This is post number four of a multi-part series of eco-travel gear. For part one, see Eco-Product of the Year Nominee, part two, in-flight product of the Year and part three travel footwear of the year. We will be blogging about all of the nominees individually and then post all of the winners in The Gear of the Year for 2013.
Eco-Travel Clothing Nominee
We like to feature small companies that do things right, provide a great product and contribute to eco-travel. Howler Brothers fits the bill. This small company out of Austin, Texas creates small batch production runs and collaborates with artists and craftsmen to create great looking and rugged outdoor gear. They craft all of the garments themselves, instead of outsourcing child labor in a third world country, and the quality shows. Strong, classic-feeling designs inspired by surfing, fishing, paddling and the love of the outdoors grace their vestments. One can tell it’s a fun loving, adventure seeking company.
I especially like the Gaucho series of snap-shirts as they have classic designs of hula girls, hibiscus flowers and fish embroidered on both sides of the chest above the snap pockets. Personally, I feel the snap is underutilized in clothing today. It’s much faster and easier than buttons and makes me feel like a pro basketball player entering the game when I take it off.
Lightweight, breathable materials are used to provide quick drying comfort on many of the items. They offer clothes for the whole family and some very cool accessories as well (see the belt buckles and the body surfing handplanes). The Howlers certainly had the traveler and outdoor enthusiast in mind when they created this line.
All goods are guaranteed and their customer service deserves the highest of marks.
- Great looking rugged garments
- Hip designs on quality materials
- Lightweight and breathable clothing that’s perfect for Bali and tropical climates
- Small conscious company with an honest mission
- Not much of a selection for women and children
- Web only so you cant try the items pre-purchase (but you can return or exchange)
For past travel gear reviews please check our essential travel packing list and here is a great list of gear for photographers.
Full disclosure: Howler Bros sent me some of their products to test free of charge and with no stipulations. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Read our full disclosure policy. Images provided by howlerbros.com
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