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  1. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    FWIW, my understanding of Costco's business practices is that they do try to ensure that their products are not made by "poor children in a Chinese sweat shop".
    A friend's sister is a buyer for Costco, and she said the rule of thumb is that the products are generally already in the marketplace, and they make a deal to rebrand them or purchase them unbranded.

    Since VF Corporation (North Face, Columbia, etc) is one of the largest clothing manufacturers in the world, it wouldn't be surprising if that was who made them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2FUNKY View Post
    Big-time failure on my part at some lighthearted humor i guess. Iíll let you guys get back to super serious clothing comparisons.
    Oh I laughed. I just think it's worth demonstrating to people why FRS gear lasts so damn long besides just because it's made by people who aren't in dungeons.

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    My only intent in sharing this deal was to contrast the Costco option with grid fleece from big-box retailers (Patagonia, Mountain Equipment, etc) who are very likely using the same sweatshops as the Costco option for 5-10 times the price. In my mind, Patagonia R1 vs Costco gridfleece is much more of an apples-to-apples comparison.

    I don't always manage to live the ethical values that I espouse, but whenever possible, buying kit from a community member that is made in the USA is always better than buying from a Chinese manufacturer. The fact that the group buy on FRS gridfleece was so close in price to Chinese bullshit is nothing short of outstanding - props to MiCol and his team for making a quality product at a cheap price.

    I missed out on the group buy for FRS this year, but I'll be on it next year for sure.

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    tgapp, donít sweat it man. Solid psa and Iím glad to have picked up a couple for it. I will definitely put mine to use for whatever that may be. Skiing, gym, around town, posting on tgr etc...

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    $6 discount if you buy four at once. $45.88 for four of them, shipped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgilligan02 View Post
    Got mine today too. Agree they maybe run a *touch* large, but just a bit. Iím very happy.
    idk why, but Costco and Sams Club never have clothing in small sizes. The smallest I can find is a regular Medium. It's a shame for us with twiggy physiques

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    PSA $15 grid fleece tops at Costco

    Tried mine out today...felt very much like a R1 lite which was good! I could see using this a lot. May have to get another.
    Last edited by The SnowShow; 12-04-2019 at 05:24 PM.

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    PSA $15 grid fleece tops at Costco

    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    No apology necessary, this was a good deal and MiCol wasn't hurting for takers on his offering.

    FWIW, my understanding of Costco's business practices is that they do try to ensure that their products are not made by "poor children in a Chinese sweat shop".
    Huh.
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    Edit to add, these are real nice pieces for the money. Not a fan of the thumbhole but whateves.

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    Maybe theyíre manufactured by adults?

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    PSA $15 grid fleece tops at Costco

    Pretty sure they start out as kids.....

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    Did you really think by my statement I meant Costco doesn't sell products made in China?
    "fuck off you asshat gaper shit for brains fucktard wanker." - Jesus Christ
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    You must be a blast at parties.

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    As a Canadian, I could care less about what nationality sweats away making my clothing, as long as its functional and reasonably priced.
    "Its not the arrow, its the Indian" - M.Pinto

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    Between that and free health care you make Canada sound pretty good. How often would I see foreign politics on the news?

    I snagged a couple of these from 2Funky's local store while he was napping and they're definitely a wide fit through the body. So less functional compared to FRS gear, but they're still functional enough around the house, when placed at risk under elbow pads, or when the preferred gear is too funky. Worth $11. Does not make up for missing the FRS deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2FUNKY View Post
    You must be a blast at parties.
    I know you are but what am I?
    "fuck off you asshat gaper shit for brains fucktard wanker." - Jesus Christ
    "She was tossing her bean salad with the vigor of a Drunken Pop princess so I walked out of the corner and said.... "need a hand?"" - Odin

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