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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Title: Kalaloch Mackinaw By Kurt P Estes

Posted September 25, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

Most folks come to Kalaloch in the beautiful months of July through September, but as a professional forester this is not always the case. In times like these it is always a safe bet to have a Filson on hand. So, on a wet and dreary day on Kalaloch Ridge there I was cruising a timber sale. Thinking nothing of…

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Guest Blog: Tyler Sharp Pays Tribute While Fly Fishing the Yellowstone River (Part 1)

Posted September 24, 2012
· Filed In: Happenings

Tyler Sharp is a writer, photographer and filmmaker based in Austin, TX. He’s currently working to preserve the Chisholm Trail and pass Bill HR2849 which would designate the trail as a National Historic Trail. You can learn more about Tyler and the Chisholm Trail Project at In 1981, my father and his three best friends traveled to the Paradise…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Why Trade My Perfectly Good Coat For A New One? By Bruce M Rose

Posted September 20, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

My wife recently suggested that I “trade” in my Filson wool coat and receive $60 off a new one. Why would she suggest such a thing? First of all, I’ve had this coat longer than she’s been my wife and we’ve been married 30 years. Second of all, this coat is in perfect condition. I saved my money in high…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Keeping an Old Friend By Stuart Salter

Posted September 19, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

I saw your recent promotion to give $60 trade in my Mackinaw Wool Cruiser. Based on my experience I doubt you will get many takers. My red/black double Mackinaw is about 20 years old and still looks like it just came out of the box. Since I have gained 20lbs in 20 years I can’t bundle up as much underneath…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Miss My Mackinaw By Chris D Killinger

Posted September 18, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

Back in 2007, I bought my Mackinaw used off of an auction website.  I will not mention the name, but it rhymes with fleabay. The coat was in like new condition but a tad bit too big. At this time I was six foot one and 260 lbs!!!! I was a big boy. So after I received my coat I…

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GUEST BLOG: Kayaking in Maine By Rhon Bell of Backwoods Plaid

Posted September 17, 2012
· Filed In: Happenings

Rhon Bell of Backwoods Plaid, shares the feelings and stories that accompany a kayaking trip in Maine. Standing barefoot on a sandy river bank, we peer with anticipation across the deadwater that we’ll soon be paddling to begin our journey.  Our destination is a remote chain of lakes deep in the heart of the Maine woods that are connected to this river…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Tradition-Comfort-Quality By Craig Prether

Posted September 13, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

If you love nature, the outdoors, frosty mornings or cool evenings then you will love Filson. If you hunted with dad or grandpa or read about the hunts of the past then you experienced the comfort simplicity and tradition of wool. You saw the red/black wool coat the first morning of the hunt, or worn around the evening campfire. If…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Must be hunting season! By Chester J. O’Neill

Posted September 12, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

I am not going to tell you a story. I am going to tell you the truth, I love that Mackinaw Cruiser. I grew up in the 60s and it seemed that everybody owned one of those plaid beauties. I think I just had a Norman Rockwell moment. When you see that coat you can’t help but to think of…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Cold Feet by Eric Rottner

Posted September 11, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

A couple of years ago my uncle and I went camping in Upstate New York. It was mid-January and the temperature was in the teens. On the first night I was drinking hot chocolate and spilled it all over my jacket. Within a moment’s notice, my uncle came back from his car with his old Mackinaw Cruiser. He said he…

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GUEST BLOG: Bird Watching in Filson’s Travel Vest By John E. Riutta of The Well-Read Naturalist

Posted September 10, 2012
· Filed In: Happenings

John E. Riutta was formerly head of binocular and spotting scope development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. He now publishes The Well-read Naturalist, writes extensively for bird watching and other outdoor publications, and of course, travels in search of birds yet unseen. Back in the days when a traveler might recount tales not only of adventures had at the journey’s destination…

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