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.
No doubt majority of people here have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis, some more than others. While we all have time to slow down and recover, nature is doing the same thing. I live in a metropolis of 20 million made up of 13 interconnected cities and pollution takes its toll on man and nature. Since the Enhanced Quarantine was in place, birds and crickets have returned, bees and spiders have emerged, a stark reminder that we share the world with other species just outside our door.
This is my visitor today, an orange spider on my OG Hydroflask in my garage :)
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...