A custom backpack for sale and a bit of the discussion surrounding the pack vs made in China (although not China exclusively) packs. This got me wondering if there are others on this forum who swear by other "off brands". Or if they could name a few brands that are simply good enough for them, for what ever reasons. I have my reasons for not paying up for brand names. And I am certain that others feel the same! My reasons - Personally, I have a tendency to get "quirky" about my packs and bags. In other words I get sick of them and move on to something else, WELL before they have worn to the degree that replacement is NECESSARY. Reason two - I have paid up and been disappointed MANY times over! In short I have come dig a great deal of "off brand" merchandise! So, this is a call out to others in the community, like me. I would be interested to know of any brands, and sources of purchase (and of course to see some photos) of the "made in other" gear that you dig on, or even swear by.