I joined (then) MassDrop since it provided an excellent selection of products for active/outdoor use. Through the year I have gotten, polarised glasses, socks, shoes, emergency blankets, belts, tshirts, bike lights, knives/blades, hats, waterbottles, even tent rope and I have been extremely happy with all items as well as the service.
I have the feeling that there is a shift to the character of the products offered ... it seems to me that the choices we have are now dominated by mechanical keyboards and desktop headphone amps as well as more urbanised products. I understand that this is a market driven community but I miss the days of Inov8 shoes and Darn-Tough socks.
Do you guys feel the same?
I own a lot of multitools but the MP600 bladeless will always be my travel buddy. Had to use this to work on a truck in the Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Nha Trang, Vietnam,
hell of a time cleaning it after though 😅
I know this is still a relatively niche market. But more and more they seem to steadily be growing in traction. Seems to be an enthusiast type of market with a lot of varied levels of product quality. Seems right up Drops alley.
Drop used to provide a great range of low priced outdoor equipment. In the past I have picked up great bargains on fleece, jackets, hats often provided by name manufacturers such as OR, Rab, marmot and the like.
This has really contracted in the last few months. I get that the profit margin on overstock items from large manufacturers is low and that Drop is a business, not an organisation designed to provide me with variety. I also get that the profit on in-house development is high - the massdrop x-mid being an example of a high quality and really well selling product.
That said, I have to lament the lack of range of produce evidence lately - really is little reason for me to even browse.
if it wasn't for the watch community, and my watch collecting interests, I wouldn't even look at Drop anymore.