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Mountain 600 Boots

Danner Mountain 600 Boots : Hiking Innovation

Looking to the future whilst paying respect to its past, the Danner Mountain 600 Boots takes their design inspiration from a selection of hiking footwear styles, combining it with both traditional construction and a healthy dose of technical ingenuity. Continuing the American brand’s commitment to quality boots made with purpose, the Mountain 600 finds its roots embedded in the Pacific North West Coast, offering a host of features capable of dealing with the vast array of terrain and weather found on its trails. Slotting seamlessly into what Danner define as heritage performance, no matter whether you’re more traditionally inclined or find yourself placed firmly on the modern side of the fence, we’re sure these boots will put a smile on your face.

 

Danner Mountain 600

 

What are the Danner Mountain 600 Boots Made From?

Made from a full-grain leather, that is slightly more lightweight than that used on other boots in the Danner lineup, the Mountain 600 provides a substantial amount of protection whilst paying careful attention to not become overly clunky or heavy on foot. Subjected to 6 tests to ensure comfort, strength and durability, the boots come with purposefully reduced seams, which, when combined with the Danner Dry lining, gives waterproof qualities without hampering breathability.

 

Are the Mountain 600 Boots Waterproof?

Yes! As we briefly touched on, the boots come with Danner’s, Danner Dry technology which is 100% waterproof. Not only this but the leather is pre-treated to give further water resistance meaning if you come across wet terrain you can rest easy knowing your socks will remain dry.

 

Danner Mountain 600 Boots

 

What are the main features?

For those who can’t get enough of the nitty-gritty allow us to fill you in. Joining forces with Vibram, Danner delivers arguably one of their most responsive rides yet. Utilising an SPE (Specialised Performance Elastomer) midsole, which is created by combining a unique combination of synthetic / natural rubber alongside cushioning EVA foam, the flexible and featherweight composition brings all the support you could wish for.

But that’s not all! Look lower still and you’ll find a Vibram Fuga Megagrip outsole. One of the best in the business when it comes to the subtle art of not slipping over, its flex lines work in unison with the pliable SPE material allowing the foot to expand wider and cover more surface area. Decked out with multi-directional angular lugs that hook onto surfaces to provide a better grip, the entire package is finally sealed with Megagrip rubber throughout for built-to-last peace of mind.

Sole aside, there is also a removable Ortholite footbed housed within, which only serves to increase circulation and comfort properties to the max, you can see why these boots have quickly become a personal favourite of ours. If you’re not sold on the vast list of practical benefits, they are also very good looking with metal lace D-ring loops, an array of tasteful embossed branding and visuals which slot seamlessly into contemporary styling.

 

Mountain 600

 

How does the Danner Mountain 600 Fit?

Built around Danner’s DPDX last, the Mountain 600’s do fit slightly roomy so it may be something to bear in mind when making your choice. Danner do recommend sizing down at least half a size in order to achieve the perfect fit. Here is a helpful video of them on foot which may help you make your choice…

 

 

If we’ve missed anything or you have any questions be sure to leave them below in the comments but in the meantime why not shop our Danner Boots.

Axel Arigato Orbit Trainers

Axel Arigato Orbit Sneakers : Space Age Style

Taking influence from architecture, art and music, the Axel Arigato Orbit Sneakers continue the Swedish brand’s disruptive approach to footwear. Known for their quality build, exquisite materials and ultra-contemporary aesthetic, the Orbit takes things in a slightly more basketball-inspired direction, positioning themselves seamlessly in line with modern-day trends. Capable of being styled with everything from sweatpants to suits, if you find yourself riddled with indecision and eager to learn more when it comes to materials, fit and subtle details, then you’ve come to the right place.

 

Orbit Sneakers

 

What Are The Orbit Trainers Made From?

As we mentioned earlier Axel Arigato doesn’t mess around when it comes to materials and the Orbits Sneakers are no exception. Handcrafted in Portugal, the sneakers come constructed primarily from a premium white leather base, that’s durable enough to withstand external intervention yet soft enough to conform to the foot, keeping comfort levels high. Deploying an array of pastel coloured suede paneling for additional points in the sensory department, the Orbit is finished with a fully cemented treatment ensuring its shape and dynamic proportions remain intact even after repeated wear.

 

Axel Arigato Orbit Sneakers

 

How Do They Fit?

Despite most of Axel Arigato’s lineup fitting true to size, given the Orbit’s larger proportions they do run slightly bigger than the other sneakers in the brand’s lineup. If you find yourself in between sizes it could be recommended to size down in order to ensure a better fit. Check out a video of them on foot below…

 

 

What are the Orbit Sneakers Main Features?

Despite not being a functional shoe on paper, the Axel Arigato Sneakers do come with their fair share of intricacies. Starting with a perforated toebox that allows for greater airflow when things heat up, a removable cushioned footbed and plush leather lining envelop the foot in a double-helping of luxury comfort. Below a 3.5cm customer rubber cup sole unit towers over the competition, bringing stability and grip for daily pursuits. Both glued and stitched to reinforce its connection, it also comes made from 20% recycled materials for sustainable sensibilities. Equipped with flat cotton laces, embossed branding can be found to the heel whilst a gold cursive callout to the side ensures an opulent persona.

 

Axel Arigato Orbit

 

How To Clean Axel Arigato Orbit Sneakers

When it comes to cleaning your precious kicks we’ve got you covered. Not only do we have a range of some of the best cleaning products on the market available right now, but we also have a handy tutorial to show you how to use them. Take a look at our sneaker cleaning guide right now.

 

How To Style

But what do I wear them with I hear you cry? Not to worry we have you covered there as well. Easily paired up with just about anything you can hope for, you can’t go wrong with the age-old combination of a lightweight shacket and nifty slacks. In this case, we’ve opted for a Gramicci packable overshirt on top alongside a pair of rather nice Dries Van Noten Perkino Trousers. Check it out below…

 

Axel Arigato Orbit Sneakers Styling

 

If you have any more questions be sure to leave them below in the comments, but in the meantime why not shop our new Axel Arigato arrivals?

Primaloft Insulation

What Is Primaloft Insulation? All You Need To Know

If you’re looking for something to add reliable warmth to your cold-weather looks then a Primaloft jacket is a solid choice. Famed for its ability to provide heat even in wet conditions and often referred to as synthetic down, the man-made fabric originated in military history, before making its way quickly into both fashion and outdoor circles around the world. So how does it stack up against down? Is it waterproof? And what are the benefits? Read below to find out!

 

What is Primaloft?

Primaloft was developed in the 1980’s after the US military approached advanced textiles company Albany International Corp to produce a synthetic alternative to goose down that offered the same protection even in harsh conditions. Originally intended for use in their sleeping bags and clothing, the innovative material quickly gained notoriety for its ability to still keep the wearer warm and insulated even when wet, offering a solution to its natural alternatives, down, biggest drawback. Since then Primaloft has gone on to gain commercial success releasing a number of new derivatives of its original formula and being used by a number of brands including, The North Face, Patagonia, CP Company and more.

 

Stone Island Ghost Piece Primaloft Gilet

 

Is Primaloft Warm?

One of the top synthetic insulators in the business, when it comes down to it, aside from all its functional bells and whistles, Primaloft boasts a substantial punch of warmth when worn. Available in a range of different densities to fulfill a spectrum of roles, the filling is one of the best when it comes to mimicking the same principles of down. Made from fine microfiber polyester fibers which form a number of small air pockets, the fabric traps the heat generated by the body, retaining it and forming an internal microclimate against the surrounding cold air.

 

Is Primaloft Waterproof?

Whilst technically not waterproof, Primaloft much like many of its synthetic peers handles wet conditions superbly. Having been designed to fulfill this exact role, thanks to its polyester makeup, its ultra-fine fibers are much less absorbent than their natural counterpart whilst also more quick-drying if water exposure was to occur. Perhaps where Primaloft truly excels, however, is its ability to retain the majority of its loft even when damp meaning that it still provides a formidable amount of insulation and warmth. Just see for yourself in the video below…

 

 

How is Primaloft made?

Primaloft is made from weaving together polyester fibres, arranging them into layered sheets and combining them with a synthetic agent which, when melted in the production line ovens, binds the ultra-fine strands together into one combined mass. Having used this technique for over 30 years, the label have been making the necessary steps toward a more sustainable future not only bringing recycled fabrics into the mix but introducing both Primaloft P.U.R.E and Primaloft BIO.

Meaning ‘Produced Using Reduced Emissions’ P.U.R.E removes the need for an oven, and the subsequent carbon emissions it comes with, from the equation. Removing the binder and instead using a resin spray that reacts with oxygen, Primaloft can now simply let their insulation air cure, reducing the carbon output from a single factory by up to 48%.

Primaloft BIO on the other hand is the first-ever fully recycled and biodegradable synthetic insulation. Resulting in no change to performance, the innovative technique, aims to significantly reduce the amount of micro plastics which find their way into the world’s oceans. Tested to show a complete breakdown within 2 years, the soil which is left behind is also free of contaminants and completely suitable for plant growth.

 

Is Primaloft Vegan?

For those who prefer a more conscious driven approach to their outerwear, you will be pleased to find out that Primaloft 100% vegan friendly, not only that but their recently introduced Primaloft Bio line (more on this below) uses recycled, biodegradable fibres.

 

CP Company Primaloft Jacket

 

What are the different types of Primaloft?

There are several different types of Primaloft available on the market each with their own insulation levels, breathability and unique differences. Below is a quick guide to help you get an idea of the differences!

 

  • Primaloft Gold – Primaloft gold is often referred to as one of the best synthetic insulators on the market. The most robust and insulating of the various options, Gold is intended for those who lead an active lifestyle, balancing both moisture-wicking breathability with sheer warming power. Lightweight, water-resistant and quick-drying it is a perfect choice for even the most challenging conditions.

 

  • Primaloft Silver – Not as insulating as Primaloft Gold but still packing a substantial punch, Primaloft Silver is suitable for warmer climates or for days of high physical activity. Coming with the same ability to deal with wet conditions, it is also packable, super comfortable and capable of circulating air to keep sweat at bay.

 

  • Primaloft Black – The most basic variation, Primaloft Black is more suited for everyday wear in urban environments or as a layering piece when outdoors. Providing less heat than both of its counterparts, it retains the core principles which sit at the heart of its development including breathability and water-resistance.

 

Norse Projects Primaloft Overshirt

 

What Is Better Primaloft or Down?

When it comes to picking an insulated jacket it can be tough to decide on exactly which one to go for. Do you opt for the more traditional down route or do you focus your sights on some of the more modern synthetic insulation options such as Primaloft? In reality, both are solid choices and each have their pros and cons which may influence your decisions. A good way to approach things is to think about what the intended use for your new jacket will be. Will you be traipsing across mountainous terrain? Camping in the great outdoors? or are you just looking for something to keep the chill at bay for the weekly run to the shops? To help you navigate the minefield that is a nice warm jacket we’ve rounded up some of the main points of each below.

 

  • Warmth – When it comes to warmth despite Primaloft coming very close and still offering significant protection, down is often regarded as the apex when it comes to pure like for like insulation. Due to its high loft it has an incredibly generous warmth to weight ratio meaning a high fill power down jacket should keep you toasty in a multitude of climates.

 

  • Water-resistance – Given that the main downfall (no pun intended) of down is that it loses its ability to trap warmth once wet, it may come as no surprise to you that Primaloft takes the victory here. Thanks to its synthetic makeup it isn’t nearly as absorbent as down and when it does get wet it is still able to provide significant warmth, retaining its loft and drying out in a much faster time.

 

  • Packability – Despite both being very easy to compress and pack away when not needed, down may take a slight advantage in this field. The simple fact is that down has a greater loft than Primaloft meaning that there is simply less filling required to achieve the same levels of warmth, therefore, making it slightly less bulky in some scenarios. Not only this but many people find that after prolonged compression synthetic fibers can start to flatten out meaning a reduction in effectiveness when worn.

 

  • Breathability – Whilst both are generally quite breathable and capable of wicking away unwanted moisture there are those that say synthetic insulations, do benefit from a slight advantage in this category. However, it’s hard to say which is more breathable without taking into account, the face fabric of the jacket, overall amount of insulation and the function of the garment.

 

  • Maintenance – A benefit of Primaloft is that it is much easier to wash, with some even being able to be cleaned on a gentle machine cycle. When it comes to down the process is a lot more tricky, with several additional steps and perhaps even professional help needed to keep your garment not only fresh but functional.

 

Stone Island Primaloft Metropolis Jacket

 

So there we have it, a full crash course on Primaloft and all of its wondrous benefits. If we missed anything be sure to let us know in the comments and in the meantime why not take a look at some of our latest men’s insulated jackets, you may see something you like!

 

Terry Fox

adidas Orion, Terry Fox & The Marathon Of Hope

When it comes to adidas trainers with both style and substance, the adidas Orion is certainly up there. Made from a lightweight mixture of nylon and suede atop a sleek EVA foam midsole, the heritage runners which have remained relatively under the radar, see a well-deserved moment in the spotlight. Arriving as a one-to-one reissue of their original ’70s silhouette, despite their very good-looking terrace visuals and old-school sensibilities, the true legacy of the trainers lies in their time spent on the feet of non-other than Terry Fox during his courageous 143-day charity cancer run.

 

adidas Orion Trainers

 

Born July of 1958 in Winnipeg, Canada, even from a young age  Terrance Stanley Fox showed signs of mental toughness. Characterised by his tenacity and ability to work hard even in the face of adversity, Terry’s mother recalled his well long-drawn-out sessions spent playing with table-hockey or toy soldiers where games would last for hours, much to the amusement of Terry and the dismay of his siblings.

 

Channeling this attitude through his love of sports, Terry spent most of his life involved in some sort of physical activity, trying his hand at baseball, soccer and rugby during his younger days before eventually focusing his efforts on his passion for basketball. Standing at only 5ft and less than talented at the game, undeterred, Terry tried out for the Mary Hill School Team in a move that would lead him to cross paths with his then coach Bob McGill.

 

Despite spending much of his first season on the bench, McGill would give Terry a minute in each game as a reward for the hard work which he displayed during training, “If I had told Terry to hit his head against the wall, he would have”, McGill once remarked. Arriving at school early, leaving late, and spending many of his summer days playing 1-on-1 with his friend and fellow teammate Doug Alward, he eventually began to make first-team appearances before becoming a mainstay in the squad in the years that followed. Interestingly it was during this time was Terry’s was first introduced to long-distance running, having been advised to take it up by McGill who thought his build and stature may have suited it better. Not wanting to let his coach down and ignoring his less than positive outlook on the sport, Terry decided to give it a shot planting the seeds of what was to come.

 

Terry Fox Marathon Of Hope

 

Pursuing his love of sports into University with the hopes of one day becoming a physical education teacher, it was in November 1977 when Terry’s life began to veer in a new and unexpected way. Driving toward his family home he reportedly became distracted by nearby building works, causing him to crash his car into a stationary pickup truck. Writing his vehicle off, Terry luckily managed to emerge largely unscathed aside from a persistent pain in his right knee which continued to flair up until the following year.

 

After becoming increasingly concerned he decided it was best to get checked over at the hospital, where to his surprise he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a rare cancer that often stems from the leg joint. If such news was not enough for one person to handle, Terry was informed that he not only had to begin what would be a 16-month long chemotherapy regime but that his right leg must be amputated.

 

In typical Fox fashion this his battle with cancer and loss of one leg didn’t slow him down one bit, in fact, some could say it even had the opposite effect. Given a prosthetic leg, he slowly began the tentative and daunting task of working his way back to physical strength. Walking just three weeks after surgery before playing golf with his father and becoming a member of the national wheelchair basketball team later in the year, which he went on to win three national titles as well as earn the accolade of all-star in 1980.

 

Terry Fox Run

 

But despite his love of basketball, it was the world of long-distance running which Terry would lay out his master plan. Having been given a 50% survival rate at the start of his treatment, he discovered that without recent advancements in medical practice his chances would have been at around 15%. Coupled with his time spent undergoing much of his treatment at British Columbia Cancer Control Agency Facility, where he came to know others with battling the disease, he became disheartened at the lack of attention cancer research was being shown. Using this as his fuel and learning that Dick Traum had become the first amputee to run the New York Marathon just the night before his procedure, Terry’s goal became clear and training began.

 

With time needed for the springs in his artificial leg to reset after each step, it was evident Terry needed some time to grow accustomed to his newfound change in gait. Running around 3107 miles over the course of 15 months and taking part in a 17-mile race in Prince George just 2 years after losing his leg, he finally found himself ready to share his intentions with those closest to him, to which, when Terry’s mother Betty told his father Roland, he simply responded, “when?” The Marathon of Hope had been realised and Fox’s journey across the full length of Canada from the east to the west coast was on.

 

Terry Fox Run Across Canada

 

Hoping that he could not only shed some new light on cancer research but raise at least 1 dollar from each Canadian citizen, Terry Sent a letter to the Canadian Cancer Society where Terry famously wrote, “I’m not a dreamer, and I am not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. But I believe in miracles. I have to.” Despite their early skepticism, they agreed to support him in his mission but only if he managed to get both sponsorship support and a medical check over before he began. Much to their surprise soon after Terry was back, armed with support from those including adidas, Ford and CEO of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Isadore Sharp, and despite a diagnosis of left ventricular hypertrophy, true to his word Terry began his trek on the 12th April 1980.

 

Covering around a marathon a day, battling through adverse weather, and dealing with the long list of injuries, strains and stresses that come with running with only one leg, Fox fought his way through 143 days of consecutive running which took him around two-thirds of the way across the country. Initially disappointed with the lack of support and hostility from particularly passing cars during the early portions of the run, Terry’s story soon spread like wildfire and it wasn’t before long before crowds were out in their masses alongside a flood of donations and media coverage.

 

Working his way through six provinces and 3339 miles, unfortunately on September 1st, 1980 after experiencing a severe coughing fit and chest pains Terry was forced to cut his mission short just outside of Thunder Bay. Driven to the hospital, only after he had run to where there were no spectators as to not let the crowd down, it was discovered that the cancer had returned having spread to his lungs. In the days that followed the support did not waver, a telethon was organised in Terry’s name which raised around $10 million, Isadore Sharp, who had had only recently lost his son to melanoma and remained one of Terry’s biggest supporters throughout, established an annual run in his name. Telegramming the family, Sharp stated, “You started it. We will not rest until a cure for cancer is realized.”

 

Terry Fox Marathon

 

Having raised well in excess of his initial goal and captured the hearts and minds of the world, Terry Fox sadly succumbed to his condition on June 28th, 1981. Honoured through countless statues, street names, and more Terry’s story lives on to this day not only as a remarkable driver of cancer research. The youngest person to be awarded the Order of Canada, named newsmaker of the year and the nation’s top athlete, he was also given the highest award from the province of British Columbia alongside a permanent exhibition in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Through organisations and events such as the Terry Fox Foundation and the annual Terry Fox Run which has now been going for over 40 years, his message remains not only a practical positive force in the world but a symbol of determination, perseverance and human spirit.

adidas Orion Trainers

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Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten SS21 Mens : Preserving Len Lye’s Legacy

Pioneering Prints

Contaminated with graphic prints and startling bursts of colour, Dries Van Noten’s SS21 collection is theatrical with intent. The capsule hones in on Len Lye’s progressive art practices dating back to the late 1920s. More akin to ‘60s psychedelia than the roaring twenties, the New Zealander’s works toyed with the process of painting directly onto celluloid strips, resulting in hazy, dream-like visions which were far ahead of their time. 

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten x Len Lye

Fully fixated by the late artist’s avant-garde aesthetic, Dries Van Noten seeks to preserve and promote Lye’s legacy within his latest collection – working directly with the Len Lye Foundation. Favouring bases of black and white, the collection’s t-shirt line boasts bespoke prints, including you’ sunshine motifs that double up film roll edges as rays and a photogram of Lye’s own, dubbed ‘Shadowgraphs’.  

Shadowgraphs Len Lye

Dries Van Noten Mens

Update your spring rotation with the primitive designs of Len Lye, re-packaged for the modern-day by Antwerp design veteran Dries Van Noten. 

Danner Bull Run Boots Brown

Danner Bull Run Boots : Work or Leisure

Merging the worlds of casual styling and robust workwear, the Danner Bull Run Boots are one of the American based  brand’s fundamental silhouettes. Highlighting some of the most traditional and highly regarded techniques within the industry and merging it with both contemporary good looks and a serious array of real-world functionality, the boots have remained a constant on our shelves for years. If you’ve found yourself sitting on the Bull Run fence for too long or have yet to have them appear on your footwear radar, here is a full rundown of why they are so good.

 

Danner Bull Run Boots

 

What is the Danner Bull Run Made From?

Made from a full-grain leather, The Bull Run aims to strike the perfect balance between robust protection and all-day comfort. Unlined to allow for a more lightweight feel and greater breathability when things get warm, Danner deploy a series of 7 tests ranging from strength and density to pull to ensure the leather used is hardwearing enough to withstand external forces, but also malleable enough to mould to the foot over time. Constructed using techniques that date back to 1932 and made in the USA their stitchdown technique makes for a wider more stable platform and easier repairs should they be needed.

 

Danner Boots

 

Are Danner Bull Runs Waterproof?

Due to their unlined nature Danner Bull Runs are not waterproof, however that’s not to say they don’t offer any protection. Tanned with the inclusion of oil, the specialist treatment enhances the fabrics natural water resistant properties whilst also ensuring less maintenance overtime.

 

Danner Bull Run

 

Are Bull Runs Comfortable?

The Bull Run sits atop a Danner wedge sole. Not only does this sole grant contemporary visuals, but it comes engineered to follow the flow and anatomy of the foot offering support where its needed most. Both oil and slip resistant as well as non-conducive, the design allows room for a cushioned footbed for even more comfort. Recommended for smooth surfaces such as concrete or wood, a non-tracking grip ensures an easy ride.

 

Bull Run Boots

 

How Do Danner Bull Runs Fit?

Combining a Portland 503 last and the aforementioned stitch down construction, The Bull Runs come with a casual feel and slightly wider than usual fit to offer extra room across the forefoot and toebox. Despite this many people do usually take their true size however some may find they run a little roomy.

Take a look at them on foot below…

 

 

Is there anything we missed? Leave it in the comments! You can shop the Danner Bull Run Boots and more online now.

 

 

Danner Mountain Light Cascade

Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots : For Those Who Cut New Trails

Why To Invest in the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots

If you’re the seasoned backpacker type or fancy yourself as a bit of an adventurer seeker, you’ll probably regard the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots as the holy grail of footwear. Packed full to the brim with hiking heritage, they’re equal parts practical as they are pleasing on the eye and that’s what has made them such a hit with outdoors lovers since 1979.

How are the Danner Mountain Light Cascade boots made?

Crafted in the brand’s USA factory, situated in Portland, Oregon, these sturdy boots are hand made from top to bottom by Danner’s trusted workforce. The latest iteration of the silhouette takes design cues from the OG Mountain Light – which debuted 42 years ago – ensuring that its purpose, its integrity and its quality output remain the same, only with the added benefit of modern-day tech riding out underfoot.

Full-grain leather is draped across the boot’s upper, offering a rugged tan aesthetic throughout which is accompanied by one-piece leather at the tongue. This extra structuring in the tongue means that the silhouette keeps its shape while also locking rain and debris out.

And the weatherproof properties don’t stop there as a GORE-TEX membrane sits within the boot’s lining, making it not only waterproof but breathable as well. The GORE-TEX liner will wick away moisture too, making the intensity of your pursuits, no matter how chilled or extreme, a complete breeze.

Danner Mountain Light Boots Laces

Are the Danner Mountain Light boots comfortable?

The simple answer is yes, they’re superbly comfortable. Weighing in at just 62oz per pair, these boots are incredibly light on the feet so you’ll never feel like you’re hauling unnecessary bulk about. Another great thing about them is the fact they require little to no breaking in time. Imagine you’re going on a spur of the moment hike with the lads but don’t own suitable footwear for such trails, just swing by and pick up a pair of these and be on your merry way. It really is that fuss-free of a process.

Positioned underfoot is a Vibram® Kletterlift outsole, which, as you can already imagine, having derived from the rubber outsole pioneer, is wholly durable and reliable. The micro-cellular wedge construction is specifically designed with rocky terrain in mind and this is proven in its shock-absorbing aptitude, plus its unparalleled traction.

Danner Mountain Light Sole

How do the Danner Mountain Light Cascade boots fit?

Built on a 650 EE last, the Danner Mountain Light Cascade offers a relaxed, casual fit and therefore we recommend taking a half size down to your usual size. The employment of a stitchdown construction also widens the overall platform for the foot.

Danner Mountain Light Boots Cascade Clovis

If you needed an extra nudge in committing to buying these boots, we hope this blog suffices. The longstanding heritage, minimal wear-in time and rock-solid performance imbued into this boot already has us sold. It should have you sold too.

Shop the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots. Shop the entire Danner Boots Range.

 

Barbour International Jacket : Raceday Highlights

It’s no secret that Barbour know what they’re doing when it comes to wax jackets and the Barbour International jacket is about just about as much physical proof as you can get. Balancing just the right amount of rugged functionality with looks that remain as stylish as they were all those years ago, it’s no surprise the jacket remains steadfast amongst the South Shields based brand’s ranks.  So in a bid to acquaint the unacquainted and to give us another excuse to talk about proper good jackets, here is a full rundown on what makes the International so special.

 

Barbour International Wax Jacket

 

When Was The Barbour International Jacket First Made?

Originally known as the A7 Jacket, the first International jacket was made in 1936 by motorcycle enthusiast Duncan Barbour as a one piece wax cotton suit designed specifically for riders taking part in the Six Days Trails Event. Becoming the garment of choice for a number of International teams right up until the brand’s departure from the motorcycling world in 1977, it formed the base for what would not only become the Barbour International line, but the more lifestyle appropriate outerwear piece we now know and love today.

 

Barbour International Jacket Tartan Lining

 

What Is It Made From?

Dating all the way back to 1894, The International Jacket comes made from Barbour’s sylkoil waxed cotton. Considered by many as the more traditional method when compared the the more modern waxed finish, sylkoil is a ‘unshorn’ wax which is applied to the fabric straight from loom after dyeing. Characterised by its matte finish, softer texture and slightly more hardwearing properties, the treatment is odourless, less maintenance and ages over time for increased flexibility when worn and that quintessential heritage look. Teamed up with a a comfortable cotton lining decked out in the brand’s unmistakable tartan print and it’s easy to see why the International Jacket is considered a piece of menswear history.

However there are variations of the jacket which come made using different wax techniques such as the Barbour International Union Jack jacket (seen below). Not only does this iteration swap out the interior tartan lining for something a little more patriotic but it boasts additional patches to the chest for further branded appeal. Coated with a Thornproof treatment, the fabric is passed through heated rollers which results in a shinier appearance, stiffer feel and deeper colour.

 

Barbour International Union Jack Jacket

 

How does the International fit?

The original International jacket was more of a regular fit however for this iteration the jacket has been slightly modernised. By slightly slimming down the shape and cut of the garment it enhances that classic, cinched at the waist look leading to a more refined silhouette overall. We would recommend taking your usual size, but if you’re still unsure this video may help…

 

 

Is The Barbour International Waterproof?

Not only is the Barbour International jacket waterproof, but it also breathable, durable and wind resistant. Of course waxed jackets do naturally require some upkeep in order to retain their protective qualities, if you’re looking for more information on this side of things you can find out more in our how to re-wax your Barbour jacket guide.

 

Barbour International Jacket

 

What Are The Key Features?

Merging contemporary updates with practical features designed for the world of motorcycles, the International comes packed to the seams with clever detailing that’s geared toward everyday wear. Equipped with a two-way zip and press stud secured storm flap for extra shielding from the elements, the jacket boasts an archive inspired funnel collar with neck clasp. Lined with corduroy to prevent any abrasion on the skin, an adjustable belt to the waist allows for further customisation of its already updated slim contemporary cut.

Bulked out with two-tone branded metal hardware and hits of the Barbour International’s signature black and yellow colour scheme throughout, the jacket provides ample storage capabilities to keep personal possessions secured. Situating a selection of flap bellow pockets to its outer face including two at hip level a further two pockets can be found to the chest one of which being the original angled, ‘map pocket’ which was created to offer easy access when riding. To the interior a subtle drop pocket stitched into the lining offers a more secure place for important goods.

Finished with adjustable cuffs to alter the jacket to your desired fit, a large ‘Barbour International’ patch to the front signifies its position in the various Barbour families whilst a more subtle logo tab can be found adjacent for a true mark of quality.

 

Barbour International Jacket Belt

 

Shop the Barbour International jacket and more online now at Aphrodite.

 

New Balance 327

New Balance 327 Trainer Drops In Black / Grey

A Fresh Rendition of the New Balance 327 Has Landed

If you’re an avid footwear fan you’ll already know that the 327 silhouette from Boston-hailing sports imprint New Balance has been sending out some rather tangible airwaves since it debuted at the back end of 2020. In fact, its ubiquitous nature can be felt worldwide.

New Balance 327 Black

Fusing a nostalgic sensibility with unmatched comfort, the design has proved itself as an instant winner amongst the younger generation, with sneaker aficionados donning the statement shoe whenever and wherever they can, lockdown restrictions permitting, of course.  

New Balance 327 Sneakers

Various iterations of the New Balance 327 grace us for a blip in time and then almost instantly sell out, so you’ll be pleased to know that Aphrodite has a fresh batch of a wholly wearable black/grey version. Adorned with a nylon upper, suede overlays, a tonal lacing system and a contrasting white midsole, the shoe comes bolstered with a studded gum outsole that references the iconic NB 355 Trail Runner. As always, large ‘N’ profiles sign off the sidewall for an identifiable finish. 

New Balance 327 Footwear

Shop the latest New Balance 327 styles online now at Aphrodite while stocks last.