Filson's Mackinaw Wool | The Ideal Companion
Posted by DRAY WALK
Here at Number Six, we pride ourselves on providing products that show durability, functionality, and reliability as fundamentals in their design. This week, we’ve handpicked something a bit special from a brand that we really believe in.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, C.C. Filson has been the outfitter and manufacturer of goods for outdoor enthusiasts since 1897. Renowned for its use of hard wearing traditional fabrics like Tin Cloth, Rugged Twill, and the Mackinaw Wool, Filson’s designs are built to face the demanding task of survival.
'Endlessly imitated, but never quite duplicated'
As one of only three remaining businesses that can be dated back to the Gold Rush Era of 1897-1899, Filson began by providing ‘‘Gold Standard” gear for the miners. Keeping in close contact with his customers was crucial for Mr. Filson so that he could continue to improve his goods and meet the demands of the frigid north conditions.
Filson has been adorning the world’ hard workers with its 100% Virgin Mackinaw Wool for more than 100 years now. Providing for everyone from pioneering prospectors, hunters, anglers to engineers and explorers, the necessary function to help them keep their industry going was Filson’s responsibility. The continued effort to make his goods from the best materials obtainable has continued to reinforce the family names values of reliability, satisfaction, and honesty.
"The goods we quote must not be confounded with the cheap and vastly inferior grade with which the market is over-run. Such goods are not only useless for the purpose for which they are intended, but the person wearing them would be better off without them."
-- Clinton C. Filson, 1914 catalog
Filson's philosophy has remained untouched and the iconic Mackinaw Cruiser jacket is a perfect example of this. Patented in 1914 and made using 100% virgin Mackinaw Wool, the Mackinaw Cruiser is a design that’s been endlessly imitated but never quite duplicated.
The 24-oz. 100% virgin Mackinaw Wool gives the product it’s natural water-repellency and insulating warmth properties just as Filson intended to all those years ago.
'The ideal companion'
Boasting unique specifications, the Mackinaw wool comes from a small intrepid herd of sheep in the northwestern United States and Canada. This material is capable of absorbing as much as 30% of its own weight in moisture without becoming damp, allowing it to retain insulation properties even when very wet.
There’s nothing accidental about the jacket’s details either, with a staggering nine pockets altogether (that's 4 flap pockets, 1 slotted patch pocket, 2 handwarmer pockets, 1 dual-entry rear map pocket, and 1 interior utility pocket).
In the current age of microfiber fabric technology, don't let a garment designed more than 100 years ago doubt your expectations. This allrounder jacket is the ideal companion, offering only but the highest quality and durability around.
'A lifetime guarantee, and faultless aftercare'
So to reiterate the old time saying, “if it ain't broke, don't fix it”. Filson continues to produce the most hard-wearing pieces about today and with the additional offering a lifetime guarantee and faultless aftercare with all their products. As the cult appreciation of utilitarian labels continues to gain the recognition it deserves, why not pair this piece with a pair of Red Wing 6 Inch Classic Moc Boots for the full American heritage look.