Friday, November 30, 2018

2018 Christmas Wish List - LOWA Boots; FireDisc ; Drake Collegiate

My LOWA Renegade GTX hiking boots are comfortable
After Black Friday the shopping only intensifies with the Christmas deadline rapidly approaching. Sometimes the best items can be hard to find, which is always the rule when demand outpaces supply. While there are time-tested gifts that are sure to satisfy the needs of someone who treads the outdoors path in life, sometimes a small variation can bring new perspectives. Hiking boots are a must but have you tried the LOWA brand. Cooking on a grill is the old standby but what about the new FireDisc. If your football team is still playing ball into 2019 then what about wearing new collegiate apparel from Drake, widely popular for its waterfowl camo.

If your team is still playing ball - you need more Gear!
LOWA boots are developed and manufactured in Europe, founded in 1923 near Munich, and they are expanding distribution in the states. Their Renegade GTX mid-cut boot from the hiking collection is a best-seller known for its lightweight comfort and Vibram sole. When taking these boots out of their packaging box my first reaction was how light these leather boots felt. A good-looking boot is one thing, but a heavier boot tires ones legs too much over the course of a day outdoors. The Nubuck leather comes in fourteen different colors, including three different widths and includes a Gore-Tex lining. 

A trio of FireDisc cookers in use in Arkansas 
My first introduction to the FireDisc cooker came during a sub-freezing duck hunting trip to Arkansas in January 2018. With all the water in the area frozen, we had plenty of time to stand around outside and visit while watching Bart Likes prepare food for the next meal. The 22-inch cooking surface has three separate heating zones with different temperatures allowing for some food to cook while other food simply stays warm. Drake has created their collegiate line of casual clothing, choosing to highlight some of the top teams like Clemson and Alabama. Longtime supporters of any successful program likely already have some logo wear in their closet, but getting the latest gear is always fun. Merry Christmas to all and Good Luck shopping!

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