thEM x 1733 Badge
The thEM x 1733 Hi-Viz badge lets the black bag stand out at night.
- Spot clean only (do not dry clean!)
- Do not iron
- Contains magnets
"1733 was started in 2014, as a bag and accessory design and manufacturing studio in Chicago, USA and operates out of our studio in the West Garfield Park neighborhood with a team of three. By using small-batch, in-house manufacturing, selectively paired with high-quality domestic factory production, we create bags that are durable, beautiful, and uncommon. We focus on technical materials and designs that allow for our users to schlep their gear in a variety of environments and scenarios."
Proceeds from this badge go to Global Garden Refugee Training Farm.
Global Garden Refugee Training Farm is located in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood, where Phil lives. Since 2012 refugee families, mostly from Bhutan and Burma, turned a small urban vacant plot of land into a farm to grow fruits and vegetables, train new arrivals to the neighborhood, and make supplemental income. Phil is a member of their CSA and wants to further support turning the few green spaces in Chicago into productive, inclusive parts of the community.
Tell us about you!
I live in and work in the big city of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Getting into the outdoors has to be a conscious decision, especially in the winter when the grey cold and concrete can become oppressive.
How do you lean out, stay active, get out and explore nature?
Cycle, disc golf, hike are the main ways I get outside and move my body. Chicago has long trails along the rivers and lakes but it requires serious travel to find some good elevation to explore.
What are your tools for leaning out?
This time of year in Chicago the weather is fluctuating wildly, I like to have gear that is versatile, breathable and dry. To me this is open knits, organic materials, and water resistant bags.
Tell us about your gear: What do you tend to bring and wear?
- Helinox Chair One. Superlight and packable yet comfortable chair for sitting wherever.
- 1733 Polartec Neoshell Cap. A waterproof breathable material with stretch makes a perfect cap to keep you dry and protect from the sun.
- Oakley Deadbolt Sunglasses. Cyberpunk eyeball protection.
- Snow Peak Titanium Mug. Double-walled insulation for coffee or trail meals.
- Zojirushi. More double-walled, keeps drinks piping hot for 8+ hours.
- Handkerchief. Most versatile tool in the kit.
- Swiss army knife.
- Innova G-Star Eagle X. Excellent slightly overstable fairway driver, forehand and backhand.
- Nalgene. 1733 sticker collection, 32oz of water.
- Sunblock. Everyday, multiple times a day.
- 1733 Simple Tote. 18oz Cotton Canvas, aluminum hardware; I’m biased but I think it's the best cotton tote out there.
- 1733 Socks. 50% merino wool 50% cotton made in Japan by My Loads Are Light. Merino wool is the best sock material, amazing temperature regulation and moisture management.
- Merrell Hydro Moc. No better feeling than taking off your sweaty trekkers and socks and putting on some plush, dry footwear for the car ride home.
- Ostrya Hardy Canvas Pants. Ostrya is sympatico with 1733, making technical clothing in-house in their shop in Montreal. These pants are great in the workshop and out on the trail, Super durable and comfortable.
- Salomon Shelter Low. Grippy, sturdy, and lightweight trail sneakers.
- 1733 Side Pack. Our technical sling for cross body or around the waist carry fits a surprising amount of gear.
Do you have a bug-out bag and if so, what’s in it?
I keep my disc golf bag in my car, whenever I’ve got some spare time I take them to the course to play or a field to practice.
What is one of your most memorable adventures or favorite places to lean out?
Basically anywhere up and down the Rocky Mountains, summer or winter. A recent trip to Banff was amazing, grizzly bear close encounter not withstanding.
What do you do to stay safe so you can really relax in nature?
Do it with people - my wife, family, or friends - smart decisions can be made together and you’ve got someone watching your back.
Who inspires you in the outdoors?
Mentioned above, the guys at Ostrya are making amazing gear in their shop in Montreal for climbing, hiking, and mountaineering.