Extreme sport/technical attire for the sartorially aware spliff smoker

Discussion in 'threads and dreads' started by ringo, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    These days I find myself banished to the garden for my evening toke, and must find solace in having the correct equipment for braving the winter nights.

    The jacket is most important. It must be quick to put on and provide good warmth as the smoker is usually quite sedentary. Waterproofing is important, but secondary as another coat can be kept as substitute for all forms of precipitation. I considered a down filled puffa style gilet, but their nylon outer is not blim burn friendly so decided to avoid going up like a shell suit on Bonfire night.

    Eventually I went for a snowboarding jacket. Heavy on the goretex, insulating linings to survive an Alaskan expedition, but easy to put on and maneuverable. Job done.


    Footware comes next, and I think I've finally cracked it. Slippers remain the most thing problematic article of clothing a man has to consider, once he reaches a certain age and can no longer wander about fearless of the cold.

    They're badly designed, ugly and suggest much about the wearer, none of it inspiring. They're also not warm enough for outside and have limited waterproofing qualities. Putting trainers/boots on to go outside is an unnecessary hold up. You might need to get your hit before the next record ends, or during the adverts, and requires keeping extra boots by the back door.

    Extensive trials of the new solution are now being undertaken:


    Highly insulated and waterproof, they tick all the boxes. The only downside could be making sure they're clean before coming back indoors.

    I dont need special trousers do I?
  2. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Those shoes/slippers look interesting... Any idea what their sole is like?
  3. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    They're very tough looking, waterproof and have some grip. Theyre intended as tent slippers, nit sure how tough theyd be as solely (sorry) outdoor shoes.
  4. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    BTW North Face had them out last year, but not this year, so its a question of finding them in stock on the interweb. In the US and Canada there seems to be a huge variety for sale, but they've never caught on here. I can only put it down to the theory that they smoke more weed outside there.
  5. zenie

    zenie >^^<

    price for the slippers? they rock! :D
  6. cypher79

    cypher79 Banned Banned


    I need me a pair of those rugged looking slippers to potter around me gaff in!
  7. zenie

    zenie >^^<

    Outdoor spliffage in warm slippers would make zenie happy :cool: (go to google shopping they're about 30 quid)
  8. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    They look great. Slippers are for pansies but these are for people with style :cool:
  9. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I, too am looking at those slippers ... though I'm not sure what the neighbours would think if I put my bin out in them. :hmm:
  10. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    They would fall over, coolstruck.
  11. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I got them from here.

    I did find them advertised for £18 but they'd sold out, so paid about £30 with postage. Ordered yesterday afternoon, delivered 10am this morning.

  12. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Forgot to say there are ladies styles too, search for North Face Mules.
  13. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    What I don't get is you surely wouldn't actually cart a pair of tent slippers up a mountain ? :hmm:
  14. Herbsman.

    Herbsman. Free the Poppy

    This thread is ace.
  15. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I read recently a list of the top ten items some mountaineer took up a famous mountain. He included some of thes, citing warm feet after a days climbing as a life saver.
  16. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    Tent. Slippers. :hmm:
    they saw you coming. :D
  17. Pseudopsycho

    Pseudopsycho I ate all your bees

    As a fellow garden toker I am seriously giving those slippers some thought... :D
  18. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Oooooooh! Want! Desiiiiiiire!

    Fookin' too right, you gotsta look after your feet :cool:
  19. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    Does that mean they're wee-proof?
  20. Herbsman.

    Herbsman. Free the Poppy

    WTF happened to my post about that Hoodlamb jacket with the built-in rizla dispenser???
  21. wtfftw

    wtfftw Well-Known Member

    Shame they don't come in a (uk) 14. I've been half looking for durable (slightly outdoors) mens slipper type in a 14 for like 5 years now. *goes to browse the rest of that site*
  22. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    That wasn't on my list of tests :)

    I have found that they're fine on damp ground but the other night when it was really chucking it down a little damp came through the soles, so not completely waterproof. Lovely and warm though, they're a winner.
  23. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I was just looking at these again online. Anyone know of any retail shops that are selling them? Would like to seem them in real life before getting a pair if possible.
  24. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I think they were last year's line so probably only online now. Perhaps I should arrange viewings and test spliffs.......
  25. Lazy Llama

    Lazy Llama Suburban robots that monitor reality

  26. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting


    A gentleman keeps it old school with a velvet smoking jacket
  27. Voley

    Voley Knees Up Mother Earth

    I'd like a pair of them slippers, too. :cool:
  28. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Ridin' a Stutz Bearcat, Jim

    Boxers, wifebeater, dressing gown and army boots are all you'll ever need :)

    I like being cold.
  29. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    That's proper gear, nice one.
  30. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Exciting news for the adventurous outdoor spliff connoisseur. Several companies are touting the invention of the waterproof layer to replace gore-tex and the like. Instead of a spray on waterproof layer that eventually "wets up" on top of the breathable layer this stuff is a single layer of water beading rubberised techno magic. I want some.

    "A handful of outerwear companies are on board, from The North Face to Arc’teryx, to bikewear brand Castelli. Gore’s branded GORE Bike Wear and GORE Running Wear lines will use the fabric in multiple products launching this month.

    It appears Gore has flipped the waterproof/breathable fabric around, moving the jacket membrane to the outside like OutDry Extreme.

    Gore pioneered the waterproof-breathable jacket decades ago with a membrane made of a compound called polytetrafluoroethylene, abbreviated to ptfe or e-ptfe. It lets vapor out, but is waterproof from the exterior, granting breathability.

    But the traditional jacket required layers of fabrics around the membrane and a chemical durable water repellent (DWR) coating to make water bead on the surface."

    Norvan SL Hoody from Arc’teryx
    "DWR can wear off, sometimes surprisingly easily, allowing a jacket to “wet out,” with water soaking the top fabric layer. This leads to a less effective jacket.

    The new Gore Active, with its touted “permanent beading surface,” was made to eliminate that occurrence.

    There is no outer face fabric. Gore Active allows the waterproof membrane to be the exterior. While we don’t yet have the details, the new Gore membrane is marketed as tough enough to stand on its own, serving as a shell."
    Can ‘Permanent Beading’ Revolutionize Outerwear?
    yield and Libertad like this.

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