Absolutely didn’t take that as a dig on Kitsbow- they ARE very expensive, especially for a cheapskate Cubano like me.
I’ve really been focusing on reducing the amount of stuff I have, and looking for quality and durability. I’ve lays been one to hold onto stuff- I’ve had thrift store snap-fronts that I’ve worn for riding and trailwork for many, man years. But if I’m going to buy something new, I want to know that 1) it will stand up for the long haul, and 2) that the people who made it were treated as well as possible. The second is way harder to ensure, but I’m making the effort.