Where crux products are made
“Where is your product made?” is a question that may be asked out of sheer curiosity. But we also understand that it may conceal a political dimension, a doubt about manufacturing quality, and/or a concern about human rights.
Even when this question is taken at face value, the answer is not simple. An AK47 rucksack may be sewn in China, but its fabric – representing 60% of the finished cost value – comes from Switzerland. As for the Torpedo sleeping bag, the eVent membrane (the most expensive component) is produced in the US, laminated to a Japanese fabric in Osaka, sewn and welded in China, and finally filled with down in Poland. So where is it actually “made”? Ultimately, however, we have indicated the “origin” of each of our products as where they left the factory as finished goods.
In truth, none of our crux products can be described as originating from a single source. As such, they reflect the current dependence of world trade and personal livelihoods upon the hydrocarbon economy. This is not something of which we are proud.
Without our factories and key suppliers, we would not have any products. Even though these are all independent businesses, our mutual success is dependent upon trust, fairness and open communication. There are few things that ODL/crux has any real control over, but we can wholeheartedly vouch for the fairness and integrity of the factories we work with, in terms of how they treat their staff and the working conditions they provide.
|Wise Pearl Ltd||AK backpacks||HK company, factory in China|
|Jasper Outdoor Products Ltd||X1 Tents||HK family business, factory in China|
|Natural Down Shenzhen||S/bag shells and down clothing||Chinese owned and operated|
|Winner Sportswear||Hardshell clothing||Canada|
|Pajak||ULW down, Torpedo s/bag fill & finish||Poland (family business)|
|Suzhow Star Arrow||Daypacks & RK sacs||HK family business, factory in China|