There’s all sorts of gear for cold weather travel, but even a good tent is perhaps my least concern, because having a negative temp sleeping bag can help you weather the worst of almost any blizzard. Th goto here is the famous mummy style bags that excel at keeping body heat in and loss of heat at a minimum. If this is something you’re looking to invest in, buy a good one, and I’d suggest a down bag.
Woolrich produces high quality wool blankets that can save your butt during a winter storm. Or even at home, if your heater goes out. The reason is that the wool fibers are thick and retain the heat coming from your body better than most fibers. What this means is that their blankets, like Pendleton’s, are extremely warm and as I said previous, they can make all the difference in life and death when you’re traveling at frigid temperatures.
I found Woolrich’s wool blankets to be a great addition to my cold weather gear. They are high quality, and feel great; though, I know some folks who are allergic to wool fibers, and if you’re that person, search out another fiber for your cold weather blankets (perhaps down might be your best option). The Woolrich Rough Rider wool blanket in the Buffalo Check design is a striking, and iconic pattern, and I love it for its history as well as its ability to retain heat so well. While I’ve always been accustomed to Pendleton’s, I have found a love for Woolrich. And while Pendleton’s are larger, hefty blankets, the Woolrich blankets are smaller, and a bit thinner, which means they are better for travelers and backpackers, as they can be easily coiled up into a 1.5 foot by 5” roll, unlike the former which can’t even be reduced to double the size of Woolrich’s blankets. I am a fan of Woolrich, because they are soft, and warm, and feel like very high quality wool. So when I go on my next winter trek, the Buffalo Check will be coming with me everywhere I go.
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Article written & product photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen