The Pacific Northwest is home to an overwhelming amount of locations prime for a weekend getaway or camping trip, so much so that sometimes, just deciding on where to go or what to bring is the hardest part. Even if you don’t have the time to get away for an entire weekend, sometimes just a day is all you need to find some adventure. Here, we’ve picked out 5 items that’ll help you along the way in your travels this summer and beyond.
Tanner Goods "Wilderness Rucksack"
Every good trip needs a good bag, and the Tanner Goods Rucksack is just the one. Made from a sturdy 18oz twill canvas fabric, this bag features genuine Horween Chromexcel details throughout, as well as solid brass hardware, and waxed finish on the Field Tan color. The shoulder straps are easily adjustable and extremely comfortable, and will take on a beautiful character of their own as they start to age. What’s really important about this bag is the vast central opening that is large enough for all of your camping supplies, or daily needs. The pocket, like the shoulder straps, comes finished with a felted wool lining that provides substantially more protection for the items in your bag. Beyond being a great travel bag, the rucksack provides extra pockets on the interior, including a laptop sleeve, that make throwing it over your back before a bicycle-ride to the office just as easy. As with any of the products from Tanner Goods, the bag is built to last a lifetime, and will take on a beautiful, aged look over years of use.
The Wolverine 1000 Mile has been an American staple since 1914 when founder, G.A. Krause, created the boot for railroad workers. The boots have since garnered worldwide acclaim for their craftsmanship, durability, and surprisingly comfortable feel. The 1000 Mile gets it’s name from the claim that the boots will last you over “1000 miles of wear,” making them more than capable of handling any hike or day trip you throw at it. The 1000 Mile is made from 100% genuine Horween Chromexcel leather, with Goodyear Welt construction. The boots also come fitted with DuraShock compression pads, which absorb shock in the heel and forefoot and are a big reason why Wolverine boots have sustained their reputation as the most comfortable boots on the market today. The boots feature a classic plain toe design, with 4 eyelets and 3 speed hooks for easy lacing. With the break in process of comparable boots taking upwards of 3 weeks for most people, the Wolverine 1000 Mile can be comfortable after a lightning-fast 1 week of wear, making it easy to take out of the box and into the wilderness.
If your climate is as unpredictable as ours is here in the Pacific Northwest, packing something to layer with is a must. That’s why we look to the assorted knitwear from Vancouver’s Reigning Champ. The mid-weight fabric makes for a garment that isn’t too heavy, but still provides enough warmth to make it through colder weather, while the modern fit provides a slim silhouette while still having enough room to put over a t-shirt. The Reigning Champ pieces are all easy to roll up and store in your travel bag of choice, and come finished with the double layer ribbed side gussets for extra mobility and movement in the arms.
Here at Blue Owl Workshop, we’re big advocates of hiking in your jeans. After all, what handles the great outdoors better than heavyweight denim? The versatility and durability of denim is largely why jeans have become the all-purpose pant in America over the last 100 years, and for those reasons, we round out our travel gear with some denim that you can wear on the upper-half of your body. The KURO2 Type 3 Denim Jacket from Big John is the perfect denim jacket for your trip. At 12oz, this black/indigo overdyed jacket is the great all-purpose weight, and the classic type 3 design allows for superb functionality and enough pockets (6 of them) to store any of the items you need easy access to. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Big John piece without selvedge details along the cuffs, inside placket, and collar loop. As the jacket is worn, the black overdye from the warp will rub off the reveal the original indigo color, which will then reveal the grey color of the yarn. This creates an extremely unique, three stage aging process that mixes hues of black, blue and grey to make up one of the best looking denim jackets we’ve seen in awhile.
For the colder months, you’ll need a warm jacket that can handle the outdoors but doesn’t make your body temperature too warm during intense hikes. The Hybridge Light Jacket from Canada Goose is just that. Made from real Canadian goose down, this lightweight jacket provides exceptional warmth in an extremely versatile package. Tensile-Tech inserts, Japanese YKK zippers, and 3M reflective tape are all details that come with the Hybridge Light Jacket to increase mobility, functionality, and visibility, respectively. And for convenience, the entirety of the Hybride Light Jacket and be packed into the exterior left hand pocket (pictured here), creating an extremely packable jacket that you can wear and put away with ease.
BONUS: Juniper Ridge Cabin Sprays
Take the scents and smells from your day trip home in these Cabin Sprays from Juniper Ridge. Available in four different scents, these sprays bottle up the essence of different regions within the United States into an all-natural spray that can be used as an air freshener or light cologne.