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Tips From Black Owl Outdoors – How to Hang a Bear Bag PCT Style

Krik of Black Owl Outdoors discusses a way to safely hang a food bag while camping in bear country.

When spending the night in the forest, it’s important to keep your food safe and secure. If you don’t have a bear canister (the most secure way to store food), hanging your food is the next best option. It is essential  to store all food and scented items away from your sleeping area. You don’t need unwanted guests visiting your tent in the night. In this video, Krik of Black Owl Outdoors demonstrates and explains one method of hanging a food bag.

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WOOLRICH x WestAmerica – Part X

Woolrich, whose apparel has been worn by explorers and adventurers since 1830, has teamed up with Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America on an epic motorcycle odyssey from Whistler, BC to Patagonia and back.  The duo will be wearing Woolrich apparel while documenting their trip and have developed a capsule of apparel inspired by the journey.  Below is the a new post in a series of  report from the road.


Our first rest from the road came in Zipolite. Its a nice little spot on the coast that is know for its nude beach and tranquil vibe. We checked into a sweet hostel built into the cliffs overlooking the ocean for a couple days of sun. Ever since we left the cold NW Jordan has been fighting his beard, at this point it was full of road grime and sadly time to go. Over the coarse of an hour the poor electric shaver bogged through the mess and Jordan came out the other side stoked and ready to hit the beach.

We flailed in the water like seals and bodysurfed the waves. Neither of us have much experience in the ocean so when a big set came in we got checked pretty hard and learned what an undertow was the hard way. The town was super mellow and it was nice to be off the bikes. After a full day in the sun we both went from being two pasty gringos to fully lobstered. Time to cover up and get back on the road.  Zipolite was about as far south as we where going before heading east into the mountains and the state of Chiapas. Once again the scenery changed drastically. We went from 90 degrees on the coast to shivering our asses off as we climbed up to over 6000 feet and into the town of San Cristibol de las Casas. We avoided the toll road and found an amazing secondary road that took us through tiny towns of indigenous people living very simple lives. The sunset was insane and we were loving the cool dry air. The night was spent exploring the amazing architecture of the city and roaming the streets for cheep food and pastries. This would be our last stop in Mexico before heading into Guatemala. After our fiasco in Baja we where sure to be more prepared for the crossing ahead. Morning brought rain and it was hard to motivate the body to get on the bikes in the cold after so much sun and nice weather. Luckily, just out of town the road drops its elevation and we where sweating in the sun as we rode towards the border.

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Join #PlaidNation – show your love of all things plaid!

Few patterns are as enduring or American as plaid. While simple in concept – crisscrossed bands of color in different widths and sizes – plaid is infinite in possibility. Our buffalo check flannel plaid has been a cold weather favorite for generations, valued for its versatility and rugged good looks. And with that as our starting point, we’re pleased to offer our spring collection – chock full of plaids in brighter, trend-right colors and lighter, cooler fabrics for the warm weather ahead. Whether it’s one of our many popular shirts, or a blanket woven in the USA, we invite you to join the Plaid Nation.

Don’t miss your chance to show your love of all things plaid and your photo just might appear on one of our social media sites or!  So hashtag #PlaidNation and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumbler @WoolrichInc.


Woolrich White – Sneak Preview

Woolrich, the Original Outdoor Clothing Company, is proud to introduce a sneak preview of Woolrich White, the brand’s new contemporary men’s and women’s collection. By visiting the new Lookbook Review site and signing up with an email address, customers and retailers will be kept up to date on all the latest news, sales dates and special offers leading up to the fall 2014 launch. The site features the entire Woolrich White lookbook, shot in and around the brand’s headquarters and the historic Woolrich Woolen Mill in Woolrich, PA.

The Lookbook Review site can be found here:

About Woolrich White

“Woolrich White will be a focused assortment of styles that are deeply influenced by our storied legacy. But it’s more than a take on classic pieces. We set out to design a collection that would be relevant to today’s modern customer while staying true to our outdoor roots,” said Josh W. Rich, Woolrich Executive Vice President.

Woolrich White, which features modern cuts and fitted silhouettes, is a direct link to the company’s vast archive and is inspired by the brand’s authenticity, craftsmanship and tradition of honoring the American landscape.

Continuing the brands commitment to increase its domestic manufacturing, many of the pieces from the Woolrich White collection utilize wool from the historic woolen mill in Woolrich, PA, the oldest vertically integrated woolen mill operating in the country. With a focus on outerwear, which has always been synonymous with Woolrich, the collection includes a variety of jackets and vest as well as sportswear in various wool fabrications.

WOOLRICH x West America – The Adventure Begins

Woolrich, whose apparel has been worn by explorers and adventurers since 1830, has teamed up with Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America on an epic motorcycle odyssey from Whistler, BC to Patagonia and back.  The duo will be wearing Woolrich apparel while documenting their trip and have developed a capsule of apparel inspired by the journey.  Below is the first report from the road.

After a week of freezing our buns off in the high cascades of oregon, we finally found ourselves loosing some layers. It was great to no longer feel like marsh mallows on bikes.

As we left Medford, Oregon in the dark to search for a camp site on the California border, we knew the road ahead was going to be new for both of us. Neither of us had ever explored the Trinity National Forest that lyes between the coastal 101 hwy and the I5. After getting lost in the dark country roads outside of Medford we finally found a quiet spot to rest for the night.

The morning brought blue skies and the excitement of seeing some new terrain. It wasn’t long before we hit dirt roads leading into the mountains. For hundreds of miles nothing but nature and small homesteads dotted the countryside, with clear beautiful rivers taunting us to get in.  The roads where narrow, one curve into another, never going straight, constantly moving the bike under you, the type of roads that you dream about at night.

One of the best parts of traveling through this area late in the fall is that no one is around. The RVs are parked for the winter and you have the whole area to yourself. We arrived at ruth lake late in the night and found the campsite all to ourselves. A quick meal on the stove warmed our bodies for another chili night.

Today would have us pointing the bikes west for the coast with hopes of making it down highway 1
to meet friends in San Francisco and wash off a weeks worth of road grime form our bodies.

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The American Riddle, unlocked

Did you solve  the American Riddle? We cleverly hid three rebus puzzles inside our new digital catalog, Over the past month, we posted three “keys” to unlock the American Riddle on our Facebook page.

Here, in order of appearance, are the three completed rebus puzzles.

“Known around the world (or worldwide) for Buffalo Check”

“Woolrich has made-in-America top quality products for over 180 years”

“In 1939, Admiral Byrd sailed to Antarctica”

We thank those of you who participated in our American Riddle rebus challenge. We’ve received entries from around the country; your continued support of our made-in-America initiative is appreciated. Don’t worry, we’re tallying up your solutions and will select and notify winners shortly. Check facebook in the coming days for a full list of winners. 

Stay tuned for a preview of our made-in-the USA fall collection; to shop online, visit our website. 


Gifts from the heart: a very Valentine's Day gift guide

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your loved one in true heritage style. Make your Valentine see red (in a good way) with a gift from the heart of Woolrich, Pennsylvania. In addition to our made-in-the-USA classics like the Fawn Grove Throw blanket, Woolrich has a broad collection of clothing, gifts and accessories for the special someone in your life.

Take the Women’s Pemberton Flannel; an updated version of the classic Kimberton Flannel Shirt, the Pemberton is more feminine and fitted–with an open collar and princess seams in the back. Its soft five-ounce pebble-washed cotton flannel is available in a variety of plaids that reflect authentic American style. Featuring two chest patch pockets and buttoned cuffs. 100% cotton.

Snuggle up this Valentine’s Day in one of our wool throws, like the Fawn Grove blanket. Proudly woven at our mill in Woolrich, PA, this soft, single-ply, 100% wool blanket is the perfect weight for reading a favorite book, or a mid-winter nap. Not too heavy, not light, it provides ideal warmth throughout the cooler months. Whipstitch trim on classic plaids from our archives. 54″ W x 70″ L. Made in the USA.

Maybe your lady would like to take her breakfast in bed this Valentine’s Day–give her the gift of soft comfort with our  fleece robe, available in festive red. The above-knee robe has large patch pockets, shawl collar, and a detachable belt. Click here for more info.

For the man in your life, check out these super soft Buffalo Check flannel pajamas. Inspired by lazy weekend mornings at the cabin, our exceptionally soft, double-brushed flannel pajamas are a gift in warmth and comfort. 100% cotton.

To shop the entire collection of clothing, gifts and accessories, visit our website.


Follow, tag, post and pin Woolrich!

With so much going on at the fabled Woolen Mill here in Woolrich, PA, it’s hard not to share the good news with our loyal, multi-generation customer base.

Communication has evolved over the more than 180 years we’ve been in business, and these days we’re following, tagging, posting and pinning all about what’s going on, and what’s coming out of the mill.

Follow Woolrich1830 on Instagram for insta photography taken within our walls and beyond. Use hastag Woolrich1830 to show us your photos of all things Woolrich.

On Twitter, follow us @Woolrichinc for snippets of information, photos, news and more as we celebrate the beginning of 2013.

Pinterest users can follow our pins at WoolrichInc, and repin photos of our favorite new looks to your personal or shared boards. When pinning directly from our site, don’t forget to include a link to!

Of course we’re also  on Facebook, where our more than 25,000 friends can caption photos, share our posts, and stay abreast of news from Woolrich.

This holiday season, invest in Woolrich

Tis the season to shop.This holiday season, why not invest in a vest for any loved one on your list. Woolrich’s lineup of classic, wool, fleece and down vests are stylish, warm and crafted according to Woolrich’s high standards for quality and performance.

Our testers loved the vintage-style Ruxton Wool Vest, with its classic pointed front and adjustable strap in back. It’s comfortable for casual wear with jeans and also pairs well with dress slacks. Cotton back and full lining keep the vest light and breathable. Three pockets. 90% wool/10% nylon.

We’ve married our classic Heirloom Vest to motorcycle styling for a truly unique Ryder Plaid vest  you won’t find anywhere else. Wool-blend shell with polyester satin lining. The front zipper is offset from right lapel. Slanted zip pocket on right breast. Shaping seams on front and back, with adjustable rear buckle for a custom fit. Lower patch pockets with snap closures. Shell: 80% wool/20% nylon. Liner: 100% polyester. Imported. Dry clean.

Be proactive and ready for winter with the down-filled Langhorne Vest. It is water-repellent and fitted with a chunky zipper behind snap-closure storm flap. Upper lining is buffalo check twill; lower lining is nylon taffeta. The Vest has a down-insulated collar, dual-entry hand-warmer pockets, zippered chest pocket, and zippered internal security pocket. Shell: 60% cotton/40% nylon; liner: 100% nylon. Insulation: 80% duck down/20% duck feathers. Imported. Machine wash.

A customer favorite, the Kinsdale Jacket, now has a corduroy vest of the same velvety wide-wale corduroy. It features princess seams and back shaping darts, stand-up collar, and generous front pockets. 100% cotton. Imported. Machine wash.

Sometimes we’ll visit our archives in search of style and design elements that are as practical today as they were a hundred years ago. Our new Blacktail Vest is a prime example of this. Fortunately today we have the benefit of technical fabrics and fills that help protect us better than those from the past. The durable cotton/poly shell is peached and lightly waxed to repel water. The 60-gram Arctic Insulation™ in body insulates against wind and cold. Button closures front and upper chest pockets. Zippered hand-warmer pockets and one internal security pocket with music media cord access. Lined with the same soft, pebble-washed all-cotton flannel found in our Pemberton Shirt. Button adjustments on either side at back. 57% cotton/43% polyester shell. Imported. Machine wash.

To shop the complete Woolrich Gift Collection, click here. 

Hunker down this holiday season

The countdown to Christmas is on. With only so many shopping days left before it’s time to go home for the holidays, the Woolrich gift collection offers one stop shopping for plush necessities and cozy creature comforts.

Inspired by lazy weekend mornings, the men’s plaid flannel pajama set is the perfect gift for any man on your holiday shopping list. The super soft double brushed flannel is 100 percent cotton; give the gift of warmth and comfort.


Get cozy in the women’s fleece robe, a luxuriously soft above-the-knee robe that envelops you  in plush microfleece. Patch pockets, a shawl collar and a detachable hood make this robe the ideal gift to take the chill out of a cold morning in front of the coffee maker.


Brisk winter days meet their match in the men’s Expedition Chamois shirt, the heaviest and warmest shirt Woolrich offers. Whether the expedition is out to the wood pile or walking in the woods, the Chamois shirt is made of buttery soft 9-ounce cotton fabric that’s pebble-washed and brushed on both sides. Details like faux horn buttons and buffalo check twill taping inside the collar offer an authentic touch.

Save on your heating bills: Keep a bunch of Pioneer Throws around for warm knees while you’re reading or watching TV. Face is 85% wool/15% nylon, woven in our mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania. Reverse side is ultra-soft polyester fleece. Edges are overcast and then finished with a decorative crocheted whip-stitch. Made in the USA. 50″ x 68″.


With a soft genuine suede upper, a thick faux fur trim, and fleece-lined footbed, these Women’s cozy Willowbrook Suede Slippers will keep your feet warm on cold winter mornings. The durable rubber sole is comfortable both indoors and out. Slip-on style for easy on/off. Imported. Spot clean with damp cloth. Whole sizes 6-10.

To shop the entire Woolrich gift collection, click here.