24 Nov Round Up: Best of the West
Winter in the Northern Rockies means snow and all the accompanying festivities, whether that’s bombing down a hill, clearing ice from a fly rod’s eyelets, or cozying up with a book in front of a crackling fire. Here are just a few items sure to deepen your experience of winter. Treat yourself or indulge in the gift-giving season.
Pullover by Powder Puff Collection
A functional fashion accessory that’s both warm and attractive, Powder Puff’s Pullover may be just the ticket for more comfortable jaunts outdoors. Jackson, Wyoming-based Jillian Moorhead brings her fashion expertise from a stint with the House of Chanel and subsequent 15-year career with Ralph Lauren to Powder Puff products, merging her appreciation for accessories with the base necessity of staying warm. Made of a water-repellent diamond-quilted nylon shell and lightweight insulated middle — and complete with a cinch at the top and luxurious cashmere lining — the Pullover will keep the winter chill out without sacrificing fashion; powderpuffcollection.com.
Figment Collection by Stio
Among Stio’s newest products is the Figment Collection, a jacket and ski bib featuring four distinct styles for men and women. While designed with freeride flexibility in mind, this versatile collection is suitable for any type of skiing or snowboarding. Made of Stio’s durable, 100-percent recycled outer shell and a highly breathable inner layer, Figment also boasts a number of functional details, such as the jacket’s interior pockets for gloves, goggles, or skins; a helmet-compatible hood; and a pass pocket made of a protective lining that blocks radio waves and keeps cards and personal information safe; stio.com.
Field Canvas Pants and Flannel Sport Shirts by Duck Head
Duck Head is a brand with history. In 1865, brothers George and Joe O’Bryan began repurposing surplus army tent material into work pants, and their business has endured into the modern age. The brand’s field canvas pants include five pockets and are made of 9.4-ounce canvas that helps regulate the wearer’s temperature. Meanwhile, Duck Head’s flannel shirts, made of soft brushed cotton, provide warmth and comfort in colors and tones inspired by the seasons of the Rockies; duckhead.com.
Slippers and Mittens by High Plains Sheepskin
Handmade in East Helena, Montana, High Plains Sheepskin’s slippers and mittens are as timeless as they are luxurious. Made from American sheepskin, these slippers and mittens feature quality craftsmanship that will stand the test of time. With hard- and soft-sole designs — as well as sizing for children and babies — High Plains’ slippers are suitable for year-round mountain living; hpsheepskin.com.
Hunter Pull-ons by Schnee’s Boots
When the snow is deep and the air is frigid, Schnee’s Hunter Pull-on Pac Boots won’t disappoint. Produced in downtown Bozeman, Montana, these lightweight step-in boots are made of premium oil-tanned leather and feature a high-traction sole and removable 400-gram quilted liner. Resembling a cold-weather cowboy boot, the Hunter boasts a classic fit and finish and is rugged enough for chores but handsome enough to be your next all-around snow boot; schnees.com.
Hats by Alpacas of Montana
Alpacas of Montana offers hats and other winter gear made of fiber from the alpacas living on the family farm in Bozeman, Montana, as well as through a partnership with about 40 small farms in Peru. Alpaca wool is distinct among fibers for its natural softness, exceptional warmth, hypoallergenic properties, and waterproof nature, and Alpacas of Montana makes good use of these traits by forming it into a patented yarn. Many styles incorporate a polar fleece lining, such as the Backcountry Activewear Alpaca Beanie, which is designed to regulate body temperature and wick away moisture; alpacasofmontana.com.
Fall Run Hybrid Jacket by Simms
Rounding out Simms’ fishing apparel, the Fall Run Hybrid Jacket is a seasonal layering solution that works on the river or on the town. This puff coat is made with recycled, water-resistant polyester and low-bulk recycled insulation. It also incorporates stretch-fleece panels along the side and under the arms for unhindered mobility. Designed with anglers in mind, the jacket includes a smooth exterior that minimizes abrasion when worn with waders or bibs, and the hem offers a slight drop in the back for added protection when rowing a boat; simmsfishing.com.