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Filson Life - Iditarider


During the ceremonial start of the Iditarod®, the city of Anchorage comes alive. Thousands of Alaskan Huskies fill the streets, eager racers prepare their teams, and a few lucky people get to experience the race themselves by riding in the seat of a musher's dog sled. In February, Filson ran a contest to celebrate the race, and offer one of these Iditarider experiences to a very lucky fan. The winner of our contest, Donzi K. from California, got to travel to Alaska to enjoy the festivities and travel by dog sled for miles. Below, she shares her experience with us, as an Iditarider and a first time visitor to Alaska.



I'm from California. I live in the small town of Ojai. It's probably not t...

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Filson Life - Photographer Corey Arnold 

Corey Arnold is a fine art photographer based in Portland, Oregon. His work examines man’s relationship with the natural world including animals, food production, and environmental issues. Since 2002, he has photographed his life at sea working as a Bering Sea Crab fisherman and documented his summers captaining a sockeye salmon fishing boat in Alaska. In the off-season he continues to explore the world’s commercial fisheries in an ongoing project entitled Fish-Work. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and published in Harpers, The New Yorker, New York Times LENS, Art Ltd, Rolling Stone, Time, Outside, National Geographic, Mare and The Paris Review among others. Corey has publishe...

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Filson Life - Self-Sufficiency on the High Seas

On the open ocean, there is no room for error. Traveling hundreds of miles from port, crews aboard commercial fishing vessels face an endless onslaught of crashing waves and rough weather with only their experience in repairs and diligence in maintenance to ensure a safe return. On-board the 133-foot F/V Arctic Lady, every crew member is expected to pull their own weight —and then some. This means dedication day-and-night during the frenetic fishing season to keep the boat clean, serviced, and ready for anything the Bering Sea can throw at them.


On the open ocean, there is no room for error.


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The Arctic Lady is propelled through heavy weather by two 3412 Caterpillar engines, powered by two 3...

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Filson Life - Wyoming Cowboy


First things first, being a cowboy isn’t easy. It involves early mornings, hard work and long hours on the back of a beast that is known to buck every now and again. Pair that with the frigid temperatures in Sublette County, Wyoming, known as the "Icebox of the Country" due to having the lowest year-round temperatures, and anyone pursuing this job in this particular state has their work cut out for them.

Filson Life - Wyoming Cowboy

It isn’t for everyone, but for folks like Shawn Butner and Casey Manning, cowboying was their calling and the only way to realize their dreams of collegiate rodeo championships.

Filson Life - Wyoming Cowboy

Born and raised in Wyoming, both Shawn and Casey grew up knowing exactly what they wanted to do. Like most kids i...

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Filson Life - Trade Stories, Graycloud Designs

After a childhood spent being fascinated by knives, Robb Gray of Graycloud Designs in Seattle now lives his dream as a knife maker. His knives are shaped and built for ergonomic utility. Some of them are finished by using a simple compliment of materials, while others become luxuriously embellished with hand-engraved patterns and gemstones set into the handles. Not surprisingly, the outdoorsman, originally from Idaho Falls, believes they should all nonetheless be "...fully used in the field."   In collaboration with Filson, his co-branded collection includes three knives for the sporting man: the Scout, the Outdoorsman, the Fillet knife, and the Alaska King Salmon Fillet.



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photo_14Searching for the shed antlers of elk, deer and moose is another way to add to the enjoyment of exploring the wild. In this Filson Life photo essay, Elias Carlson reminisces about how he got hooked on shed hunting near Priest Lake, Idaho.Elias is a freelance graphic designer and photographer. Theresa is his wife, partner-in-crime, and an incredible adventure buddy. She also happens to be pretty handy with a camera. See more of their work on or on Instagram (@eliascarlson / @theresacarlson). Steve, lifelong best-friend of my father-in-law, is my kind of guy: laid-back, clever in an understated way, and easy to get along with. The kind of person you become friends with effortl...Read More
Kenmore-Filson-Anna-Pilot-2Anna Gulickson is a pilot at Kenmore Air with over 14 years experience at the helm of a plane. At five years old, she was visiting her aunt and uncle on Thetis Island, British Columbia, when she saw her first de Havilland Beaver floatplane at the dock of the marina; she's been infatuated with flying ever since. We caught up with Anna while she ran through routine maintenance on an aircraft, and discussed her lifelong work. Kenmore-Filson-Anna-Pilot-13What is working with Kenmore Air like? For me, working for Kenmore is a dream come true. I knew since I was little that I wanted to fly floatplanes in the Pacific Northwest, and I knew Kenmore was the place to do that. From my freshman year of college onward I was emailing...Read More
Taylor-Boat-Fabrication-Filson-12Taylor Shellfish Farms is our kind of company, a company founded on sweat, saltwater, and hard work. Despite punishing conditions and demanding physical labor, this 120-year-old, family-owned shellfish farm has single-handedly turned Washington state into the largest producer of hatchery raised and farmed shellfish in the nation. To grow this substantial business, Taylor has relied on their ingenuity, perseverance, and a close working kinship with their employees, many of whom have worked there for over 20 years. One of these valued employees is Brian Omdahl, the Fabrication Shop Manager, who oversees the production of one-of-a-kind projects and equipment for exclusive use at Taylor. We had ...Read More
FIL-501A-fp02We were built from the ground up, outfitting craftsmen and entrepreneurs of all trades, and supporting American ingenuity with American-made gear. That's why we're proud to support Taylor Shellfish Farms, a company founded on sweat, salt water and hard work. This family-owned, 120-year-old shellfish farm brings fresh clams, oysters and mussels from the Pacific Northwest to the table. In order to learn how to properly shuck an oyster, we went directly to the source: the new Taylor Shellfish Pioneer Square restaurant in Seattle. How-To-Shuck-Oysters-Filson-8  


Store live oysters on ice or refrigerate (35-45F). Keep oysters moist with a damp towel. Discard any open oysters. Eat them fresh! We recommend eating them...Read More 1983 is Owen Perry, a Canadian interactive designer and photographer by trade. Specializing in landscape and travel photography, Owen wants to create a sense of wonder about the natural world through a unique photographic editing style. His primary influences are the nostalgic qualities of film and Canadian cultural narratives owed to the Group of Seven, National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), The Nature of Things, and National Geographic. In the latest Filson Life, join Owen as he hits the road solo through the wild country of Northern British Columbia and the Yukon.  

"Even in the mind of the most sophisticated urbanite, Canada is first of all a c...

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