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Filson’s Alcan Moto Overlanding Apparel Essentials

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It is no secret that epic adventures require epic gear. Native to Washington State are two great organizations, one is Filson, the clothing manufacturer that we all know and love, and the second is a nonprofit called Backcountry Discovery Routes. Filson paired with The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR) on an article that combines adventure with practicality. BDR outlines one of their favorite trips, a route that follows the massive volcanic mountain range of The Cascades. Along the flanks of this range are natural forests that offer incredible networks of backcountry routes for motorcyclists in the continental United States. Filson recently released its first line of motorcycle overlanding gear. Pairing a great adventure with great gear is important and Filson is attempting to do just that.

Filson’s Alcan Moto Overlanding Apparel Essentials

Filson is a Washington based outdoor apparel brand that has served different communities of outdoor enthusiasts since 1897. Starting out as a company that specialized in clothing and outfitting gold miners traveling to the Alaska gold rush, Filson has always been dedicated to high quality goods at an affordable price. As the outdoor community evolved, so did Filson. Today they make gear for all kinds of outdoor activities.

This year, Filson just released its first line of motorcycle gear. The Alcan Collection is made for motorcyclists who ride ADVs and dual sports, pushing past the restriction of pavement and into uncharted offroad territory. Like their other products, Filson’s Alcan Collection is made from top-quality materials and designed to resist both climate and impact.

Traveling on the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route requires a lot of determination and grit. You will be tested and it would be best if you were equipped with some of the best gear. You do not want something to go wrong while you are in the middle of the off road trails through Washington’s vast forest. Filson’s Alcan Collection is designed to be dependable and reliable, you won’t have any issues with their gear while on your way.

Alcan Canvas Cruiser

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Filson’s Alcan Canvas Cruiser is designed to be one of the only jackets you’ll need on your journey. The Cruiser is built with heavy-duty cotton canvas that has been thoroughly saturated with a paraffin wax mixture that will keep you protected from any kind of foul weather. This jacket is nylon lined and comes with a reinforcing layer of nylon on the soldiers and upper arms.  This material is great for abrasion resistance and durability. With a corduroy lined standing collar that is perfectly designed to hit just below helmet height, this jacket is as stylish and comfortable as it is durable.

The Alcan Canvas Cruiser costs $495 and will last you a very, very long time.

Alcan Canvas Vest

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Made the same material as the Canvas Cruiser, the Alcan Canvas Vest is designed to be worn as a layer over another jacket or in replacement of such on a nice day. The Alcan Canvas Vest is equipped with the same weather durable nylon outer layer and corduroy-lined collar.

Costing $275, the Alcan Canvas Vest is significantly more affordable than the Alcan Canvas Cruiser.

Alcan Leather Gloves 

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A motorcycle collection could not be complete without a pair of good leather gloves, of course. Filson’s Alcan Leather Gloves are built with premium deerskin that is durable, soft and pliable. These gloves boast padded knuckles and palms, providing outstanding protection for your ride. Not only are these gloves durable and effective, but Filson partnered with another local Washington company, the JRC Glove Company. JRC was founded back in 1897, the same year that Filson began. Together, these two companies have kept their promise of high quality and tradition, while evolving with the times to create some of the best products today’s sports could ask for.

These gloves retail for $165 and while that seems expensive for a pair of gloves, you cannot beat the quality and durability of this leather. These gloves will quickly become your favorite pair and will last many, many years.

Shop the Alcan Collection Limited Release Moto Gear and Apparel

Choosing your gear for your epic adventures is one of the most important parts of having a successful trip. Especially in a sport as technical and dangerous as off-roading on a motorcycle, you want to make sure you are equipped with the best gear out there. Filson has been a trusted manufacturer among many different industries of outdoor sports and work and they are to be trusted. It can be assumed that their Alcan Motorcycle Collection will not disappoint.

Filson x Meta: Extraordinarily Present

Thor Drake is the founder and owner of Portland, Oregon’s See See Motorcycles and the One Moto Trade Show. Widely-respected in the Pacific Northwest motorcycle community, Thor was an obvious choice when it came time to field-testing the 2021 Filson Alcan Moto Collection on the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route. In Filson and Meta film’s collaboration on Filson x Meta: Extraordinarily Present, Thor shares a perspective from the trip and makes a strong case for venturing beyond your comfort zone.

Watch the Filson short film Filson x Meta: Extraordinarily Present here:

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