*Leather- nature's first fabric.
Gloves and boots are so inexpensive that
you can buy new ones every September. Why then should you consider
spending triple digits with us? Ordinary handwear and footwear feel
burly, but they don't know how to 'live' on you hands. Their laminated
fabrics, plastic inserts, and heavy molded bottoms prove that they're
more afraid of being wet than getting cold. The moment you wiggle into
them, they start trapping perspiration. Folks like us at the top of the
map know that sweat is potentially lethal. It's icky too.
If you're the type that likes to wander
on those pristine winter days, take a few pointers from the
professionals. Native cultures thrived in absurd cold because they made
use of the local plants and animals. Game leather is flexible and
breathable. Natural hair and plant fibers trap heat, but wick moisture
away. When you shape them into supple coverings they'll keep your
fingers and toes happy well below 0ºF. We're short on Caribou and moss,
but we're creative enough with what we have. We use Bison and Elk
leather because they endure years of abuse without complaint. Our True
North Mittens and Boots (no
boots for the 2013/2014 season) blend those hides with canvas to make feathery shells. We line them with
just enough wool to be efficient, but not bulky. Our Big
Mitts are in a class by themselves, with a tough, breathable
shell covering an absolute haven for your cold hands. We've also updated
our semi-regular ICEBIKE
Does this sound old fashioned? Perhaps.
The difference between natural and synthetic isn't apparent at first.
But you're sure to notice it after hours or days. We hope that you won't
pay attention to your clothing at all because your favorite lake has
become a Perch dispenser, or your puppy team is cruising like seasoned
racers. So, if you're willing to endure a snicker or two from your
techie friends at the trailhead, your reward will be a hearty laugh at
their expense when the day is over
*Please be aware that our Big
Mitts, True North Boots, and Icebike Mittens will not
be available this season. We've left the pages up so you may see what
they are like.