Klondike with snow-capped trees and mountains - photo courtesy Richard Broadbent

Your Klondike Gear List

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

It's time to turn our sights towards one of the most exciting "holidays" known in the Boy Scouting community. Having grown up in a family of Eagle Scouts, I heard about Klondike all my life, but for obvious reasons wasn't allowed to attend. So, I teamed up with my dad, Scott Woodland, and Smith & Edwards employee Dennis Rasmussen to learn a little more about this exciting campout and how to prepare for it.

Klondike is the place where boys become men, or so we have been told, and prove their ability to survive through some of Mother Nature's harshest conditions. We wanted to take a minute to talk about the basic essentials that your youth are going to need for Klondike this year, and to be better prepared for the years to come.

Scouts of Troop #494 snowshoeing at Klondike. Photo courtesy Richard Broadbent

Scouts of Troop #494 snowshoeing at Klondike. Photo courtesy Richard Broadbent

Warm Clothing for Klondike

The clothing that your boys will need to take on this adventure will make or break their excursion. From bottom to top, it's important to be covered properly. Dennis Rasmussen was extremely helpful in this area of expertise.

Socks

It's important to wear two layers of socks while hiking and camping. Look for boot sock liners that are made of either polypropylene or polyester. These fabrics wick moisture and sweat away from the body, keeping you dry and warm. This will also help prevent against blisters on your feet.

Wool is the best material for your boot socks. If your feet do end up getting wet, wool will still hold your body heat and keep you warm, unlike other materials that can actually pull heat away from your body.

Take a look at the men's merino wool hiking socks here!

Footwear

You will need to invest in a good pair of waterproof hiking boots. If you can keep your feet dry and warm, you will have a greater chance of keeping your body warm too.

The men's Hi-Tec boot styles, Altitude Lite i (52103), and the Skamania (52122 regular and 52122W wide) are excellent waterproof choices.
(Hi-Tec's women's Hi-Tec boot styles, 9022 and 22040 are excellent equivalents for women in winter)

Klondike scouts with snow pants and snow boots - courtesy Richard Broadbent

These Troop #494 scouts are warm in hats, snow pants, coats, and snow boots while they break for food! - photo courtesy Richard Broadbent

Base Layers

It's essential to choose the right material. Look for "long johns" made out of polypropylene or polyester. DO NOT wear cotton fabrics as a base-layer. Unlike polyester or polypropylene, cotton absorbs moisture and holds it close to your skin. This will lower your temperature and increase your risk of hypothermia. Thermax is also another perfect material to use as an insulating layer.

Take a look at our Carhartt, Columbia, and Under Armour men's thermals and women's thermals! These youth thermals in our army surplus department are great too, for smaller children.Boys' polypropelene thermals at Smith & Edwards to keep him warm!

Shirts & Pants

Clothing items are best when made out of synthetic materials, unless you have wool. Synthetic fabrics dry quicker and are not as heavy as wool or cotton when wet. They will also continue to wick moisture away from your body. Dennis strongly suggested materials other than cotton, but said, "cotton can be worn, but should be kept at least two layers away from your skin."

Coats & Outerwear

Have a lightweight and warm insulator level. Fleece is a great choice because it is not heavy and it retains body heat really well. Look for thin fleece jackets to keep bulk to a minimum under your winter coat and rain gear. Be sure to have a waterproof exterior layer to protect against rain and snow. If you can stay dry, then you'll stay warm easier.

Hats & Gloves

Keep your head and hands warm and protected. Look for water-resistant and insulated gloves to keep your hands dry and warm. Any kind of polyester/wool blend is perfect because it will wick moisture away and still keep you warm if you do get wet.

Wool Army hats at Smith and Edwards

Come in to our store to check out the wool and polyester hats in our surplus department and the variety of winter gloves we carry. Or click here to see a small variety of the balaclavas and winter hats on our website.

Klondike scoutmaster setting up tent - Photo courtesy Chris Ward

Scoutmasters need gear for Klondike, too! A headlamp will let you work with your hands while you light the path. Photo courtesy Chris Ward.

Gear & Essentials for Klondike

In order to best live by the Scout Motto, "Be Prepared", you need to have the proper clothing and gear. Some of our favorite gear that would work great for your Klondike experience and other outdoor camping and hiking trips include headlamps, survival kits, and backpacks.

Scott Woodland, Trek Director at K-M High Adventure Base in Montana, put together a gear list with additional guidance and commentary. Click here to download the Klondike Gear Guide! (55kb PDF)

Keep in mind that each Klondike has a theme and there may be additional equipment you need. Mr. Woodland simply went over your essentials and wanted to remind everyone, "Don't forget your survival guide!"

Prepare well and know how to use your equipment properly. If you do these things then you will never find yourself ill-prepared for Mother Nature's harshest conditions. Good luck and happy camping!

Scouts of troop #494 in their ice cave at Klondike - photo courtesy Richard Broadbent

Scouts of troop #494 in their ice cave at Klondike - photo courtesy Richard Broadbent

Chris's new-in-2017 Utah ice fishing gear picks at Smith & Edwards

Chris's Ice Fishing Picks for 2017: What's New, & What's Back!

- posted by Chris Jacobson

Hey guys, so I don’t know if you have notice but it’s getting really cold outside lately! That means a lot of our favorite fishing holes are covered in ice. [Click here for my top 5 tips to get ready for Ice Fishing!]

I have even heard of some of my favorite spots back where I grew up in northern Utah having 12in of ice, and that was before the most recent cold snap. I am not one that likes very thin ice so having about 5-6 inches of ice gets me excited to get out a try some fishing!

To help combat the ice and the cold, I have put together some of my favorite new ice fishing items that I am excited to get out and try. By new, I mean either newly-released this year or a brand that we just started carrying in the store. Check it out:

Chris's Auger of Choice

Let’s start in augers. It seems like to me that the new rage in augers is either electric or propane instead of gas. There is a lot of reasons they have become more popular. They are quieter, lighter, and don’t have the stinky exhaust that the gas augers do.

Chris recommends this powerful ION Electric Ice Fishing Auger...My pick for an electric auger is the ION 8 inch electric auger. Two of the coolest things about this auger is that it has a reverse option and that it only weighs 22 pounds!

This is one of the lightest augers that I have seen! No more packing or dragging that heavy auger across the ice!

Probably one of the biggest questions I had, and others have had, was: Won’t the battery die in the cold really fast?

The answer to that is, NO! The lithium ion battery will cut through 1,000 inches of ice! I don’t know about you but I don’t cut that much ice in a trip. This auger will do everything that you need it to.

Ice Fishing Shelters

As far as shelters go, we carry Clam and Eskimo brands and they both have great things about each one! It really is hard to pick one or the other. This much I can tell you, they both are selling really well right now and a shelter is almost always something you need to take when you go ice fishing! Our best seller is probably the Clam Six Pack 1660 right now!

Clam Ice Fishing Tents at Smith & Edwards

Back by Popular Demand: Swedish Pimples

We used to carry Swedish Pimple lures, and interest died down. Now people want them back, and so I've added them to our ice department!

Swedish Pimple LuresThere are 2 ways I see people using the Swedish Pimples.

One way is just as a lure on its own, putting the bait on the Swedish Pimple hook.

A different way, which seems more effective, is to use the Swedish pimple to attract the fish in. Then, run a line down from the Swedish pimple to a Ratfinkee or a Ratso, and the fish will smell the bait on that.

Try it out for yourself and let me know what works!

Ice Fishing Rod Brands to Watch

I have two fishing rod companies that I think are doing great things! The first one is a local company that many of you have heard of. Christenson Lake Shore Tackle of Manila, Utah has come out with some new ice fishing rods that are tailored to the local Utah fishing market. One of which is a 40" Lake trout rod. They also come in some cool colors, too!

The next company is 13 Fishing. They were one of the biggest new booths at ICAST last July and they have rods for almost everything. They have ice rods, casting rods, and spinning rods. All of which we will be carrying but their ice rods have done really well and look really good! Check them out and see for yourself!

New Ice Fishing Rods at Smith & Edwards: 13 Fishing & Christensen Lakeshore Tackle!

These are just a few of the new things that I am excited about. There is so many new things out there that it is almost impossible to list them all!

I would love to hear the brands or equipment that you just can’t go fishing without!

CarryMeGear Holsters

CarryMeGear Holsters: Concealed Carry Holsters made in Utah

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

Small of Back CarryMeGear holster for her GlockLook out, Utah! There is a new brand of gun holsters in the state and they are exclusively at Smith and Edwards. We know you are going to love them.

CarryMeGear is owned and operated by Smith and Edwards' own Mike Vause, right here in Ogden, UT. Mike is the Sporting Goods manager here and we are super excited to be carrying his handmade gun holsters!

Mike has spent most of his professional career in the shooting sports industry. For years, he has been looking for something new to bring to this growing market.

"I have owned and tried many holster styles and brands," he explained, "and decided to take some elements that I like and incorporate them into my thoughts and needs. I woke up one morning and said, 'Let's do this!'"

After a lot of work, trial and error, collaboration and help from his good friends, the first CarryMeGear Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) holster came to be.

Why Carry with Kydex?

Carry Me Gear holsters are made out of Kydex, which is a thermal plastic designed for heating and shaping for custom fit. Kydex is lightweight and durable, lasting longer than other materials.

Why is Kydex superior? It is thinner and easier to conceal, and it is sweat and weather resistant. You no longer have to wait for your holster to dry out, making these the perfect holsters for backpacking and hiking.

This Springfield XDS doesn't print with the CarryMeGear holster in kidney position.

This Springfield XDS doesn't print with the CarryMeGear holster in kidney position.

Mike Vause, designer of CarryMeGear holstersWhat sets CarryMeGear Apart?

When asked what sets CarryMeGear apart from brands we carry, Mike said, "The difference is adjustability of attachment and fit to the body. It spreads the load over a larger area than single attachment designs, and is sleeker than other 2-point, soft-back styles."

Still, the greatest things that set these holsters apart are: 1) they are handmade right in Ogden, so you'll be supporting a local business, and 2) they are about $10 less expensive than other great brands!

Additionally, each CarryMeGear holster is hand-fitted to a mold of the exact model of gun, and hand-sanded for snag-free carry.

We asked one of our buyers, Chris Jacobson, why he was so excited about the new CarryMeGear gun holsters. "These holsters are handmade locally in Ogden, UT and are fitted to your exact gun," he said. "The Inside-the-Waistband holster is surprisingly comfy. I personally own one and really enjoy using it."

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IWB holsters are especially popular because you can adjust to use your choice of strong side, kidney, or appendix carry. CarryMeGear holsters are even more comfortable because they are easily adjustable to fit every body shape and size.

The holster's forward and backward cant, or angle, can be adjusted. In addition, tension on the firearm itself can be increased or decreased. Screws and bushings also allow the holster to move closer to or away from the body.

IWB & OWB CarryMeGear Holsters

A Sig P238 is secure in an Inside-the-Waistband, left, or Outside-the-Waistband, right, CarryMeGear holster.

Outside the Box: OWB & Small-of-Back Carry

CarryMeGear also makes Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) holsters for strong side carry. Smith & Edwards carries these OWB holsters for several models of semiautomatic handguns, as well as a Smith and Wesson J-frame Revolver model.

OWB Sig P238 CarryMeGear handmade holster

This Sig P238 disappears completely in the CarryMeGear OWB holster.

Mike is also very aware of the needs of his customers, and is open to additional feedback and insights. Mike began working on Small-Of-Back holsters due to requests from women shooters.

The small of the back design allows ladies to carry while maintaining a natural hip silhouette. "We are designing, thinking, and testing more designs and products," he told me. "A Small-Of-Back (SOB) holster has been tested and approved by some of our Smith and Edwards concealed carry permit holders."

This Small of Back CarryMeGear Holster conceals her Glock perfectly!

This Small of Back CarryMeGear Holster conceals her Glock perfectly!

Look for the small-of-back holsters, magazine pouches, and even more styles of holsters from CarryMeGear at Smith & Edwards soon!

Get Yours at Smith & Edwards and on our Website

We know that you will love the CarryMeGear holsters, whether you are a CCP holder or looking for a good range holster. We love the CarryMeGear holsters and recommend them to everyone. You'll wonder how you ever lived without one!

Talk to one of our experts and try them today at Smith and Edwards. You can also find our selection of handgun holsters here on SmithandEdwards.com.

Christmas stocking ideas for your first Christmas together

Stockings Ideas for your First Christmas Together

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

It's that time of year again! The cold weather that just blew in means it's time for hot cocoa and spiced cider, and it's time to gather the family for some fun.

We've had several of our staff get married this year, including Jerica from the web store whose wedding is tomorrow! We're so happy for her!

Starting a new family is so exciting. If this is your first Christmas together, we want help you out with your Christmas stockings.

Matching or Individual?

It's up to you whether your family chooses a different style of Christmas stocking on the fireplace for each person in the family, or if your family decides on matching stockings. If you're matching stockings, you can tuck a couple extra away for children or in-laws yet to come!

Looking to start a new family tradition? I love what the Blalock family did with their stockings. Lisa Blalock ordered several of our Wrangler denim Christmas stockings, and take a look at what she did with them!

Lisa & Lainey Blalock embroidered their Wrangler Christmas stockings

"We had these same stockings when I was younger and they were misplaced," she shared with us. "We were thrilled to be able to find the same ones and get our names on them! We can't thank you guys enough!"

What a precious idea! Additionally, you can embroider more names as your family grows.

Traditional or Personality?

Here at Smith and Edwards, we have stockings to fit all personalities. Whether your family is freedom-loving military supporters or you have a hard-working honey who wears Carhartt, we've got you covered. You'll also find lovely embroidered burlap & felt Christmas decorations if you decorate your home in a more rustic or traditional style.

Military Camo & real Carhartt Christmas stockingsTraditional Christmas stockings

You'll even find stockings to help count down the days to Christmas!

Count down to Christmas with this Advent Calendar stocking!

We guarantee there will be something for everyone at Smith and Edwards. And of course, you'll find plenty of stocking stuffers for everybody on your list! Visit Smith & Edwards online to start your shopping. Click here to see the Wrangler & Carhartt Christmas stockings.

New from Stanley & Berne at Smith & Edwards

4 New Ways to Stay Warm & Keep Food Hot in Tough, Cold Weather

- posted by Rose Marion

With winter just around the corner, we've stocked up on your must-haves for playing & working outside.

Whether your job's out in the elements, or you like to play out in the snow, you'll love these new clothes and food & drink items from rugged brands like Stanley & Berne.

Some Smith & Edwards employees volunteered to help show off the new goods - thanks guys!

New from Stanley

Stanley thermoses are the go-to for keeping coffee, hot chocolate, soup, & chili warm while you're working at a cold job site. We visited the north yard at Smith & Edwards to put them to the test.
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These are tough enough to keep your meals & hot chocolate warm for 2 days. Now that's good for just about any type of traveling or outdoor job. Not to mention they're perfect for Ice Fishing & Elk Camp!

These Stanley insulated stainless steel pint cups have a grip built in. They come with a sipping lid, and keep your iced beverage cold for 4 hours!

These Stanley insulated stainless steel pint cups have a grip built in. They come with a sipping lid, and keep your iced beverage cold for 4 hours!

If you want to keep your cold beverages cold, Stanley thermoses are still the way to go! With growlers and cups, you're covered for summer concerts & relaxing on the porch.

Stanley producst new at Smith & Edwards

New items from Stanley include a 2-gallon Adventure Jug Beverage Dispenser (bottom left), metal lunch box, insulated growlers, and new sizes of the time-tested Stanley thermos!

We carry the old Stanley standards, plus we just got in brand-new styles! Stanley now has a crock pot and a water jug with spout dispenser in 1-gallon & 2-gallon sizes. There's also a new Stanley lunch pail that nests a Stanley bottle or mug with plenty of room for food.

New hot-food items from Stanley

EmmaLee's Stanley 3-quart Adventure Vacuum Crock keeps hot food hot for 12 hours, and cold food cold up to 16 hours!
Cole's holding the Stanley 2-Stage Lid Thermos. Depending on which size thermos you buy, this insulated stainless steel thermos will keep ice water cold for 36-48 hours!

Explore Stanley Thermoses

Brand-new Silicone Dutch Oven liner

Dreamed up in Utah, these genius reusable Dutch oven liners are here at Smith & Edwards! Sized exactly for your 12" or 6-quart Dutch oven, there will be more sizes to come.

Made to withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees, this saves you from hauling that heavy cast iron pan over to the sink or stream to scrape dried dessert off the sides. Just peel it from your Dutch oven, then hand wash or place in dishwasher!

Silicone Dutch oven liner

This blue Dutch oven liner will keep your cast iron clean! Plus: Click here for Dutch oven cookbooks. Click for our popular camo tablecloths!


This new item is COMING SOON to Smith & Edwards.... watch this page for updates!

Looking for more outdoor Cooking must-haves?

Explore Dutch Ovens Explore Cast Iron Cookware & Accessories Shop all Outdoor Cookware

New Name in Workwear: Berne

You can see our clothing buyer, Craig, above. He just added a new line of workwear. Why?

  • Berne's jackets feature pleated action backs and elbows to let you move with ease when you're working. Instead of the whole jacket shifting when you reach or lift, the elbows and back extend to keep you covered.
  • Every men's & women's work jacket & coat features 3 inside-chest pockets
  • All main seams on Berne insulated outerwear feature triple-needle stitching for extra security
  • It's a great product at a good price!

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Berne is also available for ladies! Styled & designed to fit ladies comfortably, you'll find insulated work wear designed for women from the Berne product line. And it's not just the tailoring: choose from traditional or fresh, bold colors like bright blue and dark pink!

Berne is just the latest addition to our huge workwear collection. You'll find Carhartt, CAT, Dickies, Ariat, and Wrangler RIGGS workwear in our store in Ogden, Utah as well as our web store. You'll also find our customers' favorite made-in-USA work gloves, Yellowstone Gloves (read why they're a favorite, here).

Nicolo, Logan, John, & Jerica modeling Berne workwear

Nicolo, Logan, John, & Jerica

Bonus: Much of this gear is also great for Ice Fishing, too!

Shop Workwear Clothing

Warmth from the Inside, Out: Thermals & Base Layers

Skiing, snowboarding, hunting, ice fishing - the key to staying warm in those awesome winter hobbies is to keep a synthetic base layer on! Cotton will actually chill you when you sweat - so choose a good top & bottom baselayer set from Columbia or Under Armour for ladies. For the guys, we have those same brands plus Carhartt base layers available.

You'll find women's base layers for Columbia & Under Armour - perfect for ice fishing!

We carry them for her! You'll find women's base layers for Columbia & Under Armour. They'll keep her warm ice fishing!

Get base layers for him: Carhartt, Columbia, & Under Armour to keep heat in & combat moisture!

Get base layers for him: Carhartt, Columbia, & Under Armour to keep heat in & combat moisture!

Shop Men's thermal clothing Shop Women's thermal clothing & Base layers Explore all clothing

Special thanks!

Thanks to Craig from Clothing, Nicolo from Receiving, Logan from Shoes, John from Lawn & Garden, Cole from Shipping, and Jerica & EmmaLee from the Web Store for modeling these products for us. You make us look good!
Thanks to Smith & Edwards employees for modeling!

How to tie a Double Diamond Knot

How to tie a Double Diamond Knot and Horse Packing Q&A

- posted by Rose Marion

We were privileged to have Travis Sparks come by and do a packing demo the other day. Hunting is a totally different experience with horses. One hunter told me his story about finally getting his deer right at the end of the day, and was dreading the hike back uphill to the truck. Luckily some horse packers saw him, came down, and helped him quarter & pack out the deer. He would have been out there way past sunset without their help!

Packing isn't just about packing out quarters. Your mule or horse might have tent poles, a shovel, lawn chairs, your bedroll, coolers, cooking supplies, or feed on his back. When you throw in antlers into the mix, packing turns into a real art & skill developed through practice.

Travis is a member of the Back Country Horsemen of Utah & does a lot of packing himself. He gave us a detailed demonstration of the Double Diamond hitch, and answered several questions about packing.

Watch Horse Packing Tips & Knot How-To

I split Travis's presentation into two videos for you. First, you can see exactly how to do the Double Diamond knot on our trusted cavalry horse. This is a great hitch for top packing. Then, sit back and listen to Travis's question & answer session about packing elk antlers, using a pack scale to balance your load, using soft packs vs hard packs, and tightening a cinch.

Packing with a Double Diamond knot

Packing with a Double Diamond knot. Thanks to Troy Higgs for this picture!

Watch: How to tie a Double Diamond Knot

Use a 45-foot rope to make this hitch, which starts out similar to the box hitch. Make sure and pull the rope tight.

Watch: Horse Packing for Hunting Q&A

Where to get those Pack Bags

Smith & Edwards pack bags for hunting on horseback

We make the pack bags shown in Travis's demo, these are the #663 designed for coolers. We also make a narrower bag without flaps, #1665, and #1666 with flaps.

Of course I've got to mention that we proudly make those bearcloth packs you saw in the video, and you can get them right here on our online store. Click here to read about our Tack Workshop.

Do you have questions about horse packing that Marty or Travis can answer for you? Let us know in the comments below!

Travis's Tips for Packing

  • Check your cinch after moving your animal - always make sure it's tight!
  • Your goal is to make everything into a single package that moves together, without a pivot point
  • Keep your horse safe from antlers: make sure the rack moves along with the pack bags. Try not using a stick or a branch to elevate the horns, because they don't ride well.
  • Keep the center of gravity low
  • Keep in mind what will hit a branch first: your pack bags or antlers?
  • Don't take shortcuts, don't get in a hurry - pack it right.
  • Rule of thumb, pack 15% of an animal's weight. So for a 1000 pound animal, aim for 150-160 pounds split over the two sides.
Smith and Edwards profiles Yellowstone gloves out of Idaho Fall, ID

Our Favorite Work Gloves for 40 Years Runnin': Yellowstone Leather Products

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

We here at Smith and Edwards have often wondered, "What makes a good, leather work glove?" The folks at Yellowstone Leather Products have been showing us what a good quality work glove looks like for the past 47 years, and we couldn't be more excited about it!

Kevin modeling our Yellowstone elkskin and deerskin gloves.

Kevin, from our hardware department, modeling our Yellowstone elkskin and deerskin gloves.

Yellowstone Leather Products is an Idaho-based business that opened in 1960. In 1969, now owner, Boyd Zollinger bought the company and went to work marketing and distributing American made work gloves. Zollinger said, "I was back east for school and was looking for a way to get back to Idaho," where he was originally from. "My family and I looked at this company that was for sale and we thought, 'we could work with that.'" That's exactly what they have been doing now for the last 47 years.

Smith & Edwards has had a long partnership with Boyd and Yellowstone, reaching back to 1969:

"We found their quality is far superior to any other glove we carry," said Jim Smith, president of Smith & Edwards, an Ogden, Utah, retailer that has stocked Yellowstone Gloves for more than 35 years. "Most people who buy Yellowstone know they are quality gloves that will last longer than two or three other pairs they could buy cheaper."
- Article from 2010 by Clark Corbin with the Idaho Falls Post Register

What makes Yellowstone Leather work gloves different?

The patented pattern of Yellowstone work gloves is really, what sets them apart from other work gloves. All of the premium leather gloves made at their warehouse in Idaho Falls feature both a seamless palm and back, making these work gloves form fitting. They fit tighter to your hand, Zollinger said, thus making it more like working with your bare hands, but with the protection necessary for even the toughest jobs.

Jean modeling our Yellowstone elkskin and deerskin gloves.

Jean, one of our managers, modeling our Yellowstone elkskin and deerskin gloves. Jean manages the gloves department as well as our famous candy section!

Talking about premium leather, these gloves are made from some of the finest, hand selected elk, deer, and goatskin in the western United States. When asked about the difference in materials, Smith and Edwards' own Jean Dimick said, "Elkskin and deerskin last longer than traditional cowhide gloves. They won't get hard and brittle if they get wet." You can enjoy soft, supple gloves no matter what.

What projects can I use my Yellowstone Leather work gloves for?

These deer and elkskin gloves can be used for any job, big or small, tough or easy. Elkskin is a heavier leather than deerskin and are best for heavy-duty jobs, such as fencing and other ranch work and construction. Deerskin gloves are more pliable and comfortable, and better for easy jobs.

Kevin and Jean modeling our Yellowstone elkskin and deerskin gloves.

Smith and Edwards own Kevin and Jean modeling our Yellowstone elkskin and deerskin gloves.

We would rave about these gloves all day if we could. So come on in and find out for yourself what makes these work gloves so special. We know you'll fall in love with the Idaho-based, made in USA, leather work gloves that we have come to love and depend on too. Yellowstone Leather also distributes a high quality,  imported brand of leather work gloves called Rocky Mountain Gloves.

What they wore:

Kevin:

102216412LTLL Carhartt Hubbard Classic Plaid Button Up Shirt

MNVBLKL Wyoming Traders Black Nevada Vest

428-1738 Bailey Stampede Silver Wool Felt Hat

Kevin wears a size 9 in the Yellowstone Premium Leather work gloves and an XL in the Rocky Mountain gloves.

Jean (the buyer):

5039-75K-7 Stormy Kromer Button Up Partridge Plaid Hat (brown plaid)

5067-40P-SM Stormy Kromer Aurora Snowdrift Cap (green plaid)

Jean wears a size 8 in the Yellowstone Premium Leather work gloves.Click to shop Yellowstone gloves

How to make a Boa Paracord Bracelet (also called Trilobite Bracelet)

How to make a Boa Paracord Bracelet

- posted by Rose Marion

While I was walking past the Rope Room the other day, our Hardware buyer, Blaine Taylor, called me over. "I have a surprise for you," he said.

Next thing I knew, I found myself in a dark sideroom looking at a bundle of paracord that glowed in the dark!

Just a short time under an LED flashlight was all it took to activate the PARAGLOW white and light blue paracord Blaine just got in. "Wow!" I thought. "This would be so cool to turn into a bracelet for hiking!"

I like having reflective gear, especially as it starts to turn fall, so if I'm walking near twilight the cars can still see me.

A glow in the dark paracord bracelet would be GREAT!

"That's not all," Blaine told me. "I've got another new paracord. This orange paracord has a jute strand, for starting a fire, AND it's got an 8lb test fishing line inside."

 

You can find reflective & glow-in-the-dark paracord online here, and at the Rope Room in-store at Smith & Edwards. This is some neat stuff!

Light Blue Glow-in-the-Dark 550 Feet
Light Blue Glow-in-the-Dark 550 Paracord - 100 Feet
White Glow-in-the-Dark 550 Paracord - 100 Feet
White Glow-in-the-Dark 550 Paracord - 100 Feet
Neon Orange Fish & Fire 550 Paracord - 100 Feet
Neon Orange Fish & Fire 550 Paracord - 100 Feet

And the bracelet? Jerica in the Web Department helped me make it. Well, I found the bracelet and she figured how to make it! This is a Trilobite bracelet, aka ladder rack or boa paracord bracelet. Here's how she made it!

Making the Paracord Bracelet

You'll need:

  • About 85" each of 2 colors of 550 paracord (6" wrist)
    If you want a single color bracelet, use 170" and skip step 1.
  • 5/8" buckle
  • Lighter
  • Scissors

1. Thread the ends of your paracord into the receiving end of your buckle. Then, melt the ends together.

Make a lark's head knot, hiding the seam of the thread so it doesn't scratch your wrist.
Starting the boa weave bracelet
2. Put the paracord through the two openings in the other buckle. Measure the paracord around your wrist. Add 1/2" and move the buckle to that point.
Measure the bracelet

3. Tape the buckles to the table, with the 4 strand buckle at the top. You have 2 outer and 2 inner strands now.
Taping the bracelet to the table

4. Make a 4 with the outer left strand, and hold it over all other strands. Bring the outer right strand over the 4 tail, over the inner strands, and under the 4. This will make a Granny knot over the bottom buckle.
Finishing the bracelet beginning knot

In the photo above, for the fourth picture, bring the strand you just wove with, over the outer left strand, under the inner strands, and over the outer right strand.
Then, take the outer right strand and weave it under the strand you just wove with, over the inner strands, and under the outer left strand.

Good job - you've finished the hardest part!

We made the bracelet twice, and flipped the colors the 2nd time. We apologize!

5. Now we'll just weave to the top of the inner cords.
Weaving the Boa Bracelet

Take the left outer cord and weave it over the first inner cord, under the middle inner cords, and over the last inner cord.

Take the right outer cord and weave it under the last inner cord, over the middle inner cords, and under the first inner cord.

Repeat this process all the way up the bracelet!

6. Now and then, stop to adjust the snugness of the weave, so you can have a consistent & tight weave.

Finishing the Bracelet

Here's how we finished the boa bracelet.

1. Push & tighten the weave. Then, loop the strands so that they are next to each other. Trim the paracord to be just long enough to grasp.
2. Take your lighter and melt the ends of the strands. Hold the ends together and press with flat nose pliers to seal them together.
Tip: Have a friend hold the lighter for you, so you can hold one strand in each hand, and melt them together!

Finished Boa or Trilobite Bracelet - that glows in the dark!

You're done! Enjoy your bracelet!

Click here to check out our HUGE collection of Paracord!

Want to make more Paracord Bracelets?

Looking for more Paracord Bracelet patterns? Here are some sites & channels we found that have GREAT tutorials!

 

 

How to jump start a Forklift, your car, and other things with this battery jump starter

Use this Battery Jump Starter to start ANY Vehicle

- posted by Rose Marion

This little battery can jump start your snowmobile, ATV, SUV, truck... even your FORKLIFT if you have one!

REALLY! We've given several demonstrations of jump-starting trucks and cars with the Conversions Technology Power on Demand X-5 and its predecessor, the POD X-4.

Randy got it in his head that we could start a forklift with it, and sure enough.... he did! Take a look:


This jump starter comes in its own case that's smaller than a laptop bag. It doubles as an LED flashlight and power supply, too: you can power your smart phone, laptop, iPod, and more off it.

To charge it, I left mine plugged in overnight, which was more than enough time. You can also charge it in your car's cigarette lighter.

These batteries make a GREAT gift for your loved one heading off to college or building their emergency preparedness items. I carry mine everywhere in my trunk (along with my paracord and Frisbee... my definition of preparedness is a little different!)

Click here to get YOUR POD x-5 from Power On Demand - and they're on Aisle 8 in our Automotive department at Smith & Edwards.

Bring New Life to these Antique Glass Insulators!

- posted by Rose Marion

While cleaning up the famous Smith & Edwards surplus yard this year (our first "spring cleaning" in several decades...!) - we found these AWESOME antique glass insulators.

Antique Glass Insulators

Crate full of antique glass insulators
While you used to see these insulators on poles across the country, you're much more likely to find them in museums or collector's stashes nowadays.
Army surplus and antique glass insulators
We have mostly the beautiful clear glass insulators in stock, as well as some beautiful tea-colored glass. The striking blue color of insulators are rarer - I wish we had them, too!

The History behind them

Glass insulators on old post - Rose Marion
How did they come to be? They used to be found along power lines & telephone poles during World War II. These beautiful glass insulators screwed onto white oak pins to fasten the cables. This system didn't use any metal that was so desperately needed for the war effort.

What you can make with them

Now you can make these fun insulators into bird feeders, candle holders, coat racks, & so much more. Come to Smith & Edwards on exit 351 off I-15 in Farr West, Utah, and see what other treasures you can find! You can also get these insulators shipped to you by exploring glass & ceramic insulators on our website.