Originally Posted by houndman72
I take it you must be a rigid fan or a dealer, and not going to argue with you on rigid, but as for manufacturing, I'd suggest doing a bit of contacting them about your statement, cause a majority of their products are not made in the USA. Assembled and boxed are not the same as manufactured. I use to sell Rigid at a shop I still work at, and this I know for a fact and have the actual proof in which made my rigid REP very upset that we found this out. I'm not knocking that company just stating facts I have. We all have our opinion and are free to share that here. Overpriced, YES. So they hold patents on optical lens, big deal. HAHA. If my customers want them, go spend that cash there with them, free to do so. I'd prefer to spend my money wisely and offer customers the same choices as how to spend their cash. As for the other companies you mentioned, I'd never own that WAY overpriced stuff. Seen it all and will stay with what I have, best bang for the buck, and that is based off of what 80-90% of the time we never use the stuff we buy anyways for our rigs? But when I do need and use them, they always have worked. Just my 2 cents and not trying to argue, and for those whom have mailed me direct with rude comments, this is a forum and everyone is in-titled to their opinion, so get a life if you wanna argue over lights. Lets worry about this country, shall we??? God Bless America and thank you to all the Veteran's.
Their castings, LEDs and driver boards are all made in the states, and they're assembled in the states. Saying that because they have a foreign component on the inside of them doesn't make them any less made in USA than my Jeep is, with its German transmission, Mexican transfer cases and Japanese paint. It's still majority American sourced components and produced in an American factory.
I like rigid stuff, I run it - but if I could afford Baja Designs I would. But you're clearly balls deep in Olympus stuff, and that's fine - but don't be a hypocrite when you're making an argument against someone.
You're completely right that most people don't need the benefits of the high end optics, and that's fine - but you pay a premium for high performance percentages, that's how high performance stuff works. And if you'd place a Baja designs ONx bar next to an Olympus you'd see why you pay that much more money for it.
Low and high end manufacturers may use the same or similar LEDs, but their similarities end when you start comparing thermal management, driver units and optics.
It's like arguing why you need a metal cloak or currie suspension instead of a procomp.