Our Story:

Over 50 years ago John and Sidney Maxwell founded a company called The Ski Hut, in Wilton Center, as a way to share their family's  passion for skiing with the community. In 1983 their son, Jack Maxwell changed our name to Outdoor Sports Center, and moved us to 80 Danbury Road in Wilton. The name and location change was part Jack's dream to share his enthusiasm and philosophy; to help grow and nurture respect for the outdoors by using it as our playground. Today, we are still 100% family owned, many of our staff have been with us for 15 years or more, and we are proud to have customers that can recall our "Ski Hut" heritage.

Our commitment remains to promote a friendly and knowledgeable community, to provide only the best gear and service, and to always promote awareness of outdoor resources through their use as a playground. 

Local Hiking Spots

08/01/2016


We are lucky to live in a part of the country where beautiful hiking trails abound, and even luckier to have endless options right in our own little corner of Connecticut. There are many hiking trails that cater to those of you who want to spend a full day out in the woods, conquering new terrain and never passing the same rock twice. On the contrary, if you are a new hiker or you want to introduce the activity to your young children, there is no shortage of local trails that will fit your needs. We've put together a guide to some of our favorite nearby hiking spots based on the ease of the hike and size of the park. In addition, we compiled a list of must-have items for each one so you can stay safe and comfortable on the trail. Don't forget: a good sturdy pair of hiking boots or trail shoes is your number one piece of gear! 

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Go-To Running Shoes

06/16/2016

We interviewed James Whipple, director of the Sono Half and experienced ultra-runner, to find his go-to shoes for running. No surprise here--James owns over 40 pairs of sneakers, and alternates between 2 to 3 during his training periods. James showed us the shoes he loves most for both trail and road running, and what makes them the best tool for a healthier run! Read on to find out how James prepares for a race, and the shoes that keep him on his feet!

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Hobie is Here!

06/08/2016


We are incredibly excited to announce that we are officially a Hobie dealer! And wait until you see the innovative new products we have brought into the store. About twenty years ago, Hobie introduced a new line of kayaks that are propelled in a whole new way. They have continued updating and perfecting these boats, and now they have a fresh new product for this season that is truly turning heads. The Mirage line of kayaks and boards allows you to spend more time enjoying the summer sun and getting an entirely new experience from your favorite watersports. 

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Why We Love Hobie

05/09/2016


Last week we spent a beautiful sunny morning down at our secret demo pond testing out the new Hobie boats and boards. Our rep came down and showed us all the ins and outs of these new products, so that in turn, we can show our customers exactly what makes these watercrafts so special. We interviewed several of our staff members who got the chance to test them out, and the unanimous decision seemed to be that Hobie has lived up to its hype, and is probably the most fun product that is currently in our store. 

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Kid's Swim Gear

04/27/2016


Everyone remembers being a kid and never wanting to get out of the water at the end of a hot summer day. Jumping, diving, and splashing around with friends is the best part about summer, whether you're at the lake, the beach or your local pool. You can start getting your children accustomed to the water as early as you want, but most local swim schools have entry level classes starting at age 3. While people can learn to swim at absolutely any age, we recommend getting your kids started as young as possible so that they can feel comfortable in the water and begin to experience the joys of water sports! We've put together a list of our recommendations for gear for new swimmers, all of which will help your kids to learn and fall in love with being in the water. 

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