Gear Guide #57
By Gareth Roberts - 16 May 15
Kurt's have launched a Kickstarter for their latest hemp t-shirt collection. Silkscreen printed and natural indigo dyed in The Netherlands.
They explain: "We took a deep dive into the old techniques, fibers and production processes and found the answer in hemp, natural indigo dying and silkscreen printing. Hemp is a long forgotten and truly sustainable fiber that is comfortable, strong and breathable. In our opinion it is the perfect material to make clothing. In silkscreen printing and natural indigo dying we came upon the workmanship we were looking for."https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/444854869/kurts-amsterdam-t-shirts-made-from-hemp
A few months ago we reviewed Waxed Canvas Fitted Work Pant from Red Cloud Collective, and they've already earned their money giving me a winter and spring showers worth of warm dry riding. They're rugged and waterproof and getting even more handsome with wear.
Now's time to take a look at their waxed canvas vest. It's a classic 5 pocket reversible vest made with the best quality materials. 10.10 oz waxed canvas on one side and 24oz Melton Wool on the other. The wool side has pocket with a snap and the waxed canvas side has pockets that can be entered from the side or above.
It can worn either side out, and can be worn under a jacket or over one, to add that extra layer of warmth and protection against the elements. This works really well in the spring/summer, where it can be stowed in your backpack during the day, and slipped on at night over/under your jacket to deal with the cool night air.
Like everything Red Cloud produce, this limited run vest is constructed to the highest standards by hand in their Portland workshops. It's available in Havana, Olive, Brush Brown and Black, and will just get better with age.
Red Clouds Collective is a group of individuals whose lifestyles and creative energy inspire the products they create."We have been working with a group of friends, artists, and professionals to create a series of products that make sense in their lives." All products are handcrafted in Portland, Oregon USA. "They are the wind beneath our wings. "
Uk lifestyle shots by Ben Curwen.http://redcloudscollective.com