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Fighting the Finnish Cold
We travelled to Finland in January 2020 in freezing temperatures ranging from 0 to -21 degrees. My wife and I chose a selection of Brass Monkeys merino thermal wear for the trip (long/short sleeve tops, long johns, balaclava, neck warmers and few others bits). The thermal wear were extremely comfortable and provided optimum protection against the cold temperatures. They were light weight, easy to pack and felt good on the skin too. All in all we felt we made the right decision to wear Brass Monkeys merino thermal wear and more than happy with our choice of products.
Vinesh K, Auckland
Boxing in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan was a fantastic adventure both hunting and the Photography, the beautiful people the wide ranging landscapes the changed every day just like the Mackenzie country in the South Island.
I wore the boxers from the day I left NZ 23 hours in the air to get to Bishkek from a mild 9 degrees in the Omarama High country into Dubai at 26 degrees just as well for air-conditioning at the airport to a small city of Osh in the middle of Central Asia at -10.
As a Merino Grazier I know the excellent Qualities of Merino wool gives as a natural product, we had a 14 hour four wheel drive in mostly dark wet conditions to the Mountain base camp, sat for 3 days getting accustomed to altitude at 10,500 feet, temperature varying during the day from -14 to -19 overnight. Out fitters (Guides) were extremely patient and humble, but the weather was extremely cold and windy with snow daily flurries.
Everything was frozen and just like our high Country but we were higher in altitude. An opportunity came on the 4th day, we mounted on horseback with gear to stay out overnight, 12 hours... this was going to test out the boxer. Being comfortable and warm made my trip, they were comfortable to wear, lovely feel while moving in the saddle and walking. Now I'm home in the High Country and still enjoy wearing them, trying to educate my son – you farm wool so wear natural products.
I took 6 pairs for my trip, When we were back in the small city of Osh, I got all my clothes washed including the boxers. A lovely Kyrgyzstan lady who was doing the washing asked me If she could take a pair of the boxers for her husband, Yes this lady new a good feel and a great product, I gave her two pairs. If Brass Monkeys was to go to a bright colour like orange, I would get Omarama SAR embroided on them –, look good and be seen.
My family and I compete in Sled Dog Racing run by the New Zealand Federation of Sledding Sports... for us, it's freezing just standing still, let alone allowing for the ‘chill factor’ once racing is underway.
I can tell you personally, wearing Brass Monkeys Merino garments is definitely the answer to combat the conditions. It keeps you warm, its light, helps keep you dry during the down pours of winter, air dry’s really fast and is more tenable with body odour. I’ve worn these garments for four days in a row and never taken it off while out in the forest. I've slept in it on overnight races where the temperatures have dropped to -10. It allows me to carry less personnel gear – I’ve even raced long distance races without the need of a sleeping bag, purely just Brass Monkeys, good tramping gear and sleeping on the ground.
You can certainly get a sweat on helping push the rig through the terrain and it’s good to know that Brass Monkeys helps retain a steady body temperature unlike others. It breathes, which keeps a chill at bay. I won’t race without it... it's now an essential part of my racing kit. Unfortunately for me, my competitors have started to catch on, but that’s great for Brass Monkeys as they say a good idea is worth sharing – and this is a great idea. From the No1 three dog freight racing team 2013, Rohn Racing Kennels thanks Brass Monkeys for producing such wonderful garments.
Bradley Myer returns from South Georgia impressed with his Brass Monkey gear
I have just returned to New Zealand having spent the last 3 months in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. South Georgia is an isolated island deep in the South Atlantic Ocean. Because it is in the southern hemisphere it experiences the same seasons as NZ. However, the average temperature in January (summer) is only 5°C.
South Georgia is a mountainous island with peaks that rival Mount Cook. It is one of the world’s premier wildlife hotspots with huge colonies of King Penguins, Antarctic Fur Seals, Elephant Seals, Albatross and other sea birds.
My role is the management of invasive plants which were introduced as a result of the whaling that went on in South Georgia between about 1900 and 1960. At one stage the island had a population of more than 2000 people. Today there is no resident population. Rats have recently been eradicated along with a population of reindeer that were introduced from Scandinavia about 100 years ago.
Although the temperature varied a lot while I was there, there were some very cold windy days and I was very happy that I was wearing my Brass Monkey base layers. I wore this gear every day for 3 months. I had no issues with anything. It washed well, didn’t shrink and the colours didn’t run. We worked outside in snow, hail and sub Antarctic gales in relative comfort. I am delighted to recommend this gear to anyone spending time in the outdoors.
Kaitiaki o Ngahere
Matt Howard | Senior Engineer (Geotech Team), Christchurch
Your thermals in action in The Antarctic today. They are warm, but I made a sacrifice by taking off my jacket so you can see the thermals properly, as it was rather cold.
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