Winter Buyers Guide 2018

Winter Buyers Gift Guide

It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Wolverine’s 1000 mile boots, but they just upped their game for those of us that live in the frozen tundra of the North.  We know these boots are going to look good, the classic styling of the 1000 mile boots combined with the Horween Boundary leather is a can’t miss combination.  To make them a legitimate winter boot they added a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and the brand new Vibram Arctic Grip outsoles to deliver a mind boggling combination of winter style and performance.  When we first experienced the Arctic Grip technology we couldn’t believe our eyes, delivering unimaginable grip on a block of pure ice when all other shoes slipped around like we were on skates.  Whether out to dinner or traversing an ice covered sidewalk, these boots will not disappoint.  MSRP: $425 and worth every penny.

The shirt jacket may not be a new concept, but it has seen a resurgence in popularity over the last few years.  Just like it sounds it is somewhere between a shirt and a jacket, but with modern materials and design it can replace numerous pieces in your wardrobe.  Nau’s Utility Down has taken the top spot in my closet for this category.  This slick looking jacket goes from the pub to the trail without missing a beat.  The quilted 700 fill power down is surprisingly warm while not looking like your walking around town in a marshmallow man puffy.  Two chest pockets as well as two hand pockets provide storage while keeping your hands protected from the elements. Stay warm and look good in this incredibly versatile piece of outerwear.  MSRP: $295
Just because they're little doesn't mean the kiddos don't deserve legit hats too...  The grown-ups on Team Paddle Junkie has been obsessed with the trucker hats from Sunday Afternoons since they first launched their Artist Series, for many reasons.  Fit, comfort, style and durability are all second to none, and they didn't skimp on any of these traits when making a kids version.  This isn't a watered down shadow of it's big brother, it's the real deal, just a little smaller and with more kid friendly artwork.  Available in 5 versions to match your kids personal style.  MSRP: $24

Vintage style meets modern design in this super versatile day pack.  Mystery Ranch dusted off the Kletterwerks brand to pay homage to the heritage and durability it's founder Dana Gleason II built his business upon, and every bit of this pack reflects that.  The 3-Zip design allows for access to the entire pack in seconds.  The addition of a zippered top pocket gives you a handy storage spot for those regularly needed items.  Plenty rugged for a day on the trail, but feature laden for urban adventures, this pack can do whatever you ask it to.  Constructed of 1000D CORDURA® and 1680 Ballistics nylon the pack is practically bulletproof, but sporting comfortable straps and a 15 in laptop sleeve, it's a marriage of brawn and sophistication.  MSRP: $199

More than your average flannel the Dakota Grizzly Shayne is a winter busting cloak of warmth and comfort.  The super soft ombre flannel comes in 3 color-ways all of which are a subtle plaid.  The Shayne is lined with a thermal waffle lining that provides an addition layer of warmth while being pleasant against the skin.  Snap closures and two nearly invisible hand pockets make this shirt both user friendly and practical.  MSRP: $88

Costa Del Mar makes some of our favorite sunglasses, hands down.  Top quality lenses and stylish design have put them at the top of our most coveted list for years.  But their new Untangled Collection has a story unlike any other.  In harmony with their commitment to ocean conservancy, the Bureo frames are made from recycled fishing nets.  Keeping these black nylon nets out of the water which account for as much as 10% of all plastic waste in the oceans.  Look good, see well and make an impact all at once.  Can't get much better than that.   #UntangleOurOceans  MSRP: $219

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