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Toughest, Longest-lasting clothing brands?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by oguruma, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Don't forget - on the fire hose work pants, if you do succeed in wearing through them, they'll replace the pants, shipped free even.
  2. rt014


    Jun 21, 2001
    Empire Canvas Works
  3. displacedtexan


    May 17, 2010
    I wear a lot of Carhartt for durability.

    For boot socks Redhead (Bass Pro store brand) has the best deal going. $10 a pair, lifetime warranty. If you wear them out take em in and they'll swap em out. No questions asked. I usually get a year or so out of a pair before they start getting threadbare. Comfy socks to boot.
  4. SSonnentag

    SSonnentag Tesla Model S Platinum Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Duluth Trading - Great and comfortable gear
  5. bikerider


    Nov 28, 2006
    I'll have to say TNF. I've got a mountain light parka, down jacket and a backpack and a few other items that I've been using consistently since the 90's and it still looks brand new. I don't know about their newer stuff however. REI stuff is ok, but will not last as long. Arcteryx makes quality equipment and should last you a very long time.
  6. PDE


    Nov 7, 2010
    Filson, their stuff is near bulletproof!!!!!!
  7. gulliamo


    Nov 26, 2005
    That's really disappointing! I was going to buy a pair of these for backpacking this summer since they had the features I'm looking for (light, quick-drying, cargos, reinforced knee/seat, bug repellent). I wish they didn't have the Bear logo but I thought it would be worth the expense if they last forever. Now my search will have to continue... maybe these?

    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  8. oguruma


    Jan 3, 2010
    Thats a shame to hear about Craghoppers. I ordered some stuff from there for my wife and myself, but it hasnt gotten here yet. The price was right, so I won't be too distraught if it turns out to be junk. I'll report back either way, though.
  9. storl


    Apr 17, 2007
    A lot of them do, you just won't ever see them marketed as such. I know that Icebreaker and Arc'Teryx both do a lot of military business.
  10. mdc5162

    mdc5162 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    patagonia and mountain hardwear
  11. Anjin


    Mar 30, 2007
    My Beaufort lasted more than 25 years of hard use all over the world and could withstand anything until my new, young wife put it in the washing machine. The brass zippers chewed holes in the fabric and of course it had be be laboriously re-waxed. Absolutely ruined. Didn't do the washing machine any good, either. The ONLY way to clean them is to rinse off with a garden hose, brush and no soap.

    I bought a lighter weight black replacement Barbour from an Australian source for fishing here in Japan, but the wax used there had such a foul smell that it is basically unusable and collects on one's other clothes. Buy from a trusted source such as the Internet sites in England or Orvis.

  12. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    Filson, for sure.

    I don't have any Duluth Trading clothes, but I do have a heavy nylon briefcase from that still looks good after five years on the drill rigs and four trips as carry-on to Australia.

    Columbia, for coats and jackets.
  13. texas gun person

    texas gun person

    Jun 9, 2010
    For the good price I would have to say L.L. Bean

    For a high price it would be Patagonia.
  14. Angus McGunnigl

    Angus McGunnigl

    May 22, 2002
    LL Bean makes quality stuff.
    Woolrich, Pendleton
  15. BostonBull


    Dec 15, 2007
    Arborwear is #1 for me.

    REI, EMS, Smartwool, Patagonia are all in my closet and get used climbing trees everyday. Havent bought new work clothes in years. I would say I work in top 5-10 toughest environments out there?
  16. cb4life_30

    cb4life_30 Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    You definately can't go wrong with carharts. I like wranglers for jeans, and there riggs wear jeans and cargo pants are nice too. They have a gussetted crotch for easier movement.
  17. Spydiefan04


    Jan 8, 2005
    Another vote here for Carharrt and L.L. Bean.

    Something I had never thought about until this thread I own several Columbia Jackets and do wear them often in the cold but if I am going out to work in the cold I always pick up the Carharrt, so I guess maybe I'm guilty of the fashion thing:) Never owned an L.L. Bean coat but have nearly every thing else: boots, socks, etc. it too is excellent gear, and they (Bean) has been a pleasure to deal with is a size is wrong, they will in my experience make sure you are satisfied.
  18. Nathanial4


    Mar 11, 2002
    Marmot makes excellent outdoor gear.

    Mountain Khakis make excellent pants.

    +1 for Patagonia
  19. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Different stuff, but the brands are the same. So is the satisfactory performance.
  20. Sufler

    Sufler Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 15, 2005

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