Text by Claire Baiz | Photography by Garrett Thompson
Matthew Nottingham’s best advice for the well-dressed outdoorsman: “Never underestimate wool socks.”
This avid hiker and fisherman knows Big Sky Country: sunny one second, snowy the next. Nottingham encourages people to dress in layers, with a quick-dry base.
Montana’s own Simms and FishOn Energy companies are this Helena native’s go-to sources for gear.
Dr. Nottingham, an optometrist with Helena Vision Center, advises polarized lenses for outdoor activity—even for kids. He wears Maui Jims, which protect the eyes and don’t have to darken the terrain. “They really help me see into the water,” he says.