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  1. Ernest P Shackleton

    Waterproofing an N1 jacket

    I've used Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In Waterproofing and was satisfied with the results. It does have a smell though. There are other brands, like Gear Aid, that have similar products.
  2. Ernest P Shackleton

    Waist bag suggestions

    Do you mean a fanny pack?
  3. Ernest P Shackleton

    The Collectors Dilemma

    This is a tough one. I'd probably use the ones with the most wear. I never like to be the first one to mark something, and in the case of vintage, I purposely look for worn pieces. A little hole. Missing a button. Needing a cleaning. I appreciate the price usually being cheaper, but for a...
  4. Ernest P Shackleton

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    Hotel Portofino. PBS. I believe this is the standout new series of the year for me. I don't see anyone talking about it, so I'm either an island or it's a bona fide sleeper. Upstairs. Downstairs. A slimey underbelly. A cast of interesting characters. Beautifully shot. The hotel premise...
  5. Ernest P Shackleton

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    The Old Man. FX. The season finale was absurd. To avoid spoilers, I won't get into it. No season 2 for me.
  6. Ernest P Shackleton

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    Hotel Portofino. PBS. I'm liking this one a lot. The tech and filming quality is great and reminds me of The Durrells in Corfu. An English family owns a hotel in 1920's Italy, and Mussolini and fascism is affecting their operation. The wife comes from money and runs the hotel, while the...
  7. Ernest P Shackleton

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    I don't know if they're screwing it up, but it's far less convincing the further they get into it. All of a sudden, all these geniuses are not so genius, and the one who isn't a genius, is suddenly a genius. It's really no surprise though. It's common for writers to inject ideas and...
  8. Ernest P Shackleton

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    Gentleman Jack. HBO. I've really enjoyed this series. It somewhat has a similar cadence to Deadwood, though nowhere nearly as nicely written. And you know, I'm a sucker for a period piece. Really fine acting as well.
  9. Ernest P Shackleton

    The ultimative Denim Trouser Thread?

    Got a link? They remind me of some of the LL Bean jeans I liked many years ago.
  10. Ernest P Shackleton

    Pendleton 49er Jacket for Men

    If you have any luck with this project and find a skilled pattern maker, please post about it. I also have to thank you for putting a name to this jacket. I always thought they were smoking jackets.
  11. Ernest P Shackleton

    Nicks VS White's Boot sizing

    Call Baker's and talk to their resident boot expert. Can't remember his name at the moment (Kyle?), but they'll immediately know who to put on the phone.
  12. Ernest P Shackleton

    How to unshrink wool

    I suspect the problem with stretching some wool is the scaly surface of wool fibers. The fibers can't slide over each other. They lock to each other. They dig into each other. Amongst other microscopic things happening, the fibers can't move freely as you're trying to pull the fabric.
  13. Ernest P Shackleton

    End of life report - Ecco GoreTex boots

    This isn't the only, or possibly best, remedy, but I've fixed old running shoes with similar foam breakdown with Gorilla Glue. It is activated with water, so it can seep into all the foam as it expands and begins bonding.
  14. Ernest P Shackleton

    muddy wet boots help

    Slow, air dry. Now that they're wet, you might as well clean them the best you can. I'd just use water and a soft brush, like a soft toothbrush. Shoe trees are definitely good if you have them. Or you could go the route of stuffing them with towels. Really cramming them in there to get as...
  15. Ernest P Shackleton

    best arch support, rigid insert?

    I use them in hiking boots. They have the plastic arch support thing. Not sure if they all have that or not.
  16. Ernest P Shackleton

    best arch support, rigid insert?

    Don't underestimate the value of good inserts, and they don't have to be custom made. Even the Super Feet Green will surprise you. They have a regular and a high arch option. Around $20.
  17. Ernest P Shackleton

    Feet Up! The Work Boot Thread

    A lot of line workers, loggers, and forest firefighters wear $500 boots. Nicks. Whites. Wesco. Viberg. Some have work allowances where the company works with discounts or the laborer is reimbursed, at least partially. It's sort of part of the old world, but it does still exist in certain...
  18. Ernest P Shackleton

    looking for boots advice

    I remember Sarah Silverman being on a talk show. One of the questions was how she treated herself. Like after a success or a big pay day, how did she reward herself. She said she bought a pair of combat boots for herself at a high end department store after her last movie. She gave the...
  19. Ernest P Shackleton

    looking for boots advice

    I had a great time looking at all these. Thanks. Most I haven't seen. The prices are insane.
  20. Ernest P Shackleton

    looking for boots advice

    Corcoran 1500. Actual combat boots, but with pants over them, they don't really stand out. I always thought they paired well with jeans.

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