Last week I wrote a piece about how bad I smell and voila!, upon my doorstep arrives a package from a reader containing a couple new shirts and nice smelling hippy laundry soap. Hell, if I knew sponsorship was that easy I would have started writing disparagingly about myself years ago!
Maybe if I keep writing someday more free shit will show up on my doorstep?
In honor of my first sponsorship, I decided that instead of jamming server space with more silly philosophical meanders about conservation, cutting my carbon footprint, and the environmental ethics of recreation, I should hop on the bandwagon of materialistic capitalism and review some of my favorite gear.
That said, when I lay down several hundred greenbacks for a piece of gear, it comes with pretty high expectations. To me gear should have three qualities.
The Chinook Jargon word 'skookum' delineates a range of positive connotations, among them is useful, good, strong, best, powerful and durable. I was raised up in a valley where the Jargon is native and I can remember my Dad using the word to describe things that were hard to break; I think I might like it a little more just because of that.
1. The Puff has an excellent weight to warmth ratio.
2. The Puff will continue to insulate your body when wet.
3. The Puff can be worn as a shell or an insulating layer.
4. The Puff will stand up to years of regular 'love & attention'.
5. The Puff patches easily.
6. The Puff doubles as a decent pillow.
7. The Puff weighs less than my average morning grogan, and I am not rad enough at anything to worry about how much my jacket weighs.
The only thing that might make the Puff a little more versatile is strips of reflective tape across the front, back, and down the arms. The night visibility factor would go through the roof for a bike commuting/touring piece. But then again you might end up the guy at the bar wearing a hunter's safety jacket instead of a hip insulating layer, and that could could bit awkward depending on the bar you happen upon in your travels.