Posts Tagged ‘Formentor’

The Boys of Summer and Their Favorite Shoes

They’re already pushing Halloween candy in the grocery store, which means we haven’t got much time left to talk about summer shoes (at least not without looking pitifully behind the times).  Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite Timberland men, sharing their picks for Best Footwear of Summer 2012:

For his weekend escapes, Jan from our Belgium sales team loves the Earthkeepers Radler Approach:  “I load up the van and drive to Wallonie, ‘the deep south of Belgium,’ for some hiking, camping and even a little rock climbing—and Radler can do it all.”

Earthkeepers Radler Approach

Italian sales planner Diego favors the Formentor boat shoe – and not just for sailing: “The second you put them on, you feel ready for anything. They’re really lightweight, super comfortable and now they’re my top pick for every day.”

Formentor Ventilated Boat Shoe

Look and feel helped to make the Earthkeepers Hookset Handcrafted chukka a favorite for senior product manager Troy: ” They look great and are easier on the environment. I love the way the organic canvas feels. Plus, they’re really comfortable and flexible.”

Earthkeepers Hookset Handcrafted Fabric Chukka

You can see more of our Timberland team picks on our Men’s website.  To find your own favorite, go to shop.timberland.com.

Setting Sail for London

In a few short weeks, all eyes will be on London as athletes from across the globe gather to compete in the world’s foremost sports competition.  The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation will be among them — and along with Timberland Formentor boat shoes and gear, we’re sending them off with our very best wishes for fair winds, calm seas, and good grip.

Go get ‘em, team.

“You Need to Respect the Sea, Not Fear It”

Words of wisdom from 31-year old Ivan Pastor, a member of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation.  Timberland is proud to be the official sponsor of Ivan and his teammates, as they set their sights on summer in London.

Ivan Pastor

We recently caught up with Ivan on dry land and learned a little more about this world-champion sailor:

Started young: Ivan started sailing when he was just 8 years old.

Not superstitious: He doesn’t follow any sort of pre-competition “good luck” ritual, but he does like to take his time getting his equipment ready.

Pretty passionate about the water: If he weren’t a sailor, Ivan would be a professional surfer.

Has a favorite sailing spot: He loves the Isle of the Pines in New Caledonia  – an incredible place to sail.

Appreciates good grip: This is the most important feature in footwear for sailing, according to Ivan.  Good thing he’s wearing our Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber!

Has no fear: When asked for a story about a time when he was scared at sea, Ivan says, I have some anecdotes, but none about being scared.  You need to respect the sea, not fear it.”

Respecting the sea seems to be paying off for Ivan and his Spanish Sailing Federation teammates; they’re having an incredible season, and we’re proud to be a part of it.  Stay tuned for progress updates as the team sails toward London!

If you think Ivan’s an interesting guy, you might also like to learn more about his teammates on our men’s site.  And if you appreciate good grip as much as our Spanish sailors do, check out our entire collection of Formentor boat shoes.

7 Cups of Caffeine in Every Coat

You can leave the travel mug at home if you’re wearing our Formentor Race Jacket. It’s made with S.Café yarn, which contains PET from recycled plastic bottles and – wait for it – recycled coffee grounds.

Why coffee grounds?  Turns out they’re excellent at absorbing odor, which is pretty important if you’re working up a sweat … or shipwrecked on a deserted island without a bar of soap (it could happen).

Here’s Dean, our senior director of apparel, to tell us more:

S.Cafe is just one more way we’re thinking about the planet as we design our products.  To learn more about the eco-conscious materials and technologies we use, check out the Timberland Technology Guide.  To get your own Formentor Race Jacket (or one of our other non-caffeinated styles),  shop our outerwear collection.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation

Every four years the greatest sailors in the world compete for glory – and this year, Timberland is going along for the sail as the sponsor of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation. Between races, we sat down with three members of the team so we could get to know them a little better:

Onan Barreiros

1.  The most incredible place Onan Barreiros has ever sailed is the Bahamas.
2.  If he wasn’t sailing, Onan would be playing football.
3.  His second favorite outdoor activity is road biking.

Federico Alonso

4. Federico Alonso isn’t superstitious, but he always sails the day before a championship starts.
5. If Federico had to give his boat a name, it would be Miura (that’s what he called his first wooden boat).
6. Even sailors get seasick. He’s been sick on a boat and knows it’s a pretty nasty feeling!

Aaron Sarmiento

7.  When Aaron Sarmiento isn’t on the water, he likes to bike, run and play tennis.
8.  If Aaron wasn’t a sailor, he’d like to be a professor.
9.  He started sailing when he was 11 years old!

And the #10 thing you might not know about the Spanish sailors is that they all consider good grip one of the most essential features in their footwear.  It’s a good thing they’re wearing Timberland Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber to keep them on deck and on course.

The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation knows the no. 1 rule to looking good on a boat (and winning the race) is staying on the boat.  Follow in their slip-free footsteps and get your own pair of Formentors by shopping our boat shoe collection.

Get a Grip With Formentor Bags

You might expect superior traction and stability when you’re wearing Timberland’s Formentor boat shoes made with Gripstick technology … but did you know we use the same Gripstick technology in our Formentor bag collection?  It’s our way of making sure your gear stays as safe and dry as you do.

Our Formentor bags are made with lightweight, durable synthetics and feature waterproof zippers and polyurethane-coated plastic hardware for superior grip in wet or dry conditions.  These bags get their own treatment of Gripstick technology in the form of non-marking rubber feet, which protect the bags (and their contents) from the ground and reduce tipping and slipping.

Our Formentor Waterproof Tote Bag is ready to go to the beach or boat, and its water-resistant detachable pouch is perfect for carrying small essentials:

Formentor Waterproof Tote

For not-so-small essentials, our Formentor Waterproof Duffle Bag offers protection from the elements in streamlined style:

Formentor Waterproof Duffle

Need a bag that’s as changeable as the summer weather?  Check out our Formentor Waterproof 4-in-1. Depending on how you configure the straps, it can be used as a pack, duffle, tote or sling, making it the perfect go-to bag for any warm-weather adventure:

Formentor Waterproof Convertible Drawstring Pack

If you’re looking for sea-worthy style from head to toe, pair these bags with our Formentor apparel and footwear.

The No. 1 Rule to Looking Good on a Boat: Stay on the Boat

Over 18 months ago, we challenged our product developers to come up with a performance boat shoe that could grip like crazy when you need it most, but also look great on shore. The result? The Formentor, which features Timberland Gripstick™ technology.

And no better time to create a performance boat shoe: last summer, we announced our technical sponsorship of the Spanish Olympic Sailing team.  As they make their bid for London in 2012, we’re proud to outfit the team in our Timberland footwear and apparel.

Just how well does our Formentor perform?  See for yourself:

Get your nautical on: Our spring 2012 collection of boat shoes has something for sailors and land-lovers alike.

Spanish Sailing Team Takes Timberland to the Seas

How’s the Spanish Sailing Team holding up in their Timberland gear?  Have a look at the highlights from the ISAF Sailing World Cup, held last month in Weymouth, England:

Get the look by shopping the Formentor and other boat shoes on our website.

Spanish Sailors Go for the Gold in Timberland Formentors

Timberland introduces our newest brand ambassadors … the Spanish Olympic Sailing Team!

Timberland will accompany the national team in the run up to their participation in the London 2012 Olympics, providing Earthkeeper footwear and clothing made from recycled and recyclable materials.

The Spanish sailors test-drove their brand new equipment in Mallorca during the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia competition in April, one of the seven competitions that make up the World Cup of sailing.

Remember, you don’t have to be a world-class sailor to wear Timberland’s Formentor boat shoes; even the most ardent land lovers can get the look by shopping our entire boat shoe collection here.