Mountain Weekly News – Best Fly Fishing Gear for Beginners

ByMarissa Iamartino From: Mountain Weekly News

Check out our picks for the best fly fishing gear that any new fisherman and experienced anglers alike will appreciate.

Bridgedale Merino Socks – ($24.95)

Bridgedale’s Midweight Boot Merino Performance socks are one of the most durable and comfortable options on the market. Ideal for long or multi-day excursions, these socks have a blend of new wool, merino wool, and three other fabrics that are specifically designed for padding, moisture-wicking, and resilience. They protect ankles from blistering, and even when wet, they hold their shape and bounce-back to dryness quickly. Best of all, the socks always return to their original size after every wash.

For the full list of 20 Best Fly Fishing Gear for Beginners click HERE

Trail Runner – First Look: Waterproof Stormsock by Bridgedale

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For those rowdy days with many stream crossings, these socks keep feet dry, eliminating the need for carrying additional pairs.

The Bridgedale Lighweight Ankle Stormsock is ideal for outdoor activities in which breathability is necessary and minimal insulation is required. The waterproof, windproof and breathability features of the Stormsock make it ideal for endurance days when you are running or hiking on wet ground or traversing through low stream crossings. The durable outer nylon layer combined with the inner Merino wool layer manages moisture while preventing unwanted odors and bacteria, keeping the feet warm and dry.

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Due to their length, the Ankle Stormsock may ingress water after extended time in wet weather or when submerging the feet in water greater than ankle depth. If this is a concern, check out the boot length version. Additionally, these lighter weight socks have minimal insulation and therefore should be used on warmer days. Bridgedale also carries a variety of socks that are more insulated and longer in length for activities in which warmth is the main concern.

The Stormsock has an elasticated arch and flat toe seam that reduces bunching of the sock and insures they remain in place without causing any irritation of the foot. However, due to their many layers and high level of durability the Stormsock felt slightly bulky in my shoe and did not form to the foot as much as I would prefer.  This is a small price to pay though, for dry, warm, odorless feet!

—Tara Richardson has placed first in the 2018 Collegiate Peaks 25 miler, 2018 Under Armour Mountain Running Series 50K on Copper Mountain, Colorado, 2018 GORE-TEX Grand Traverse Mountain Run and 2018 Under Armour Mountain Running Series 50K in Bend, Oregon. She was runner up in the USATF trail marathon championships and recently qualified for 2020 Olympic Marathon trials. She runs about 70 miles per week. The more uphill the better, she says! 

Bridgedale Lightweight Ankle Stormsock
Outer: 95% Nylon/Polyamide, 5% LYCRA/Elastane
Inner: 45% Merino Wool, 45% Polyester, 7.5% Nylon/Polyamide, 2.5% LYCRA/Elastane
Membrane: 100% PU
Price: $45.00
Best Features: Waterproof, breathable, anti-bacterial/anti-odor Merino wool, durable, lightweight.
Room for Improvement: Stiff, bulky in shoe, not form fitting to the foot, minimal insulation.

Outside Buyers Guide Winter 2018 – Bridgedale

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TRAILSPORT LIGHTWEIGHT T2 3/4 CREW

Where less becomes more. Less weight, more distance. Less shock transmission, more comfort. The Trail Sport Lightweight T2 Merino Cool keeps your feet cool while also offering enhanced foot bed, shin and ankle comfort.

Merino Cool Fusion Technology provides resilient padding, odor control, moisture wicking and outstanding durability for all day comfort.… The Performance Fit is close and supportive and won’t slip down or bunch in your footwear. The Flat Toe Seam minimizes bulk that could cause irritation in the toe box and the sock is kept securely in place with an Elasticated Arch and 3D-shaped heel cup. Built on a structure of Lycra® and set by our Thermo Fit process ensures the sock returns to its original shape and size after every wash.This sock is perfect for those that travel far and travel light.

SNEWs Elevator Pitch – Bridgedale StormSock

From SNEWS Elevator Pitch

Ride the elevator with Jim Evans, product manager of Bridgedale.

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Keep your feet dry through the storm.

Bridgedale’s new 100 percent waterproof StormSock collection has been designed and tested to perform to the highest standards in the wettest conditions when hiking, biking, or running, and will keep feet protected from wind, cold and wetness.

They’re made with the latest knitting technology with a HydroTech waterproof, breathable and windproof membrane. This new HydroTech PU membrane allows perspiration to pass to the outer layer of the sock while preventing outside water from getting in.

The StormSock is constructed with three layers of protection.

1. The inner Layer that touches the skin is made with up to 60 percent Merino Wool, which has moisture management properties, combined with wicking synthetic fibers to move perspiration away from the foot. A terry loop underfoot cushion that extends around both the toes and over the heel ensures comfortable feet in wet conditions.

2. The HydroTech™ PU membrane allows perspiration to pass to the outer layer of the sock while preventing outside water from getting in. This Hydrophilic nonporous PU membrane transports perspiration to the outside via solid state diffusion meaning water molecules are carried through the physical membrane as it seeks to maintain heat and humidity equilibrium. This membrane is not affected by foreign object contamination (such as mud, dirt and salts from sweat) unlike the more common microporous membranes commonly found in waterproof clothing. When laminated to the inner and outer layers this midlayer creates a 100 percent waterproof, stretchable and well-fitted sock.

3. The Nylon and Lycra outer layer protects the waterproof sock against abrasion from footwear and provides excellent stretch to ensure the sock is easy to pull on and off and guaranteeing a snug fit.

The StormSock guarantees foot protection and comfort for outdoor adventurers tackling the wettest trails and will be available online and through specialty retailers in North America in fall 2018.

The Best Socks for Winter Running – Bridgedale and Hilly

From Runner’s World by Adam Chase

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These toasty pairs will keep your toes warm on cold-weather runs.

With cold, wet, and even slushy and icy conditions right around the corner, keeping your feet in a good mood always helps in coaxing the rest of your body out the door for a run. The following line-up of autumn and winter socks offers plenty of choices:

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Hilly Marathon Fresh Anklet

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Price: $12.95

This UK company knows how to make a smashing good running sock and the Marathon Fresh is one of Hilly’s better single layer options, especially because it incorporates Polygiene, an anti-odor element. The anatomically-fitted sock provides surprising cushioning in the strategic higher-impact areas of a running foot, delivering notable comfort and seamless construction. The upper foot area is well vented and the combination of 97% Polyamide, 3% Elastane is durable and offers a soft hand to the foot.

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Bridgedale Midweight StormSock

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Price: $45 – $63

Fully waterproof to protect against the worst of running weather, these socks combine an impermeable, hydrophilic, nonporous polyurethane membrane with a merino wool interior for next-to-skin comfort, moisture and odor control and Nylon and Lycra outer layer to protect the membrane and provide stretch and a snug fit. The three layers work together for a fully water resistant, stretchable, fitted sock. They are machine washable and available in different heights and weights.

Bridgedale Introduces Waterproof, Breathable StormSocks

From SNEWS by Katy Gaenicke

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HydroTech™ PU membrane allows perspiration to pass to the outer layer of the sock while preventing outside water from getting in

Bridgedale Outdoor Ltd, a global market leader in the manufacture of performance socks, introduces its first 100% waterproof and windproof breathable sock called StormSock. Developed to provide wet weather protection and day long comfort, it combines Bridgedale’s latest knitting technology, FusionTech™ with a HydroTech™ waterproof, breathable and windproof membrane. The StormSocks will be available online and through specialty retailers in North America in fall 2018.

“Bridgedale’s new StormSock collection has been designed and tested to perform to the highest standards in the wettest conditions when hiking, biking or running and will keep feet protected from wind, cold and wetness,” said Jim Evans, Product Manager for Bridgedale. “The 100% waterproof StormSock guarantees foot protection and comfort for outdoor adventurers tackling the wettest trails.”

The Bridgedale StormSock is constructed with three layers of protection. The inner Layer that touches the skin is made with 60% Merino Wool that’s known for its anti-odor properties, combined with wicking synthetic fibers to move perspiration away from the foot. A terry loop underfoot cushion that extends around both the toes and over the heel ensures comfortable feet in wet conditions. The HydroTech™ PU membrane allows perspiration to pass to the outer layer of the sock while preventing outside water from getting in. This Hydrophilic nonporous PU membrane transports perspiration to the outside via solid state diffusion meaning water molecules are carried through the physical membrane as it seeks to maintain heat and humidity equilibrium. This membrane is not affected by foreign object contamination (such as mud, dirt and salts from sweat) unlike the more common microporous membranes commonly found in waterproof clothing. When laminated to the inner and outer layers this midlayer creates a 100% waterproof, stretchable and well-fitted sock. The Nylon and Lycra outer layer protects the waterproof sock against abrasion from footwear and provides excellent stretch to ensure the sock is easy to pull on and off and guaranteeing a snug fit.

Machine washable and available in ankle, boot and knee length, the StormSock has three different weight options:

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Lightweight: Perfect for warmer weather, high cardio activities such as mountain biking and trail running. MSRP: $44.99 (ankle), $49.99 (Boot)

 

● Midweight: With a terry cushioned footbed and ankle, this sock is ideal for outdoor activities where a good balance of warmth and breathability is required, from biking and running to hiking and mountaineering. MSRP: $49.99 (ankle), $54.99 (boot), $57.99 (knee)

 

● Heavyweight: This sock has full terry cushioning throughout and is perfect for cold weather activities such as winter hiking, backpacking and biking. MSRP: $59.99 (boot), $62.99 (knee)

 

 

 

About Bridgedale:

Bridgedale, is the global market leader in the manufacture of technical socks for walking, hiking, mountaineering, running, and skiing. Using the latest hosiery machinery, the most progressive designs and the most advanced yarn technology, Bridgedale combines natural fibres with technical fibres ensuring their socks are comfortable, durable and perform in a variety of climates and conditions. Bridgedale socks are currently sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Bridgedale Unveils its First Waterproof Sock Range for Outdoor Fans

From Grough.co.uk by Bob Smith

Bridgedale-Storm-waterproof-1200-682x1024-1Outdoors sock specialist Bridgedale has developed its first waterproof range.

The Storm sock collection will be in shops from May and uses a HydroTech membrane to keep the user’s feet dry.

Bridgedale said the new Storm range has been designed and tested to perform to the highest standards in the wettest conditions when hiking, biking or running.

“Continuing to build on Bridgedale’s century-long sock making heritage, the 100 percent waterproof Storm sock guarantees foot protection and comfort on the wettest trails,” it said. “Even though Bridgedale has been keeping feet warm, dry and protected for many years, providing a good level of water resistance, this is the brand’s first 100 percent waterproof sock range.

“Using the latest production processes, the Storm sock combines advanced yarn technology with progressive design to ensure the waterproof, extremely breathable and windproof Storm sock never lets down any outdoor enthusiast.”

The construction uses an inner sock with up to 60 per cent merino wool for its anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties, combined with wicking synthetic fibres to deliver a stable temperature and move moisture from the skin’s surface. The lining has a terry loop underfoot cushion that extends around both the toes and over the heel.

Over this, the HydroTech membrane is a waterproof, breathable, high-stretch and windproof permeable membrane, which is laminated to the inner and outer layers

The nylon outer protects the waterproof sock against abrasion from footwear. Lycra provides stretch for a snug, comfortable fit and to prevent the sock falling down during activities. As well as Lycra running through the inner and outer sock, it is also added around the arch of the foot to keep the sock firmly in position, reducing any bunching or rucking inside the shoe or boot that could cause irritation.

The waterproofing rating for the membrane is better than 8,000mm hydrostatic head, and it has a moisture permeability of more than 12,000mg/sq m/24hours.

The socks will come in three lengths: ankle+, boot and knee, and three weights, from lightweight through to heavyweight.

Prices will range from £32 a pair for the lightweight ankle socks to £45 for the knee-length heavyweight version.

More details about US Pricing and availability coming soon.

Bridgedale’s Colin Sanders Rowed Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean

He did it! Colin Sanders, 64, rows solo across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness and funds for Community Living

From Community Living Ontario

English Harbour, ANTIGUA – Colin Sanders was greeted by ship horns and a hero’s welcome when his boat entered Antigua’s English Harbour yesterday evening (March 2, 2018) after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean for 83 days.

The resident of Port Hope, Ontario began his journey called A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017 from the Canary Islands’ Puerto de Mogán on December 10th, 2017. Over that time, Sanders endured a capsizing, difficulties with his equipment, and food poisoning, all while rowing the ocean by himself.

“No one is happier to have made it across the ocean than I,” said Sanders, as well-wishers looked on.

“I’m not a spring chicken. I’m 64, so the day-to-day grind of rowing across the Atlantic was probably the toughest challenge for me.”

A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row was also an awareness and fundraising campaign for Community Living Ontario and its member organizations, who raised a combined $145,500. Sanders’ adult son, Jeff, is supported by Community Living Campbellford/Brighton in Cobourg, Ontario.

“More people have been to space than have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean by themselves. Colin’s adventure illustrates that we can all achieve great things with adequate preparation, the proper support and sheer determination,” said Ron Laroche, Director of Communications, Marketing and Fund Development for Community Living Ontario.

John Beeden was also on hand for Sanders’ arrival. Beeden, who has crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on his own, sold the ocean row boat to Sanders.

Sanders has been chronicling his journey with regular blog posts, which are available by visiting www.soloatlanticrow2017.com.

A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017 was generously sponsored by Ocean’s, Nite Ize, CSBT, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Frank Cowan Company, and Bollin Group Inc (Bridgedale.)

CONGRATULATIONS Colin!! Well Done!

 

Backpacker – The Best Gifts For Hikers of 2017 – Bridgedale Vertige Light

Searching for the perfect present? We did the work for you. Presenting our picks for the best gifts for hikers that money can buy, arranged by price.
BACKPACKER Editors & Contributors

 

Vertige Light:

Lightweight, over the calf MerinoFusion™ ski sock featuring Men’s Precision Fit System incorporating LYCRA® throughout for a supportive, wrinkle free fit. Tactel® shin pad for reduced friction plus micro-terry underfoot pads.

Description:

For technical piste or powder skiing the Vertige Light is the ideal sock choice. A lightweight construction with targeted padding in key areas ensures comfort all day without compromising the performance of modern ski and board footwear. As at home on technical piste, the powder of the backcountry or ski touring in the mountains the Vertige light is the perfect performance ski sock for accomplished enthusiasts looking to push their winter adventures to new places.

Fiber Content:

  • 20% Merino Wool
  • 20% Endurofil™/Polypropylene
  • 51% Nylon/Polyamide
  • 7% Tactel/Nylon
  • 2% LYCRA®/Elastane

Bridgedale Trailhead – Blue Ridge Outdoor Gear of the Year

Blue Ride Outdoors selected Bridgedale’s Trailhead sock to be among their Gear of the Year. For me see below or check out their full list here.

Blue Ridge Outdoor Gear of the Year: Tried and Tested Goods From Our Time Outside in 2017

Bridgedale Trailhead $19

The Bridgedale Trailhead provides targeted cooling ventilation exactly where it’s needed most. The signature T2 anti-compression cushioning at the achilies heel and metatarsal head combine with 30 percent Merino wool to offer crucial longevity on long distance trail jaunts.

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Targeted cooling ventilation exactly where needed. T2 anti-compression cushioning at achilies, heel and metatarsal head.

Fibre Content:

  • 41% Nylon / Polyamide
  • 29% Merino wool
  • 29% Endurofil™/Polypropylene
  • 1% LYCRA®/Elastane

3 Year Guarantee

If you are not completely satisfied with the quality and performance of your Bridgedale socks at any time within 3 years of purchase, return them to the place of purchase together with proof of purchase for an exchange. Your statutory rights are not affected.

Merino

Merino Wool is the finest wool used in the Bridgedale range. Merino Wool offers superb softness and touch next to skin. Merino Wool also provides excellent thermal and moisture control properties.

T2 Anti-compression loopTechnology, exclusive to Bridgedale. This is a loop within a loop which offers an additional level of impact protection; the inner loop has even more resilience than the outer loop for cushioning when you need it. T2 pad technology has been knit into the pressure points: ball of the foot, lace up