7 Sep

Oregon On Fire

August wildland fires have set the state of Oregon ablaze, burning hundreds of thousands of acres of land within the state, and counting. If you live in Oregon, it’s no secret that the entire state is suffering; the air has been full of smoke and ash, and most of the state is suffering from moderately hazardous to extremely hazardous air conditions. Several schools across the state are without filtered air conditioning systems, forcing them to delay the start of the school year due to air quality concerns and high temperatures. Conditions are expected to improve in the coming days due to changes in weather and humidity levels.

A new fire started on Saturday near Portland, in the Columbia River Gorge. The Eagle Creek Fire is thought to have been sparked by a firework set off by a teenager, who may end up facing criminal charges, although the investigation is ongoing and the teen has not been charged at this point. Roughly 140 hikers were left stranded overnight, due to the fire; however, officials were able to evacuate them safely on Sunday morning. Hundreds of homes in the area have since been evacuated, with many others in neighboring areas on high alert; told to be ready to evacuate at any moment. The fire continued traveling east, and by the end of Sunday had spread to nearly 3,000 acres. By Tuesday it reached nearly 4,800 acres, and has now merged with the existing Indian Creek Fire nearby, totaling more than 30,000 acres between the two. Oregonians and outdoor enthusiasts were left heartbroken over the burning of this beautiful area of land which has long been a popular hiking destination. Several historic landmarks and trails have been damaged, however firefighters were able to preserve the Multnomah Falls Lodge built in 1925, and the overall damage was less than initially expected.

The Eagle Creek Fire has certainly captured a lot of attention; largely due to its close proximity to the Portland area as well it’s potential to harm historic landmarks. Several fires across the state have had equally devastating effects. The largest of the fires in the State of Oregon is the Chetco Bar fire located northeast of Brookings. The fire was started on July 12 by lightening, and it’s expected to take until at least mid-October before the fire is fully contained. According to an update on 9/6/16 from the Wild Coast Compass, Tuesday was a very active day adding 14,257 charred acres, bringing the overall total to 176,770 acres. Level 3 evacuations remain in effect for several residents in Curry County.

A website has been set up with the objective of providing updated information surrounding the fire, as well as resources for victims of the Chetco Bar Fire and information on how to help. Visit: www.chetcobarfire.com to view this information or find them on Facebook: @chetcofire. Their mission statement is as follows: “This informational website was created to help the victims of the Chetco Bar Fire, as well as give our local community members easy access to important links and news regarding the status of the firefighting efforts and community outreach options. My goal is to make the distribution of information and resources easily accessible to everyone affected by this fire.”

Nearly 1700 crew members are working hard to contain the Chetco Fire, and countless others are working to contain other fires in various parts of our beautiful state. At Baker’s and Drew’s we outfit many of these crew members with their wildland fire boots; these men and women are close to our hearts. We will continue to do our part in providing the most reliable products we can so these firefighters can help keep Oregon green. While supplies last, we will also be including free socks and/or Oregon Trail boot wax with all of our fire boot shipments during the month of September. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the fires. We’ve been in the forestry business for over 60 years and we pride ourselves in products that keep our firefighters safe even in the harshest conditions.

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!