This is HARD TO GET, a newsletter about awesome stuff that’s (almost) impossible to find online.
Look at this hairy king, self-isolating under lush foliage, noble beast in one hand, back-country clout-goggles on deck in the other: This is Sierra Designs co-founder George Marks, circa 1965, looking like a damn GORP-FED WALRUS.
Sierra Designs has a long history of dope shit, but to the degree ppl think about the brand these days, they probably picture their 60/40 Mountain Parka, a touchstone of '70s and '80s GORPLIFE. Robert De Niro rocked a version of it* in The Deer Hunter, a movie about how the global capitalist war machine can drive even the swaggiest outdoorsman insane.
Founded in the East Bay, Sierra Designs is the focus of our Rare Self-Quarantine Nature-Walk Buyer's Guide, Part III. (Here's Part I and here's Part II.)
Quick H.T.G. Personality Quiz:
Do you own a more beautiful windbreaker than this Sierra Designs stunner?
If you answered "Yes," yr Personality Type is:
. (Update: 8:49 a.m. PST: A reader lets us know they just copped it. Sleep on H.T.G. at yr own peril!!)
But let's stick with
the classic 60/40 Parka
right now, named for its ~ 62% cotton / 38% nylon fabric. Someone in Yokosuka, Japan, is selling this intensely fresh color-blocked version here, identified as '90s era ...
They're asking $1500 for it, which is a) goofy as hell and b) mmmaybe kiiinda justified, given its dopeness / rarity?? If you toss a damn rack-plus into this beautiful cash vortex pls tag us when you gram it.
you can find nice 60/40s for much less money:
- Khaki --
for pairing with some sold-out taupe Hokas
, $58 and
2015 Japanese-market reissue in tan
- Grey, $35,
Japanese-market reissue in blue
There are also some nice designer "homages" floating around:
Visvim Gore-Tex Totem
, black, currently $285 at eBay auction
. Beige, $495 at auction,
. Black, signed by designer Hiroki Nakamura (?), $1300 (!),
- Nanamica x North Face Purple Label, $375,
- Engineered Garments, blue, $320,
*BTW De Niro's
joint was made by
Holubar Mountaineering Ltd.
, where Sierra Designs co-founder Bob Swanson
got his start in the outdoor-fibers game
. Holubar's vintage stuff is fire, too; the brand recently did a reissue that
sold out fast
We fux with this Sierra Designs tan / orange anorak, which they reissued a few years ago in a limited run. There's one of them in "new without tags" condition on eBay right now:
Homey's asking a buck eighty, here.
Switching gears, this jacket is dope as hell: 1990s-ed out in the extreme + GORE-TEX waterproofing + made in Canada like a damn Arcteryx Alpha SV + sick teal/orange colorway + excellent condition =
We love it. $199, here.
This one is just flames. Hits in a very similar register, and it's only $34, here.
Buy it and it's probable that whoever does organiclab.zip will respect you.
Besides the Cactus joint up top, there are some nice Sierra Designs windbreakers out there, including this pink-blue-mint multi-pocketed one, $98, here; and some others in the $15 to $30 range, here, here and here.
These color-block shorts are cool but we'd probably cut out the mesh liner if we were gonna rock 'em. $22 here and $20 here.
These are unprecedented times and the HTG mantra remains a) donate / do mutual aid in yr community, b) cop small and local while boycotting Amazon and Whole Foods and c) keep the criterion channel blazing and take these safely-distanced nature walks when yr able.
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