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In Honor of Father’s Day: Ed Andres, Thoughts from a “Filson Father”

June 15, 2012
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The Toughest Challenge of All…

Miners facing the extreme conditions of the Klondike Gold Rush, rugged loggers working in the always wet Pacific Northwest, and generations of hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen… all sing praises about the quality and durability of Filson products.

But, as a father, I pondered the real question: “How would Filson hold up against the toughest challenge of all… the raising of two tireless, rough and tumble sons?”

My four year old loves to be outside… running, jumping, tackling his Dad. He doesn’t care if the playground is wet. He’s all game. And my youngest, now tearing off in every direction, is exactly the same.

I love to play with them. My wife laughs and says “You’re like a big boy, crawling on the ground and rolling through the mud, just like them.” And, like a boy, my jeans were becoming covered with grass stains, and I was wearing through them at lightning speed. So she bought me a pair of Filson Oil Finish Double Tin Pants. “The toughest of the tough.” For the playground!

After a couple of months, I can say: “These pants are SERIOUSLY tough.” Double sewn. Riveted buttons. Oil finish fabric that sheds off water and all manner of playground mud. I added a pair of Filson suspenders, so they stay up nice and secure while I spin down slides or crawl through tunnels. No worries at all. These pants are like body armor.

Plus, they never need washing. I just brush off the dirt and hang them in the garage, ready to go for next time.

There’s no doubt… these pants are rugged. But my boys are, too, so we’ll see. It’s going to be a tough challenge, Filson… from roughhousing at the playground, to camping, to working outside together, to everything else raising sons brings. I’m 100% confident, though. I’m looking forward to them becoming part of a lifetime of amazing memories together.

So game on…





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