The Warmest Socks, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Base Layers, Mid-Layers and Blankets

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I've been researching the warmest animal fiber products available (click here to jump straight to the product list). During my research, the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook was very helpful. I've compiled a short list of the warmest fibers: Qiviut (Musk Ox Down) Qiviut (pronounced "kiv-ee-ute") is the name for the downy hair of the musk ox. It is the warmest fiber in the world -- about eight times as warm as sheep's wool. Musk oxen live in Alaska and Canada where temperatures sometimes drop to … [Read more...]

Selvedge Denim Jeans Made In The USA

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Tellason Jeans Tellason jeans are made in San Francisco, were they were first product during the Goldrush. Tellason jeans are constructed selvedge denim form Cone' White Oak mill in Greensboro, North Carolina. Selvedge denim is made on traditional shuttle looms. Selvedge denim is tightly woven, making the denim stronger and more durable. Selvedge also has a stronger outseam that will resist fraying more than a stitched out seam. Originally, Cone Mills supplied denim for Levi’s beginning in … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Classic Backpacks By Duluth Pack

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Based in Minnesota, Duluth Pack makes high durable work clothes (for both men and women), and classic bags. This is their Paul Bunyan Canoe Pack, made with 18 oz canvas in the U.S. It sells for $230. This is their classic Child's Backpack, constructed with 15-ounce canvas. It sells for … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Mulholland Waxed Canvas Negotiator Bag

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Founded in San Francisco in 1984, Mulholland is a small company run by a father and his two sons. They specialize in handcrafting bags and accessories using raw materials sourced in the U.S. Their Negotiator Bag, featured here, is made with waxed canvas, a heavy-duty fabric which is dipped in paraffin … [Read more...]

Underrated Fiber Series: Yak Wool

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In our underrated fiber series, we will be featuring products made with wool from alpacas, llamas, vicunas, bison, musk oxen, and yaks. Similar to Bison wool, Yak wool is a very warm, lightweight and soft fiber. Yaks are primarily raised by nomadic Tibetan and Mongolian families. Their wool is combed (not shorn) once per year in the springtime when the animals shed their winter coat. Khunu offer a range of athletic clothing that is made with 100% Himalayan yak wool. Khunu is based in … [Read more...]

Underrated Fiber Series: Bison Wool

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In our underrated fiber series, we will be featuring products made with wool from alpacas, llamas, vicunas, bison, musk oxen, and yaks. Let's start this series off by looking at Bison wool, which is harvested from buffalo in Colorado and South Dakota each spring, when the animals shed their fur. Bisons were almost driven to extinction, but today they are making a modest comeback, with several ranches raising Bison for their meat, and a few ranches harvesting their fiber as well. You can read … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Whipcord Work Jacket By Filson

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Based in Seattle, Filson has been producing very durable work clothing since 1911. Their clothing is constructed with some of the most sturdy materials available. All their products are still made in the U.S. and guaranteed for life. Their Wool Whipcord jacket, featured here is made with 17 oz wool … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: The Letter Carrier Bag By Moop

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Moop is a small company that handcrafts bags in their studio in Pittsburg. Their Letter Carrier bag, featured here, is built from durable waxed canvas and lined in cordura. Waxed canvas is naturally water repellent and ages like leather. In regards to ordering, Moop says: We are just a few … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Kahtoola Microspikes

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Made by Kahtoola, a small company in Arizona, these Microspikes are ice cleats that attach firmly to your shoes, and require no special buckles or straps. The spikes constructed of hardened stainless steel. The Kahtoola company founders say: Nearly every one of our products is designed and developed … [Read more...]

The Most Durable Jeans: Iron Heart

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Iron Heart makes jeans with 25 oz Japanese selvage denim -- significantly heavier than the typical 12 oz denim used in most jeans. "Selvage" means the denim was made on an old-style shuttle loom (unlike mass-produced denim). If durability is a deciding factor for you, and you don't mind breaking in your jeans for a few months, Iron Heart jeans might be a good choice. Others may find this thickness of denim too hot in the summer. Other brands that use selvedge denim: Levis, Nudie Jeans (which … [Read more...]