Made in America: Hearth & Heritage
Monday, August 29th, 2011
by Kyle Gilkeson
photo by Erika Dufour
We teamed with the experts at Archival Clothing, an Oregon-based retailer and staunch proponent of domestic production, to curate a list of rugged products that are made on American soil.
1. Lodge Dutch Oven, $43, www.lodgemfg.com
Cast iron is one of the oldest materials used for metal cookware and Lodge still makes these top-notch goods in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. We use its wire-handle dutch oven for braising meats and boiling beans at home and over the fire.
2. Rite in the Rain, Spiral $6.95, Bound $16.95, www.riteintherain.com
Based in Tacoma, Washington, Rite-In-The-Rain has been making waterproof notebooks for outdoor professionals since the 1920s. The paper is composed of a fully recyclable, patented substrate. Since we can’t stand being without a pen and paper, we love their sturdy, compact journals for all-weather use.
3. WR Case Mini Trapper, $24, www.wrcase.com
The Mini Trapper is perfectly sized for your whittling or outdoor lunch preparations. Stainless steel blades ensure easy care and long life.
4. Filson Wool Mackinaw Vest, $105, www.filson.com
Filson makes this classic vest in Seattle, Washington. Highly functional, stylish and indestructible, the vest is made for men and women in wool and moleskin, with custom options available, too.
5. Feathered Friends 30 Degree Sleeping Bag, $329, www.featheredfriends.com
If we could start over and select all of our camping gear again, we’d go with this bag. Feathered Friend’s best-selling bag received Outside’s “Gear of the Year” award in 2004. It’s down-filled, ultra lightweight and packable, and it’s made here in Seattle, Washington.
6. Archival Clothing Rucksack, $240, www.archivalclothing.com
We designed our Rucksack to combine the feel and durability of a traditional canoe pack with the comfortable features of more modern backpacks. Made in Springfield, Oregon, using durable waxed-cotton twill, with a reinforced double bottom, this bag is definitely built to last.
7. Eastland Falmouth Camp Moc, $275, www.eastlandshoe.com
This traditional lace-up moccasin style is hand-stitched in Maine and made with top-quality leather. Keep the leather conditioned with Obenauf’s, and you’ll have these forever.