Those folks up in the PNW know how to make nice-looking outdoor toys
Seattle may be best-known for its tech industry, but we love Seattle because it’s long been a home for top-shelf outdoor companies. Here’s some of our favorite Emerald City gear.
Filson Hyder Quilted Jac-Shirt ($250)
This piece from Filson is stylish yet adventure ready. It’s made from a water-repellent waxed cotton, comes insulated with 100 grams of PrimaLoft Silver, and looks great with a pair of jeans.
MSR XGK-EX Stove ($160)
MSR’s burly XGK-EX stove, modeled on the cult-favorite Whisperlite chassis, can burn any kind of liquid fuel. That means you won’t have to worry about finding white gas during weird foreign expeditions or at a Walmart in Wyoming.
Platypus GravityWorks Filter ($110)
To use the GravityWorks, simply fill the bladder with river water, hang it from a tree, attach the filter and a clean water bottle below, and let gravity clean the water. No pumping or wand waving necessary.
Feathered Friends Down Comforters (From $320)
(Courtesy Feathered Friends)
Family-owned Feathered Friends has been making down garments for Cascades-based mountaineers since the 1970s. You can get the same high-loft, 100 percent Responsible Down Standard fill the company uses in its Everest expedition suits in a comforter for your bed or van.
Sage X Fly-Fishing Rod ($900)
Sage tweaked the graphite composite in its new X line of rods so they’re nimble and fast while maintaining feel. That means more accuracy for beginners and tighter loops for experienced anglers.
Alchemy Goods Brooklyn Backpack ($140)
(Courtesy Alchemy Goods)
Made from recycled bike tubes, the Alchemy Goods Brooklyn Backpack is watertight for rainy bike commutes.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV Mattress (From $190)
A new speed valve inflates this backcountry mattress twice as fast as most of its competitors, eliminating the lung burn you’re used to.
Kavu Chillba Hat ($45)
Kavu started making hats for fisherman 25 years ago, and its stay-on-your-head styles were quickly adopted by river guides. You might consider the Chillba a hair dorky—until you’re nine days into a Grand Canyon trip and everyone else’s neck is scorched.
Swift Industries Panniers ($280)
(Courtesy Swift Industries)
Swift Industries’ hand-built, 23-liter roll-top panniers are light enough for daily use yet big enough for bike touring. They also convert into a backpack.