The stuff that they sell at REI (Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Outdoor Research, Sierra Designs etc) is all Chinese/3rd world country made at this point.
Out of the brands I mentioned - they are made in Canada/USA/Japan and Acronym is made in Germany.
You can still flip the made in China stuff, outdoorsy folks often don't have qualms about buying pre-owned gear and you can expect to recover a pretty good percentage of original msrp compared to classic menswear. unless you are spoo and you are selling tom ford ties.
Mostly, it's about us dirtbags not having any qualms about buying secondhand clothing. Thrifting and dumpster diving is almost de rigueur in the outdoors sports world (or at least the parts I've been a part of, having come of age sleeping in the backs of trucks or squalid dusty campgrounds for pennies to save a few bucks to buy more climbing gear). That being said, most of my outdoors clothing is either thrifted, from a discount rack, old rental gear or very old (or two of the three). The Patagonia fleece I'm currently wearing is Made in the USA and was purchased from the discount rack in 2002. The only reason I bought a replacement is that the patches and embroidery from a long ago trip to Nepal are starting to fade. I want to preserve that memory.
Made in the third world doesn't always mean shitty quality and poor labor conditions. I've yet to have any issues with any of my mountain gear, even the newer stuff.
That being said, Feathered Friends is still made in Seattle, and Western Mountaineering is still made in my hometown- San Jose... And I forgot that Bibler was bought out by Black Diamond... If you find older Bibler stuff (I think all they made was tents), it was made in the USA.
Edited by Fueco - 2/14/13 at 12:27am