Thunderbolt wrote:offcamber wrote:I personally think that 5.11 gear is garbage (most Chinese made gear is) so I'm not surprised you had trouble with yours.
I've been using a TAG Sniper pack for a while now, and liked it so much, I just bought another one in Multicam. Made in the USA as well.
Maybe let us know what your budget is? You get what you pay for.
Well, you're probably right. It IS Chinese made, afaik. But at least 5.11 stands behind their products, which is more than most Sellers of Chinese crap!
You know what? I'm not considering a budget yet. I am willing to pay for a quality pack. If I pay $500 for the last pack I'll ever have to buy, then it's money well spent.
I'm not defending made-in-China products but sewing is not rocket science. The key determinant of a product's quality is not where it is made but the specs required and quality desired by the company contracting the overseas factory. If they want so-so quality that looks cool and can be had on the cheap then that's what they'll get. If they want uber tough gear that is super stitched and has a low factory-defect rate then that is what they'll get (will cost more). These companies pick their target demographic well, use marketing and branding to increase the apparent value of their product then charge more for the product which makes overseas workmanship look bad when the product was made inexpensive to order as specified all along.
That being said, buy American!