, the beautiful goats, which look loved and very well cared for by their family. My soap arrived with a handwritten thank you card from the owner and a free sample. The soaps smell great and the ingredients attest to the quality. It was very personal experience and I will be ordering again.

sose
05-17-2016, 06:42 PM
Man oh man. Where do I begin?

In no particular order:
Knives - Chris Reeve Knives, made in Idaho, are some of the best production knives out there in my opinion. Not only that but they are elegant! Sebenza is the flagship model but also look at the gorgeous Mmnandi.

Pens: I swear by my Montblanc pens. Own several and they are my go to. Waterman makes a fine pen as well.

Outdoor wear: Arc'teryx makes some high quality jackets, fleeces and other outdoor items. Their warranty is incredible. Honestly, if you buy an item from them, you will likely not have to replace it in a very long time. Patagonia is right up there with them as well.

Hiking shoes and boots: Salomons are incredibly comfortable for trail use. I own a couple of goretex boots that perform beautifully. On the other end of the spectrum, Redwing boots are incredibly well made and stunning.

Backpacks: I love my TB but I wouldn't use them for hiking or backpacking. For that genre, the acclaim should go to Hill People Gear. I own three of their backpacks for different applications - day hikes (alone), day hikes (with another person or two) and backpacking trips of a night or more. In order, these bags are the Tarahumara, the Umlindi and the Ute.

I'll add on to this list as I can think of other things.


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Muni_Jedi
05-18-2016, 06:51 AM
Soft Star Shoes are BAE for me in the footwear department. They don't have much support, structure or variety in style but they are handmade in 'Merica and feel like you're not wearing shoes.

Ibex merino wool products are also a favorite of mine. Again made in 'Merica, versatile and overall a great product.

Kirri
05-18-2016, 01:39 PM
What is BAE?

Also curious, why the spelling 'Merica?

roarmouse
05-18-2016, 05:43 PM
What is BAE?

Also curious, why the spelling 'Merica?

Salutations!

BAE is an acronym/slang for "Before Anyone Else." Used(mostly?) by young people when refering to their significant other. Drop the 'A' from "America" and you somehow add more old-fashioned, smalltown patriotism. I think an element if humour is involved. I would just refer to my home state when asked where I'm from😊

Peace!

sarahlin
06-07-2016, 09:56 PM
Yay! Glad to see activity on this thread. Here's two brands I've appreciated as of late:

Aigle Boots (http://www.aigleboots.com)
I first learned about Aigle here on the Forums! Aigle boots are hand made in France; here's a video about the process. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCtBNvHv-uI) I get cold toes and had been looking at these boots (http://www.aigleboots.com/aiglentine-asphalte-264#.VtjE97R_dSw) longingly for a while. Then, on President's Day weekend, a coupon from Aigle arrived and I couldn't pass them up! I've pretty much been wearing the boots ever since. I think they'll be a good investment: they seem well-made and I get the sense they'll last me many years.

Evan Healy (http://www.evanhealy.com)
Natural and simple skin care products made with ethically sourced ingredients.

Evan Healy is amazing and local to me!

imperator
06-10-2016, 04:58 PM
Shoes: Carmina or Santoni

Watches: Jaeger-LeCoultre or F.P. Journe

Travelwear: Costco...beat that warranty!

bltkmt
08-02-2016, 01:35 PM
Krebs Recycle dog leashes (http://twitter.com/krebsrecycle)

Best dog leashes in the whole world, plus they up-cycle small pieces of our 500 denier Cordura. Read more here. (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/1060)

I love these leashes. I thought they were sold on this site at one point?

Shanisol
08-02-2016, 02:05 PM
I love these leashes. I thought they were sold on this site at one point?

They were... I bought one from TB years ago. Sadly, my 6 month old puppy chewed the handle completely off last week. She had me so fooled - I thought she was just lying down in the back of the car being good. Not so much. The joke is on her though, because now she's stuck with the shorter, no pull leash (which is also a very good leash).

SusanM
08-03-2016, 10:04 PM
Krebs Recycle leashes are available at Amazon.com

skoobdo
08-06-2016, 04:17 PM
I love Columbia and Pacsafe too. I own lots of pants and shirts from Columbia, and 2 shirts started fading the 1st month I purchased them, but I dealt with, and many months later (within 1 year), I contacted them and they sent me a $95.00 credit. Even though the shirts cost less than that. So, their customer service was outstanding.

My personal items are Pacsafe purses and Scottevests. Wouldn't be without them.

BWeaves
08-09-2016, 04:57 PM
MUST NOT READ THIS TREAD - MUST NOT READ THIS TREAD - MUST NOT READ THIS THREAD

Over and out...


It's dangerous. I've already gone to several websites recommended and bought stuff.

barefoot
08-18-2016, 05:03 PM
+1 for Soft Stars

Soft Star Shoes - Less Shoe, More You (http://www.softstarshoes.com/)

--my kids have enjoyed them for years, and they love that the "elves" make them.

barefoot
08-18-2016, 05:07 PM
This is a very fun and quirky company that I love--

Living Libations

Home; About. About Nadine & Ron; Links; Libation Adulation; Products. Renegade Beauty Care. Beauty Solutions; Beauty Care: The Whole Being; Body Ablutions; Essential Oils: Essential Kits: Eyes to Imbibe: Grace the Face: Happy Hands and Feet: Healthy (http://www.livinglibations.com/)

craftyredhead
08-28-2016, 07:04 PM
+1 for Soft Stars

Soft Star Shoes - Less Shoe, More You (http://www.softstarshoes.com/)

--my kids have enjoyed them for years, and they love that the "elves" make them.

SoftStar shoes was one of the first quality minimalist shoe companies there was way back in 2011 when I started to run minimalist/barefoot. They make really great shoes, when they are ON. However, since they are "handmade" it can be hit or miss in terms of consistency. I have worn the Run Amoks shoes for years, and the first pair I got was awesome. Then the second pair the pieces of front and rear of shoes were wildly different from my first pair. like we're not talking millimeters; it was like an inch in difference in the pieces, making the shoes look and fit differently. Replacement pair 3 worked. Then a year or so later when I had worn those out, i tried to order again. Sewn wrong. Replacement, also sewn wrong. Finally gave up in frustration. YMMV

Mathew
08-30-2016, 02:58 AM
I'm a huge fan of Harkila outdoor wear. It's expensive but comfortable, well fitting and ABSOLUTELY bomb proof!

Darcy
09-28-2016, 03:21 PM
I've been very happy with my Jade yoga mat (http://jadeyoga.com/collections/yoga-mats). Many fun colors from which to choose and Made in USA!

I bought a vase made by Carl Sheehan as a souvenir while on vacation in Yellowstone last year and a friend of mine recently admired it/liked it so much that he did some searching and discovered that one can buy Sheehan's pottery online (http://www.fireholepottery.com/sales.html) as well, which is pretty cool: I might get a couple more pieces as gifts this holiday season.

And I won't really offer a true recommendation until next spring, but I ordered some phacelia sericea seeds from Seeds Trust (http://www.seedstrust.com/phacelia-silky-phacelia-sericea-w-1-10-g.html) which I'm very excited about (yes, these are the kinds of things that I find exciting!)

Future purchase, perhaps next summer: custom Made in USA Chaco's (http://www.chacos.com/US/en/mychaco/) to replace my current pair that have frayed webbing and totally worn tread (I hike June - September mostly in my Chaco's). I can't decide which colors to get!

brucep
09-28-2016, 04:49 PM
Someone mentioned the Equinox Monarch (http://www.equinoxltd.com/the-gear/bags-and-pouches/monarch_ultralite_travel_bag.cfm) in a different thread. To that person: thanks! I decided to try a Mega Monarch as a camp kitchen organizer, and, while I wouldn't mind a thicker fabric for this purpose, my initial impression was positive — everything fit exactly how I imagined it.

adalangdon
10-01-2016, 07:15 PM
SoftStar shoes was one of the first quality minimalist shoe companies there was way back in 2011 when I started to run minimalist/barefoot. They make really great shoes, when they are ON. However, since they are "handmade" it can be hit or miss in terms of consistency. I have worn the Run Amoks shoes for years, and the first pair I got was awesome. Then the second pair the pieces of front and rear of shoes were wildly different from my first pair. like we're not talking millimeters; it was like an inch in difference in the pieces, making the shoes look and fit differently. Replacement pair 3 worked. Then a year or so later when I had worn those out, i tried to order again. Sewn wrong. Replacement, also sewn wrong. Finally gave up in frustration. YMMV

Sadly, another complaint about SSS here. I was thrilled to wear my black ballerines for 2.5 weeks; the sole is the most comfortable barefoot sole I've worn so far. But after so short a time, the sole at the toe area is separating from the rest of the shoe on one foot and I've only worn these shoes to the office and court. Guess it's back to Dr Martens or Grinders for me. They're comfortable and haven't failed me for the past 4 years.

Denises
10-01-2016, 08:39 PM
I've been very happy with a pair of Cocorose ballerina flats, like these (http://www.cocoroselondon.com/bayswater-black.html), except olive green. I've had them a few months and they are wearing well.

blueflax
10-05-2016, 11:40 PM
Pacsafe purses! LOVE them.

I got my first one (messenger bag style) for travel and thought the layout / configuration was so brilliant that it instantly became my everyday bag--until the swivel part broke on one of the metal bits on the shoulder strap. It still works, it clips on to the bag, it just doesn't un-kink itself like before. I have held on that first bag in the perhaps unrealistic hope that someone (luggage repair? sailboat supplier?) might be able to fix that bit.

I have the giant (GIANT. Only use for travel) hobo bag now, but I don't like the current configuration quite as much. On the old one the big interior pocket zips and on the newer ones it just has a snap.

I don't find the added weight of the metal an issue at all, and I don't even think of the security aspect until I find myself in a dodgy situation and I'm glad it's there.

Perseffect
10-06-2016, 02:44 PM
So glad to have seen this thread. I jumped back to the beginning to see if others had already added my brands, and see the thread was started in 2007. Cool.

Being UK based, but a lucky global traveler, here are my top quality brands.

Travel Clothes - Rohan. If Tom Bihn made travel clothes.... they would be Rohan (http://www.rohan.co.uk)

Wallets - Bellroy (Their passport wallet is great) Passport Sleeve - Slim Leather Wallets by Bellroy (http://bellroy.com/products/passport-sleeve-wallet/lo/tan)

Audio - I love FiiO hi-def music players and portable amplifiers Fiio-Born for Music and Happy (http://fiio.net). And RHA headphones (from Scotland, yeah!) make a great companion. RHA Headphones (https://www.rha-audio.com/uk/)

Bikes - Brompton folding bikes. Don't have one but totally wish I did. Brompton Bikes (http://www.brompton.com)

Cooking - my Kitchenaid mixer was so expensive but worth every penny. Official KitchenAid Site | Premium Kitchen Appliances (http://www.kitchenaid.com)

What a cool thread!





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bltkmt
10-07-2016, 04:54 AM
Travel Clothes - Rohan. If Tom Bihn made travel clothes.... they would be Rohan (http://www.rohan.co.uk)

Wallets - Bellroy (Their passport wallet is great) Passport Sleeve - Slim Leather Wallets by Bellroy (http://bellroy.com/products/passport-sleeve-wallet/lo/tan)



I can definitely get behind these two. I only have three Rohan Element-T shirts, but I love them. Initially bought for a late summer trip to Italy, but wear them everywhere now. So light and comfortable. As far as Bellroy is concerned, I carry the Microsleeve daily now and have carried the Card Pocket previously (I like small wallets). Good choices!

Jaffa
10-25-2016, 01:44 PM
Rohan again....most of my wardrobe - day to day and any other time is 3 quarters Rohan.
Packs small, light and doesn't need ironing. Anything merino as well, luckily Rohan seems to be expanding on their Merino way for women..
Jaffa

Muni_Jedi
10-26-2016, 06:53 AM
Walz Caps are one of my favorites as well. They are cycling style caps in a cotton, wool or technical fabric (think athletic clothes). They are well made, pack small, fit well and have a distinct style (IMHO).

AVService
10-28-2016, 05:50 AM
I guess I have not posted here before about Malkoff?

Malkoff Devices is an Alabama company that produces Flashlights and upgrade parts for them catering mainly to Law Enforcement and the crazy Flashlight Enthusiast community.
It is run mostly by Gene Malkoff and his Wife and Family and despite or because of the small size they are an amazing resource for those looking for a great light.

The stock is often sold out and you might have to wait for one but they are great and almost without pier in the high quality light market and though they might seem pricey to those not in the hobby the lights are downright bargains when compared with others like them too.

The best though is the customer service which is really second to none,pretty much exactly like Bihn!

K9TB
12-20-2016, 06:37 AM
I just put this in a different post but decided to add it here since there's lots of dog friendly folks here. I get all my dogs' tags from Boomerang Tags. I think the web site looks a little amateurish, but the engraving on the tags does last.

Boomerang Pet Tags: Guaranteed to last. Mailed today, Free Shipping. (http://www.boomerangtags.com)

NWhikergal
12-20-2016, 07:45 AM
If it hasn't already been mentioned, I definitely recommend MiiR products, another Seattle based company, which sell water bottles and other products, and donates 5% of its revenues to clean water, education, and bicycle products. www.miir.com

I started with a vacuum insulated bottle, and I have since accrued a howler, camp cup, and recently a tumbler. Very well made products, and like using Tom Bihn shop bags at groceries, my local baristas often compliment my camp cup and tumbler when I (re)use them at the coffee shops.

sarah_atx
12-20-2016, 10:19 AM
I just put this in a different post but decided to add it here since there's lots of dog friendly folks here. I get all my dogs' tags from Boomerang Tags. I think the web site looks a little amateurish, but the engraving on the tags does last.

Boomerang Pet Tags: Guaranteed to last. Mailed today, Free Shipping. (http://www.boomerangtags.com)

I get my tags there too, especially like the CollarTags because they don't jingle!

GrussGott
12-20-2016, 10:28 AM
Speaking of water bottles ... I've become a huge fan of Yeti (http://yeti.com/). I've tried cheaper brands (like rtic and others) but nothing has the quality, look, feel, or efficacy of Yeti.

As for clothes, given winter is here, I'm wearing a lot of 66 North (https://www.66north.com/us) and Kuhl (http://www.kuhl.com/), both of which I really like; great quality, fit, and fabric. As for shoes and sandals, I pretty much wear Naot (https://www.naot.com/departments/DepartmentListing/1005) and Olukai (https://www.olukai.com/) both of which I find super durable and very comfy whether it's sandals or shoes.

When it comes to watches, I know everyone has an iWatch these days, but I prefer the old school automatic wind-ups. Specifically I'm building my collection of Swatch Sistem 51s (http://shop.swatch.com/en_us/watches/originals/sistem-51-c238.html) which are an engineering marvel in their own right for anyone who's nerdy like me.

prairiegl
12-21-2016, 02:03 PM
We have several Yetis and it really is true what they say about those doing a great job of keeping the beverages cold or hot! We were given a couple Orcas earlier this year and they don't seem to insulate quite as well.

BWeaves
12-24-2016, 07:20 AM
I just bought some merino / cotton Falke ladies socks from HerRoom, and they are the best socks ever. They are on the thin side with smooth fine merino on the outside and cotton the inside. They stay up and fit my foot perfectly. They work as trouser socks and as boot socks. They have an invisible toe seam, so smooth, smooth, smooth. Some versions even come with left and right foot shaping. I'm ordering their merino tights as soon as I get home.

Boden leggings. They are very silky soft. Great waistband. They don't bag. And they wash very well.

Bijouxandbeads
01-04-2017, 02:16 PM
I just got a shawl from Stony Creek Colors, and absolutely love it. They only have a few colors as they dye their own fabric, but the wraps are made of modal and silk, and are generous at 45"x80". They also have scarves and natural dyes for sale, but I like the size of the shawls. Because the fabric is so soft, they drape and wrap really well. The Shibori indigo color and dye pattern is stunning. The direct link to their shopping site is Dye.farm sells clean, plant based dyes like Stony Creek Colors Indigo – Dye.Farm (http://dye.farm)

mkeith12
01-05-2017, 09:03 AM
I love this Thread! So much good stuff here! A company that I've really grown to admire is Rivendell Bicycle Works (https://www.rivbike.com/). When my wife and I were preparing for our bike tour, despite not being able to afford a Rivendell bike, we visited their shop several times to pick up some of their clothing, accessories, etc. Much of what they make and sell is US manufactured. Much like TB, you can go to their site and just get lost in the descriptions added to each and every item. Each item that's offered online or in their store is intentional. I've read a few of the books published by the founder, Grant Peterson, and he has a practical sensibility that seems to mesh with the TB philosophy. Keep it simple, manufature stuff to last and carry what you need.

investigator
01-08-2017, 09:51 AM
I finally thought of something to add to this thread: Black Rapid camera straps!!

Welcome - Black Rapid Inc (http://blackrapid.com)

I've used a black rapid strap on my DSLR for years, and have also converted quite a few people. The strap is worn cross-body and screws in to your camera's tripod attachment. They used to make a women's specific version, but I think that's now just become their "curved" version. It makes a difference -- my boyfriend has a non-curved version and strongly prefers it, but I wouldn't trade my curved version for anything! The strap stays in place when you raise the camera to shoot, puts the weight of the camera cross-body instead of over your neck, and also provides a bit of protection safety-wise as it would be tough for someone to grab the camera off of you.

pott
01-09-2017, 05:25 PM
Clothes: Patagonia (discovered them a few months ago, and well, I have too much stuff from them).
Guitars: MusicMan. Guitars are everything for me. My favorite guitars are custom-made (e.g. my Waghorn: Waghorn Guitars ~ Custom Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitars (http://www.waghornguitars.com/)) but production-wise, MusicMan just makes The Right Stuff for me: https://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars. I have 4 with another one inbound, and that's just because two were stolen... and 3 sold.

BWeaves
01-10-2017, 06:41 AM
Falke merino wool/cotton tights. Thick and warm, but not itchy at all. Fully fashioned no seam toes and turned heels. Amazing waist band. These are the best fitting tights I've ever had and they feel like they'll wear like iron.

Honey
01-18-2017, 07:00 PM
You should check out American-giant.com. Made in the USA. Lifetime warranty. I love their sweat pants and hoodies. The tees come in gorgeous colors. Recently ordered The Pant, and have to say they are great. Customer Service is excellent. Give them a look.

benh
01-22-2017, 06:01 PM
+1 for this. Malkoff makes really really high quality lights. Bright, durable, long lasting. I have several Malkoff Surefire drop-ins that are going on 7 years old and still going strong. Great customer service, and a small business worth supporting.


I guess I have not posted here before about Malkoff?

Malkoff Devices is an Alabama company that produces Flashlights and upgrade parts for them catering mainly to Law Enforcement and the crazy Flashlight Enthusiast community.
It is run mostly by Gene Malkoff and his Wife and Family and despite or because of the small size they are an amazing resource for those looking for a great light.

The stock is often sold out and you might have to wait for one but they are great and almost without pier in the high quality light market and though they might seem pricey to those not in the hobby the lights are downright bargains when compared with others like them too.

The best though is the customer service which is really second to none,pretty much exactly like Bihn!

GoStanford
01-24-2017, 09:55 PM
Thermapen cooking thermometer by Thermoworks. Mine has been going strong for about 7-8 years now. They come in great colors; mine is made in the UK, and I got it during a sale of first-quality items that had some sort of cosmetic issue with the box, or perhaps were a display model. The design has changed somewhat recently, but I expect it's still an outstanding kitchen digital thermometer.

invisible
02-06-2017, 04:46 AM
surprised more people haven't said Fjallraven. They are more hiking gear but i wouldn't get another brand for a good jacket. Bags are not bad as well but don't come close to Tom Bihn:) Different style though

Welcome to Fjällräven - Fjällräven (http://www.fjallraven.co.uk)
Functional and durable outdoor equipment - Fjällräven (http://www.fjallraven.com)

For a Torch (flashlight) try MBI - MatchBox Instruments — MBI - MatchBox Instruments (http://www.matchboxinstruments.com)

clothing Merino Wool Outdoor Clothing & Apparel | Icebreaker (http://www.icebreaker.com)

1holegrouper
02-23-2017, 09:44 AM
Let see- very random:

Men's slacks and sportcoat; Bluffworks
Merino wool: Ibex, Icebreaker
Cooler; Yeti
Pocket knife; Chris Reeve Sebenza
Hats: Tilley
Socks: Injinji, Darn Tough
Shoes; Soft Star, Lems, Merrell
Tooth powder; Black Monkey
Travel clothes, Ex Officio, Kuhl, Tilley, Ibex, Icebreaker, Bluffworks, Marmot, Rohan

bltkmt
02-23-2017, 10:11 AM
Let see- very random:

Men's slacks and sportcoat; Bluffworks
Merino wool: Ibex, Icebreaker
Cooler; Yeti
Pocket knife; Chris Reeve Sebenza
Hats: Tilley
Socks: Injinji, Darn Tuff
Shoes; Soft Star, Lems, Merrell
Tooth powder; Black Monkey
Travel clothes, Ex Officio, Kuhl, Tilley, Ibex, Icebreaker, Bluffworks, Marmot, Rohan

I wear Bluffworks pants to work daily. How is the blazer?

DeBru
02-23-2017, 12:20 PM
I wear Bluffworks pants to work daily. How is the blazer?
My husband LOVES his... he's hoping for matching pants so it can be a suit. The fabric is different than the pants, a bit silkier feel if that makes sense.

1holegrouper
02-23-2017, 01:39 PM
I wear Bluffworks pants to work daily. How is the blazer?

Amazing and everything you would expect and more. The feel of it is hard to describe.