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Father’s Day Ideas from Schnee’s!

Father’s Day is just around the corner. This year, surprise dad with a gift that he sure to love and enjoy from Schnee’s! Schnee’s has a wonderful assortment of gift items that are sure to please any dad, even the “hard to shop for” dad or for the dad that has everything.

New for 2011, the Schnee’s Powder Horn Polo will keep dad looking good and feeling great in the office, on the town or on the links! Crafted from Grade-A 100% Cotton Pique fabric, this incredibly comfortable polo features subtle western accents for a distinctive look. Available in either long or short sleeves in burgundy, olive and navy colors.

Schnee's Powder Horn Polo

Quality leather products are something that every man can appreciate. From the unique hand and feel of the leather to the beauty of expert craftsmanship, there is just something about quality leather goods that leaves a lasting impression. Schnee’s is proud to offer an exclusive assortment of Genuine American Bison wallets and accessories that are sure to please any dad! From Schnee’s classic 9 Pocket Bison Wallet to the extremely popular Dresser Caddy, get dad something that he will use and cherish for years to come!

Schnee's Bison Leather Wallets and Accessories

To see other great gift ideas as well as all of the other great products that Schnee’s has to offer, visit us online at www.schnees.com today! If you have questions regarding any of our Schnee’s products, would like to request a free Schnee’s Catalog or would like to talk to one of our expert Customer Service Representative, please give us a call at 1-800-922-1562!

They’re coming…

March in Montana, looking for some green sprouts

Been a tough winter, but Spring is coming...

With the month of March drawing to a close, we’re seeing more deer and elk emerge seemingly daily.  We have had a pretty tough winter in Montana this year, and we will be hoping winter kill figures are not too severe.  On the other hand, our snowpack is good and water levels should be too, which in general is positive for our fish and wildlife populations.  Here are a few elk in winter range, the snowy photo and the herd bedded are the same herd in basically the same spot on the same day, snow fall in the morning and mostly burned off by the evening.

Nice to see a pretty respectable population in this area again this spring, as wolves have just recently arrived in this particular region and, as we all know, they will begin to take their toll on this herd, as with any, if the wolves are not properly managed.

Late Season Nevada Elk Hunt Play-by-Play

This great letter came to us from long time Schnee’s customer Larry R. in Nevada. Thanks Larry, it sounds like this was a pretty intense hunt! We were happy to hear that your Schnee’s boots were there to keep you going on this memorable hunt!

“To the good people at Schnee’s:

My son Brad and I were on a cow elk hunt in eastern Nevada. A freak snow storm hit the area, but the elk were there. After an ugly encounter with snow covered rocks, the four wheel drive on my expeditions failed.

 30 Dec 10 –    0700, calf deep snow, 0 degrees, we press on.

                           1100, knee deep snow, 5 degrees, no elk sign

                           1230, thigh deep snow, 5 degrees, elk tracks!

                           1300, fresh bedding/feeding area, the hunt is on!

                           1400, long shot missed, in hot pursuit. Waist deep snow, -5 degrees.

                           1430, large cow elk down, sun setting, -10 degrees.

                           1600, elk butchered, ready for transport to vehicle, 4 miles, sun gone,    

                                  -15 degrees. Fighting snow, plummeting temps & heavy packs,  

                                  we press on. The temperature drops to -22. Canteens frozen,

                                  food frozen, meat on our backs frozen. Our bodies begin to chill. 

                                  Cold hands, cold face, cold legs, cold everything. Except our feet,

                                 thanks to Schnee’s Hunter II pack boots. Feet? Warm, dry, 

                                 comfortable.      

 31 Dec 10 – 0100, arrive at vehicle. Thank you Schnee’s.”

Larry R.

Nevada

Schnee’s 2011 Spring Collection!

Our new Spring 2011 Catalog is now available and features over 30 new styles and colors of footwear and apparel. Whether this Spring finds you calving and sorting on the ranch, taking in time on your favorite trout stream or traveling abroad, Schnee’s new collection of apparel is sure to keep you comfortable and looking your best along the way.

Schnee's 2011 Spring Catalog

New for this season, and already a popular seller, is our Schnee’s Rugged Canvas Blazer™. Crafted from premium 6oz. cotton canvas, this lightweight  jacket features a relaxed fit and distinctive style. You are sure to find this casual jacket to be the perfect companion for an afternoon in the field or an evening on the town.

 

Schnee's Rugged Canvas Blazer

Another great addition to the Schnee’s clothing collection this year is the Stockman’s Dress Shirt™. This beautifully constructed shirt features a 100% cotton fabric and our signature snap front and cuffs. Whether you are wearing it with a suit and tie, or with our new Schnee’s High Country Jeans, the Stockman’s Dress Shirt is sure to become your new favorite shirt.

Schnee's Stockman's Dress Shirt

All of these items as well as the rest of our Spring and Summer collection can be seen at www.schnees.com or in our new, full color catalog. Call or click today for a free copy! 1-800-922-1562!

If The Boot Fits…

The Schnee’s Boot Fitting Guide

By Rob Stiehl. Rob is the marketing director at Schnee’s and previously worked as an assistant retail manager & outdoor footwear buyer for Schnee’s.  Rob is an avid outdoorsman in his free time.

For many people, the process of researching and selecting a new pair of technical footwear can seem quite daunting. Whether you are looking for a pair of trail runners, a new light hiker, or a new mountain hunting boot, there are a few steps that can be taken to simplify this process and help to ensure that you are purchasing the right piece of footwear to make your outdoor adventures more enjoyable.

Step 1 – Pick your activity

The first step of the selection process is to decide what activity you will primarily use the footwear for and then focusing your attention on that category when trying different models. Common categories for technical footwear may include:

Although a sturdy trail-running shoe will often be supportive enough to handle some light hiking on the side, this is not what the shoe is designed for and may result in the shoe wearing out more quickly than normal. Similarly, a burly all-leather backpacking boot can be extremely durable and amazingly supportive when carrying heavy loads, but the increased weight and medium to low flexibility associated with these boots can make them slightly less comfortable on light trails or when you are trying to cover ground at a faster pace.

Step 2 – Measure for size

Once you have decided on which category of footwear you are primarily interested in, the fitting process can begin. This is the most important step when buying technical footwear, and should be performed by someone well trained in boot fitting. Ideally, you want to have both feet measured and evaluated on a Brannock Device.  However, Schnee’s Customer Service boot specialists can help you with the process online or over the phone at 1-800-922-1562. Most people have slight variances in the length, width, or shape of their feet, and this is important information for both you and the boot fitter to know to achieve the best possible fit. Also, be sure to have your foot measured with a quality performance sock in the proper weight or thickness that you would normally wear with the footwear you have chosen.

Step 3 – Not too tight!

When fitting technical footwear, one of the most important things to consider is getting the proper length inside the shoe or boot. Roughly an extra half-inch of space is crucial in order to protect your feet from bruising and blistering, and to accommodate any swelling that may take place.

To check the length in footwear with a hard toe such as hiking boots, stand in the unlaced boot and gently tap your foot towards the front until your longest toe is just touching the front of the boot. You should now be able to easily fit your index finger directly behind your heel in the boot. This ensures that you have a “finger’s width” in the front of the boot to protect your toes while descending and this will also reduce pressure and friction on the heel when ascending.

As for the fit in the rest of the boot, you should be looking for a snug (not tight!) and secure fit from the heel of foot to the ball of the foot, and a slightly roomier fit in the toe box that will provide some wiggle room for your toes.

Step 4 – Test driving the boot

Now you can lace up the boots firmly and evenly, and test them on an incline board or ramp if one is available. If an incline board is not available, it is recommended that you wear the footwear on the carpet at home for a couple hours in the evening before wearing them outside. This will help to identify any tight spots or pressure points that should be addressed before taking your new investment to the trailhead.

A Word about Socks

Selecting the right sock for an activity can be about as complicated as finding the right footwear. Socks can be made from natural fibers such as wool or silk, or from synthetic materials such as acrylic or nylon blends. Socks also come in an array of thicknesses from ultra light to extremely heavy to accommodate different activities and climates.

Modern wool socks (such as Merino Wool SmartWool socks) are more comfortable than the wool socks of the past. Today, most wool socks are designed to be itch-free and washing machine safe. Unlike cotton or some synthetic materials, wool is extremely efficient at pulling moisture away from the foot while retaining its insulating properties despite being wet or dry. Wool works well in Gore-Tex® lined footwear and solid leather footwear because of wool’s ability to wick moisture at a slightly slower rate than synthetic materials, resulting in less moisture buildup inside of your footwear. One downside to wool socks is that it takes a bit longer for them to dry when compared to wet synthetic materials—frustrating when washing your socks in a backcountry stream or lake.

Synthetic socks are typically constructed from materials such as polyester, nylon, or acrylics that are very hydrophobic. These materials repel or “wick” moisture away from the foot at a very high rate, and absorb very little residual moisture from the foot. Synthetic socks are best suited for high activity use (i.e. trail running) and should be used with highly breathable footwear that will allow moisture to evaporate quickly. If you prefer using synthetic socks and are looking for one to use with Gore-Tex® or all-leather boots, try to find a sock that is a synthetic/wool blend such as the Thorlo Mountain Climbing Sock designed to move moisture at a slower rate in order to maximize the efficiency of the Gore-Tex® boot liner.

Performance Footbeds

Aftermarket footbeds are an excellent addition to any type of footwear. Often referred to as “insoles”, performance footbeds can be used to increase the support or cushion of a shoe, and can greatly improve the fit of most shoes and boots. Many footwear companies utilize inexpensive, generic footbeds that are often made from lightweight EVA foam that will compress and wear out relatively quickly. Performance footbeds are typically constructed of a dense synthetic foam top layer that is reinforced through the arch with a sturdy nylon or plastic frame for increased support and durability.

Superfeet® is a premium manufacturer of aftermarket performance footbeds. Superfeet® offers a range of models that will add support and improve the fit of your footwear whether it’s a western boot, a hiking boot, or a ski boot.  For most outdoor footwear applications, you will first need to remove the stock footbed from your footwear. Once you have removed the existing footbed, you can now use it as a template to trim your replacement footbed to fit your new footwear.

Caring for your Purchase

Now that you have found the perfect pair of boots or shoes and have been properly fit, you will want to take a few steps to protect your new purchase for trail ahead. In order to maximize the life of your new footwear, proper (and regular) cleaning and conditioning is a must.

Under normal wear, boots will collect dirt, grit and mud along seams and folds of the tongue as well as inside the boot. Boots do not necessarily need to be cleaned or conditioned after every hike (unless they become extremely muddy or wet), but removing excess dirt and mud will vastly improve the life of the leather and stitching.

To clean your footwear, start with an approved footwear cleaner or a small dish of warm water with a few drops of regular dish soap and a small soft bristle brush (old potato brushes or toothbrushes work great). Remove as much excess mud or buildup on the boots before cleaning the boots over a sink. Remove the laces and footbed from the boots and begin to gently scrub your footwear with a brush and cleaner paying special attention to seams and the tongue folds. It is also fine to partially fill the inside of the boot with water and gently swash around to remove any interior grit.

Once you footwear is clean, it is important to allow the boots to dry naturally at room temperature or with an electric boot dryer (do not place wet footwear in direct sunlight or in front of a stove or heater to dry!). After the boots have had a chance to fully dry, you will want to apply the appropriate conditioner/waterproofing to your footwear.  Following these steps will ensure that you get the maximum life expectancy out of your new footwear!

Great Gift Ideas from Schnee’s!

With only ten shopping days left, why spend your time navigating crammed parking lots and busy malls when you shop from the convenience of your home at www.schnees.com! Schnee’s has a great assortment of gifts for everyone on your list, even those that are hard to shop for!

Give your loved ones the gift of comfort and warmth this year with a new pair of boots or slippers from Schnee’s, UGG or Ernest Hemingway: A Handrcafted Footwear Collection. From functional indoor/outdoor slippers to warm winter boots, Schnee’s has great footwear for everyone! Socks also make a great holiday gift! Schnee’s is proud to carry a selection of premium outdoor and casual socks from Smartwool, Lorpen and Thorlo.

Schnee's Bison Montana II

Not sure what to get for Dad this year? How about Schnee’s 5-Pocket Bison Wallet? Schnee’s wallets are crafted from our exclusive, genuine American Bison leather and are available in 3 different sizes! Another great gift Dad would surely enjoy would be the Schnee’s Big Horn Flannel™ shirt. This classic flannel is crafted from 5oz Portuguese Flannel for an incredible fit and feel and is available in three great colors.

Schnee's Bighorn Flanner

Still looking for that special gift for the impossible to shop for person on your list? Give the gift that always fits with a Schnee’s Gift Card! Schnee’s Gift Cards are available in any amount and never expire! Our Gift Cards can be used online, by phone or in any of our 3 retail stores in Bozeman, MT!

Schnee's Gift Card

If you have questions about any of our products or you would just like more information, give our expert Customer Service staff a call toll-free at 1-800-922-1562, we’d be happy to assist you! Happy Holidays from all of us at Schnee’s~

New from Schnee’s, Casual Fleece Lined Denim Shirt

Just in time for the changing seasons, Schnee’s is proud to introduce the Casual Fleece Lined Denim Shirt. Perfect for those brisk mountain mornings on the ranch or cool evenings around the fire in camp, Schnee’s Casual Fleece Lined Denim Shirt is sure to become your new favorite as old man winter rapidly approaches.

Casual Fleece Lined Denim Shirt in Chambray

Casual Fleece Lined Denim Shirt in Chambray

Beginning with our popular Rendezvous Denim Shirt as a foundation, we added a hearty layer of luxuriously soft fleece for warmth and added comfort. We have also added Schnee’s signature shotgun snaps as well as double and triple stitching throughout in order to create a shirt as tough as the conditions you plan to wear it in.

Casual Fleece Lined Denim Shirt in Indigo

Perfect to tuck in and wear alone or to wear as an outer layer over any of our other fine Schnee’s shirts, we believe you’ll be so impressed with the fit, feel and quality of this great jac-shirt that you will want one in each color! This shirt along with all of our fine Schnee’s products can found by visiting www.schnees.com or by calling our expert customer service staff at 1-800-922-1562 and requesting a Free Copy of our catalog today!