Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOLID ON-White, Brown, Performance/Outdoor Wear/Gear 2015 Part 3

Outdoor Retailer/SIA/NYC

Bergans of Norway, Big Agnes, EMU, Filson, Grundens, LL Bean, Mountain Khakis, OOFOS, OTBT, Seirus Innovation, Vans, Vibram

Most Fall/Winter apparel and gear-assumes snow = white is rarely seen for backcountry destined itemsvisibility being a key factor.

For fashion separates and accessories- imo-white looks 'fresh' if not exactly mass transit/ urban friendly.


Seirus Innovation HEATWAVE+ original dual stage heating system-Neofleece back-added warmth, brushed Heatwave palm, reflective Heatwave on inside back, soft wicking lining-gloves that defy the cold.

GRUNDENS -fisherman style chapeau---in the signature rubber-extra wide brim +welded water ditch leads off the wet weather, adjustable chin strap sizes s-xl
At this point-practically everyday yields an 'athleisure' launch...outdoor brands are not this fashion-y but could be....we like how this l/s white top blends sheer with solid---

VANS® -AURA EK/Drums/Flash -the classic white outsole made to grip- and upper geometric print by British Design House -husband+wife team Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto--- is wonderfully retro reminds us of 1920s-1930s Abstract -Cubist artists.With Vans custom focus Boa closure system-2 reels control 3 zones of closure linked by patent pending  custom slide guide for adjustable fit along the instep area +superior heel hold, Pleasure cuff, instep flex zones, heat retaining temperature shield between outsole+liner, internal web harness...means an out of the box perfect fit. 

White Vibram  outsole adds some durable pizazz to glossy mocha brown rubber OOFOS OOclog ...with its superior impact cushioning, arch support, and energy returning design-our ultimate recovery shoe gets some flash. MAJOR thanks-Vibram's Sole Factor van and talented Dave Page cobbler... plus the new LightBase Tech -using vulcanized fabric compound=is 50% thinner/30% lighter =performance protection. Impressive.

Brown street shoes... the dominant tone for leather/suede uppers---for F/W 2015---but not so much outdoor wear clothing...though can be somewhat flattering to various skin tones--especially when linked up with orange or purple trim details.
EMU--suede and Australia sheepskin, durable TPR outsole, EVA comfort midsole

LL Bean's 'DUCK' BOOT regularly sellout---iconic classic in brown -waterproof protection of rubber combined with full grain leather...rawhide leather laces...and outsoles that last...moc and higher versions, insulated options too.

LL Bean new Knife Edge Hiking Boots-women's Oakwood color- pictured $179 sport a classic line design, Vibram Rubber XS Trek outsole, TEK2.5 full grain waterproof/breathable/windproof construction, molded EVA footbed, PU midsole for cushioning+support, molded rubber toecap and contrast stitching-functional and eye catching details. NICE
OTBT Carlsbad boot $195 in brown-(also pictured in New Red and Mud...) leather and cozy wool lining, rubber outsole, fabric lining and waxed leather lace detail-cute and rugged bootie-cuffs up or down.
Big Agnes Shovelheaded Hooded Jacket, 700 fill Downtek™ Down repels water+washable, Insotect Flow™ vertical baffles flatters+contours to body, Flow Gates™ eliminates down shifting, lightweight nylon ripstop shell, adjustable drawcord hood, main zipper with a no draft flap, adjustable drawcord hem keeps cold out, interior chest pocket doubles as a stuff flap, thumb holes, textured zip pulls use with gloves on, large mesh interior pocket
Big Agnes Long Draw chestnut color coat-similar characteristics as sleeping bags and the above jacket-baffle patterns that flatter, Insotect Flow vertical baffles no down shifting...DownTek down that repels the wet stuff---in a nylon ripstop fabric, thumbholes for great fit, ...adjustable drawcord hood- waist adds more shape-or belt it. Interior pocket doubles as stuff sack.
Filson-inside out looking in a way---core fleece lining, quilted insulated sleeves...with plaid wool weather  jacket
Mountain Khaki's cozy core Twist Down Vest-in Terra...nicely offset with a flattering fuchsia- plum quilted lining, center zip and purple sides that is stretchy...versatile piece. Pictured over Eagle Jacket- plum.

Bergans KARIEL  Lady Jacket made of Technowool™ hybrid of wool+modern technical fibers-repels wind/water keeps it warmth when wet-and naturally temperature regulating. Large cozy collar stylish zip, logo metal badge on hem
Bergans  Bjerke 3-in-1...a 2L Element™apparel- lifestyle Lady's coat  wool poly with a removable inner jacket/coat , articulated elbows, high collar, plenty of pockets, drawstring hem +partial storm flap with buttons,