26 Oct

Lowa Boots: New to Our Website

New to our Drew’s site are these European made Lowa Boots. Lowa’s are known around the world for being both light and comfortable, but right here at Drew’s they are a store favorite. These boots are newly available on our website, however we have carried Lowa boots for years in our store and in our sister store, Baker’s Shoes & Clothing in Eugene, Oregon. (Click here to view an expanded selection of Lowa boot styles.) If you’re a hiker, backpacker, or hunter you’ve probably heard of Lowa Boots. Based in Germany, they have been making boots for more than 90 years and really know their stuff when it comes to boots for the outdoors. No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you enjoy Lowa has a perfect boot, from boots designed for people carrying heavy loads like backpackers or hunters, to all-weather boots for wet or dry climates. They can go on any terrain everything from hiking trails in the coastal range here in Oregon to backpacking up the South Sister which is famous for it’s rocky terrain and scree. Lowa boots are famous for their patented Gore-Tex® lining that makes boots waterproof and a special polyurethane midsole that’s way tougher than other materials on the market.

The Lowa Renegade GTX

The LOWA Renegade is one of our most popular hiking boots. It’s available in a Mid or Lo so you can choose which height you need depending on the terrain or if you enjoy moderate-to-difficult hikes or lighter trail hiking. The Monowrap construction will offer extra support, Nubuck leather uppers and Gore-Tex® lining will keep your feel nice and dry, while all of the in-boot climate control features that Lowa is famous for makes this boot breathable.

The Lowa Ronan GTX (for Women)

The Lowa Ronan GTX model is popular with the women who come into our shop. It’s a great crossover boot whether you’re doing some moderate trail hiking, or backpacking in rougher areas. The leather upper combined the waterproof Gore-Tex® liner give you plenty of waterproof protection, but Lowas are also designed to breathe and they have a climate control system so all that protection doesn’t keep heat in. It’s a great multi-season boot and will take you into spring or even summer, with great color options that appeal to many of our female customers.

The Lowa Hunter

Lowa’s classic backpacking boots are made for on- and off-trail use with heavy 50- to 60- pound packs for extended trips in the back country. Handcrafted construction, the finest leathers, Vibram outsoles, and SPS (Supination Pronation Support) midsole technology, are just some of the reasons why Lowa is the boot of choice for rugged, off-trail adventure. This boot provides excellent ankle support for climbing steep hillsides and traversing rugged terrain. Gore-Tex® waterproof lining keeps feet warm and dry. The Hunter is a taller, 10″ version of the Tibet GTX. The Lowa Hunter is the most supportive footwear we have found. The rigid footbed keeps your heel from pronation and supenation a technical term for rolling your heels out or in. As well the ventilation system on the collar is unique and allows your feet to breathe as you walk. The rubber rand around the boot is hand lasted protecting the leather from rocks and debris.

The Lowa Tibet GTX

I recommend the Lowa Tibet GTX for men, or the Tibet GTX (Ws) for women, to my most hardcore hunter and backpacker customers. They are designed to carry a load as big as you can carry and have a rating of 50+ pounds. The ankle support and 9” upper will keep you safe even on uneven ground. They are perfect for those die hard folks, Oregonians in particular. They can take you through even the most extreme weather conditions with the Gore-Tex® lining on the inside that keeps your feet bone dry. They are also cooling because of the internal climate control system that lets air in but pushes heat and sweat out, so you can stay cool in the summer and in the winter all you need is a pair of good socks like the FITS Sock, Ballston Wool Socks, or Darn Tough Socks to keep warm.

The Lowa Baffin Pro

The Baffin Pro is great for both men and women and is essentially a non-Gore-Tex® version of the Lowa Tibet GTX. Just like the Tibet GTX, it’s great for extreme terrain, on and off the trail, but is best in dry climates. Even in extreme heat the wearer’s feet stay cool because of the internal climate control system. It’s got self-cleaning lugs in the sole that make the traction the best it can be over all kinds of surfaces.

 

These boots are pretty much the best for hiking, backpacking, and hunting that you can find. They’re designed for enthusiasts and are super heavy-duty. If you have any questions or want to check on the in-store availability of our favorite Lowa boots, give us a call at 1-800-722-0393.

Thank you for shopping at Drew’s!

 

20 Oct

HydroFlask: A Local Company

HydroFlask based in Bend, Oregon was a pioneer in creating a steel, vacuumed, double walled and insulated bottle for everyday lifestyle. HydroFlask began in 2009 in Central Oregon with a simple water bottle and a screw top lid. With rapid growth of craft beer in Bend, Oregon, HydroFlask decided to dive into the beer industry. They were the first company to come up with an insulted growler (64oz water bottle) for tap beer fill-ups – this is 4 pints of ice cold beer for the boat, picnic or just on your way home! Since then HydroFlask has developed product for the coffee and food categories and expanded their roots in the hydration and beer industries and become the pinnacle water bottle in the market.

One of our favorite pieces that HydroFlask makes is the “True Pint” – this is a stainless steel pint glass that like all HydroFlask products, is vacuum insulated to keep contents cold or even hot for a longer period of time. This product is great for ice water, cold beer or even a hot cup of Joe! HydroFlask uses a powered coated finish on their bottles to eliminate any sweat and condensation and it’s no different on the True Pint. These make for a great replacement in your kitchen cabinet for old glass or plastic cups that break, are heavy and don’t keep your contents the way you want them!

With all the different applications that HydroFlask offers, you can’t have too many options at your finger tips! For everyday hydration we recommend a 40oz widemouth bottle with a straw lid. For any activity like stand up paddle boarding, rafting or kayaking, we advise the the standard mouth with a screw lid – a carabiner can easily be applied to your device and bottle to keep it from dumping into the Deschutes River. For any backpacking trips or hunting trips, you have to take advantage of the food flasks that HydroFlask offers – makes for a great container for warm soup out in the mountains. Don’t forget to bring along your HydroFlask grower for a fill of your favorite local beer like 10 Barrel or Hop Valley and pour it into a True Pint for an ice cold beer drinking experience.

Stop into our Drew’s Boots store in Bend, or our sister company, Baker’s Shoes & Clothing in Eugene if you in the Willamette Valley to see our ever changing selection of HydroFlask gear. To place an order to be shipped call 1-800-722-0393 and one of our friendly customer service representatives would be happy to check inventory and take an order over the phone. Don’t wait, the holiday season is right around the corner and these make the perfect gift!

29 Sep

Filson: A Great American Brand

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Filson has guaranteed that their products will stand the test of time.  They offer the kind of products that become family heirlooms and are passed down to kids from their parents and grandparents. The founder of Filson, Clinton C. Filson, was the same kind of hard-working, tough outdoorsman that we’ve noticed many Filson customers are. Filson customers have high expectations for quality and toughness because they are the kind of people who really put those items to the test out in the woods, on farms, in workshops, and more. Filson is based right here in the Pacific Northwest; you can’t get much more American than Filson.  Drew’s can get any Filson at discounted pricing call for a discount at 1-800-722-0393

Long History and Good Values

Filson is a company with a long history that was started in Seattle in the 1890’s with strong American values that remain the focus of the company today. He had a reputation for honesty and was trusted as a reliable and hard-working individual by his customers. His first major group of customers were the guys heading north for the gold rush. These guys were heading into a harsh and unknown environment and needed products that they could bet their lives on. Quality gear at the time was sometimes the difference between life and death in the Yukon.  From the beginning, the brand created and image for itself of offering unbeatable quality that you can really depend on, and we have found them to be one of the few manufacturers around to continue to offer top notch quality and products.

“Our materials are the very best obtainable, for we know that the best is none too good and that quality is of vital importance. You can depend absolutely upon our goods both as to material and workmanship.” -C.C. Filson

Made in the USA

These days it can be tough to find quality products that are made right here in the USA. Not many brands stick to a set of core American values and aren’t committed to making products in the US, where they’re not only high quality, but they create jobs for hard-working Americans. Filson has a wide array of Made in USA products to choose from.

At Drew’s we are proud to offer a variety of Filson products in the store and online including vests, bags, coats, socks, and more. Filson is an American brand that we believe in and know that our customers will be getting the very best when they choose Filson. Contact us to learn more about the products we offer. If you’re looking for a particular item, but don’t find it on our website, let us know and we can check our in store inventory (which differs from the products we show online) or do a dealer search and special order that item for you.