3 Badasses We’d Love to Outfit

Alpha Leather JacketIf you know us, you know that we have an appreciation for those who perform extraordinary feats – and do so with swagger. Badasses may be plentiful, but there are a few that stand out in our mind as some of the coolest people on the planet. These are the guys – living or dead – that we would LOVE to outfit. Seriously. How awesome would it be if any of these guys wore our gear?

Here are some serious badasses who we’d love to outfit.

Joseph Teti: Of “Dual Survival” fame, Joseph Teti is a veteran of the US military and the US government special operations units, or more specifically, a former Force Recon Marine, Army Special Forces Green Beret and a former operator in a highly classified government counter-terrorist. He’s a soldier and a survivalist, so naturally, he’s high on our list of people we’d love to grab a beer with. Joseph, we know you’d love our MultiCam and A-TACS gear. Please, please, please. Call us.

Teddy Roosevelt: Who GOT SHOT while giving a speech – and FINISHED THE SPEECH? You’re damn right that our 26th President did. In 1912 while campaigning, Roosevelt was shot in the chest. The bullet passed through a thick copy of his speech and his steel eyeglass case and was lodged about 3 inches into his chest muscle. Concluding that it couldn’t be that bad because he wasn’t coughing blood, he chose to speak for 90 minutes – then went to the hospital where it was discovered that they couldn’t safely remove the bullet. He carried it with him for the rest of his life. His opening comments? “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.” Add in the Rough Riders, the boxing, and the Ron Swanson-esque mustache and you’ve got one of the biggest badasses in history. Mr. President, we think you need a nice, sturdy pair of ass-kicking boots. We recommend a classic, like Danner boots, for you, Teddy.

Steve McQueen: He wasn’t called “The King of Cool” for nothing. Steve McQueen was best known for flicks like Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, The Towering Inferno, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and The Thomas Crown Affair, not to mention, the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive where he played a bounty hunterHe competed in off-road motorcycle racing, collected classic motorcycles, and considered becoming a professional race car driver. Oh yeah, and there’s that ridiculously awesome Ford Mustang GT 390 from Bullitt, too. For Steve McQueen, we’d love to suit him up in one of our sweet Alpha leather jackets. He’d make this already cool staple even cooler.

Have another badass you’d like to recommend we outfit? Leave us a comment!

>Review of Danner Explorer Style# 45200

>This is a review of the Danner Explorer, style #45200.

I bought these boots for myself in lieu of the Danner Mountain Light as it was out of stock at the time. The boots I ordered were a 11D (standard width). When I received them, they were of course very well manufactured as is any Danner boot. I had previously only bought US made military boots from Danner, so I was slightly concerned about the boots being made overseas. These boots are made in China. I am happy to report that they are extremely well made and there were no manufacturing issues at all with the boot. Danner’s quality assurance team in Portland does and excellent job of only releasing the best.

I put the boots on and found them to be stiff at first. In particular, they were very stiff at the top of the boot around the Achilles tendon. The boot fit very well however. I wear a size 11D dress shoe and these fit very well initially. After wearing the boots for several days, they leather became very soft and supple and I was able to comfortably wear the boots .

After owning the boots for a few weeks, I spent a long weekend outdoors in January for an annual winter camp with friends. The boots worked great, they were warm even though I spent the entire weekend in snow and standing water in 8 degree weather. I also took along several pair of the Danner heavyweight wool socks. Specifically, style #H50118, the Merino Wool Pronghorn sock. These are awesome heavy weigh wool socks and kept my feet toasty warm and dry. The only issue I ran into was wearing these socks with the boots. The extra thickness made the boots incredibly tight and the leather wasn’t stretching to accomodate me! So, I ended up switching boots to my size 11.5D Pronghorn boots, style #42216 to accomodate the thicker socks. The combination of the Pronghorn and the socks was perfect and all I needed in 8 degree farenheit weather!

After the trip, I noticed the leather on the Explorer boots tightened up a bit from the moisture. To alleviate that, I simply rubbed the boots down with Danner’s clear boot dressing. In my youth, I would have called this stuff mink oil paste. It is very similar. It is perfect for conditioning your boots whether old or new. It is what I used during the break in period to get the boot leather supple around the Achilles tendon area. I highly recommend it for keeping the boots new looking and preserving the leather for years to come.

So, my closing rating of the Danner Explorer boots:

Style appeal: Excellent. Perfect boot with jeans in the winter.
Quality: Excellent
Break in period: Longer than expected. Use the clear boot dressing
Overall on a scale of 1-10: 9