Before Roald Amundsen set out to conquer the South Pole in 1911, he chose to learn from the best possible sources and went to live with the Inuits to study their knowledge on cold weather survival. Amundsen learned to dog sled, hunt for seals, kayak, fish, and even wear the clothes of the Inuit. This knowledge made Roald Amundsen succeed were others had failed.
The foot and leg coverings of the Inuit manifest their outstanding technology, total comprehension of the animals used and conscious acknowledgement to their environment. Relentless winter conditions or unreliable spring ice make strict requirements on the Inuit seamstress. Footwear must suit the occasion – the inland animal hunt, the linger by the seal hole, time spent around camp as well as travelling and dancing. To meet the challenge of weather, season and terrain, versatility is key.
Inuit footwear, as with the rest of their clothing, admirably shows their expertise, advanced over thousands of years, of humidity and temperature control. The human body, notably the feet, transmits water vapour and if overheated becomes perspiration. At a certain point, depending on the temperature both inside and outside the clothing, the perspiration condenses and becomes hoarfrost.
Inuits have therefore developed their footwear with several layers depending on conditions. They use natural materials that breathe and crafting techniques such as attaching the upper with the waterproof stitch – ilujjiniq.
In October 2018, we launched the Ilujjiniq Mountain Mucks together with 2 different inner boots a standard version and a wool felt version. The concept is that you choose the inner boot most suited for your attended use. So for the coldest winter days, you would switch to the Wool inner boots and so on….
The Ilujjiniq Mountain Mucks are only the first boot in a brand new footwear system.With the layering concept inspired by the Inuits, we are working on several different outer and inner boots to complete the system.
So if you already own the Hunting Muck, you can simply purchase the upcoming Rubber outer boot and use any of your current inner boots inside them…. same goes for the upcoming desert boot for the warmer summer hikes – just to mention a few of the styles currently on the drawing board.
Likewise, should you rather want to add to your system with more inner boots, you simply add the upcoming waterproof inner to your Muck System. This way you build your own boot system custom for your use, climate and needs.
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To be continued…..