Mike

Mike is our head researcher and reviews tools, sporting equipment, and a variety of other products.

Best Coolers

Need a reliable cooler for your next camping trip or tailgate? We did the research to find the best coolers made by American manufacturers. Check out our top picks below, along with what liked and didn’t like about each one, and factors we considered in our research. Our Findings There are several different American made cooler brands that are manufacturing high quality products. Brands like Bison, Esky, Grizzly, Igloo, Cabela’s, Orca, Orion, Polar Bear, Pelican, …

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Spotlight Series: Vermont Glove

We first came across Vermont Glove mid last year, funny enough, right after we published our research on gloves made in the USA. After reading about their products, story, and American craftsmanship, we knew that we had to try a pair. So, we ordered the popular Farmer gloves and ended up tested them for several months (you have to give leather gloves like these time to break in). We LOVED them. So much so that …

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Spotlight Series: Boardroom Socks

Our adventure with Boardroom Socks has been an interesting and fulfilling one thus far. Admittedly, they actually didn’t come across our radar in our initial research of the best socks made in the USA. They focus solely on men’s dress socks, making a variety of patterns, fits from several different materials. Their President (who you’ll meet a little later) reached out to us a few months ago and spoke about their journey and approach to …

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Spotlight Series: Spring Creek Manufacturing

We were introduced to the wonderful folks at Spring Creek Manufacturing through our friends at Duluth Pack (one of our favorite American made bags), and we’re super glad that they made the introduction. Spring Creek Manufacturing makes some amazing American made paddle sports accessories and industrial truck racks out of their facility in Mountain Iron, Minnesota. Here is our conversation with the Spring Creek Manufacturing team. Our questions are marked with “AAR” and their responses …

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Spotlight Series: Duluth Pack

We first came across Duluth Pack when we were researching the best bags and backpacks made in the USA. Once we tried their double shell bag and learned a little bit more about their company, we knew these people were doing things the right way. So, being naturally inquisitive, we reached out to them to learn even more about their company and people that are making bags that will last a lifetime out of their …

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Is LL Bean Made in the USA?

LL Bean is an American manufacturer of clothing and outdoor equipment. It was founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean in the town of Freeport, Maine where the company is still headquartered today. LL Bean is a household name in the world of boots. After all, it’s the product that started it all. When the company started, Bean was a one-room operation making a single product – the iconic Maine Hunting Shoe, or duck boots …

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Are Buck Knives Made in the USA?

Buck Knives has a storied history of American knife making. They were founded in 1902 in San Diego, California by the Buck family and it remains a family owned and operated business to this day, although their headquarters is in Post Falls, Idaho these days (they moved there in 2005). They produce a wide variety of knives ranging from simple everyday carries to large survival knives and fishing knives. Buck Knives has long been synonymous …

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The Best Products Made in Oregon

Oregon has a rich history of providing great natural resources. Fishing, timber, and agriculture have long been mainstays in the Oregon economy. More recently, the state has focused on diversifying their economy to sectors like manufacturing and technology, in which they’ve grown tremendously. In the last 10 years, Oregon’s top export categories were computer and electronic products and machinery, totaling around $8 billion per year. We’ve come across so many great Oregon-made products over the …

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The Buy America Act: Full Analysis

Over the course of our nation’s history, the federal government has passed laws that helps stimulate American manufacturers over foreign companies for goods and services. One of those pieces of legislation is the Buy America Act, passed in 1982 as part of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (more on that in a bit). More recently, the Buy America Act and others have received a heightened focus from President Trump and the Executive Branch as they …

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Spotlight Series: Amerisleep

We first came across Amerisleep while doing the research for our list of the best American made mattresses. We featured their versatile AS3 mattress (more on that in a bit) and wanted to reach out to the company to learn more about them. Our questions are marked with “AAR” in front of them and the Amerisleep responses are marked as “AS”. We really enjoyed getting to know Amerisleep and hope you do too. History of …

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