As consumerism pushes in it’s overleveraged clutch and shifts into 6th gear Patagonia drops this video they bill as “an antidote to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy, Worn Wear is an invitation to celebrate the stuff you already own.” While other retailers are secretly hoping someone gets trampled or stabbed in their line so they make the news on repeat there’s something pretty rad about a company that is predicated on selling you shit dropping a film like this or last year’s “Don’t buy this jacket” campaign.
Well this came as a huge shock to me today. Guess I haven’t been paying attention but even Feathered Friends is now offshoring while claiming the ever so popular in the bike scene “engineered in…” I guess now you’re paying a premium price for their “engineering”. At least their factory workers got the logo right and didn’t accidentally sew a swoosh on. Looks like I’m out the $12 for shipping now cuz I believe this baby is going back. No point in paying a premium for just another made in China piece of gear.
We have recently made the difficult decision to expand a small portion of our production to China. With 40 years of domestic, in-house manufacturing and a loyal customer base that has come to equate that legacy with quality and craftsmanship this was not a decision we undertook lightly. Please understand that we are not displacing our domestic production, we have actually increased output in recent years, but difficulty finding the highly skilled sewing labor that our products require coupled with a high demand for our lightweight garments necessitated that we expand production beyond Seattle. Our lightweight garment production still utilizes the exact same down and fabrics that are used in our Seattle production, with the same time-tested designs so quality is not compromised. All of our sleeping bags and a large portion of our garment line will continue to be produced in our Seattle based facility and we will make every effort to keep you informed of any future changes.
Coming soon, my own brand of down jackets “engineered in Portland!” I think I’m gonna call my company Tarred and Feathered Friends. Sort of a double entendre there, tarred/tard.
I’ve been in the market for a high quality down jacket, something with more fill then my old clapped out down sweater but less than a full on expedition style jacket. Had my eyes on the Feathered Friends Helios for awhile, almost pulling the trigger two weeks back when I was in Seattle. Flash forward to yesterday and *BOOM* email comes through saying they are doing 40% off on Helios. Locked, loaded and trigger pulled on a no frills, no bullshit down jacket. Spending money you don’t have FTW, stoked!
UPDATE: Received my Helios today and to my surprise it’s made in China. Guess that explains why they can sell ‘em at 40% off.
Shout out to the homey Ryan Conway for the find. 70+ in SF today, as nice as it is I’m ready for some pow. If that opening pic with the cabin, tent and stars doesn’t make your heart skip a beat please hit your back button and never come back.
The fine folks at Venture have put together a couple webfomercials to help give some insight into the company. Below is ‘The Secret Sauce’, and if you pay attention to nothing else just FF to about 1 minute in because I guaranfuckintee that pow turn is better than anything you’ve done today. They also aren’t joking about quality and tolerances, my board is so damn tight to put together it’s annoying. When your fingers are cold, it’s windy and you’re trying to get it so the tip and tail are even and not 1/8″ apart….kinda makes me want a sloppily built board.
Figure this is probably the last insanely beautiful PNW fall weather weekend coming up, going to celebrate with a couple buddies and get off the grid. Hitting up a ‘secret spot’, 20+ lakes on a 15 mile loop, get out and do some hiking and flyfishing. Since it’s a full moon and summer send off we’re going big on the meal tip. NY steaks and a flask of whiskey? DONE.
Mountain House can suck it
Fall in the NW is the shit. BEAUTIFUL blue days, cool crisp nights, the salmon are running, the elk are bugling, the surf starts to pick up while the wind finally fucks off. Pick your poison and get out there and get some this weekend.