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Field Test: Archival Clothing Flap Musette

by Chris Kostman Tea everywhere, including from a “boat-in” tea shop along Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir Test-riding a cycle rickshaw in New Delhi, India Chris Kostman, ultra-endurance cyclist and AdventureCORPS founder, is a self described musette fan. Kostman has been a hero of mine since 1993 when I read his article Mountain Bikes: Who …

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Shopping from the Past: Garment Tags

I’ve been buying most of my clothes from thrift stores since high school. Part of my long-time obsession is simply recognizing familiar and discovering new garment tags. There’s a great story to be told with each one – whether they’re making a claim, stating their history, or just presenting information. It’s a great way to …

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Shopping from the UK: Ventile Jackets

Each Spring, I start taking measurements for a custom order Hilltrek ventile cycling jacket. But by mid-April, the choice of features (single or double ventile?), sizing crises, my austerity matrix (see below) and fear of overseas shipping costs stop me from placing my final order. I always console myself by imagining that I will one …

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Buying Corduroy Abroad: John Ashfield

Via internet I’ve been tracking on some international Filsonesque brands which look promising but probably measure up to be Euro equivalents of Abercrombie and Fitch or Forever 21. This type of garment stalking lends itself to austerity since mail order from Italy is pretty much out of the question (submit credit card info at your …

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