Going American-Made with American Giant

What drives you when you’re looking for clothes? Sure, you are probably considering how it looks, and then many of us (myself included) are very conscious of price. In some ways, we’ve become solely driven by price and price alone. I’ll admit, that’s a trap I get caught in, but it’s one that I’m trying to climb out of. The concept of “fast fashion” and the cheap prices driven my low labor costs in plants overseas – that’s just not a good thing. Once you realize what our pursuit of inexpensive clothes is doing to other people, you want look at other options. That’s where companies like American Giant come in.

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The best jacket you’ll ever wear is $90 off

I’m a huge fan of ScottEVest. I’ve worn their stuff for years and as a traveler, I’ve always appreciated the ruggedness of the material and, most of all, the pockets.

Now their new jacket, the Revolution 2.0, is $210 on their website, $90 off the regular price. I encourage you to check it out.

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How about a stylish discount from Boden?

I know, much of my Black Friday writing has been about technology (here at KN) and watches (over at WWR), but that’s not what we’re all about. We’ve got other interests, just as you do! Well, if you’re not aware of British brand Boden, get ready for some learning.

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It’s tech for your feet – in the form of Burlix socks

Not that long ago, we brought you word of a new American-made (down in North Carolina) company making socks dedicated to helping out your feet at work, traveling, or at play. How so? By taking some of the ideas that we see in performance workout gear, and creating socks for specific situations. I tend to find myself a dedicated wool sock guy these days, but I was curious to see what Burlix had on offer. To that end, we were able to spend time with a few different varieties.

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Zero Down wants you to stay warm with air

You know what time of year it is – it’s time to start thinking about putting on some additional layers when you go outside (at least, in the northern hemisphere). That means we’ll be seeing all sorts of “puffy” jackets and vests showing up. But the Zero Down is a puffy vest unlike any you’ve seen.

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Merrell x Dogfish – a great outdoor pairing

As you’re well-aware, via our Afternoon Beer Break series (here and on WWR), we’re fans of the hoppy suds (and all the many varieties). Well, I can’t speak for everyone else, but I also like the outdoors – camping, hiking, the whole bag. Merrell is a big name in that segment (in fact, I do have a pair of their shoes in the closet), and they just announced a collaboration with Dogfish that resulted in the Merrell Agility Synthesis X Dogfish.

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Technology? In MY socks?

Well, yes. The future is here. All sorts of clothing items are labelled as technical, so why not socks? What’s an article of technical clothing? Well, it can certainly apply to outdoors sports, but you’ve most commonly interacted with it when it comes to the stuff you wear at the gym. Well, why not have have some of that know-how applied to the socks you wear all day, every day? That’s what Burlix is saying, anyways.

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