Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Archival Campout





Friend Rick G. sent me this link to Butler Bags, a US company manufacturing traditional style bedrolls and bags in marine grade waxed cotton. Per catalog copy: "sleeping bags are made for the serious, rugged outdoorsman who recognizes quality and know the value of comfort and convenience." All product descriptions should read this way.

Wishing I had a Butler bedroll for my trip back to my old summer camp, Camp Robbinswold, in two weeks. Instead, I'll be packing a mouldering down bag purchased from Eddie Bauer in the vintage days when EB was still a venerable, Northwest outfitter (w/a brick and mortar, Spokane, Washington storefront).

Let me know if you know of anyone who has actually tested out one of the Butler bags in a real world, outdoor location. I searched the Butler dealer list and found a retail outlet, Salem Tent and Awning, worthy of its own future archival fieldtrip.



Heavy duty brass zipper

Sewn in end ropes

Cinch straps

Marine canvas carrying case


Just saw new link to this US made bag by Wiggy's on Rivendell Bicycle Works site (great source for highly curated camping and cycling supplies). According to the Riv blurb. Wiggy makes bags for the US military.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lesli-test at Overland Journal magazine website and blog

Cowboy said...

Lesli-

Thanks for the mention. Many of your readers have visited the Butler Bags site recently spending consiberable time/multiple page views reviewing our products.

In addition to the Overland Journal tests we were recently reviewed by Land Rover Lifestyle Magazine: http://lrlmag.com/June09/discoveries I'm certain you will appreciate the quality materials and workmanship that go into all our bags.

If you want to trade in your old EB sleeping bag, I'll give you $30 credit towards any new Butler Bag and include UPS Ground shipping at no charge. You'll definitely sleep in comfort during your return to Camp Robbinswold.

Thanks again,

Butler Bags

The Browns said...

great images!

Lesli Larson said...

Cowboy--

If the offer still stands next Spring, I'll definitely take you up on it. EB down bag was a total disaster at camp. I would have been so much more comfortable, and stylish, in one of your bags!

Keep me posted on future products, etc.

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