Should Massdrop Partner with My Trail Co?
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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.
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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?
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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.
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kungfupanda
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Apr 13, 2020
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The bankruptcy aside, I guess everyone forgets what Go-Lite did to Ray Jardine. Those "innovative designs" weren't theirs. They were de facto stolen and they hosed over one of the pioneers of UL in the process.
Apr 13, 2020
Cal20
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Jan 15, 2020
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No please. A company run by monkeys Will sooner or later go down the drain again, only this time, massdrop and it's customers will be caught in the drama.
Jan 15, 2020
Roadscrape
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Aug 13, 2019
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My Trail is shutting down. Re-hashed designs didn't make it in a competitive market with new, more efficient designs and materials.
Aug 13, 2019
frozenicemanme
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Aug 2, 2019
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Sell the products Yes, partner with No. Why take that chance and leave Drop open for My Trail Co. going bankrupted and sinking both ships at once, don't pull all your eggs in one basket. Whats the upside of partnering with them? None!
Aug 2, 2019
jaymenna78734
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Jun 6, 2019
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Read the bankruptcy papers from GoLite. A lot of partners got left high and dry. And a lot of warranties got flushed.
Jun 6, 2019
SiLondon
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Apr 29, 2019
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I liked Golite stuff and own shelters, quilts garments etc. which were, in the main, excellent quality at approx. 50% £ actual worth as compared to the competition - but they seemed to be a fire sale for a long long time. MyTrail also has what appear to be excellent products, not available in the UK, but as GoLite left a great many people out of pocket while selling stock at too low a cost, I think there has to be a diligent analysis surrounding the structure of MyTrail.
Apr 29, 2019
Bunky
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Apr 2, 2019
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If you watch MTC’s website you can come across some serious bargains. The gear they have list looks really nice. That said, they are still selling 2018 gear despite the fast approaching 2019 season. I’ve had my eye on one of their backpacks but I really don’t need another. Still tempting.
Apr 2, 2019
Scout1947
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Mar 18, 2019
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Yes.
Mar 18, 2019
Maximum16789
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Mar 14, 2019
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Yes
Mar 14, 2019
nadia7
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Mar 5, 2019
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Yep!
Mar 5, 2019
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