Wednesday, February 1

10E2582: HOTH

There MUST be other snowboard vids titled HOTH [great name - ed] but I don't remember them.  

Found via YoBeat - they had me at "high contrast".  #desktopvacation

The quotes and voice are Alan Watts the British philosopher.

Tuesday, January 24

10E2581: Brexit Barbours

Mainly due to the Brexit decision, the UK's pound Sterling/quid/sovs/sheets is weak against the dollar. Not 1:1 but was edging... Good time to revisit this post about using to snag a Barbour...


I interpret one of the planks of the "buy American" movement as meaning "buy goods from their original manufacturers". Boots and blankets should come from Minnesota, camping gear from Oregon (or California) and moccasins from Maine. Plus, coats come from North Dakota and pencils come from Pennsylvania... Right?

On that tack, a few months years back The Trad revealed a nice tip that should have been obvious but wasn't... when buying British goods, especially nicely aged stuff like say, a Barbour jacket, use British eBay. Bolt of lighting time...

"Ahem, a small word of advice that’ll save you a couple hundred bucks – - Go to Ebay UK for your Barbour. Dirt cheap and beat to hell for about $50. Throw in shipping for $30 and you have the real McCoy with distressed character." -Tintin (The Trad)

Excellent advice. Took a little watching but managed to snag [another -ed] "BARBOUR BEDALE Waxed jacket 38" for 16 pounds sterling - at the moment about $20. Insane.

In the UK a Barbour has some slightly loaded social connotations (i.e. you may be an upper class twit) but no doubt that is just my insecurity showing. Fine, fine piece of kit. The fit with the top pockets was discontinued in 1998 (?) - thus essential.


Related tip from Oma that I won't need this time, "distress a Barbour to avoid the ignominy of appearing to have a new one... elastic bands wound round the arms and leave it in the back of the car for the dogs to trample on."

Friday, December 30

10E2580: LLBean Rangley Wool Plaid/Leather Gloves

From the "reading my mail" department. The goodness of leather palms and the niche of wool.
Via LLBean
  • 100% deerskin leather palm and fingers.
  • Wool/nylon blend back with knit cuff.
  • ThermaTek insulation
  • Fleece-lined
Love the use of malone plaid.

  • 100% deerskin leather palm and fingers.
  • Wool/nylon blend or nylon back with a polyester knit cuff.
  • Waterproof and breathable TEK2® insert keeps hands dry.
  • ThermaTek insulation keeps hands warm.
  • Fleece-lined for extra comfort.

Monday, December 12

10E2579: GRUND√ČNS "Brigg 38"

This marine smock from waterproof working gear leader Grundens is made of 540g PVC coated cotton and is on the other end of the spectrum from 'breathable'. The definition of waterproof - to 2 atmospheres. Frost resistant too.

Seriously fugly. Love it. $50 from the maker - but v limited sizes in clearance.

Wednesday, December 7

10E2578: Huckberry Coal Hard Cash & more

This holiday season everyone who orders from Huckberry is a winner. With every order comes Coal Hard Cash (see what they did there), redeemable for anywhere between $5 and $500 in Huckberry credit, or the prize of a lifetime: a Huckberry Golden Ticket.

One Golden Ticket will be awarded each week, and the prize changes every Tuesday, so be sure to check each week to see the next big reveal (Round the world travel, check. Sailing adventure, check.)

If new to Huckberry go through here and save $10 immediately.
If an old-timer get 15% off the site with promo GIFT15. You're welcome.

Tuesday, December 6

10E2577: SmartWool 'Slopestyle' Socks

OTC (over the calf), cushioned foot and leg for sports impacts [shredding - ed], knit in USA, $25.

By Smartwool. Also available from the home of all good things, LLBEAN.

Sidenote - have you seen this graph, the changing ratio of excitement of socks as a Christmas present over time? Good stuff...