When you come from someplace with a year-round, temperate climate, making gear for the outdoors is is a nice specialty market. Penfield, being from New England, do not have that kind of leeway. Making ourdoors gear in the Northeast is a tightrope without a safety net. If your stuff doesn’t work, well, nice knowing you.
The beginning of spring may mean the harshest days and weather of winter are behind us, but don’t think you’re done with weatherproof gear just because the thermostat is inching upwards. Spring still has plenty of wind and rain to go around, and if you’re from somewhere with varied, unpredictable weather, you need to be prepared. A picturesque sunny afternoon can turn to a day ruining storm before you know it.