Should Massdrop Partner with My Trail Co?
My Trail Co is a new company from Colorado, currently selling a few packs, tents and jackets with ambitious plans to expand. MTC emanates from the ashes of Golite, a company that was one of the main catalysts for the ultralight movement in the 2000s. I personally still have and regularly use my Golite Bitterroot down jacket, Jam2 50L pack, Feather 40 degree bag (now converted to a two-person quilt), and a few other things. I am very fond of who Golite was, what they made, and how they helped many of us to lighten up.
So, it seems like it would be a no brainer to partner with a company making items that are essentially updates of the original beloved items, now under a different brand name. However, there is a bit of a darkside in that Golite went bankrupt a few years ago and left debts of more than $3 million to outdoor suppliers, manufacturers, and real estate owners. Many ULers were unhappy with how Golite went out of business. It wasn't illegal, by any means, but it just felt wrong that a company could grow so quickly, end up owing so much money, and then the owners could start up a new company selling essentially the same products. You can search the forums on BPL and elsewhere if you want to hear others' opinions. I will leave my personal opinions aside in this matter as I am too involved on multiple levels. I want to hear from you. What do you think: should we work with MTC and why?
An early summer overnight trip to the still snow-covered Sierras in 2008. I had everything for me and my then-girlfriend (now wife) packed into my Golite Jam2, including our shared Golite quilt and poncho-tarp. I still use this pack on a daily basis as my commuter pack, and it is my carry-on piece whenever I fly.