Patrick Smith was the founder of MountainSmith. He sold the business and founded Kifaru.

Kifaru is about a mile from my office. It is a good place to kill some time at lunch. They do have samples in their reception area, but not a showroom. The facility is mostly warehouse, but they also have a production room with about six sewing machines.

Nice people with high quality gear, but the niches they service are the military and hunters. When you carry a $3,000 rifle a $500 pack seems reasonable. Hunting is an expensive sport.
"In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not."
Yogi Berra