I love long pants I cannot lie!

Carhart 34" x 34" fit me great!

Carhart 34″ x 34″ fit me great!

I just want to say thank you to all the companies that make pants in longer than standard 32″ in-seams. I hate “floods” and the only way I can cover my socks is with pants that have a 33″-34″ in-seam. Normal length pants fit me fine in the store, but within a few months they start getting shorter and shorter. I wash on cold and use just enough low heat dry to get ahead of our coastal humidity.

My list of longer pant options:

  • Carhart [easy to find 34″ length]
  • Prana
  • TNF
  • Patagonia

Not shockingly these are the brand of pants I wear. 🙂

Thanks North Face!

TNF Venture Jacket...

TNF Venture Jacket…

Quite a few years ago I bought a North Face Venture jacket which is a light budget priced rain jacket featuring a proprietary waterproof-breathable HyVent coating inside the garment. That jacket served me well seeing a lot of action from my usual outdoor activities around Calgary to the deserts of the SW US as well as my frequent trips to Baja. The coating started peeling around the neck/hood junction after a couple years and I stopped using it as a rain jacket since it would leak pretty badly. I occasionally wore it as a wind breaker, but getting bits of the coating on my other clothes was enough of a drag that I stopped wearing it and replaced it with a second slightly newer design of Venture jacket.

Sadly the coating around the neck/hood area of the new jacket started peeling without seeing much use.

Peeling coating...

Peeling coating…

I was pretty disappointed.

I kept both jackets for reasons I can’t fully explain. The first had some sentimental value as we had been on many trips together. The second I guess I kept because I felt I hadn’t gotten a reasonable amount of value from it….despite the fact it wasn’t getting used much in it’s leaky condition.

Recently I was on the TNF website and noticed their lifetime guarantee. Remembering I still had these jackets I called them up on a whim and asked if I had a valid warranty claim. I was answered by a helpful person who offered to replace the second jacket with a new one since that coating issue was a known problem.

So I sent in my second jacket and received a new jacket when I got back from the holidays.

I appreciate the product support from North Face. My jacket was quiet old by the time I called in for help and they still replaced it without any hassles. Had I not waited so many years I could have had the first jacket replaced as well, but they had a time limited program in place to deal with the HyVent issues and frankly I felt I got enough use from that jacket to justify the purchase cost.

Thanks North Face! 🙂

Exofficio Flannel Shirts

That's not me - it's another good looking brown guy...

That’s not me – it’s another good looking brown guy…

I’m working on a new contract that requires less working at home and more working in a client’s office and factory. So I have been stocking up on decent looking collared shirts when sales cross my path. The Victoria Area can be quite chilly in the winter with our damp coastal climate combined with my propensity for riding a motorcycle to work year round. So cozy clothes that I can wear to work really catch my attention.

I saw these flannel shirts from Exofficio for sale at GoGear.ca and ordered a couple. They’ve turned out to be my favourite work shirts and they get worn first every week. I wish I had bought more and I’m going to keep my eyes open for more deals on these bad boys.

The materials and construction quality is top notch plus they fit my broad shoulder+ skinny waist+long armed body shape well. So far they are holding up to regular wear and washing with no issues. They are rugged enough that when I head over to the factory side of my client’s operation I worry too much about thrashing them.

If you are in Canada GoGear.ca is worth checking out for deals as long as you can handle their business model which cycles through sales of essentially random items every few days. I can never tell when a good deal will pop up, but I have bought quite a few items from them[Troy Lee, Prana, Merrel, etc…] and not been disappointed. They are ideal for stuff like stocking up on work clothes where you want a couple more shirts, but it doesn’t have to be today and waiting for a deal is fine.

If you are in the US skip them. You have access to better deals than we do on your side of the border. I saw these same shirts on sale at REI for example.

Anyways thanks Exofficio for making a nice shirt. They are VikApproved. 🙂