Well, it finally happened. Meteorologists made a prediction and it came true. El Nino, the irregularly occurring and complex series of climatic changes affecting the equatorial Pacific region and beyond every few years seems to be in full swing delivering blustery days, howling nights, and bouts of much needed rain. It’s been so long since we had weather, many are unprepared, forgetting where the foul weather gear was stashed four years ago.
Fear not, for there is a whole world of great, often high-tech, menswear out there perfect for defense against a squalling El Nino. Duluth Trading Company (DTC), unsurprisingly, is well stocked when it comes to such gear, and we are lucky enough to check some out. Take a look.
Polartec Power Dry Quarter Zip Shirt
Whether as a top layer or a foundation, the Polartec Power Dry Quarter Zip Shirt has you covered. The blend of 24% wool and 76% moisture-wicking polyester makes for a stylish shirt that kind of wears like a sweater. This shirt features thumbholes in the sleeves, a two-piece stand-up collar, and a storm flap backed zipper so you have maximum control of your personal comfort level. It comes in Black Heather and Blue Jay Heather and will set you back $79.50.
Buck Naked Date Night Boxer Brief
As mentioned in this column on more than one occasion, DTC Buck Naked underwear is way beyond your basic base layer. The 4.4-oz. 93% nylon, 7% spandex knit is the secret to these undies success. It is impossibly light, with just enough stretch built in to make for maximum comfort no matter which way you move. And as if designed specifically for El Nino, Buck Naked underwear dries very quickly which is great if you are caught in a downpour or in a situation where a quick rinse in the sink is necessary. “Date Night” undies come in a variety of fun patterns. $24.50.
Lightweight 7-Year Performance Quarter Sock
Dipping the piggies into a pair of Lightweight 7-Year Performance Quarter Socks is a thing of wonder. Though they feel like soft Merino wool, these socks are a high tech blend of 36% nylon, 26% Tencel, 26% polyester, 8% NanoGlide nylon, 4% spandex. This blend, according to DTC, is then crafted into a sock abound with features to help fight fatigue, control temperature, manage moisture and cushion shock. Made in America. $13.50
Having the right gear at the right time can make all the difference in the world. This trio from DTC, sure is a good start. Stay tuned for more El Nino related goodness coming soon. For more information about Duluth Trading Company, click here.