Mille Porsild joins an elite group of athletes this year as she journeys to Alaska to compete in the Last Great Race on Earth – The 2021 Iditarod. The wild Alaskan territory may seem daunting to most, but not to Mille.
A seasoned musher, the Danish adventurer has made over 16 long-haul expeditions through the circumpolar Artic with freight dogs. The Iditarod Race is quickly becoming familiar territory for Mille. She took on Alaska’s most grueling race last year as a rookie and added “Iditarod Rookie of the Year” to her resume with her 15th place finish. Porsild is one of a handful of women to claim the title in the race’s 48 year history.
The Iditarod presents many challenges along the way – sub-zero temperatures, blizzards, and gale-force winds. Mille expects her gear to live up to the weather and protect her from the Artic conditions. She was introduced to Woolpower in the early 2000’s at an Outdoor show in Utah. Her GoNorth! Adventure Learning team received the Long Johns 200 and 400 as part of a sponsorship and as they say the rest is history. “Until that point, we had been wearing synthetic long underwear. I never have since. 20 years later, I am wearing the long johns from back then – amazingly still the best’ said Porsild ‘I have truly benefitted to such an extreme extent from the Woolpower products — my second skin basically — that allows me to do what I do.”
Mille and several other explorers founded GoNorth! Adventure Learning as a way to connect classrooms with their experiences on the trail. It’s a unique way for students to experience the Artic and explore topics like: dog mushing, sustainability, the environment and traditional cultures. Each year, she heads out on an Artic expedition with 22 Polar Huskies and millions of students worldwide tuning in.
With the Iditarod quickly looming on the horizon, the team at Woolpower US thought it would be a great time to upgrade Mille’s well-loved gear. We shipped a box up to Alaska with a few of her favorites and some other pieces we thought might be useful on the trail.
What’s in the mail to Mille?
Mille and 46 other mushers will head to the start line on March 7th to begin their 2021 Iditarod run. Follow @woolpowerus as we track Mille and her team along the trail!
This is an ideal gift for anyone on your list! Designed for year round versatility and comfort, Tube LITE can be used interchangeably as a neck gaiter, headband, or cap in a variety of conditions. The Woolpower Tube is our most versatile accessory, making it one of our best sellers. The Woolpower LITE flat-knit construction creates a cooling effect as sweat and moisture are wicked away. Although thin and breathable, the Tube LITE also works to regulate your body’s core temperature on chillier days. Thus, the all-season accessory is born. Regular price: $47
Boasting ultimate comfort and insulation, Mittens 400 are designed to help you attack the cold before it starts. These are warm, comfortable, and great for skiers, hikers, snowboarders, runners, and anyone who loves the cold! Lined with our terry-loop knit, this handy accessory provides a powerful layer of heat-trapping action to help you know you’re always in good hands. Regular Price: $52
SOCKS! Everyone loves socks! This is Woolpower’s most versatile sock. Woolpower 400 Logo Socks are ideal for year round activity. They have terry knit feet and the shaft features a knitted-in Woolpower logo. We have Woolpower socks in 5 different weights for warmth, sizes ranging from kids to adults, and a variety of colors to choose from – for everyone on your list! Regular Price: $27.50
Balaclava 400 is not your average accessory. It is a great gift for your outdoor enthusiasts including skiers! Lined with a powerful layer of Ullfrotté terry-loop knit, our heaviest weight head garment delivers serious insulation. With a versatile opening and an elongated neck, Balaclava 400 has one job… to protect you from the elements. So if you’re looking to come ahead in your next excursion, you’ve come to the right place! Also offered in LITE (one size fits all) & 200gm (sizes Small & Large). Regular Price: $56
Woolcare is a perfect and practical gift for any Woolpower owner! Pair it with any Woolpower garment for a complete gift. Made from lanolin, Woolcare is both gentle to the environment and your clothes. Woolcare contains no enzymes and only low-impact renewable surfactants and will pro-long the life-time of your Woolpower garment. Regular Price: $27
Wool is not the itchy hot sweater your mom made you wear when you were young. In actuality, the natural features of wool make it an excellent choice for outdoor apparel.
Let’s break it down.
Wool at its foundation, was created for keeping our furry friends warm, making the perfect fiber for outdoor apparel. Many synthetics attempt to duplicate the properties but fall short of creating the strength, resilience and odor resistance inherent in wool.
Starting with its structure, wool has an outer layer of overlapping scales. These scales are made of protein and allow for the fiber’s most unique features. On the animal, the scales facilitate the movement of foreign matter away from the body so it works its way out of the fleece, keeping the animal clean. When the fibers are spun into yarn these same scales create a unique property which enables the fibers to lock with one another, creating a stronger more durable yarn. This is the key to wool’s strength and the reason why wool is the only fiber that can be felted.
The natural fibers are irregular and non-cylindrical in shape, encouraging them to stick together. Along each individual fiber are “crimps” or curves that occur naturally. This natural waviness not only allows the wool fiber to have high resilience, the ability to bounce back, but it creates little pockets where air is held. This increases the warmth and add a level of temperature regulation that is needed when going from warm to cold temperatures.
Wool is the original wicking fiber. The surface of the fiber repels water allowing wool fabric to feel dry even when in a wet environment. Hollow tubes in the center of the fiber absorb moisture pulling it away from the skin and holding it to keep skin from feeling damp. Due to the presence of lanolin, a natural wax produced by wool animals, the fibers are water repellent. The moisture stored inside the fiber can be released in either a warming or cooling manner, protecting against sudden temperature changes. This allows wool to become the natural temperature control fiber.
One of the great features of wool is that it doesn’t stink. This is due to the surface of the fiber. The overlapping scales and the natural presence of lanolin, means that it is resistant to dirt and mildew. Since moisture is repelled from the surface of the fiber, sweat and bacteria cannot sit and grow. Allowing wool garments to air out lets water vapor pass through the fibers, removing bacteria and odors. Garments made from wool need far less washing than synthetic or other natural fibers.
To this day, wool is nature’s most technical fiber. Don’t believe in wool’s natural ability to protect you from the elements? Just ask him.
Today is Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! People are showing their love by exchanging cupid themed stuffed animals, beautiful displays of flowers, and delicious assortments of chocolates. We challenge you to show the love to your Valentine in these 3 simple ways!
Cook dinner together
– Food is its own love language. Life is hectic! It’s difficult to slow down and take the time to cook dinner. Making a homemade meal from scratch with your significant other is a great way to spend time together.
Write a Letter
– Go old school and hand write a love letter. Write it for them to open on Valentine’s day or get creative and write them a letter to open in a year. You can see how your love grows over time!
Go on an adventure
– You don’t have to travel far to experience an adventure. Go explore a nearby city. Go camping in your backyard. Or go on a hike! Whatever your choice, just be sure to bundle up with Woolpower to keep you and your Valentine warm where ever you go. Shop our Red Woolpower HEREto shop our Valentine’s Day Sale!
In a little over ONE week, Woolpower will be gearing up with more than 64,000 professionals from the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries at the 2018 SHOT Show®. Join our experts Wendy and Justin at booth # 10033. You will be able to view our line of Woolpower, feel the high quality merino wool made with our unique terry-loop design, and learn about our special offers. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 SHOT Show!