A new-style pivot sleeve for sedentary urban types who are occasionally compelled to move.
Here's a photo of a 1975 Belstaff Moorland Jacket that I mentioned earlier. Not to dissimilar to the 1920s Burberry jacket, but definitely for shooting and with an action back.
Hot ginger and dynamite, There's nothing but that at night,
Back in Nagasaki Where the fellers chew tobaccy and the
women wicky-wacky Woo.
Here is one that Nigel Cabourn is putting out.
Do enjoy a good tweed.
"If you believe everything you read, better not read." - Japanese Proverb
Hello - As a sideline to this thread, an excellent book is "Ghosts of Everest - the search for Mallory and Irvin" which details the expedition that found Mallory's body and has some wonderful background on the orginal expeditions.
Hopefully, someone will find Sandy Irvine someday. About a decade ago I read a book (the title escapes me) about the Mallory/Irvine attempt and there was some confusion in the eye witness description of their observed activity at the second or third "step". It's possible that they succeded in their attempt with obvious disasterous results. It is known that a camera was taken along. If Irvine is found, the proof of "success" may lie with him.
I have to find and re-read that book.
I have no solid opinion about the qualities of modern or vintage gear, I often wear a mixture of wool and synthetics depending on conditions. However, having spent a fair amount of time living at fairly high altitudes (9000 ft), I will say that many places in the high mountains are fantastically dry. You still sweat but getting wet even from snow isn't that much of a worry if you are careful, using a small tarp, etc. With some ventilation sweaty (not necessarily sweat soaked) under clothes tend to dry out pretty well not like a synthetic but that wasn't an option in 1924. Carrying enough water is an issue especially in the winter when it's MUCH drier. I can remember waking up with eyes so dry they hurt on a number of occasions
I have heard that there are places in China and Tibet that are so dry that the natives used to coat their skins in butter. Is it possible that water retaining fabrics might not have been as big an issue under these circumstances?
I have to agree. I believe in a blend of natural fibers and the modern stuff. The key thing you have to remember about high altitude clothing is the higher you get the less the breathing capabilities of boots, and outer garmets matter. Circulation slows down so much that preventing frostbite by far out weighs transfering moisture. Moisture is at a minimum anyways because movement becomes (at above 8,000 meters) very slow. In terms of sea-level high-intensity sub-zero survival is concerned, polartec, wool, and canvas is necessary to prevent hypothermia.
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Anyway, I regularly wear a Cabourn Tenzing jacket (basically the Mallory as far as I can see) - one of the most practical coats I have - wearable in all but the heaviest downpour and, with layers, in cold weather. The great advantage over modern fabrics is that it breathes and feels very comfortable. (Picture from Cabourn website).
Grey Fox, a man searching for style in middle age