Looking for a piece of gear that is a little more fine tuned to your specific needs or just want a particular color combination. Wild Things can help.
Wild Things has been making great gear for mountaineers and the military for a long time but you may not have had much exposure to them. That’s because while they have continued to evolve as a company they have not sold out to the big box retail model, they have stayed true to their passion of making high performance clothing and equipment for high performance outdoorsmen. I like that.
In fact, in an era where some manufacturers are expanding their lines to the point that you can’t figure out what to look at let alone buy, Wild Things has streamlined their product offerings to the best basics which I think makes a lot of sense. They believe in the products they make and don’t feel the need to fill their catalog with a bunch of extraneous crap (those are my words not theirs), however, they understand that their customers have diverse wants and needs too. Their solution? Give the user the ability to customize those products.
For example, I am looking at their Insulight Jacket. I get to choose the materials, the colors, the type and amount of Primaloft insulation, whether I want a hood or pockets and then the size that I need. I can even have my name put on it. My theory on this piece is to have two identical jackets made. One with 2 ounces of Primaloft One and the other with 4 ounces. That would take care of my light and medium insulation layer jacket needs exactly the way I want. Nice, huh?
Editors Note – One more thing, like Kuiu, Wild Things is a consumer direct manufacturer which means they don’t sell to a middle man retailer and that is reflected in their prices. Actually, Wild Things has been doing that for a long time and it seems to have worked pretty well for them.
UPDATE – Here is my first piece from the Wild Things custom program. It is an Insulight Jacket with the following options;
Toray P501 shell fabric
Antracite (black as all insulation layers should be) exterior color
Polartec Power Stretch side panels also in black
Schoeller Soft Shell cuffs in Castlerock (grey)
2 ounces of Primaloft One insulation
Urban Grey liner
Zippers in Castlerock (grey)
No chest or arm pockets
My name on the right chest in WT logo matching Chili Pepper Red
Mens size extra large (fits me and the rest of my system perfectly)
This was designed to be the lightweight insulation layer slash shell liner jacket in my system and it turned out to be a beautiful piece. I love the idea that I got to decide on all the particulars myself. The whole thing took less than ten days from the time I ordered it to get here. Very nice. I think Wild Things is on to something here people.
Next on my DESIGN YOUR OWN wish list is the Mountain Guide Jacket which will be the very first soft shell jacket ever selected by Hardcore Outdoor which ought to tell you something. Wait ’til you see it. Stunning.
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