Orvis A Traveler's
Story and photos by Greg Aragon
here is nothing like traveling with the proper gear. Whether it's comfortable
walking boots, a sturdy, wide brimmed sun hat, a cool safari shirt,
or a luxurious, yet practical backpack, the sights and sounds of a new
destination are easier to absorb when one is prepared.
This is why I love Orvis. Ever since I began to travel
seriously, I have relied on this online store for not only the right
clothing and adventure gear, but also for new ideas and unique travel
From sun hats and walking boots to safari shirts
and bison leather backpacks, Orvis can be a travelers best friend
Founded in 1856 by Charles F. Orvis, the company is
Americas oldest mail-order outfitter and longest continually-operating
fly-fishing business. Privately owned by the Perkins family since 1965,
Orvis is today an international retailer with roughly 1,700 employees.
In addition to being a world leader in fly fishing, the company offers
a wide assortment of mens and womens sportswear, luggage
and travel accessories, as well as fine shotguns, gear, and technical
apparel for wingshooting and sporting clays.
Orvis sporting services also include fishing and shooting
schools, an international sporting and eco-travel agency, and an Orvis-endorsed
network of lodges, outfitters and guides.
Besides travel clothing and gear, Orvis offers fly-fishing
trips, outdoor schools and adventure vacations
My latest acquisition from Orvis is the Coronado Bison
Leather Backpack. A masterpiece of workmanship, the bag is 100% designed
and crafted in California by the Coronado Leather Company and is sold
through Orvis. Thick, substantial, and shrunken to beautifully accentuate
the beautiful, brown grain detail of bison leather, the bag oozes adventure
Measuring 16" high, 13" wide and 4½"
deep, the bag can easily carry your mobile office or enough clothes
and gear for a weekend getaway. And with its sleek, rugged and luxurious
design, it looks at home on the trail or in the lobby of a fine hotel,
which happen to be two of my favorite places! Detailed with latigo leather
on the shoulder straps, the backpack is fully lined with a heavy duty
red, tartan plaid lining, and features two exterior slip pockets, a
laptop or tablet slip pocket, and with two smaller pockets for loose
The Bison Leather Backpack is a rugged, yet luxurious
piece of travel gear
The bison backpack, which is literally built to last
a lifetime, goes great with two of my other recent Orvis purchases:
the Bush Shirt and the Sombriolet Sun Hat.
The Bush Shirt is perfect for walking through
town or the trail
The authentic safari Bush Shirt is another of my favorite,
go-to travel pieces. Made of Bush Poplin, the shirt breathes well and
wicks dust and moisture to keep you dry and cool while walking or hiking.
Made for the outdoors, poplin has been standard issue in expedition
and safari clothing for nearly a century, and was used widely in the
field during WWII.
Bush Poplin is a light and soft natural microcanvas
fabric able to withstand years of wear and washings, yet remains crisp
and neat. Each yarn of the fabric is composed of several fibers twisted
tightly together, resulting in a fabric that is abrasion- resistant,
yet feels cool and relatively weightless on the body. Cotton poplin
was the preferred fabric used by British colonists when on safari and
the Orvis collection offers the timeless and classic style of this traditional
The UPF 50+ sun protection Sombriolet Hat is another
item always stashed in my backpack. This lightweight, breathable hat
is perfect for sunny days at the beach, on the water, or on the trail.
Strategically placed vents, mesh lining, and wicking fabric in the crown
is designed to keep you and your head cool and dry when things heat
up. And a foam-reinforced brim is built to float. The nylon/polyester
hat also features an external draw cord and is washable.
Orvis is Americas oldest mail-order outfitter
and longest continually-operating fly-fishing business
The Orvis website offers more than 5,000 products and
the company has 69 retail stores and 10 outlets in the US. For more
information on Orvis products, fly fishing trips and other vacations
and outdoor schools and services offered by Orvis, visit: www.orvis.com
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