Sherpa Adventure Gear's Fall '12 Collection is Inspired by the Past

Sherpa Adventure Gear's fall/winter 2012 collection of outdoor apparel borrows style and inspiration from climbing photographs from the '50s in the Himalayas—when, most notably, Mount Everest was successfully climbed for the first time.
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Sherpa Adventure Gear's fall/winter 2012 collection of outdoor apparel borrows style and inspiration from climbing photographs from the '50s in the Himalayas—when, most notably, Mount Everest was successfully climbed for the first time.

Some of the images show Sherpa men—essential to the success of high altitude Himalayan climbs then and now—dressed in big-pocketed plaid shirts.

Such photographs inspired the new Thamserku and Sangye Jackets for men, which feature hearty wool-based plaids and hidden inside, PrimaLoft® for modern day warmth.

Named after a cold, high peak in the Khumbu region of Nepal, the Thamserku Jacket unites a durable brushed wool-polyester shell with 40 grams PrimaLoft® One insulation for stylish defense against winter’s chill. An adjustable hood, three-inch fleece-lined collar, storm flap, hem cord and hand warmer pockets all help hold in the heat and beat the cold. Nylon lining slides and hidden stretch cuffs make it easy to slide this jacket over your other layers.

The Sangye Jacket is a fusion of some of the best garment ideas that have come to pass: utilitarian cowboy coat, hi-tech mountain gear, and classic old-school plaid. The brushed wool does all the things wool is a wonder at, while the stretch underarm and side panels reduce bulk and enhance your ability to move freely. Behind the scenes is PrimaLoft® One insulation to give the Sangye its toasty warmth. Performance details include hidden stretch cuffs with thumbholes, and a hem cinch.

Beyond jackets, other new offerings also take cues from traditional styles of Nepal.The men’s Rabten Jacket features classic tweed in Italian wool, and the Garwal button down shirt is a colorful plaid made of durable polyester and wool for a bit of extra warmth for daily wear.

For ladies, the Pangdey Tunic—a wool blend base layer—is striped all over to honor the traditional aprons worn by Sherpa women. The new Nitya Hoodie is a woolly sweater with traditional Nepali brass buttons adorning the front.

For more information, visit Sherpa Adventure Gear at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Booth #5001 or write to info@sherpaadventuregear.com.

About Sherpa Adventure Gear

Sherpa Adventure Gear was founded in 2003 by Tashi Sherpa, who was inspired to start the company when he discovered that his uncle was one of the Sherpa on Sir Edmund Hilary’s celebrated, first-ever expedition to the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Sherpa Adventure Gear—which manufacturers apparel for mountain and outdoor adventures—honours the unsung Sherpa heroes who make high altitude Himalayan climbs possible by carrying the loads, laying the ropes, and guiding the way. Sherpa athlete-ambassadors test and help design Sherpa Adventure Gear products, most of which are manufactured in Nepal. The company employs over 150 people in Nepal, and in 2009, furthered its local commitment when it opened its downtown Kathmandu headquarters, which houses its offices, a flagship store and The Terrace bed and breakfast. Two more stores opened in 2010, in Namche and Pokhara, Nepal. The company’s marketing and sales office is in Renton, Washington. Sherpa Adventure Gear gives back to the Sherpa community through its Paldorje Education Foundation. A portion of every sale funds educational and social initiatives, such as providing scholarships to deserving Sherpa children. 

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