Today was the first 30+ degree day we’ve had in a while here in Burlington, VT. So, needless to say, we were determined to take advantage of every bit of warmth and sunshine we could. After a quick pancake breakfast at home (Sunday ritual), we loaded our snowshoes in the car and headed to Shelburne Farms.
With full sun and no wind chill, all we needed were our Ibex base and midlayers. It felt great to have the mobility of just our Merino layers without the extra bulk of shells, snowpants, etc. Ibex’s wool is super soft and lightweight so they work really well for outdoor activities. My skin is very sensitive so I’m particularly picky with the fabrics I wear close to my skin. I’ve stuck with Ibex because my skin has never reacted to it unlike some synthetic materials or other wool products.
We spent almost 3 hours wandering around the farm, going further and further into the property. This time of year is breathtaking in Vermont. It really is like a winter wonderland. You can’t help but pause every few paces to take in the rolling hills and tree lines of the farm. Teddy, being a landscape architect, couldn’t get enough of the Frederick Olmstead-designed grounds.
I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that my Ibex layers have saved me this winter. The Woolies 150 base layers are incredible under jeans and sweaters during the week, especially if you have a walk to work. On the weekends, when we’re outside snowshoeing or skiing, we layer them under our Ibex midlayers and then add appropriate shells for wind protection. In these photos I’m wearing the Izzi Tavern Pant, Woolies 150 Crew, and Pez Metro Jacket from Ibex. My boots are Danner Mountain Light II. Teddy is wearing the Shak Jersey (in last year’s color), Straightaway Crew, and Woolies 150 Bottoms (under his Carhartts) from Ibex.
Danner presents a new documentary, The Trembling Giant, that follows three groups of bow hunters 10,000 miles into the Rocky Mountains as they hunt for elk. Instead of making a film about hunting as a blood sport or game, this film captures the honesty of the hunt, man’s connection with animal and nature, and the beauty of the elk community. It’s about a passion for the nature and the wilderness we seek to protect. The full feature will be airing on The Sportsman Channel May and June. You can also find a screening near you.
Be there with bells on for boots and tasty bourbon!
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At the recent UK tradeshow Jacket Required, Danner previewed their Fall/Winter 2012 collection. The collection is consistent with the brand’s heavy duty quality construction with re-issues of their classics and introducing some new silhouettes. I’m looking forward to their boot/shoe combination styles that features versatility without sacrificing the toughness of Danner’s traditional boot. Also be sure to hit up the site to check out their Spring collection.
I think a post on Danner’s new Patterson boots is terribly fitting for Veterans Day. In 2006, Danner became the supplier of the Marine Crop’s Rugged All Terrain Boot, which gained the reptation of beng the only proven USMC rugged all terrain boot available. A new addition to the Stumptown Collection, the Danner Light Patterson and the Mountain Light Patterson boots are a tribute to the this history. With a limited run of 500 each and $10 of every pair sold being donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, these are definitely boots worth slipping into. Made from nubuck leather, hand-crafted uppers, stable stitchdown platforms, midsoles, and Vibram® outsoles that Danner uses on their military-spec boots, these boots will handle anything you through at them. It doesn’t hurt that when you buy them, you’re honoring the many brave men and women who have fought for this country in a small (but very valuable) way.