Issue 8, 2016


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This is one happy dragon*
and each time you buy Chinese-made products,
Iyou make him even happier.
*(mythological symbol for China)
Your money helps to swell the ranks of China’s 600+ billionaires, (at the rate of 1 new billionaire every 5 days), advance the state’s geopolitical interests, and keep its 1.3 billion subjects in line – including dissidents, human-rights activists and unruly ethnic minorities.
A large part of products from MEC®, Patagonia®, The North Face®, Columbia®, Arc’Teryx®, etc., is made in China, Vietnam or elsewhere. 
So, part of the money you pay goes to the foreign manufacturer, and another part goes to the foreign owner of the brand, since all the above companies 

(except MEC®are foreign-owned.

By contrast, when buying a TAIGA
® garment or sleeping bag, your money stays in Canada.  Plus, you are assured of acquiring a top-quality, 
cutting-edge design, at a very competitive price.

As already shown in previous newsletter issues, the price differences between TAIGA® products and other brands (often made off-shore)
can be staggering.

Here are some of our earlier comparisons…

And now, here's a new one.
This time it’s about Down Vests: TAIGA
® vs. Arc’Teryx®.

Cheakamus Down Vest

  • 800 or 850 goosedown.
  • Waterproof/breathable
    ® outer.
  • 3 zippered pockets. 
  • Insulated draft flap.
  • Elasticized hem. 
     Men’s S-XXL
     800 Down  $159.95
     850 Down  $179.95

Cypress Down Vest

  • 800 fillpower goosedown.
  • Waterproof/breathable 
    ® outer.
  • 2 handwarmer pockets. 
  • 1 inner zip pocket. 
  • Insulated draft flap. 
  • Elasticized arm holes & hem. 
     Women’s 4-12  $159.95

We won’t go into all the details here, but  Arc’Teryx® vests are filled with 750 or 850-fillpower goosedown, the shell fabric is not waterproof, and they are made in China & Malaysia.

But the biggest difference is the price.  Arc’Teryx® down vests range from $270 to $350 (Arc’Teryx® website, 9 Dec. 2016).  That’s up to a jaw-dropping $190 more than Canadian-made TAIGA® vests.  

WHY? is a mystery.
In view of the fact that wages in China & Malaysia are only a fraction of
those in Canada, this vast difference is astounding.

See all TAIGA® Down Garments here.

Wind Pro® Pants
The ideal winter pants!  
Warm, wind-resistant, water
& snow-repellent stretch pant. 
Equally well-suited for street, mountain slope or backcountry use.

‘Regular’ Version
Men’s  S,M,L
(2-3 inseams/size)

‘Sport’ Version
Same as ‘Regular’ but with
zippered side vents.

Power Stretch® Pro Pants
Comfort & great looks in winter Warm and cozy, water & snow-
repellent, and super-comfortable, these popular pants are back
for the season.
Women’s  2-12
(2-3 inseams/size)  

See all TAIGA® Thermal Shells here.

Water-resistant Mitts
Waterproof/breathable, 3L DryShell®.
All critical areas seamsealed.  Dual hook/loop cinch straps.
Fleece liner of ‘Combo’ version attaches with hook/loop & snaps.
‘Regular’:  S-XL  $49.95                       ‘Combo’:   S-XL  $69.95

See all Mitts & Gloves here.

Polartec® Blankets
Luxuriously plush and cozy Polartec® 300 Fleece…
Just the thing to keep you warm & comfortable this winter.
Size M:  60˝x 50
˝  $39.95      Size XL:  60˝x 92˝  $69.95
Size L:  60˝x 80˝  $59.95 

See all TAIGA® Fleece Products here.
Until next time,
The Taiga Team

"Discount" for U.S. Customers
All TAIGA® prices are in Canadian dollars.  With the current exchange rate
an item priced at Cdn.$ 100 would only cost you about US$ 75-76.

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