U.S.A Made It Still Exists

There’s something that brings out pride in people when they see the good ole Made in the U.S.A. stamp of approval on something. Perhaps it goes back to this countries heritage of being industrious do it yourselfers or perhaps they just fear that little Mao shoved lead paint into the product their buying, either way who knows why people think the way they do about where somethings made. One thing that I do know is that there are for more companies making snowboard equipment in the states than you would think.

Transworld recently had their mini blurb about companies in the U.S.A featured in this years buyers guide. According to them there’s really only manufacturers and 9 brands produced here. Now as a quintessential supporter of all things independent and small I’m going to show you that the do it yourself mentality isn’t dead in the states.

Mervin Manufacturing who has been making boards since the late 70’s hasn’t shipped production over seas and still employs a ton of snowboarders. Located in Sequim Washington or for those that are down with geographical locations somewhere near Canada. These guys single handily saved snowboarding with their superior marketing of Banana Technology. The three brands underneath this power house are Lib Tech, Gnu, and Roxy.

Straight out of the Mile High City is Never Summer. Making boards by that name since 1991 and known for having the durability of a Sherman Tank this brand prides itself on being Made in America, so much so that is the exact name of their team video this year. These guys cracked the hybrid camber/rocker code and brought about their R.C. Technology that has garnered them a ton of attention in the last few seasons. Backing their decks with a 3 year warranty you know they have some serious pride of their product. You can also order factory built split boards for those that don’t ride the chairlift anymore.

Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies is Unity Snowboards. Pete Wurster the owner still gets his hands dirty and makes the boards in Silverthorne Colorado right in the heart of Summit County. Now their boards feature a camber/rocker combo that gives you all sorts of benefits. You can almost be certain that if it’s a pow day up here Pete and the guys in the factory will be getting their turns on. As like other Colorado companies they too offer a split board in their line up.

Back in the southern end of Colorado sits Silverton Mountain. A virtual freeriders paradise, this is also home to Venture Snowboards. Possibly one of the most environmentally conscious companies in the world they take pride knowing they’re lessening their impact on the environment while making boards for some of the burliest big mountain riders like Johan Olofsson. You can check out their split boards in action this year in Jeremy Jones Deeper.

Relocating from Tahoe down to Sun Valley just outside Reno is Smokin Snowboards. Can you guess where they got their name from? Jay’s been doing his thing to their decks for a long while now and so it seems they’re going to have some super legit pros on their team this year. But if you like fancy technology like Magnetraction, Reverse Camber, and Venereal Disease they have it for you.

In the early 2000’s Mervin had another brand under their umbrella called Supernatural. Things didn’t last long with this brand that had rapid growth especially in Korea. But not down and out pro snowboarder Matt Hammer and former pro Dave Lee (married to MTV’s Kennedy) started another brand called Signal. Now that they have acquired The Lodge in Huntington Beach California they’re making decks on their terms.

Now those are the obvious brands that come to mind when you think about American made products. Here’s a look to the little guys that keep the grass roots garage board building alive. These are the lesser known brands that don’t have big financial backers, advertising budgets, or well you get the point they’re small and doing things their own way.

New Jersey has given us that amazing train wreck that is The Jersey Shore, but it also has a thriving shred company as well in Blak sheep Snowboards. Their boards feature better S.L.U.T.S. than Snookie.

Further up into New England near the Masshole epicenter lives Rhythm Snowboards. Another new brand that’s thriving on being as environmentally conscious as possible through better production methods.

Going along with everything in Masshole land there’s another independent manufacturer of snowboards called Bean. Doing it the real oldschool way of building boards in a 2 car garage these guys have been around for a few seasons now.

When you think of Vermont and snowboard companies you think of either Burton or Rome. Well along with those two giants there’s a little known unique niche brand called Powder Jets. Hand built wooden boards without metal edges that are a straight throw back to the roots of our culture.

Michigan the starting point to the greatest ski movie ever Aspen Extreme also houses a snowboard manufacturer. Epix Snowboards has been building boards since 2003 and the most expensive board on their site selling for under $330 bucks.

Last year two college graduates who faced the awesome job market ( by awesome I mean horribly shitty and we’re all doomed to work fast food) decided to start their brand in Michigan. From this twosomes business plan Marhar Snowboards was born. They too are also on the environmental kick by utilizing boards with bamboo and what not in it.

Over in the land of marrying multiple partners a.k.a. Utah there’s Revolution Manufacturing. Having made decks for years and now offering a three year warranty you can expect they have some idea of what they’re doing. You can also have a custom one of a kind deck built just for yourself. This is also the factory that made the defunct Bozwreck Snowboards.

In southern California sits Monson Snowboard Manufacturing run by Ryan Monson. They specialize in making OEM boards for other people as well as their house brand Humanity Snowboards. When it comes to technology they have everything you’d expect a snowboard manufacturer to have. Also backing their decks with a  Other brands they’re pressing decks for are Prospect, Crispy Whips, and Publik.

If you want a full carbon fiber snowboard then you’re probably looking at Herr Vaughnster made in Costa Mesa California. While the sites still up and it looks like you can buy expensive boards from them. But hey it’s American made right?

For those that are curious about Volcoms snowboards, they’re now pressed by Signal. So add them to the made in the U.S.A. market even if consumers can’t buy them yet. That day will most likely come.

Over in Reno there’s another manufacturer besides Smokin and that’s Sentury Snowboards. They like the Colorado companies also offer up a split board option along with a full line of boards. One thing that sets them apart is the demo before you buy option on their website. Basically you can try out a deck for two weeks and either ship it back or keep it and be billed. This is also the factory that builds Chas Guldemonds Rockstar decks.

Speaking of Reno there’s this little punk rock brand called No Way that’s doing their thing. Not sure if they have their own press or if they’re coming out of Smokin or Sentury’s factory. But for those that are anti establishment this might be the new little guy brand for you.

Now over in sin city Las Vegas sits a brand you’re probably familiar with called Tyrant Snowboards. Sandwich constructed decks with regular camber is what they have going for themselves right now. But according to an email with Buck the other owner of Tyrant he’s putting things back on track with the brand and big changes are happening.

The North West has been home to a lot of snowboard brands for many years. With Mervin being the last big player that hasn’t gone over seas there’s a new crop of little home grown guys doing their thing up there. NorthFork Snowboards is part of that crop coming out of North Bend Washington. With a focus more on hard charging boards that have micro rocker these aren’t for everyone.

Now Never Summer is not only an independent company but a true manufacturer. They make boards for both Zion and Roswell Snowboards. So you know if they’re coming out of that factory they definitely have some solid technology going into them along with amazing quality control.

Another Colorado brand is Donek, mostly known for making monoskis I mean hard boot set ups. Although they do offer up a soft boot line as well. Just not they’re more into hard booting.

One of the founding brands Winterstick is still alive and kicking under the direction of big mountain man Tom Burton. Crazy to think one of the original companies that started in this country is still here making decks through Wagner Customs. But for powder affecionado’s this is your brand.

Jackson Hole is a place where men are men and well Travis Rice was built at a secret robot facility and I think the sheep are scared too. But up there sits Igneous Skis, a builder of custom skis and snowboards. For those that want to drop a bit more money these one of a kind customs are the way to go especially if you want a split board.

So contrary to what Transworld believes snowboard brands in the U.S. are still alive and kicking. Pretty sure there’s probably a whole slew of ones that have been missed so feel free to let me know they exist. For all you buy American people this should keep you drooling over what to get for some time.

60 Comments

  1. dave says:

    The possibility of alot more things being made domestic again in every category in the future, could be possible with what is happening in China these days, read the latest SIA newsletter, they have a good description of what is happening over there, I predict a shift of manufacturing again, maybe back to USA?

  2. hanzosteel says:

    isn’t ellis US made?

  3. Nate Musson says:

    Hayes Brothers up in Vermont too!

  4. Be well aware folks, that although many claim to be made in the grand ol u s of a… many of their parts, if not all, come from elsewhere!

  5. f benjamin says:

    Isn’t winterstick made in the states now, not SLC, but somewhere?

  6. Cam says:

    I’ve been riding Never Summers since 2000. The whole made in the U.S./Made in China thing wasn’t something I’d ever hear much about back then. Today it’s on a lot of peoples minds and I think it should be. All these big brands have all these great reasons for moving production overseas. Whatever. I think that one of the greatest things about snowboarding is that it was INVENTED in the U.S. It’s as American as baseball. It’s that kind of shit that makes Americans cool. Most of the developed world looks to America to lead the way in coolness. I realize that all of my outerwear, bindings, gloves, goggles and probably just about everything else I own is made overseas. I can’t easily help that. I can however buy a snowboard made here by some other working Joe like myself that’s just trying to pay his bills and ride as much as he can in this shitty economy. I need to draw the line somewhere. I just can’t get excited about riding some hokey ass Chinese made board and I’d be ashamed to own one no matter who’s name is on it or how good it rides.

  7. David Z says:

    Marhar calls their RC tech: “Mustache Rocker”. I really wish they would’ve gone with “Mustache Ride” but it’s still good.

  8. R120 says:

    You can buy Volcom boards in the Volcom stores in Europe, they are pressed in the GST factory, and look identical to the one Ipod rode in the Olympics.

    I always find the American fascination with buying Made in the USA both admirable, and bizarre. I think its great to support local companies, but at the same time i don’t think that Made in the USA means that a board is any better than one made elsewhere, and would still consider Europe to have the best manafacturing facilities.

    Thats not to say that some great boards arent built in the US, because they are, but i dont think it means anything to anyone outside the US

  9. naim b says:

    don’t forget about winterstick snowboards, built by Wagner Custom, who builds custom snowboards as well.

  10. Hayes Brothers pulled the plug a few years ago. Looks like Winterstick is coming out of Colorado now guess I better edit that. Ellis’s boards are made in Taiwan. The first Volcom boards were made in GST the new ones are Signal. Was checking out a few pro’s that had it done and you can tell.

  11. yeah right says:

    winterstick has nothing to do with the original brand. The name trademark lapsed, it was then stolen, ran into the ground, the taken over by some of the investors. Its a shame, that brand is the roots of snowboarding. If tom wants a chance in hell, he will fly to slc, and make amends with Dimitry, and beg for his blessing, until then winterstick is a stolen brand.

  12. e says:

    Ellis is made at Yaqui in China, the owner of the factory is American who moved his factory from norcal. They do a bunch of small US snowboard/ski brands. Good guy, good factory.

    Volcom does their boards every where over the years, think they are shopping around for a factory for when they fully launch….I assume.

  13. R120 says:

    My understanding of the Volcom boards in Europe, and Ipods board, is that they are essentially his old SC pro model with different graphics.

    I thought Winterstick were back on track with Tom Burts involvement, putting out some nice sticks at the moment

  14. baker542 says:

    nice writeup! Do you have any info about US made bindings, boots, clothing, etc.?

  15. Only binding manufacturer I know of that makes most of the binding in the U.S. is Spark R&D as far as outerwear not too sure on that one. I think there might be one or two but I doubt it’s 100% U.S.

  16. e says:

    Karakoram is a US binding company, also for splitboards & is small. TD3 from the guys at bomberonline who do carving board stuff. Angry mentioned that suspension binding thingy earlier this year. Don’t know of any boots, hell people are leaving china & doing boots in vietnam since you can’t even make money doing it in china. There’s a bunch of little US made clothes…I would think.

  17. I thought Karakoram was coming out of B.C. Canada?

  18. e says:

    Seattle, well probably Northbend,WA I think.

  19. Cam says:

    Remember Wave Rave? Fishpaw? Soupkitchen? I know even some of those old brands moved production to China before completely going under. The original shit that was made here was bomb proof. Now I hardly get more than a season out of some of this Chinese crap. It’s pretty sad too because none of it’s cheap. I’ve had horrible luck with 686 and Dakine. The materials tear easily and the stitching blows apart. Time after time. Anymore these days when I’m shopping for gear, the warranty is one of the biggest factors in my decision to buy. Because its not a question of is it going to fall apart? Its when its going to fall apart, and how well its covered under whatever that brands warranty terms are, or whatever the retailers return policy is. The gear these days is so shitty, that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a REI membership and buy all your shitty generic gear from them because when it falls apart halfway through the season you just exchange it for a new one no questions asked. Because you paid the $15.00 for a lifetime REI membership. You know what R.E.I. stands for right? Return Everything Indefinitely. That sounds lame but how much does a person have to pay for gear they don’t get their money’s worth out of? It would be great if we were all pros that got free shit all the time, but for most riders that’s not the case. Wherever all this garbage is being made, these big name companies need to step up the quality so that consumers don’t get fucked so hard.

  20. e says:

    Batwaves, Fresh from Hell… gloves companies. Ned Limbo was another clothing company back in the day. But when it comes to softgoods, the Asian shit is good, one thing they know is textiles. Where things break down is a lot of times the brand. Either the brand skimps, which they do or they put so much pressure on the factory the factory skimps. Whether it’s a board or pair of sunglasses.

  21. timmy says:

    When I think usa made it makes me think quality control would be better. Especially for a company like never summer. Never summer can almost be called tim and tracy boards cause of how much there into it. They have there names on it and im sure thats a BIG part in the stuff there putting out. Being a small buisness family memeber I know what it’s like to have your name on a product and it being sold as your shit. Especially for a crafted piece like a snowboard. Theres true workmanship and skill needed and it shows with how many solid bomb proof boards that come out of there.

    I dunno, I just think that its alot better to have the same people who made the brand/ company in the same warehouse the boards get built. They get to have full control, and there products are hands down deadly quality.

    Where as alot of companies you have no clue who actually owns it or where the money’s going. Or if they truly care about whats going down.

  22. timmy says:

    Tracey, sorry.

  23. acme says:

    karakoram is based in nw wa

  24. Snowfox says:

    Hey Angry (or anyone else),
    Do you have any experience with Sentury Snowboards or Marhar snowboards? I’ve been looking for a rocker/reversecamber park board to put a custom paint design on and they both seem receptive to the idea (Marhar even has a DYOB page). Given that they’re smaller companies though, I haven’t been able to find a ton of information on them.

    Thanks!

  25. Smaller companies like that are a pain to track down a deck to try.

  26. Snowfox says:

    Haha, I know. I figured out of most of the people I can contact you would be one of the most likely to have tried them.
    Sentury advertises a demo deal where they’ll ship it to you and you can try it for 14 days for free (need to place a deposit obviously). I might have to just wait till the winter and try that out.

  27. Yeah as much as I demo shit they’re still the hardest companies to try something from due to their budgets. I’m going to try to get on some of these smaller companies decks this winter.

  28. tooscoops says:

    how do all you ‘mericans feel about made in canada? do you look at that as still outsourcing or is it still alright since its still north america and within the “core” areas?

    just curious. i know many canadians love to buy canadian first, then if thats not available, you fine folk down south. (figure that why the lib use that “handcrafted near canada” slogan).

    if anyone is interested… prior up in whistler. i’ve only ridden them on demo’s but really like the whole idea… if only i can afford a new board soon.

  29. Americas top hat is cool with me I know there’s some good factories still up there.

  30. Andrew says:

    Isn’t bent metal binders made in the USA?
    (I just assume because they are made by mervin)

  31. Does Bent Metal still actually exist?

  32. Andrew says:

    they have yet to update their website for this season.
    so maybe they don’t exist anymore.

  33. Marhar says:

    Snowfox,

    In regards to your posting where are you located? We would love for you to demo one of our boards. Get in touch with me and we can see if we can work something out for you! Also, if you check out the video on YouTube “You say bambooyah, We say bamboo” you can get a general idea of the flex and strength of our boards. You can contact me at [email protected] if you are interested!

  34. George says:

    Hey Angry,

    Whats wrong with sandwich construction? Wasn’t it like the industry standard until the big brands started sandwiching the tips? Picked it up from your take on tyrant.

  35. Are you talking about companies like K2 capping the tips? Sandwich is different it’s between cap and sidewall.

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  37. RIDEr says:

    RIDE (and 5150) was made in Washington until about ’98… I think… somewhere around that time.

  38. thanks for the article. good to see people out there looking for stuff not made by the worlds greatest toxic waste dump. china doesnt just make cheap skis and snowboards, they kill monks in the mountains on the way to seek enlightenment. think im full of it? watch the videos online. i was so pissed when my new unions had the italian mark removed from them… now i cant find a binding that i trust. the chi com unions blew out on me. the molds were hot and the ladders were too thin. that really sucks at fifty miles an hour.

    no chance in hell of finding boots not made by child slaves in toxic work camps. i sure wish italy or someone would start making boots.

    well, my generation will be running the market soon and all the greedy pigs who care more about margins than powder days will all eat it and die.

    fuck china

    fuck k2

    demand better products

    nick the dick in nw montana territory

  39. I think Northwave still makes their boots in Italy actually dude.

  40. pk says:

    Outa Ware ski clothes. Made in Three Forks, Montana. http://www.outaware.com

    Great post btw.

  41. Realist says:

    Not to rain on your parade, but for all those who despair over chinese “crap”…

    The reason that goods are made in china is primarily cost, both end-cost as well as start-up costs. That’s because those who “care about margins” are called “successful businesspeople”. Those who don’t care about them are called “out of business”. And the truth is that consumers (read: nearly all of them) are trying to save what money they have to get by TODAY, and cost of an item is their number-one priority when purchasing anything. It has to be, because most people don’t have the discretionary income to buy items on principles – even if those principles are misguided, out-of-date, or hiding latent racism.

    I doubt anyone saying “CHINA ARRRRGHHH” thinks twice when they eat meat, regardless of what working in a meat plant does to people psychologically. They will excuse the computer you’re reading this on (or not; TLDR) because of convenience, regardless of location of manufacture. You’ll buy Old Navy clothes, because who the hell wants to, or can, pay $75 for a simple shirt?

    I contend that most people who deplore the “Chinese sweatshops” have not been there in the past 5 years or so; the snowboard factories there source from the same materials as everyone else and if the design is good, the board generally is as well because it’s so automated. The Chinese learned years ago, when America was flush with cash and moved towards (at that time) expensive but higher-quality domestic and European manufacturing, that they needed to step up their game, and overwhelmingly they did.

    You might have some anecdotal event about “OH NOES MY THING BROKE”, but for every one person who has a problem there are thousands who don’t. Evidenced by Burton moving most of their line to China last year; they have enough money to stay in the states but they didn’t. Their warranty, to my knowledge, also did not change, indicating that they were satisfied by the return rates (or lack thereof) and quality of the Chinese manufacturing process. If the move wasn’t better than a draw, they would have kept manufacturing stateside.

    In the end, the Chinese people can make quality products, when given the opportunity and good working conditions. I have been there; I’ve seen those conditions firsthand. The places where the top brands are made: K2, Ride, Rome, Omatic, etc., are modern, clean, and frankly pleasant places to be. Their staff are well paid, and, making an average of ~150,000 boards a year, they know something about making them as well. I can’t speak for those cranking out plastic K-Mart things, but I know that the big factories (SBF& Matrix are the only two I have direct experience with) know their shit – certainly as much as some guy in a garage pressing boards by the dozens each year. If “Made in the USA” is combined with the right price, quality, image, etc… then awesome. Often though that isn’t the case. That’s because instead of spending money on engineers, artists, and the like, companies making stuff here spent that capital on presses instead. If the company has enough for ALL of those things, then congrats – you have Never Summer or Mervin.

    Bottom line is that if you want your new company to be self-sustaining and able to employ large numbers of US/Canadian/Europeans/Whatever non-asian people you prefer, you have to move the manufacturing overseas, because America is no longer a manufacturing country.

    The one thing that could change that is the rise of Chinese affluence in general; this is driving up the cost of production there, and eventually domestic and overseas costs may be equivalent, or nearly so. For now, though, the consumer has the choice between A) boutique brands that might (or might not) be priced competitively B) the price point they are accustomed to with Chinese and Austrian goods or C) moving main production back home and paying ~$600 per board retail. Some here might think (C) is the best choice, but the buying public disagrees – and without them, you can’t stay in business. And open businesses are the only thing that can employ people in the industry; inclusing thousands in non-line-production jobs that frankly will NEVER be outsourced.

    Last thing. The computer you are using was made, in whole or in part, in China. It’ll be OK. I’m also not sure why something made in Italy is INHERENTLY better than something made in China, other than China is the current bogeyman-de-jour. Both countries make some good, some bad, but the end result is similar – John Appleseed made zero on the transaction.

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  44. americanmade says:

    Mr realist.

    Its not saying that all made in china is crap. Its the fact that products made are not on pride but on a contract. Plus products made over there aren’t helping our economy. The more products made here give more americans jobs and help our economy.

  45. b$ says:

    Realist,
    Why would anyone want a snowboard or skis made by the Chinese? It only makes sense to buy from actual riders that build snowboards. Rider developed. Not specs sent to china for someone to make. Just because the CAN make a set of skis or a something that looks like a snowboard, doesnt mean the SHOULD

  46. So China doesn’t have snowboarders? Sorry but don’t need a snowboarder to make me a snowboarder need a factory worker for that. Also I guess by your standards then I shouldn’t have a website since I’m not a programmer only web programmers should. Logic it’s fucking crazy!

  47. Stygien says:

    Who made your cellphone? Do they even own one? It doesn’t matter. What about your car? Production line in Mexico maybe? In any case, Realist hit the nail on the head here, the big companies would not outsource their labour if the quality wasn’t acceptable. I’m a beginner rider, I’m not going to shell out more than $200 for a board I don’t even know for sure is right for me, you bet my budget is going to be dirt cheap because chances are I’m either gonna trash the thing or as I improve, want to try something different anyway. I got lucky and found a Ride Rapture 2011 on sale within my price range, for something made in China it successfully does everything I want it to do (wow so does my cellphone).

    Frankly it comes down to personal, individual pride. Whatever you tell yourself, good for you, be proud! Outsourcing overseas doesn’t mean Burton is any less prideful in what they do than Never Summer, there’s no way to gauge who is more prideful unless you set some personality parameters and conducted a useless survey and whatever else nonsense. Frankly it’s not for any of us to decide how prideful someone or some entity is, decide for you, decide for yourself. Think asian

  48. Stygien says:

    made is garbage? Well you’re entitled to your opinion but it helps if you would qualify your remarks so newbies like myself could learn a thing from you — right now it just reads like a weird short rant.

    Buy American because it make you feel good, because you’re supporting American companies and families, because you like the tech or design, but don’t make the choice to buy American (or Canadian or Italian or etc) for the mere reason that it’s NOT Chinese. Sweat shop workers are humans with families to feed too, they wouldn’t be slaving away if they had options.

    Sorry it got split into two messages, sticky return key!

  49. Alex says:

    And lets be honest I love the fact that companies take pride in american made but most snowboard factories have to hire ‘hispanics’ just to make ends meet. Personally I prefer a company who has spent the time to create their own factory, choose the supplies and machinery rather than just piecing together a board out of a catalog. I am very interested in how the Elan and GST factories actually work considering the amount of snowboard companies that come out of them.

    Angry, have you written or know of any kind of list that tracks what companies are made in which factories? I know a few but definitely not all of them.

  50. Colorado Snowboarder says:

    You seriously don’t know why people prefer to buy product made in USA? Americans buy USA made because it helps their economy. Here is an example of why its bad to outsource; Big American companies fire their employees and ship their companies oversees, then those employees don’t have jobs, so they can’t afford to buy anything, especially not luxury or pleasure items (something you can physically survive without) like snowboards. So there are less snowboards being bought, which hurts the snowboard companies, which then fire their employees and outsource, so that they can still make money. Then there are more workers out of jobs, which cant afford to buy anything. so more companies start trying to lower their cost, which equals more outsourcing.
    So the point is, if you don’t buy american made, you are shooting yourself in the foot. (if your an american)

  51. Pretty sure in its heyday the amount of Americans making boards here isn’t even 1/100th of the factory workers that make them in China.

  52. Euroboy says:

    There is even a brand in europe, Rough snowboards who makes every season one of their board models in the USA.

    They call it the Experimentation, because it is what it is… they try new wood, new shapes, new things for them and for them markets, but as it is their top boards, the european factories would not produce it with the same finish and quality as the american factories… or for much more money eventually…

    And i know that the owners are every year proud to present their new “made in usa”, because of what it means…. it sounds cool for a european company to have made in usa. might be more expensive than China, but you have a quality and an image. And people who know the brand appreciate the made in the usa on their experimentation, as much as they like it on a board made in Mervin….

  53. jake says:

    Dont forget about accessories. Stompgrip still manufactures in Huntington Beach, CA.

  54. eric says:

    Haven’t seen an update on this lately.

    Currently trying to find some made in america bindings and all I can seem to find is technine but not completely sure if they are made here.

    Any new info?

  55. Unless you’re going with Karakorum, Spark R & D, or Ranger Splitboard Bindings you will not find a binding made in the U.S. Why? Because the Chinese and Italians know how to injection mold a lot better. Even those three binding companies I listed have parts made elsewhere.

  56. e says:

    Selling Made in America works great if you sell at Chinese prices for the majority of shops/customers. The brands that do the best make their own stuff whether bindings/boards.

  57. todd says:

    Boycott China always!

  58. So Todd, where’s your bindings, boots, outerwear, goggles, and gloves made?

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