Recently I was inspecting an item that failed to do the one thing that it was made for. I started thinking it may have been a manufacturing anomaly and that every other product worked great, it must just be the one I bought. I thought about the unknowing consumers out there and how they can be so easily swayed into buying garbage. Being the optimist that I am, I started thinking about the good stuff, I thought it might be nice to focus on the good things that make life easier.
I do not get paid for my opinions nor do I have professional affiliations with any companies. I am a consumer like anyone else. I compare wants vs. needs, cost vs. quality and do my best to make the most informed decision that I can. They say, “You get what you pay for,” and that seems to be the case more often than not. Companies that sell their products at a higher price point generally offer great customer service and replacement plans should things go array but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find great products at a lower cost. Everyone also has an opinion and I don’t hold mine in any higher regard than others. I can only speak on behalf of my experiences.
I believe that companies who offer great products deserve to know that consumers appreciate their efforts, here are a few things that I have found to be worth every penny and that I stand by for one reason or another. So without further ado, here is my shameless plug – In my book they’ve earned it.
A well known secret, they are a company who puts their reputation on the line with every bag or accessory sold. I randomly found them perusing the internet one day. I was sold based on their straight forward branding and heart wrenching story about Blue. Their non-bullshit approach sold me enough to purchase wallets for my groomsmen and a few other items for myself. Truth be told, their products are simply the best. There is no question about it. They have a traditional approach that good things come with time. Trust me, there is plenty of instant gratification when you open you purchase and catch a whiff of the leather. Their products get better with age and use; they’re approach to business is one not based on greed but, based on the ability to help others with their successes. Their customer service representatives are helpful, thoughtful and enjoyably witty. Saddleback Leather is the only place in which I will ever go to get leather goods.
I have long been addicted to coffee. Unlike the decade I was addicted to chewing tobacco, coffee is a vice that I don’t ever see myself quitting. For some unknown reason, I have a particular connection with the vessels that carry my black gold. That is the reason why I have a Stanley thermos. Years ago, I first bought a large thermos so that I could take my coffee with me on the go. It didn’t matter where I was; the coffee and thermos came with. Whether I was in the college library or in the duck blind it was always there for fix. The vintage green walls haven’t been changed in generations and don’t need to. The finish on a Stanley thermos is as American as apple pie. I have also transitioned to a “commuter” mug for short trips and quick fixes. A lot of memories have been made with a Stanley by someone’s side. Like countless people have already figured out, you can’t go wrong with a Stanley.
I never had owned a pair of socks specific to an activity until I was gifted a pair of Fox River Socks. A new world was opened to me as they make socks for every occasion. I have always felt that a new pair of socks was like walking on clouds but, these socks were twice as good as the standard I had been wearing for 25 years. They have padding where it needs to be, breathability that I didn’t know existed and comfort that shapes to your foot with no bunching. Even though I would consider them pricey, I would buy a pair for the activity you do most, and use them often.
Rugged Wear work gloves:
I don’t like hunting with heavy gloves. Even in the cold weather I’d rather deal with frozen fingers and be able to feel the gun safety and the trigger, over bulky gloves. If you time it right, you can get a $2.99 pair of Rugged Wear work gloves that will get the job done. When they are on sale I’ll usually buy multiple pairs as I have a tendency to lose them. For the price, I think that these have exceptional longevity and serve their intended purpose. Even though they’re not expensive, I don’t have to worry about losing or using them as I’ve had to do with expensive gloves in the past.
More to follow…