Meet Ricardo - Minus33® Merino Wool Clothing

Meet Ricardo

About Ricardo

“Having grown up in Michigan, I learned to love the outdoors at a very young age. Spending my time in the woods was one of my favorite ways to enjoy a day outside. Over time, this developed into hunting, fishing, camping, snowboarding, and just getting outside to do as much as possible, as often as possible.


In late 2016 I decided it was time for me to leave Michigan; time to pursue the outdoors elsewhere. I quit my job, packed a car with my essential belongings, and set out for a city in the Pacific Northwest (that I had never been to) with the confidence that I would be able to make everything work out in the end.


In the end it was a success and I’ve lived in the PNW for over a year now. I try to spend as many weekends as possible outdoors doing all sorts of things: hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, camping, etc. Recently, I’ve gained a strong interest in mountaineering and will be pursuing that much more in the coming months and years as I pursue more opportunities to allow me to get outside. I also plan to get into fly fishing and back into hunting now that I’ve settled in out here. Minus33 will be key in helping me stay comfortable, and warm when needed, during all of my outings.”

Favorite Minus33 Product: “Trailblazer Midweight Hoody, without a doubt. I wear it almost daily while warming up for training and also have it on me often when I’m out in the mountains. Very lightweight and form-fitting, but provides the perfect amount of warmth.”


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Opt Outside for Thanksgiving Holiday

Opting Outside for the Holidays

The holiday season is a time when, as a society, we all get caught up materialistic behaviors and other unhealthy habits. Less time is typically spent outdoors in an effort to prepare for the holidays. This Thanksgiving, I vowed that I would spend time outside and moving before indulging in dinner.


Cold Weather Layers for Fall and Winter, Midweight and Expedition Wool Base Layers

A Simple Clothing System

The System

The main point of my clothing system is to have a few key clothing items that can be used for a variety of environmental and route conditions.  Being able to mix and match these key clothing items will allow you to be able to carry only what items you need for the location you’ll be hiking in.


Iceland Hiking Trip Chris Nancarrow Customer Submission

Iceland Hiking Trip

“I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful product. I purchased 2 Chocorua Midweight shirts for a weeklong hiking trip across Iceland’s Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trails. The shirts kept me completely comfortable through the constantly changing temperatures and intense wind/rain storms. I even wear them casually when I work and go out for the evening.


Your Merino Wool Ridge Cuff Beanie also accompanied me on the hike and worked wonderfully. Iceland’s temperature in mid-September ranged between 25F and 55F and the beanie kept me warm while sleeping through the freezing nights.”