Tough Traveler

Growing up where I did, between Albany and Saratoga, NY, there were exactly two types of backbacks you could own.  An L.L. Bean one or a Tough Traveler one.  The L.L. Bean ones were known for their warranty.  The Tough Traveler ones were known for never needing a warranty. (That, and for being made in the good ol’ USofA).

These bags had a solid reputation. In fact, we almost didn’t like them, because we knew we’d be stuck with the same bag for years. Everyone knew how tough they were.  My friends and I really tried to test their limits. We played tug of war with them, pulled them out of the dog’s teeth, dragged them through the snow and shoved them in the tops of our lockers.  We’d haul stuff around in them all summer playing army and come the new school year there wouldn’t be so much as a broken zipper.

Tough Traveler is based in Schenectady, NY and has been making all of their luggage, backpacks and child carriers in upstate for over 40 years.

From their site:

All of Tough Traveler’s products are made in our own USA-factory, primarily using American-made materials. Every bag is made by our staff of skilled craftspeople in a sweat-shop-free environment. We employ the highest standards for design and durability. Tough Traveler’s bags are known for attractive design and superb workmanship, and many of our customers tell us they appreciate our manufacture in the USA.

It’s hard to find bags made in America at these prices, especially of this quality. I guess they saved some money by not investing too much in their website or ever advertising anywhere.

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