Buy Once, Buy For Life: Lifestyle Bags


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This week’s Buy Once, Buy For Life is about bags. Too often, we purchase cheap luggage or bags at the local big-box or discount store, only to have them start disintegrating a short time later after a few times around the block. Wouldn’t it be better to spend the money on a well-made product once and have it last a lifetime? Doing so reduces materials needed for manufacturing and significantly cuts down on landfill waste.

The following companies sell everything from duffel to messenger to gun bags, and some also sell luggage and accessories. Materials include leather, waxed cotton canvas, and metal hardwares, all designed and manufactured to survive a lifetime of use. Stop buying cheap crap and invest your money in well-constructed, American-made goods that last forever. Buying quality from the start saves money while reducing the environmental impact of your purchase. Sound like a good idea? It is.

Frost River – Canoe packs, tents, duffel bags, messenger bags, gun bags, briefcases, totes… Frost River sells a lot of bags. All products are handmade and guaranteed for life. I had occasion to buy a product from them and they couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful, including when someone personally dropped my item off at UPS on the way home from work so it would go out to me that day and not the next.

Saddleback Leather – Saddleback offers a 100 year warranty against defects on all products, even if you aren’t the original owner of the said item. A tongue in cheek message on the website states that the warranty does not cover if you take your bag shark diving in salt water, if an elephant stomps on it and creases the leather, or if a crocodile bites it. Messenger and travel bags, belts, wallets, luggage, iPad accessories.

Drifter Sport & Travel Bags – Drifter began as a parachute rigging business in 1977 and the entire product line is handcrafted in the US. Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty against any defects in materials and workmanship? Definitely check them out if you are looking for backpacks, messenger bags, purses, or briefcases.

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  1. Don’t leave out Goruck! Designed by a former Army Ranger and produced in Montana, their packs are some of the toughest and best designed I’ve found.

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