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...
We want to hear what Outdoors & Ultralight jackets all of you are into. More specifically, what brands, types, and styles.
▶ What type of qualities do you look for in a jacket?
▶ Are there certain materials or designs that make most sense for you?
▶ What companies do you think make the best products?
We’re always looking at posts and polls for suggestions, and we take them into account when we’re looking for products to put on the site. It doesn’t mean we can secure relationships with every brand or company of course, but we do try, and it gives us a better sense of the interests of the community.
We thought the easiest way to round up and talk about what jackets everyone likes is to make a Talk Post so let us know what you think and what suggestions you might have in the discussion. Myself and the buying team will be here to take everything into consideration.
See our other Interest Checks here:
· Backpacks: www.massdrop...
We want to know what sunglasses all of you are into, especially as they pertain to the Outdoors & Ultralight Communities. (We will probably do a separate interest check for Sunglasses in Men’s Accessories as those would be more fashion oriented.) When it comes to sunglasses here, we want to know what suits you best for your outdoor experiences, excursions, activities, and adventures. We already source a variety of brands, types, and styles, but are always looking to stay in tune with the interests of the community.
· What do you look for in a pair of sunglasses?
· What kind of shape, features, or lenses do you prefer?
· Are there particular brands you like?
Your suggestions and feedback are taken into account when we look for products to put on the site so tell us what you like, what you don’t like and any preferences you have in between.
See our other Interest Checks here:
· Jackets: www.massdrop...
Is anyone else interested in a drop for bikepacking bags? I'm thinking about something like the Revelate Designs Terrapin or Viscacha:
Or maybe the Bedrock Coconino:
Enough for a really lightweight setup.
My Osprey Kestrel 38L pack finally gave up after 8 years of dedicated service (the internal waterproofing layer is disintegrating badly).
I had to press my get-home bag into an ultralight-ish backpack for a climb up Mt Batolusong/Rangyas Peak (Rising Rock, 883 MASL) and it actually worked out well.
I used my High Speed Gear M24P Daypack with a Voodoo Tactical Hydration pouch, Maxpedition round pouch (for headlamp), and a surplus USGI grenade pouch (for my Sawyer Mini Filter). The hydration pouch was small so I put 2L of water in my 3L Camelbak and then an extra 1L in a Platypus bottle. Overall a workable loadout, albeit a bit warm due to the lack of ventilation for the backpack.
I used to buy a ton of outdoor gear here. I find myself not able to anymore because there are so few drops! What happened to the outdoor community? Can we do anything to help bring it back? I don't want to see it go the way of a bunch of other favorite communities that got cut.
... and unknown brand knives!
Are we ever going to she the products that made us join (mass)Drop again? I really liked what you had here ... but with such a narrow selection of products I am unable to find anything to order any more.