This blog features Orvis products that our associates or our customers particularly enjoy or appreciate for their quality, utility, and comfort.

Orvis Fatwood: “Efficient, effective and economical”

Written by: Orvis Associate, James Doyle

Fatwood fire starter burns with a hot, aromatic pine flame that makes it perfect kindling for wood fires, whether in the woodstove, hearth, or campsite.
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Just been looking through the Products We Love posts with my colleagues today. Great stories and pictures, really brings things to life. Only today I was telling a customer how much I like Orvis Fatwood. For us here in the uplands of Northern Britain we sit by real fires most of the year round, either at home in the evening or maybe camping in the hills and Orvis Fatwood is a reliable firelighter that serves like no other. The sticks are clean, easy to store and handle leaving no paraffin odour due to the high level of natural pine resin. They’re efficient, effective and economical. There are also a great gift and thing of interest to friends and neighbours – I’ll never want to run out!


Silver Sonic Waders: “leak-free longer than any waders I have ever owned.”

Written by TL Lauerman

TL Lauerman after a day chasing ducks with his Lab, Jaws.
Photo courtesy TL Lauerman

I am not sure exactly when I got this pair of Silver Sonic Convertible-Top Waders but it seems like at least two years ago. My duck-hunting waders finally fell apart at the end of the 2011/2012 duck season.

I wore my fly-fishing waders (the Silver Sonics) for the entire 2012/2013 duck season and have been wearing them since the beginning of this season. I am very hard on my stuff—especially during duck season. I am amazed that they have gone this long and not had the first leak. I hate to think how many pairs of waders I have owned over the years. Without a doubt these have been leak-free longer than any waders I have ever owned.

TL Lauerman is the Sales manager for Wapsi Fly, Inc., in Mountain Home, Arkansas.