Friday, November 27, 2015

Week 45 - StumpTown Kilts Review!

The first in our Ultimate Utility Kilt Showdown series!
Stumptown Kilts makes a quality product... here's a 15 minute video discussing why I love this kilt!

And here's a little about the company: 
1) How long have you been making and selling kilts?
StumpTown Kilts (STK) has been in business for 6 years.  We spent a year and a half in design and went through over 15 prototypes in order to get things just right.   STK has been selling Men’s Modern Kilts since 2011.  We went back into design to create our Women’s Modern Kilts in 2012.  

2) What got you started in kilts? Wearing them or selling them.
A group of guys got together that wanted to create a better Men’s Kilt.  We had all been wearing Kilts for sometime and wanted to improve upon the Modern Kilt.  There were things we did not like about the Kilts we were wearing at the time, so we set out to create a Kilt we all wanted to wear.

3) What is the one thing your company does better than anyone else selling kilts?
Our Kilts are designed to be extremely durable yet very easy to care for.  StumpTown Kilts do not require any ironing.  Because we use a traditional box pleat and sew the pleats down a quarter of inch on both the inside and outside our Kilts always keep their shape.  

4) Anything else we should know about your kilts, company, or philosophy?
Our motto has always been “this is not our Kilt, this is yourKilt”.  Since the beginning STK has encouraged others to make their Kilts their own.  For both our Men’s and Women’s Kilts we turned to friends, family, and fellow kilt enthusiasts for their input and suggestions, which helped STK create the Kilts we sell today.   We encourage people to add extra rivets, patches, attachments, and other accoutrements to their Kilts to make ‘em their own.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

First Kilt Arrived for Showdown!

Award for first kilt to arrive for the Ultimate Utility Kilt Showdown goes to...

Damn Near Kilt Em
(Stowaway model, dark grey)

Day one of testing is today!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SOCKS

Lets talk about.... socks

I've been buying cheap, Target or whatever (Hanes) black socks for ages.
Somehow, they are all failing at the same time, with big ugly holes where my big toes go.
It isn't like I have big gnarly toenails or anything... I don't know why my socks keep exploding.

So, instead of continuing to buy cheap horrible socks, I have switched entirely to SmartWool socks.
Granted, they are 10x more expensive than shitty normal socks, but WOW they make a big difference.


As long as they hold up for at least 6 months at a time, I'll probably continue to buy them.

What socks do you wear?

Week 40 - Wedding Kilt under $300

Monday, July 27, 2015

Week 30 -- EDC

The idea behind Every Day Carry (EDC) is to be prepared. Different people have different definitions of "prepared," and this is (more or less) mine.


The list:
El-cheapo (and highest rated under $20) mens "dive" watch
Maglite MagMini
Leatherman C33x
Leatherman OHT
Leatherman TREAD
Glock 19 (Gen 3)
G2 pen (someday I'll upgrade to a space pen!)
32gb Flash Drive
550 Paracord

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Week 28 -- Hiking in the Kilt

Quickie video from (just below) the highest point in Arizona...

Temperature was 39 degrees
Wind chill at 35mph was 27 degrees

So it felt like 12 degrees on the mountain. I was cold.




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Utilikilt VS Traditional Kilt

This comes with every Utilikilt. As someone who wears both kinds, I'm not sure what I think about it.

Week 27 -- New Utilikilt Unboxing!

My new Workmans kilt came!


Week 27 - Camping Setup

This is what it looks like while I'm out adventuring! I get my awesome camping stuff from Upper Crust Expeditions.



Not much kilt-y stuff in this one, just what my camp setup looks like.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Week 26 -- HALF WAY THERE!

Half way to 2016!

Utilikilts sale!

The sale at Utilikilts is still going on! I just purchased my first new UK since 2008! 

You gotta call to see what they have available in your size. Like most kilt manufacturers, they measure in INCHES, rather than the semi-subjective pants-size. 


Tell them Matt Beaty, from YEAROFTHEKILT sent you. I don't get anything out of it, but it makes me feel good :-)

Video coming later today!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Valentines Day Kilt Fire




The letter I wrote to Utilikilts (that nobody ever answered)
I've never really been one to subscribe to all the valentines day hype.  When you're single, it's an excuse to drink heavily. When you're not, it's an excuse to kill a few bottles of wine with your significant other. Either way, drinking is involved.

I wanted to show my lady a good time, so I made her a nice dinner, set out the candles, nice bottle of wine, donned my nicest kilt and waited for her to arrive home from work.

Dinner was great, the wine was good and by the end of dessert we were both ready to... well you know.

One of the first things I taught my lady about Utilikilts was the easy access feature of the "rip." 
1) remove belt
2) grab specific belt loop
3) pull hard

She has this particular move down very well. Practice makes perfect, I guess.

Anyway, in her haste to remove my clothing, she performed the rip and we went at it.

Some minutes later, I smelled something out of place. Casting my eyes around the room, I noticed that my utilikilt had landed on a small pile of candles near us. It caught fire and was sporting 8" flames and an aroma of burning fabric. 

I disengaged from my lover and grabbed the burning utilikilt. In my birthday suit, I opened the door to my concrete porch where I could smother the flames without igniting any more of my possessions or the naked woman who sat there and simply laughed at the whole debacle.

Kilt fire extinguished and candles moved to safer locations, we resumed our... earlier activities.

It wasn't until the next day that I got around to a full damage assessment. 

Where there had previously 8" flames, there now exists a ragged hole approximately 6" in diameter.  The fabric here is fused and melted together in various places rendering the kilt completely unwearable. (photos attached).

I purchased this "Original" model Utilikilt, my first, in 2006. At the time, I was in high school in Boulder, CO. I was one of two kilted people in my school of over 2,000 students and one of only a handful of men who regularly wore unbifurcated garments in the area, as far as I know. I currently reside in Flagstaff, Arizona. During my time at Northern Arizona University, I was the sole utilikiltarian and quickly earned the moniker "Kilt Guy." Now a working stiff, I'm just a weekend warrior for  the UK movement.

This kilt was and always has been my favorite for warm days or near-formal occasions. It was also the one that has held together best, looked sharpest, and maintained pleat shape without any kind of maintenance or thought on my part.


I see now that there is a New Standard available, as well as the old style. I currently own a tan Workmans, a Black survival and the limited edition Mock-u-Mercial winners kilt from the 2007 competition, in addition to this now-destroyed Original. Please consider this email my order for a New Standard edition - but only if it really IS better than the Original.

This model is a 35, short length (21.5). 

I look forward to speaking with one of your fantastic sales team to take my payment information. Please feel free to share this story with others as a warning: If your woman (or women) enjoy ripping your kilt off you - please ensure they do so away from open flame.

Your fellow Utilikiltarian in freedom,

- Matt Beaty



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Week 21 - Review of the 5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt (TDK)

Apparently I haven't done a review of this kilt... until now.
Also, testing out a new camera today. Let me know what you think.

Year of the Kilt Week 20 Video (late!)

Sorry guys, I shot this on deadline but forgot to upload it. Whoops!

I've been getting some action... from the TSA ;-)

I wore a kilt through multiple airport security checkpoints, and generally enjoyed it!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Week 19 Video (super late)

Wow. Totally forgot to put this one on the blog. My bad. Things have been a little crazy as I travel around.

A little preview before I head into airport security and traveling with a kilt in general.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Gerard Butler's Kilted "Disaster"

Quick funny video about Gerard Butler's need for a modesty closure system...


Week 18 video -- kilt repairs

Finally got around to repairing my Workmans model Utilikilt.

It has much "character" these days.



The "Scratch and Dent" Utilikilts list I mentioned is up-to-date with all the sale kilts you can get your hands on!

Monday, May 4, 2015

From Sheep to Kilt

Step 1) Go ahead and turn your speakers all the way down. Maybe it's just me, but the song in this video is... the worst. I'm all about the bagpipes, but not this one.

Step 2) Learn yourself something. From the raw wool to dying and weaving.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Week 17 : Belted Plaid / Great Kilt / Cheap Kilt

Doing something a little different today!
This is my go-to kilted solution for camping, but also works great for laundry day or just a cheap kilt.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kilt accessories: birthday edition!

My lady got her hands on some gorgeous kilt accessories and surprised me on my birthday!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Kilt Covered in Hair...

The hazards of live-in females... Your kilts get covered in hair!

Week 14 Video -- Tartan Week and WIND

I'm not doing anything special for Tartan Week, but I know some other people are!

 

Chris's info on The Kilted Biker (good for you, Chris!)
https://www.facebook.com/TheKiltedBiker

A few pages/accounts I follow these days:
https://www.facebook.com/AllThingsKilts
https://www.facebook.com/LifeInAKilt
https://www.facebook.com/USAKilts -- these guys put up a couple great articles recently on quality kiltmaking. Great reading.
http://www.twitter.com/asfevents

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sportkilt for Sale!

30-32 size waist.
20" length.
Includes matching flashes.

$40 including free shipping. Payment through PayPal.

Drop me an email if you're interested: Beaty.matt@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Week 13

5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt is back for their annual April Fools edition of kilts!



http://www.511tactical.com/



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hole in the kilt

Looks like it might be getting time to start patching my 8 year old Workmans kilt...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Guinness for Breakfast! - St Paddy's

A quick morning greeting. 7:13 Guinness for Breakfast.

St. Paddy's

It's the Year of the Kilt! We cannot ignore St. Paddy's around here, especially with my Irish heritage.

So. Directly after my guinness-for-breakfast, I'l make a quick bonus video.

Until then, here's something to get you going.


Also - learn yourself something about the REAL reason St. Patrick's day was created. (I'll give you a hint, it has to do with religion)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Year of the Kilt -- Week 10 -- Motorcycle Season!


 Motorcycle season is here... which is totally cramping my style with the whole kilt thing.

Do you have any hobbies or passions that interfere with your kilted lifestyle? Let me know with a comment!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Silly Kilted Friday

Can anyone tell me why, every time a kilt is on a game show, it is worn backwards/sideways?

Not that I presume to be the "Kilt Kops," but... can we all agree it wouldn't be so bad to have them on correctly?



Check out the host's sporran.

TGIF! Get out into the world and show off those kilts, boys!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Year of the Kilt - Week 9 video!

Can you believe it's been 9 weeks so far? WOWZA!


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A couple photos from this week's shenanigans, out adventuring in my kilts.





Friday, February 27, 2015

Utilikilts Sale!


I'm always blathering on about my Utilikilts, and this is your chance to get your hands on one.

Regular orders are 25% off. "Scratch and Dent" orders are up to 50% off.



Week 8 video -- Wearing the Kilt at Work

Do you wear your kilt to work? Every day? Some days? Never?


Wooohooo!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kilted Piping Rock

Apparently I took last week off from doing videos. Whoops!

Here's something to tide you over until I get back in action this week.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pakistani Kilts... The Cheap "casual" Knockoff


Part of the reason for getting into this whole "year of the kilt" thing was to learn about the culture and everything that goes into the kilt-wearing world these days.

One thing that I've learned is that... not all kilts are what they appear to be, even when purchased from Scotland.

As I mentioned in the 6th episode of Year of the Kilt, I purchased two 8-yard kilts from two different companies, both based in Scotland, at two very different prices. Lo and behold, they are made by the same manufacturer - this one based in a small city in Pakistan that specializes in scottish exports of many varieties: kilts, bagpipes, sporrans, you name it, they make it. Companies in Scotland import these cheap knock-off kilts, often made of acrylic-wool blend or almost entirely acrylic, which happens to be highly flammable and doesn't share any of the water-shedding properties of wool. Not to mention, it is far lighter than wool.

Interesting stuff.


Here are a few articles you might peruse before making your next knockoff kilt purchase.

A Word of Warning

Imported vs Made in Scotland (by buyakilt.com, the company I purchased one of my kilts from)

Cheap Kilts

After all this reading, I have come to a conclusion. To me, it doesn't matter one bit whether the kilt is made in Scotland, USA, Pakistan, whatever - as long as it fits, it lasts, and is comfortable. Some people are all into the Scottish heritage and hand-made blah blah blah. Not me. I'm not a Scot and I don't care where it comes from.

That being said, the leather on my Pakistani kilt looks to be fraying a bit, even after a mellow cycle in the wash and air-drying. That doesn't count as "lasting" and as such is a bit of a disappointment... but I will have to see how it holds up through future washes.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

5.11 TDK secret snap

Ok, this isn't exactly a secret. I've owned my 5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt since they came out a few years ago... And I never realized there was a 7th snap, low on the left. This is the one that helps with what gets revealed with the "squat factor" that I discussed on a previous episode.

Week Six video (late!)


Sorry for the lateness! Got it recorded yesterday and online today. Let's talk about knives!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Kilted Shenanigans


As I have said before, I'm not necessarily the biggest fan of the 5.11 TDK... but this video is pretty fun.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mud in a kilt

Offroading this last weekend, we managed to get my buddy's Tacoma stuck in some serious mud. I was wearing my typical camping kilt, which is fashioned after the Great Kilts of old. Essentially just 5 yards of fabric pleated up and belted on. It works great as a blanket, kilt, shade, tablecloth, and anything else you could use 5 yards of fabric for. 

I ended up out of my boots and getting DIRTY, scooping the mud from underneath the front of the truck with my hands. We had a great time and got everybody un-stuck eventually.






I wear this kilt when I'm bumming around the house or when camping, almost exclusively. There is something about the versatility of such a simple garment that lends itself well to being out and about in the boonies.

Video this week might be a little delayed - I'm having trouble working out my schedule to film.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Kilted Fun

Another dose of kilted silliness, this time regarding how high (or low) the kilt is worn...


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Year of the Kilt - Week FOUR!


This week we are talking about the Utilikilts Survival model - as well as welcoming our first guest onto the show in his first ever time wearing a kilt.

See you next week for more kilted shenanigans!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kilt in Vegas!

Spent some Tim in Vegas this weekend for a work conference. I was the only person I saw in a kilt, which surprised me somehow.

We had a blast and even saw this display at the Hard Rock Cafe showing that even famous musicians wear the kilt from time to time.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fun Friday

My buddy Kitt and I made this video in 2008 for the Utilikilts Mock-U-Mercial contest. We won third place, which earned us a $500 shopping spree AND a limited edition Survival model kilt, which I still wear at least once a week.


Sadly, I haven't seen anywhere near as much interaction between Utilikilts and their loyal customers in the years following The Transition Of Power. They used to be all about interaction and video contests and monthly newsletters and social media shenanigans, and now... not so much.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Week Three - Sport Kilt Review

Today we're talking about the common elements of the Kilt Outfit, a quickie review of the Sport Kilt, and some other words and stuff.
See you next week for another episode. In the meantime: KILT ON!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Funny Friday (delayed)

A little kilted silliness for you. Just took me a couple extra days to find it.


The last few days I have been out and about in the kilt and have heard compliments exclusively from younger men. I was stopped by one such youth who told me that I inspired him. Hopefully I can continue to do so for others!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Week Two - How to Stay Warm in the Kilt

It's been a little chilly this week, so I figured I would cover how I stay warm in the kilt, even when it's zero degrees and snowing.
  • Wear your heaviest kilt. Big 16oz 8 yard kilts work great for this.
  • HUGE socks! Ok, so technically you're supposed to call them "kilt hose" but they are big socks and they do a huge part of the heavy lifting keeping your legs warm. If needed, roll them up over your knees.
  • Fabric under the kilt. I use a sarong or a couple yards of thicker plaid fabric. Works great to keep your thighs and... unmentionables toasty warm.
This week's video:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Tie with the Kilt

I don't often wear a tie, or necessarily dress "fancy" with the kilt. On those occasions when I do dress it up, I prefer to use an "alternative" tie knot to the standard single windsor that is so commonplace. To me, it almost seems like people have rather forgotten that there are other knots they can use!

Here is an example from last week's Fancy Friday at my place of work.


The knot here is an example of the Eldridge knot. It's a bit more complex than the knot you learned as a boy, but you'll get far more compliments on it because of that.


The rest of the outfit includes the waistcoat (vest), jacket, beret, hose, flashes, etc. The only thing I am still missing from my "fancy" kilt outfit is a proper pear of dress shoes... which I have either managed to misplace or destroy since I last looked for them.

Monday, January 12, 2015

More snow!

Flagstaff is in the middle of another snowstorm today. I'll be out and about in the kilt - and some big socks - rain, snow, or shine!

Here's a photo my lady took of me and a friend out wheeling our FJ Cruisers in the snow last week.

Can you tell which one is me? ;-)


I spent plenty of time in the snow, hooking up tow ropes and clambering around up to my thighs in it.
Overall, not a bad experience - though without the car to keep me warm, I might have lost a few bits.



Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Fun!

The kilt, as described by Michael McIntyre (and most people who don't "get it").


To be as opposite from the English as humanly possible...

  • A skirt, instead of trousers
  • A multicolored skirt instead of black trousers
  • Long White Hockeysocks instead of little black socks
  • No underpants, because the English wear underpants (Got me balls hangin' out!)
  • A bag instead of pockets
  • A Hairy Cockbag instead of pockets
  • And a knife for anybody who takes issue with the whole thing.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Youtube Channel - Week One!


My first week of the 2015 Year of the Kilt, including a quickie product review of the Utilikilts Workman's Kilt!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Down with Pants!

Had a quick install this morning for work. Got out of those pants by noon and am enjoying the rest of the day in my Limited Edition Survival by Utilikilts. More on this particular kilt later.

Welcome!

It is happening. I am going to wear a kilt for 365 consecutive days. I started January 1, 2015 and I'm going all the way to New Years in 2016.

New Years 2015... in 10" of fresh snow.
WHO?
Oh, right. Hi there. My name is Matt. I've been wearing kilts since 2007. I'm a photographer and a 4x4 adventurist. I live in Flagstaff, AZ where we average 100" of snow each year. I'm of Irish/English descent, but that part doesn't really matter; I'd be wearing the kilt regardless because it is so damn comfy!

WHY?
I dunno, why not? It's a fun project that keeps me in kilts and keeps me doing fun new things. This is NOT the result of a dare, losing a bet, or any other unfortunate circumstance. I'm just doing it because I like wearing kilts.
This website is where I will post updates from my adventures in the kilts, reviews of the various kilts I am wearing, YouTube videos and other generally awesome kilt-content.

KILT?
Yup. Pleated skirt made for guys. I have several. You can call it a skirt (all kilts are skirts, but not all skirts are kilts) or a kilt, but if you call it a dress, we might have a problem.

ALL YEAR?
That's the plan. Of course, for work I am occasionally required to climb ladders. On those days, I generally won't wear the kilt at work, but 95% of the time I will be in the kilt all day. The other 5%, I'll be back in the kilt as soon as I'm done with the ladders.

HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?
I have Rick to thank for that. He's the guy at Life in a Kilt, and his journey started in 2012 when he turned 50 and decided to wear the kilt for a year. That year has turned into a nearly full-time thing for him and he appears to have had fun during his year and the years since. While I'm not much for "New Years Resolutions," I do like a good project. Documenting my year in a kilt is a project that will keep me amused for the year and will help me learn a thing or two about all things kilt.

Have a suggestion for me to check out? Want to send mea product to review on this site? Drop me an email: kilts@mattbeaty.net

Cheers!