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Tough clothing for cooler climes

Oct 15, 2012 01:31PM ● By Stacy

Considering that jeans were originally made for miners and real cowboys a century ago, it’s easy to understand Americans’ ongoing obsession with heavy-duty workwear.

Consumers don’t have to break rock or horses to appreciate durable, but comfortable clothes.

Duluth Trading Co. began proving it in the early 1990s with a long-tailed shirt originally designed to cover those infamous plumbers’ cracks. Now it makes gear to cover most every part of us.

If splitting firewood, camping or hikes through changing leaves are on your agenda, here’s a couple of items that will keep you warm and worry free when it comes to rips and tears, and fashionable:
The women’s Fire Hose Berber Vest ($69) features a heavy-duty canvas exterior, garment washed for softness. A Teflon coating repels dirt and grease, and a sturdy two-way zipper with storm flap lets ladies ventilate as needed. Seven pockets makes it handy. And the synthetic berber fleece adds at least 15 degrees to the bottom of the comfort range. Our tester found it trim enough to still look like women’s wear, but loose enough bend and stretch without worry.

For men, the Flapjack Flannel Shirt Jac ($64) is as comfortable as a shirt, but warm enough to qualify as a jacket, thanks to polyester fleece lining. Gusseted underarms give wearers enough room to work and play. And snaps instead of buttons are easier to handle with cold fingers or work gloves.

Duluth’s guarantee is pleasantly simple – return any item at any time for an exchange or full refund.
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