I agree 100% about supporting local businesses. If the quality warrants the $299 id be all in.I don't have the Pyke Vest....yet, but I do own a pair of the pants and a kiowa shirt. I have had two issues with the pants. Had the button pop out of the pants and had a seam come undone on the back. Both times I had the pants fixed and back to me within a week of sending them off for repairs. Pyke doesn't have a lifetime warranty, but I prefer to support small Michigan based companies over any others. The people I know who own the vest love it.
Just not sure if it’s worth double what the filson would cost without the warranty.