Mike

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

Spotlight Series: Co-Motion Cycles

Co-Motion Cycles came across our radar when we were looking for the best bikes made in the USA, and they stood out almost immediately as a step ahead of the competition. Since then, we’ve kept in contact with Dwan Shepard, the owner, and learned a lot more about Co-Motion and some of the other great bikes that they make in their Eugene, Oregon facility every day. Soon after, we knew we had to get the …

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Best Hunting Bows

To have success hunting, you need a quality piece of equipment – which isn’t always easy to find when looking at products manufactured overseas. We’ve done the legwork to find the top hunting bows made in the USA. Below are our findings – complete with our top recommendations for major types of bows, tons of details about each one, and the factors we considered in our research process. Our Findings We had no problem finding …

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Best Rifle Scopes

The performance of your rifle scope can make a substantial difference, so it’s not an area you can skimp on when it comes to hunting. But when shopping, it’s easy to run into foreign-made products that don’t give the level of quality necessary to make a reliable and accurate rifle scope. To help you find the best of the best, we did the research to find the best rifle scopes made in the USA. Below …

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Best Sound Deadening Material

Finding the right sound deadening materials for your car can be a sticky situation sometimes (literally). There are a ton of options out there! We set out to find the cream of the crop and which ones are made in the USA. A good sound deadening setup can help you eliminate rattles, block noise, and absorb the natural vibrations in your car. Below are our findings, top recommendations for different types of sound deadening materials, …

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Is American Apparel Made in the USA?

American Apparel is a clothing retailer based in Los Angeles, California. Despite the name, they are actually Canadian founded, in 1989 by Dov Charney. They are a staple clothing designer and manufacturer in young American culture and are also known for their provocative (and sometimes controversial) ads. In 1997, American Apparel moved their headquarters and all of their clothing manufacturing to Los Angeles, but is it still made there today? The company has gone through …

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Is Hanes Made in the USA?

Hanes is a clothing company with deep roots in America. It was founded in 1900 by John Hanes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is where the company is still headquartered to this day. They are primarily known for their innerwear (underwear, socks, undershirts), which they make for men, women, and children. More recently however, they’ve gotten into more casualwear and activewear t-shirts and shorts. Hanes is actually just one brand under the Hanesbrands parent company …

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How to Spot Made in the USA

With so many different marketing materials and product packaging out there, it can be tough to tell which products are made in the USA. In this guide, we go over: FTC guidelines for brands who claim their products to be made in the USA, phrasing and imagery to look out for, other best practices for checking country of origin, and debunk some common myths. Summary of FTC Guidelines The Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, is …

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The Best Products Made in Ohio

Ohio has deep roots in American manufacturing, in particular in the automotive and aircraft industries. Beyond that though, metals and chemical production are huge for the local economy. Everything from tools, to hardware, soaps, paints, and several other product lines come out of Ohio. Since we began reviewing American made products, we’ve come across several great ones from the state of Ohio. Below are those products, organized by category, along with the town or city …

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The Best Products Made in Texas

Texas has a very diverse manufacturing economy. It’s obviously rich in the petroleum and chemical manufacturing industries, but also has tons of companies in other categories making their products in the state. In the last 20 years, automotive manufacturing has grown over 300% in Texas and it has also grown a ton (along with the broader economy) in computers and electronics, which is up over 500% in that time period in terms of real GDP, according …

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The Best Products Made in North Carolina

North Carolina has a rich history in American manufacturing, particularly in industries like furniture and clothing, where cities and towns like High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Hickory, and others were built on the back of these factories. Below, we’ve taken ever single North Carolina made product that we’ve ever reviewed and categorized them, listed where each brand is from, and linked to our main guide for the category. We are updating this list regularly as we …

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