Posts Tagged ‘hiking boots’

Thank You, Frederick Strickland

Mr. Strickland was a mid-1800’s adventure seeker; he was the first man in recorded history to summit Mount Washington in the winter … and also the first man to die on Mount Washington during his attempted descent. (For the purposes of this story, let’s just focus on Frederick’s life, not death.)

The fearless (some might say foolish) passion for the outdoors that fueled Frederick Strickland and other early adventurers like him serves as inspiration for Timberland’s Spring 2012 Abington Collection — full of handsome, durable, comfortable boots and shoes made for the most discerning outdoor pioneers.

Abington Alpine Ox Hiker

Abington 6-Eye Canoe Boot

Abington Lodge Moccasin Ox

Click on the video below to go behind the scenes on our Abington photo shoot; to learn more about our collection of Strickland-inspired footwear, visit the Abington website.

Behind the Scenes: How Boot Making Begins

It seems contradictory to be talking about spring footwear when there’s several inches of snow and temperatures are in the 30s, but that’s how it works – we’re often designing our shoes, boots, clothing and accessories years in advance. So for example, it’s now early March of 2012, and we’re looking to put our Spring/Summer lines for 2013 to bed. This creation process starts months in advance with inspirations started often as a doodle, scrap of an idea or an insight from a great trip in the outdoors.

These ideas turn into sketches that turn into CADs (Computer-Aided Designs), which then turn into product samples. We conduct global meetings where we discuss the merits of each individual shoe one-by-one with various Timberland folks from Stratham, New Hampshire to the UK to Singapore. It may seem exhausting or pedantic, but this is where you see the true passion come out from each member of the Timberland team. Designers sing the merits of their product while marketers dream up ways to get our products noticed by consumers like you.

To illustrate this point, I thought it’d be fun to give you a sneak peak of the creation process for the Fall 2012 GT Scramble.

It starts with an idea, a sketch discovery on a piece of paper.

It's not just leathers, fabrics and style. We also focus on tread patterns.

Then we put it all together, starting to add color accents and style points.

We make sure that the sole is made of our Gripstick and Green Rubber.

The last step is to pull together all the specs for production.

The finished product: the Timberland GT Scramble!

If you can’t wait for the GT Scramble, check out our current collection of hiking boots – perfect for whatever outdoor adventures you’re planning this spring.

The New Pathrock and Something About Smearing

According to our product development team, “gnarly stuff shreds footwear.”   That’s a very cool way to say a challenging climb can really ruin your shoes.  That’s why they created the new Pathrock:

Whether you’re going … um … smearing … or on a less arduous adventure, the Pathrock Collection of footwear is lightweight, durable and traction-packed enough to protect you against the gnarliest of stuff. See for yourself.

The Gear Junkie Takes on the Toughest Trail in the East

To tackle what is often cited as “the toughest hiking trail in the East,” Stephen Regenold (aka The Gear Junkie) relies on his fast and light Timberland LiteTrace boots. Can he and his crew successfully make their way up 6 major peaks, 14,000 feet of elevation and 25 miles of Catskill Mountain’s Devils Path? See for yourself:

You’ll find more Gear Junkie / LiteTrace adventures on the Outdoor tab of our Facebook page and on the Gear Junkie website.  To shop for your own pair of hard hike-worthy LiteTrace boots, visit our website.

Put Down that Turkey Leg and Lace Up Your Hikers

Whether you overdid it with the mashed potatoes yesterday or just can’t seem to find your holiday cheer, there’s no better solution than a walk in the woods.  Before you head out on the trail, take note of these tips from Outside TV and AMC Guide, Nate Shedd:

Now that you’re sufficiently inspired to get outdoors, make sure you’ve got the gear you need. You can shop our full collection of hikers here.