I’ve made it a habit to buy American when I can. In fact, I guess you could say that I go out of my way to do so… and not for political reasons, but for reasons of pride. Through those efforts I’ve found that many American made objects aren’t simply “better” or of higher quality, but just more expensive than their foreign made counterparts. And then, there are the goods that are really MADE in America with obvious pride and craftsmanship. When I find these goods, I’m a customer for life.

Recently, I had the opportunity to pick up a “Flux Hoodie” from one of my favorite manufacturers – Triple Aught Design. The Flux is a stripped down hoodie made of 60% merino wool and 40% nylon. It features a “belly pocket” with openings on both sides of the garment and two thumb holes on each sleeve to keep those sleeves planted exactly where you want them – which will come in handy when you start flailing your arms around like a mad man after spending $170 on a sweat shirt. No shit. $170.

But you know what? The Flux is worth every penny of that and it’s not because of some crazy features or some brand new technology that allows you to control your iPod from your armpit. The Flux is a simple garment made with incredible attention to detail and with an absolute eye on longevity. I don’t know how else to say it… This thing just feels good and fits so…. well, right.

Then again, I didn’t realize the full value of the Flux until I actually wore it. I mean, really wore it. About four months ago, I was on a road trip between Boston, MA and Austin, TX. The only top layer I brought with me to combat the incredibly inconsistent weather¬†was the Flux. During the day at 75-degree temps, I was just fine and never sweated a single bullet. And at night on a two mile walk with 45-degree temps after a blow out? The Flux worked again and kept me nice and comfortable.

And I guess that is the story with this one. It’s simple and does what it is supposed to do… WELL. And, of course, it’s made by Americans with pride. I’m a lifelong customer.

More details on the Flux here.