Four products I use all the time that were built here in the USA
July Fourth is the time to drink beer, eat hot dogs, and avoid torching the forest with fireworks. For me, it’s also a chance to think about my favorite made-in-America products. Here are five things that I have in regular rotation.
CRKT No Time Off Knife ($125)
My wife and I both love this knife. She has an eye for style and is drawn to the hearty drop blade and stubbly handle. I like that it’s heavy in hand, which makes it feel substantial and inspires confidence when I’m cutting through something burly, like the guest-bedroom carpet. The blade, which CRKT makes in Tualatin, Oregon, is still remarkably sharp after two years of heavy use and has a permanent place in my pocket or in my wife’s purse.
DPS Alchemist Wailer 112 Skis ($1,300)
It feels weird talking about $1,300 skis in the middle of summer, but they’re really that good. I’m on my third pair of 112s, which I love for their ample width and just-right rocker profile that floats over backcountry pow. The new Alchemist construction is the dampest yet, which means I get a ski that’s still plenty light for long skin-track slogs but more confident when the going gets fast and rough. Heads up: Starting July 15, DPS (based in Salt Lake City, Utah) will have its Dreamtime promotion where you can get the Wailers at a discounted $1,100.
Watershed Drybag Colorado Dry Duffel ($185)
The handles and duffel design of the Colorado Dry Duffel are perfectly mated with drybag construction. This bag comes with me on river trips, but I can also strap it to the roof of my car or use it to fly around the world. Watershed (based in Asheville, North Carolina) also developed a patented zipper system that looks like a giant Ziploc. You close this watertight zipper, then roll the top down like a normal drybag, and absolutely no water can get in. It’s a level of protection that’s legendary in boating circles.
Voormi Drift Jacket ($250)
Voormi, which is based in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, gets a lot of attention for its River Run hoodie and Inversion jacket. Both are great, but I’m also a fan of the less-technical Drift. It’s a simple but bomber full-zip wool midlayer that’s perfect for skiing because it breathes better than any synthetic and can fight off light snow thanks to a DWR coating. During summer, I pull it on to get the campfire going, and it adds just enough warmth on windy mountaintop ridges.