by Tiffani Righero, Research Assistant, Local History Archive
Looking for comfy hiking pants? Thirty years ago, Blue Spruce Jammers, located at 222 Linden in Fort Collins, would have been your answer. The business was known for their Jammers, pants and shorts with no zippers, hooks, or buttons. The pants and shorts featured elastic and adjustable Velcro to allow wearers to fit the clothing comfortably to their body shape and size. They came in corduroy and khaki poplin and the pants sold for $25. Fort Collins city directories show that Blue Spruce Jammers was in business between 1979 and 1982. Here is a newspaper advertisement from the store.
Jammers received some national attention when Backpacker magazine featured the pants in their August/September 1980 issue. They hailed Jammers as the “most comfortable hiking pants and shorts we’ve tried.” This product review was featured with other products from across the nation including the Minolta Weathermatic, a new waterproof camera; Blisterstop, a synthetic sock liner created to prevent foot blisters; and the Bear Cub, an ultra-light down sleeping bag.
Do you remember Blue Spruce or have a pair of Jammers yourself?