Outdoors

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Photos by Matthew Sumi

Filson began 118 years ago in Seattle and the brand never intended to appeal to anyone but hunters, fishers and outdoorsmen. But sometimes you can’t control who’s into you, you know?

Now that it’s cool for urban and suburban men to dress like they’re chopping logs in the woods, it’s boom time for Filson. And the brand’s expansive, newly remodeled showroom and manufacturing facility just south of downtown Seattle speak to that prosperity.

Photographer Matthew Sumi snapped the action at the grand re-opening party for the Filson facilities. And Filson’s creative director Alex Carleton spoke to us about talk about stewarding the brand, favorite hikes and the importance of being earnest.

See images below interspersed with the interview.

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In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix was the style go-to for a growing audience of aspiring American gentlemen. His gentlemanly wisdom was on the pages of GQ Magazine and in his best-selling books. Hix’s advice has aged exceptionally well–so we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of his greatest styling and grooming hits.

hixoutdoors1Images by Herb Ritts from Charles Hix’s Dressing Right

When fall turns to a deep freeze, it’s time for city folk to take a few wardrobe cues from our mountain-man brethren. Don’t worry if you don’t know one end of an axe from the other–Hix has you covered.

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The Teva renaissance is upon us and the good news is you don’t have to be all River Wild about it. Not that there’s anything wrong with a more granola look.

But consider Tevas as streetwear and options open up.

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Check out these guys from the 1995 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog, especially the guy on the left in his deep teal fleece. Looks pretty cool, right?

People hate on fleece but they’re tripping. It’s not all the same. You can’t just write off all fleeces. That’s material-ist!

Peruse our collection of fleeces and be real with yourself. Legit freshness abounds. Like, for example, this slammin’ Patagonia pullover.

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Almost every image from the 1981 Nordstrom spring catalog is straight flames, and this one is no exception. Here we see two beach dudes dressed excellently for a season that can’t make up its mind about the weather. Is it hot out? Is it chilly?

Yes.

Don’t freak out, though, bro. Handle both weathers at once!

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Introducing the waviest streetwear/outdoor gear we’ve ever seen: the new capsule collaboration between Barbour and White Mountaineering. We’re biased because we sell it, but believe us when we tell you we love this stuff.

That anorak with those Timberlands? Too clean! The image above shows a Complete Look made by our stylists at Studio N. And if you thought that jacket might also look good with Stan Smiths, another of our Complete Looks confirms you are correct.

For the inside scoop on the English/Japanese team-up, we reached out to Barbour’s head of menswear, Ian Bergin, and White Mountaineering creative director Yosuke Aizawa.

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Best Made Co is physically based in the big city of Manhattan—but the five-year-old company’s ethos is keenly focused on wide-open spaces with nary a skyscraper in sight.

Originating with a simple proposition to build a better axe (a lifeline in the wilderness as well as an inspirational symbol for city-dwellers), Best Made quickly expanded its offering to include form-meets-function items from first-aid kits to fireside coffee cups.

They frequently field-test said products in picturesque, enviably uninhabited locales—and collect incredible visual documentation while they’re at it. Keep reading to see excerpts from four of our favorite Best Made photo essays from all corners of the great United States (a perfect way to wrap up our LET’S GO Pop-In Shop, which comes to an end this Sunday).

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We based our latest Pop-In Shop—LET’S GO!—on the idea of an epic road trip through the US of A. But that doesn’t mean the gear housed therein isn’t tough enough to go international. Keep reading for a selection of photos from our Creative Director, Strath Shepard, on a recent road trip across British Columbia to the Canadian Rockies.

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Fresh air. A campfire. Beers cooled in a creek. We can write these things down all day, but it’s impossible to understand the sheer satisfaction that such simple, outdoor pleasures can engender without experiencing them first-hand—and, preferably, with frequency.

Portland brand Poler operates on a simple mission (which desk jockeys like us can appreciate): to get average people outdoors—and out of their everyday routine—more often. They sum it up with a deceptively simple catch phrase/hashtag: #CampVibes, two syllables that manage to instantly evoke dirt underfoot, cedar in your nostrils and a canopy of stars overhead. And they make it effortless, with innovative gear like a sleeping bag you can walk around in, a camera bag that doubles as a cooler, and a Stumptown coffee kit designed for the campsite.

Keep reading for our exclusive Q&A with Poler Co-Founder and Creative Director Benji Wagner, in which he discusses couscous, favorite road trip spots, and thinking like a kid.

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Reflecting on the rough weather thus far in 2014, and our New Year’s resolution to get some fresh air in spite of it, we decided to take a closer look at one of our favorite outdoor brands: The North Face.

You probably know that The North Face protects you from frigid conditions so that you can enjoy all manner of al fresco pursuits—from extreme sports to a corner-store beer run—in comfort and style. You might also guess that the brand has outfitted explorers, researchers, and daredevils on journeys to the furthest (and highest) reaches of the planet, from the Arctic Circle to Mount Everest. But did you know The North Face’s roots reach back to 1960s San Francisco, and that The Grateful Dead helped launch the brand’s first store?

Keep reading to learn more about The North Face’s nearly five-decade history of counterculture, innovation and environmentalism.

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