Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A few days ago I tweeted about a pack very similar to this one. It looked right and cost right - just 50 bucks! - but after a discussion with a few of my favorite ethically sound gents, Ted, Ryan, and Jason, it was determined to be a (poorly) Made in China junker. Bummed, I was determined to find an equivalent pack that was ethically made and at a decent price. 24 hours later I hit the jackpot when I discovered this one from Drifter.
These packs are made from ultra durable Cordura fabric (also used by brands such as the great Topo Designs), feature two compartments and zippers by the ever reliable YKK. They're designed to keep water out and unlike the aforementioned crap-pack, are all USA made with a lifetime warranty. In fact, as a brand Drifter is dedicated to made in America products that support American workers, materials and resources. As they say on their site, "Our entire product line is handcrafted in the United States by workers who take pride in knowing that their craftsmanship is backed by a lifetime warranty." All this, and the price tag won't kill your wallet at $55 a pack. Purchase them at the new promising shop, Neigbour, who carry them in five color ways as well as a number of other Drifter items. - M