Many of us have experienced one of the hottest summers on record. We are relieved that the weather is cooler, as well as the option of wearing something other than sandals and shorts. Below are some of my favorite fall pieces, with an emphasis on quality, craftsmanship and longevity.
Flint and Tinder Wool Overshirt ($ 170)
With a textured exterior and details like reinforced elbows, this overshirt has a timeless feel and could easily be a piece in your grandpa’s closet. I wore it to the office, but its thick, tough wool / polyester blend is durable enough for yard work. When the temperatures get really cold, I put a big cardigan over it. Here are some other overcoats that I am passionate about.
- Orvis Pro Insulated Shirt Jacket ($ 180): Smart stitching makes this shirt jacket feel like a svelte button-down flannel, but it’s much warmer thanks to 40 grams of PrimaLoft Gold Active insulation at the interior.
- Outdoor Research Feedback Shirt Jacke ($ 150): This piece is the definition of comfortable – a chunky flannel shirt lined with fleece and filled with recycled insulation. It’s too bulky to wear to work, but I’ve found it to be the perfect fall layer for those chilly evenings at camp.
Black Diamond Mission Wool Denim Pants ($ 150)
When I saw that Black Diamond was mixing wool into their denim, I knew I had to try it. Wool adds a good dose of warmth to these stretchy jeans, so they’re ideal for climbing, hiking or commuting on colder days. The elegant cut goes well with a button fastening and leather boots. I also tested and liked these other new pants.
- Flint and Tinder 365 Corduroy Pants ($ 108): Corduroy is making a comeback, and it’s my go-to pair as spandex is blended with cotton for extra mobility. Flint and Tinder also offers them in lots of fun colors.
- Taylor Stitch The Atelier & Repairs Chino ($ 220): Taylor Stitch took chinos in stock and handed them to Atelier & Repairs to sew on unused fabric patches. The result is one-of-a-kind pants that look vintage but will last for years.
Forloh AllClima SoftShell Jacket ($ 400)
Soft cases fell out of favor for a few years – everyone turned to hard cases because they were lighter, thinner, and almost always waterproof – but soft cases are making a comeback. I’m a fan because although the soft cases are heavier than a waterproof nylon shell, the stretch fabric moves well with my body, adds warmth, is much quieter and is very breathable. This version is one of my favorites because it’s completely waterproof and breathable, sourced from the USA, and comes with smart features like zippers and a large adjustable hood. The other soft shell jacket that I liked is the Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoody ($ 350). This is the best cut jacket I have ever worn, with a slim, flattering fit while still providing plenty of room to move. Unlike the AllClima, it’s not waterproof, but it withstands light rain, cuts the wind, and adds just the right amount of comfort for all temperatures between 40 and 65 degrees.
Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Backpack Hybrid ($ 245)
Many of you probably have an old trusted North Face or Patagonia duffel bag that you use for most trips. These bags are great, but they’re often too big for a quick weekend adventure, the most common type of outing for us, the nine-to-five. To close the gap, I used this 47-liter Filson duffel bag, which is large enough to hold three days of gear, including jackets, but not so big that my stuff can swim in it. It has backpack straps and a few well-placed pockets that hold smaller items, and it’s made from 600D ballistic nylon with bridle leather accents, giving it that classic Filson build quality that will last forever. Another nice bag that I have tested is the Bleu de Chauffe Bologne BDC camera bag ($ 425), which I use for walking around town. Handcrafted in France, the Bologna is constructed from an eco-friendly vegetable tanned leather that is completely waterproof. It also comes with a high quality leather strap and buckles. Inside, there’s padding and room for a mirrorless camera and two lenses, plus your digital maps and extra batteries. The leather is so sturdy that I will pass this bag on to my children.
Blake Boot of Rhodes Shoes ($ 200)
Blundstone boots are a staple in the mountain town wardrobe. I’m a fan of the brand, but branched out and now my favorite is the Blake. A thicker sole and additional leather panel on the front make them a bit more sturdy and look more like the kind of work boot you would see on a ranch. They were immediately comfortable right out of the box, so I didn’t have to worry about breaking them. I have worn them to the office, on short hikes and for work in the garden. I also got my hands on a pair of 350 Cutters from White’s Boots ($ 620). White’s is famous for making the most durable leather boots on the market and has long been aimed at lumberjacks, linemen and wildland firefighters. The 350 comes with the same build quality – they’re handmade and include replaceable Vibram soles but aren’t as stiff as White’s work offerings. A break-in is necessary, but after a few uses they were as comfortable as tennis shoes.
Stetson the Explorer Hat ($ 95)
It takes confidence to wear a Stetson, but I encourage you to give it a try as these are beautiful hats that add western flair to any outfit. The Explorer is a good introduction: it’s more affordable, and the wool-felt construction is totally crushable, so you can throw it in a bag without worrying about ruining the shape. The wool adds warmth on the cooler days, but breathes well and wicks away sweat when I go hiking. Also, the 2.5 inch brim was great for protecting my nose and neck from the sun. If you want to take your Stetson game up a notch, check out the Filson x Stetson Eagle Ranch Hat ($ 300). Although it is not crushable, it has a more refined appearance and comes with several beautiful construction qualities: the exterior is made of high quality rabbit fur, and the interior has a satin lining and ‘a leather headband.