If you visit the section of REI’s online store that lists all of the products they sell that are made in the USA, you’re going to be disappointed. Over 90% of the products on their web site, and most of the outdoor apparel, footwear and gear sold by other outdoor retailers in the US, is manufactured in China, Vietnam or Mexico. Besides being lower cost, the truth – as much as it might hurt to hear it – is that the quality of outdoor gear and apparel made overseas is usually better than products manufactured in the USA.
Which is the most important consideration when you buy outdoor gear – made in the USA, retail price, or quality?
Can you cite an example of a USA made product you specifically bought because it’s made in America instead of a competitive product that was manufactured outside of the US?