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.
If Nottingham’s shoes look chewed-up or his sweaters are frayed, please be patient. When he got off the plane recently from his first off-continent fishing trip, his girlfriend greeted him with a labrador retriever puppy, who seems hell-bent on chewing up the guy’s wardrobe.
Levi jeans and Victorinox watch from Macy’s in Bozeman. Simms sweater from Montana Fly Goods. Mammut jacket is from REI in Bozeman. Maui Jim sunglasses from Helena Vision Center. And puppy Kane.