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?


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, 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.