Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Bitterroot River, Montana
As a company, I have a lot of respect for what Patagonia is doing. They have a pretty big marketing campaign that encourages mending old gear, buying used, and trading in. At least as long as Yvon Chouinard is in charge, his company will continue to strive for more efficient and cleaner ways to produce clothing and gear.
The sales rep I was talking with said that producing wading boots the current way has a significant environmental impact. He also said that with the old Foot Tractors, there was a point in production that the factory ran out of the foam that Patagonia had sourced and rather than waiting the factory used something else that was easier (and probably cheaper) to get a hold of. So even for a company like Patagonia that cares about quality control, there is only so much oversight for production in China.
The partnership with Danner and production in Portland is meaningful. I honestly believe that Patagonia wants to make a great boot. They are not designing it to need annual maintenance. Heck, if you don't want to deal with the aluminum then get the felt sole or vibram, and I bet they are more comfortable and way outlast any pair of Simms boots made overseas.
Last edited by John_MT; 03-03-2019 at 08:20 PM.