bidkev wrote in post #18444506
At a quarter of the price here, I wonder what the chinese knock offs are like? http://www.ebay.com.au ...id=p2047675.c100005.m1851
I've been buying the mohle system pouches and backpacks because of their camo coulouration and it's amazing quality and tough as old boots...............55litre camo backpack complete with detachable pouches to belt wear for $24! These cotton knock offs seem to be from the same stable
A while back I spoke to the Cotton Carrier folks about some custom mods (I wanted MOLLE mounts). They mentioned in passing that the Chinese knock-offs were seriously undermining them. They are a small almost artisan shop, designing and building their own stuff. Good news is the personal care and touch that goes into every product. Bad news is that they do not do well with the parasites like these. The cost that goes into their products is not just material and immediate labor, nor just profit, but to support the design, development, research, and innovation of those and other new products. The parasites, of course, do not need to pay for that, which, when added to cheaper material (in terms of price due to sourcing; not make any judgement in quality here) and labor (ditto), allows them to undercut the originals in ways that they just cannot compete. Your money is your money, of course, to spend as you wish ... but thought I would share with you what I learned and led me to not only decide then and there not to get those knock-offs, but go ahead and get the Version 2 of the vest even though my version 1 was working just fine. Simply to support such a great product and shop!