May 2016

Wednesday’s Featured Product: Hults Bruk Axes


The original Hults Bruk mansion still serves as the headquarters of the company.

Hults Bruk was founded in 1697 by a stream in the country outside of the Swedish town of Norrkoping, which is kind of awesome considering people still dressed like this in the 1690s. Who wouldn’t want a Swedish axe that’s been made and perfected for over 300 years?

After getting these axes in the mail earlier this week, we are proudly one of only two places in the state of Iowa where you can get a Hults Bruk axe, so come on over and check out the collection. It’s almost summer, and that means bonfires; don’t get caught chopping wood with a boring old axe this year, do it in style. (Did I mention Father’s day is just around the corner?).



One of the seven Hults Bruk axes available at Fin & Feather right now, the Bjork axe is the perfect axe for getting the campfire ready. You can read more about the Bjork axe here. In addition to the Bjork axe, we also carry a variety of smaller hatchets and larger felling axes, depending on what you are looking for.


Before I let you go, check out this video of the Hults Bruk forge in action, and then stop by to see the finished products in person! 🔥

Be sure to check out the Hults Bruk website to learn even more about this sweet Swedish axe company. We sure are glad these axes are now available in America. You may not have known you needed one of these axes until just now, but we’ve been pining.


Hawkeye’s Update from the Pacific Crest Trail

*Excerpts from the Pacific Crest Trail Journal, follow the link to view the full write-up and all the pictures so far


*written and edited on trail

“When I originally planned my PCT adventure, I budgeted 10-12 miles for each of the first few days, just to break in the legs a bit, and much like many of the other people who started their journeys around me on the same day, those plans were passed by with the excitement of finally being out here. I bagged a healthy 15 miles on the first day (with 7 liters of water weighing me down), and have been averaging the same mileage ever since.

While I feel physically and mentally healthy about my miles (so far), I have ran into and said goodbye to a few hikers already that have proved that the fastest race horses out of the gate aren’t always the first to the finish-line.

On my very first day rumors began spreading around of two hikers who had to receive emergency evacuations thanks to dehydration and over-exhaustion, and since then I have seen nearly a half-dozen hikers bow out or take a step to the sidelines with leg injuries, mental qualms and above all, blisters. No judgements need to be passed upon these hikers, because the trail treats people differently, and speaking from experience it is easy to get ahead of yourself once your well-planned journey actually begins…”


I may have come to California and started my PCT journey by myself, but there have been few instances (except when I sought them) when I have been alone. It’s easy to make friends on the Pacific Crest Trail, especially if you’re not afraid to introduce yourself, and despite not being someone who likes to name drop, I have been blessed to meet some others hikers with names like D-Cup, Lid, Cairn, Beard-O, Sweet-Pea, 42, Evac, Dirty-B, Day-Pack and more.

As for food, I’ve been well-fed and always a little hungry. The best meal, or at least the most satisfying so far has been a combination of a long day, a wind-struck mountain side and two beef Ramen noodle packets, packaged salmon and two dollops of table butter… It doesn’t get much better than that…”


With over 2,500 miles to go, the best piece of advice I’ve gotten so far is to not think about that, instead just take it one step at a time, and right now, laying down in my tent on the 7th day of my 6-month journey, the next step for me is a good night’s sleep so in the morning I can see where the trail will take me next.”

Over and Out



Top 10 Gifts for Mother’s Day

1. Chacos

It’s no secret that we are obsessed with Chacos here at chacospurplefin & Feather (just come into our store and you are bound to find at least one employee sporting them), and it’s a great time to buy Chacos because the new line for Spring 2016 is out, and trust me, it’s awesome. With many new and fun colors and patterns, we’re sure the mom in your life will love them. Warning: she might be so happy and comfy in her new Chacos she might never take them off, it happens to the best of us.

2.Fjällräven Pack


Give her a head start on this year’s Fall trends with these adorable retro Swedish backpacks. This is the perfect gift because at the higher price point she might not buy one for herself, but we know she would love to have one. She can throw in her yoga clothes and bring it along to class, or fill it with everything you need for a day outdoors. The perfect balance between fashion and function makes the Fjällräven backpack a great Mother’s Day Gift.

3. Nemo Fusion Sleeping Bagnemofusion

This seriously cute Hot Pink sleeping bag is one part down, one part synthetic, combining the comfort of a synthetic bag with the warmth and pack-ability of down. Get this for the more adventurous mom in your life, and we know it will bring a smile to her face. Did I mention Hot Pink?

4.Hiking Socksdarntoughstripe

Do you or the mother in your life have a favorite hiking spot? Pair this gift with a planned out adventure this weekend, and be sure to make this Mother’s Day weekend extra special. Everyone loves a nice gift, and a fresh pair of socks are a seasoned classic. But the real gift here is the chance to spend some quality time outside and away from everything else.  Live in different places? Socks are the perfect gift to send in the mail, just be sure to ask her to take pictures of her fun hike.

5. Granite Gear Luggage


Is she the traveling type? Even if she doesn’t travel all the time, it’s always good to have at least one piece of nice luggage. We are obsessing over the Cross Trek series from Granite Gear which comes apart to reveal a detachable backpack. So versatile, convenient, and not bad looking either. If you have the extra time, you could even plan a trip together where she can use the new luggage.

6. Locally Grown Tees


You know your mother better than everyone else. Help her express her personal style with Locally Grown Tees and & Life is good Clothing. We especially like this “Paddle Local” graphic tee with a pedal boat on it, but you’ll have to stop by to see the whole collection. These shirts, which are made in the USA, are so super soft and comfy, it might just become her favorite shirt.


7. Dresses from Kühl, Toad & Co, and Löletoad & co dress

Not all dresses are created equal. Outdoor clothing lines like Kühl, Toad & Co, & Löle all make dresses a cut above the rest. We know she will look beautiful in one of these dresses (and comfy too) during Mother’s Day Brunch. The Rosemarie Dress from Toad & Co pictured here, which comes in so a variety of prints, is both Eco-friendly and breathable. We know it will be a hit!

8. Rain Gear

Spring is here, and with Spring TNFventurecomes rain! Keep her dry and fashionable with a cute new rain coat! We particularly like the bright colors in the Spring 2016 lines for both The North Face and Marmot. The Venture Jacket from The North Face, at just $99, is a great price for it’s value. It’s a great jacket that will really last, and with these bright colors, she can wear it all Spring and whip it out again in the fall to keep those bright summer vibes flowing.

9. Active Clothing


I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing that gets me more excited about exercising than new workout clothes, and we have a huge selection of active clothing at Fin & Feather that would be perfect for Mother’s Day. Try Löle, Tasc or even The North Face for active clothing she can wear for yoga, running, hiking, or all three. We especially like the bamboo clothing from Tasc; it’s so soft and feels amazing to work out in.

10. Fin & Feather Gift Card

Maybe you can’t decide what to get for Mother’s day, or maybe she is just hard to shop for. Consider getting her a gift card to Fin & Feather so that she can decide for herself what she wants for Mother’s Day. It could be one of the items above or something completely different, but with the great variety of options we have to  offer, we are sure she will find something great.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Wednesday’s Featured Product: Alite Designs Mayfly Chair

While sitting on the ground can make you feel close to nature, for extended trips or even a day trip to the beach, it can be nice to sit on something a little more inviting. This Wednesday’s featured product, the Mayfly Chair from San Francisco based company Alite Designs might be just what you need to bring a little more comfort to your life outside, and with their minimal styling and lighthearted design, they won’t get in the way of that natural feeling.


The Mayfly Chair has three legs, one of which you can fold up to turn the chair into a two legged rocker which you control with your legs. Or, if you leave the front leg down, you can recline without having to worry about keeping your balance. Just sit back, relax and breath in the fresh air (and feel the sand under your toes?). The low sitting chair packs up into its attached stuff sack to just 11.5″ X 4.3″ X 4.3″ and weighs just 1.6 pounds.

Small enough to throw in your backpack or on your bike for either a day trip or an extended vacation, at just $99, the Mayfly chair is definitely something to add to your gear collection. A seriously lighthearted chair to take with you anywhere.

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