Notes: Outfitting a First-Time Hiker

Understanding the value of technical clothing and embracing its style

I heard the rip before I knew what it meant exactly. I felt a sensation as well. We all know that strange, infrequent out-of-body experience: a tear taking place in our clothes, with seam tearing from seam. The incident occurred mid-hike, while I was wearing houndstooth shorts I had custom-made in Shanghai almost a decade earlier. The rip extended one inch just below the fly …

Columbia Sportswear Reinvents Raincoat Technology

Their proprietary OutDry Extreme technology offers protection and breathability by way of all new surface membranes

Most people are familiar with Columbia Sportswear‘s range of durable, stylish outdoor apparel. Many, however, might not be familiar with the fact that the brand holds more than 220 patents for technologies they’ve developed in just the last six years. Today, they announce their latest development, OutDry Extreme for raincoats, and CH had the opportunity to get hands on with the products during a visit …