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

Basis Pet Stainless Steel Dog Bowls Review

While seemingly a really simple item for your pet, dog bowls can be pretty hit or miss. Some dog bowls that are made overseas break easily, or worse, contain chemical residue from the manufacturing process that could be harmful to your pup. So, when we set out to find dog bowls that are made in the USA, Basis Pet came on our radar with their no-frills stainless steel dog bowls. Below is my experience with …

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American Giant Hoodie Review

Everyone loves a good hoodie. We’ve tested several hoodies made in the USA over the years and when American Giant released their Classic Full Zip Hoodie, I knew I had to get my hands on one to try it out. We’ve written about American Giant a few times and they are typically known for their jeans. But, they’ve been releasing a lot of other great apparel made in the USA over the last few years …

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GORUCK Activewear Review

We’ve been searching high and low for great activewear that is made in the USA, so when we discovered GORUCK and all the rave reviews they had, we knew we had to try them out. Kristen has written about GORUCK in our guide on the best activewear made in the USA (link below) and tried out a few of the women’s products on that guide, so I tackled testing for the men’s products, including several …

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Dearborn Denim Tailored Fit Vintage Wash Jeans Review

Dearborn Denim is one of our favorite jeans brands made in the USA. They have a lot of great options for both men and women, including their Tailored Fit Vintage Wash Jeans, which I’ve been wearing and testing for the last few months now. With most products we review, I like to give my opinions pretty soon after I receive the product, but as we all know with jeans, they get better with time so …

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Domke F-8 Camera Bag Review

There are a lot of really cool bagmakers out there that are producing their bags right here in the USA, and one of the classics in the camera bag industry is Domke. I recently started taking some filming on the road with our Made in the USA factory tours and other projects, so I got a Domke camera bag to review and see if they are still just as good as they were many years …

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Tarptent Cloudburst 3 Review

During my research on tents made in the USA, I came across Tarptent, an outdoor gear company based in Seattle, Washington. After talking with their team, I knew immediately that they really care about supporting local jobs and doing things the right way. So, I ordered their Cloudburst 3 tent to review it and find out if it is worth the hype. I’ve taken the Cloudburst 3 on a couple of camping trips so far, …

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Is Marmot Gear Made in the USA?

Marmot is a very popular outdoor clothing and gear company in the United States. They got started in 1974 (called “Marmot Mountain Works” back then) in Grand Junction, Colorado by Tom Boyce, David Huntley, and Eric Reynolds. Their first prototypes were several jackets and down sleeping bags and they quickly expanded that selection over the coming years. Marmot’s quick expansion and popularity caught the eye of investors too and the company has been through several …

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Are Schwinn Bikes Made in the USA?

Schwinn is one of the most recognizable brand names in bicycles in the United States. The company was founded by Ignaz Schwinn in Chicago all the way back in 1895 and quickly became the largest U.S. bicycle manufacturer in the 20th century. You could find a Corvette bicycle model, the Sting-Ray, or the Schwinn Twinn tandem bike on almost any street corner in the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the bicycle craze was really taking …

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Opie Way Riverside Lo Sneakers

Finding a sneaker that combines comfort and fashion can be tricky. We’ve all had sneakers that rub our skin raw or never form to our feet, no matter how hard we try to break them in. And when it comes to comfortable sneakers, they tend to be unappealing fashion-wise. Opie Way has identified this issue and is changing the sneaker industry. Their Riverside Lo is one of our favorite choices for people seeking a stylish …

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