Thursday, October 16, 2008

School Supplies: Sierra Designs

-Fall is here, and you are most likely cold and/or wet so here is some real talk. With all of the new hype surrounding outerwear brands like Penfield and Patagonia, I thought it necessary to recognize the underdog. While they aren't about collabos, fleece epidemics or fake flannel, Sierra Designs makes inexpensive, durable, and sustainable outerwear fit for the NW's notorious weather.
-SD's clothing proves that simplicity doesn't preclude style. Their products come in vibrant solid colors and can be made obscenely small for the purpose of packing. The down coat and Microlight rain jacket pictured below are both packable and can be purchased together for less than $200.
-I got a Sierra Designs sleeping bag as a graduation present, and it has served me well, whether in the mountains or on friends' floors. While sleeping bags aren't our main area of expertise, I thought it necessary to note that SD's Verde 20 sleeping bag was given an Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award. The bag is made with 95% recycled material and is part of the Green Effect program, which pledges that the company will run on 100% wind power.

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