The team over at Gear Patrol captured a great inside look at the Legendary L.L. Bean factory in Brunswick, Maine and their process for making their iconic Bean Boots.
If you don't already own a pair of Bean Boots, I cannot recommend them enough. Their simple design and rugged craftsmanship have lasted me many years and many more into the future.
This time of year, footwear choices can be a gamble. Overthink it, and you're stuck in snow or hiking boots all day. Under-prepare, and your socks and feet stay wet, cold, and covered in road salt.
The answer, of course, is to opt for the middle, and choose a natural weather-resistant material that's stylish no matter what the season: leather.
You've probably seen common menswear or outdoor items made from "waxed canvas" in your favorite Etsy shops or outfitter sites. It's a traditional means of making fabric weather-resistant, allowing your goods to repel water rather than just soak things in, and dates to hundreds of years before the advent of Gore-Tex and other DWR materials.
But you don't just head to the fabric store and pick up a bolt of waxed canvas. Instead,
Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful that I get to work from home. Not needing to drive anywhere, the opportunities to eat healthfully when I need to, and the ability to keep up with small household tasks throughout the day are simply awesome. There's only one drawback (well, other than the ability to get away with napping anytime I please): heating and cooling all day. Whereas most folks can simply set the thermostat to catch up with them when they get home from work, since I live in a very temperate climate I'm at mercy of the blazing hot summer days and the numbing chills of winter.
For the type of folks who buy matching camping gear or tandem bikes, introducing the Dualbrella. There's no longer a need to figure out who has to hold the umbrella, or where each of you should stand to get maximum coverage...
Unless, of course, there's three of you.
"Dualbrella is traditional umbrella which serves enough to cover two and can be held with one hand. The best thing about Dualbrella does not require to jockey for position under the canopy. This measure of six feet (1.83m) wide and three feet (0.91m) deep. Despite its size, only one hand is necessary to hold it, so its oversized canopy can also cover one person taking an armful of packages.