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General Tire

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Four harsh Pennsylvania winters have come and gone.  My truck tires started to feel like I would after buried in ice and snow several months a year.  Stiff & brittle.  OEM tires on American trucks are not performance tires, they’re work tires.  And work they did, perfectly, for four years and 50,000 miles.

I’d been researching tires for the past 18 months.  With 5/16″ remaining tread and even wear, my rubber is fine on dry pavement.  But the desert deluge and spring snowstorm?  Anything can be encountered within our duties maintaining this American products online resource.

Narrowing the field is easier than expected.  Noise and traction ratings were studied.  Forums consulted.  Experts queried.  My truck’s OEM tire, General Tire’s Grabber HTS,  is better than ever.  General manufactures worldwide but my Grabbers are domestic production, Mount Vernon, Illinois.  There’s even a new Grabber HTS60 manufactured in Sumter, South Carolina.

We went with OEM.  Our local Continental dealer gave us great pricing on a new set, mounted and balanced.  Immediately thereafter we embarked on a 6,000 mile adventure.  Two-lane highways preferred.  Through New Mexico deserts, a Wyoming snow and ice storm, and wind-swept plains of Montana and South Dakota.  Perfect traction and quiet.  Six Thumbs Up experience!

Filson Duffle Bag

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FILSON SMALL DUFFLE - OIL FINISH

As editor/publisher of this USA-products online resource, I’ve had the pleasure to discover American manufacturers previously unknown to me.  Liking stuff that lasts and a strict adherent to “Buy once, cry once”, I’ve periodically scanned the Filson website. 

Past middle age but not yet in retirement, I own nearly everything I want or need.  With the possible exception of a rugged travel duffle.  Large enough to pack -sparsely- for ten days, airline carry-on approved, durable, and functional.

uncle jimmy's duffleFilson manufacturers many such bags in the wonderful Pacific Northwest.  Some with enough brass and leather to compliment the most fastidious among us.  Not wanting to broadcast my great wealth, I focused on their nylon-lined Tin Cloth small duffle with integral nylon shoulder strap.  And waited . . . 

Eventually funds and opportunity aligned, the bag ordered and delivered.  Joy, joy, joy!  Well worth the investment.  Far superior to my nylon-only model the Filson replaces.  No questionable seams through which an important item may disappear.  Rugged enough to withstand 180 mph airborne flight off the roof rack of my Maserati onto rough asphalt.  Ready for a lifetime of use and above average abuse.  My heirs will fight over Uncle Jimmy’s duffle.

Filson Company Story

  • Made of abrasion-resistant, water-repellent 15-oz. oil finish Tin Cloth fabric
  • Solid brass zipper closure custom cut at Filson
  • 2 stow pockets
  • Fully lined with matte nylon
  • Meets standard airline carry-on size requirements
  • Sturdy, quick-drying nylon webbing shoulder strap and handles
  • 18″ W x 10″ H x 11″ D