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#MiiRgoestoschool Contest Winners

Thanks to all who participated in the #MiiRgoestoschool contest. There were some awesome entries and these were the lucky winners….. [ Yoobi gear and #MiiR pints go to @tnyates; Krochetkids gear and MiiR tumbler go to @brittsbones; the Denik notebooks and MiiR 600ml go to @outdoorjo; and the Timbuk2 bag and MiiR slate bottle go to @Daronmack! Contact us at hello@miir.com to claim your new back to school goodies! Thanks again to all who participated, and stay tuned for more MiiR contests! 

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MiiR : Goes To School

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There’s something about freshly sharpened pencils, sack lunches, and packed backpacks that can make you feel like a kid again. Whether you are starting school soon, or just feeling nostalgic as the leaves begin to turn, we’re highlighting back to school goodies to satisfy the student in all of us. These essentials not only get an A+ for functionality, but also excel in craftsmanship and social responsibility.


As if that wasn’t enough, we’re going for extra credit. Starting Monday, September 8 we’re giving away featured supplies in our instagram contest, #MiiRGoesToSchool. All you need to do is follow @MiiR on Instagram and keep a lookout as we post a new giveaway each day from Monday, September 8 - Friday, September 12. Check out the guide, take notes on your new favorite supplies and make sure to follow @MiiR on Instagram for your chance to win.




Yoobi x MiiR Pint Cups

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Not set for school yet? Yoobi’s pens, sharpeners, binders, and other accessories are what you’ve been waiting for. With great design and top notch quality, these essentials also help provide school supplies to kids in need! Extra Credit: We’re throwing in multi-purpose MiiR Pint Cups to store your hoard.



Krochet Kids x MiiR Tumbler

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Stay bundled up this fall with these new additions to the Krochet Kids line. Meet the Reed hat and the Simon ipad case, both handmade by women in Peru through KKi’s empowerment programs. We’re throwing in a 12oz insulated MiiR tumbler so you’ll keep warm during your fall travels.



Kammock x MiiR Insulated Bottle

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Going back to school can be hard work. Take some time to reward yourself with the Roo hammock from Kammock. Made from durable ripstop and roomy enough for two, the portable, hang-anywhere hammock fits the bill for a reading nook or the power nap you need before hitting the books again. Plus, Kammock provides Malaria medicine to children throughout Africa with their partner Malaria No More. We paired this with the MiiR 500mL insulated Bottle for any outdoor adventures that come your way.



Timbuk2 x MiiR Slate Bottle

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Meet the Prospect Bag by Timbuk2. This commuter friendly day pack meets the needs of any urban adventurer. Made in the USA, the Prospect features a roll top, plenty of pockets, waterproof shell, and has customizable features for you to build the bag of your dreams. We’re including a MiiR 800mL Slate Bottle so you’ll be set for all your downtown travels.



Starting Monday, September 8 the MiiR Instagram feed (@MiiR) will be your place to win. Each day we will post a product photo and a new way to win. So follow along!

The Bumbershoot Aftermath

What’s not to love when Labor Day is packed with music from so many genres, street food, visual art pieces, and people from all walks of life? Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle was all that and more for the MiiR team. We hit the jackpot with our booth location and not only met new people, but heard awesome sets from Capital Cities, Pickwick, G Eazy, Nada Surf, and many more too. Thanks for the fun Bumbershoot, see you next year!

Bumbershoot x MiiR

This weekend is the 43rd annual Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle. A 3 day weekend packed full with a mix of upcoming, local, and big name artists in the iconic Seattle Center. We will be at this year’s event sharing our story, selling bottles, tumblers, pint cups and apparel, and checking out some of our favorite artists! If you’re in the area- make sure to stop by, say hey, and pick up some new gear.



This week’s MiiR Music Pick will be there too: local Seattle band, Pickwick. We hope you’ll sing along with us.


Inspring words from John Muir

#MiiRadventure | Mt. Rainier 2014

This July, friends of the MiiR community embarked on their 4th annual Mt. Rainier climb. Adventure is deeply engrained in MiiR’s identity, and each year the mountain challenges the team in new ways, physically and emotionally. This year marked the 3rd climb for Rebecca Papé. Her appreciation and courage for the mountain inspires us, and we hope it does for you as well.



For my third year in a row, like a child I sprung out of my sleeping bag at 10,000 feet in elevation, mentally rattling off all there was to put on, eat and pack before we could begin our ascent up Mt. Rainier - a mysterious, majestic mountain I’ve come to know more intimately than a distant neighbor. Even perched outside my childhood bedroom window, and equally so underfoot, she has always been to me gentle and quietly inviting. And what a beautifully different world she occupies and offers, even while existing within the same state lines I inhabit. 



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We were lucky to have a shot at the summit this year. Upon arriving at Camp Muir the afternoon prior, a consistent rainfall settled in, just one of the (many) deterrers to our purpose for being there at all. No one spoke of it, even as the winds whipped over the ridge, rattling the bunkhouse and many climbers’ minds, preventing important hours of sleep. And yet somehow, the rains ceased just in time. The sky opened up to reveal every constellation imaginable, a dizzying sight as we stood side by side, stealing glances upward, waiting to be securely roped together by our guides. It was a go.



Hours later, with the sun chasing us upward at nearly 13,000 feet, the mountain spoke, opening a crevasse and collapsing an ice bridge that immediately turned us around, right back into our hard earned tracks. There was little protest from any of us; the unpredictability of the ever-changing conditions won. Rainier had spoken and shifted on her own schedule, answering to no one, gracing us not with the destination, but with each step approaching it. 



And anyway, our lessons to be learned - humility, patience, caution, endurance - are not in the celebration at the top, but in these very steps. Mt. Rainier has taught me this: the journey is the adventure. She has taught me to GO, to try, to respect my limits and intuition and my life, for that matter. She loosely holds these lessons in her glaciated surfaces, making them available to all.



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Music at the MiiR Office: Bombay Bicycle Club

Look no further for your midsummer music refresher; the guys of Bombay Bicycle club will have you humming along in no time. Hailing from London, they bring a rhythmic, electro pop sound with some quirky surprises. Critics have noted stark style changes among their 4 albums. Their most recent February release, “So Long, What Took You So Long” is no different, this time weaving influence from traditional Indian music into a few dreamy tracks.

MiiR Summertime Tanks: Looking Hot and Staying Cool

Remember summer days when you were a kid? Running around in the hot sun, no school, no rules, just pure freedom- oh, and your mom asking, “Are you drinking enough water today?”

(But seriously, are you drinking enough water today?)

In honor of those glorious summer days we’re highlighting our “Empower” Tank tops.

Available in both Men’s and Women’s fits, the “Empower” tank makes a bold fashion and cause statement:

“Inspire a generation to empower a world that is in need.”

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Funds from these empower tanks provide clean water and reliable transportation to others in the US and around the globe.

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Kick off your summer wardrobe with the Empower tank, found in both Men’s and Women’s [here].

Red Bell 100 x MiiR

MiiR and Nuun Hydration teamed up to take on this year’s Red Bell 100, supporting Cascade Bicycle Club Education Program and World Bicycle Relief. The 100 mile ride was especially meaningful to our team because World Bicycle Relief is a partner in the MiiR #bikes4bikes program. The sale of a MiiR bicycle provides a bike to someone in need through the sustainable work of World Bicycle Relief. Our VP of Sales, Josh, enjoyed riding his MiiR bicycle so much that he rode it another 100 miles the next day! 

Want updates about the happenings of the MiiR team? Follow along using #bikes4bikes, and don’t forget to check out the new MiiR urban bike line.

88bikes Passport to Happiness

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Our friends at 88bikes launched their "Passport to Happiness" campaign today and we are, once again, blown away by their amazing work. 88bikes provides bicycles to survivors of human trafficking around the world. This new campaign will help 88bikes grow and support more girls with transportation, bicycle maintenance skills, and job based education.

We’re honored to be part of the campaign with an 88bikes x MiiR cobranded tumbler! We hope you’ll join us in supporting the “Passport to Happiness’.