Outdoor Apparel

Technical Outerwear | Yoga | Running | Casual Wear

Our apparel department is stocked with the best brands from around the world. We have technical outerwear, active-wear, and casual clothing for men, women, and children. We can outfit you for just about every adventurous activity that you have planned. We also carry many styles of casual clothing from top brands like Patagonia, Arc'Teryx, and The North Face. Come in today and see what we have to offer.

Make Dad Proud

05/20/2018


Sunday, June 17th is Father's Day, which means this is the perfect opportunity to give back to Dad with some new summer essentials. We've put together a list of 8 gift ideas for Dad below so you can get a head start.

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Make Sure He's Prepared. 
Dads have to be ready for anything. We have stylish and functional pieces that will ensure that the father in your life will stay comfortable and protected. Summer shirts and pants from Patagonia are light and breathable. The UV repellent shirt and Smith sunglasses will also make sure he's protected from the hot June sunshine. 

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Keep his cold ones cold. If Dad likes to crack open a cold one with the boys once in a while, then the Stanley Master Series 25oz bottle is perfect. It keeps his cold ones cold for 27 hours, and in the winter he can keep his coffee hot too. 

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Help Him Keep His Adventures Organized.  These super cool accessories seem simple, but there's more than meets the eye. This beautiful Rite in the Rain No.373 notebook has paper made of crushed stone, and it can be written on in the wettest conditions, and keep from bleeding the ink of Dad's drawings or important notes. For the tacti-cool Dads, the Benchmade 1101-2 Pen with carbide tip gives dad something cool and effective for both writing and adventuring.

Sport Sunglasses

03/01/2018


Summer is finally here, bringing with it lots of bright sunny days and a new range of outdoor activities. While protecting your skin from the sun is a no-brainer, protecting your eyes should be too. Sunglasses are a valuable piece of safety gear during any outdoor activity. They protect your eyes from dirt, dust, bugs, and most importantly, the harmful rays of the sun, which can cause cataracts and other problems with your eyes. The heat of the sun can also dry your eyes out, causing eye fatigue. Not only will sunglasses help you see better to perform your best, but they can help you stay alert and active longer.


We can help you ensure that your eyes remain protected in style, with sunglasses from Smith, Zeal, Maui Jim, Oakley, and Costa. While the first three are old favorites, Costa is a new brand for us, and we're incredibly excited about their polarized lenses and impressive styles. Every pair of Costas that we sell have 580G or 580P lenses, which means that whether they are glass or polycarbonate, they block 100% of UV rays and are 100% polarized for maximum clarity. They obstruct yellow light to enhance color and block blue light to reduce haze and blur, giving you the best possible view from within your frame.


Here are some of our favorite models of sunglasses, with the main features that make them best suited for each outdoor activity you love.

 

 

Shades Great for Paddleboarding

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Costa Cut 580P in blackout with blue mirror lenses
When spending a day standing on your board and paddling, you want a pair of glasses that won't weigh you down. Costa's Cut 580P is made from nylon, a material that is virtually unbreakable, lighter weight than glass and won't fog. All Costa lenses are polarized, providing 100% UV protection and reducing eye strain. The frame has a slight curve to it, blocking the side of your eye from the reflecting sun in any direction your paddling. These sunglasses were designed with watersports in mind.

 

Kayak With No Distractions

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Maui Jim Ho'okipa in tortoise rose
While kayaking your sight line is expanded over miles of open water and visible sky. The Maui Jim Ho'okipa creates a clear plane of vision, with durable plastic lenses, which offer a higher level of clarity and are resistant to scratches. Their lightweight design and behind-ear grippers will make these a game-changing no-brainer for all your water adventures.

 

Protect Your Eyes While Running

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Smith Pivlock Arena in squall with Chromapop sun lenses
Smith Pivlock Arena in squall with Chromapop sun lenses These toric curved frames provide large coverage and a medium fit. Not only do you have sun protection from all angles during your run, but their carbonic TLT Chromapop sun lens material provides a featherlight and durable lens while filtering and correcting the light to keep you concentrated on your goals and not the sun.

 

Hike Farther and Longer

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Oakley Holbrook in black with Prizm Ruby lens
Oakley's Holbrook is ultra-light and ultra-functionable. Its Prizm lens technology provides control of light resulting in colors precisely tuned to maximize contrast and enhance visibility. This means your hikes will be more comfortable and more beautiful.

 

Keep You Eyes Safe While Biking

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Smith Pivlock Arena Max in reactor green with purple Sol-X lens
Smith created these lenses with athletes in mind--they are made to fit the face snugly to prevent slipping in the most extreme conditions. A two-position adjustable nosepiece made of Hydrophilic Megol keeps them in place with no distractions. Biking with wrap around frames is important, so your peripheral vision isn't obstructed. The Smith Pivlock has frames set farther back on your temple for better visibility of other riders and oncoming traffic. The wrap around lenses also help to block wind from your eyes and prevent fogging of the lens. The lenses have a gray base, which keeps colors from being altered, with a red mirrored layer that fights glare. The lenses protect against hazardous UV-A, -B and -C rays. They come with two sets of lenses for varying light conditions.

 

Look Sharp! The Best Lifestyle Shades

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Smith Snare in matte tortoise with brown
These sunglasses are both fashionable and functional. They use Smith's Evolve eco-built construction, carbonic lenses, and megol nose pads combined with classic and timeless minimalism to bring forth a utilitarian's fashion piece.

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Zeal Windsor in matte tortoise with copper lens
These sunglasses have a fun classic look, great for men and women. The copper elume lenses enhance contrast and depth perception in a wide array of light conditions while making greens, reds, and blues more vivid. The frames are made of plant-based material, so you know they're meant for those who appreciate nature.

 

Reading on the Beach

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Smith Langly in gold with blue Sol-X lenses
These Smith 'aviator' style frames give off that classic beachy vibe, and the polarized Sol-X lenses will keep your eyes comfortable even in the hottest and brightest of beach days. The wire frames are light and durable, and the gold colorway is summery as can be.

 

 

For the Kids

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Assorted Brands and Styles
We have sunglasses of all styles for little adventurers, from aviators, knock arounds, wayfarer-style, and more. Many of them are polarized and will help protect their eyes from the sun and keep them seeing their adventures clearly far into the future.

Spring Rain Coats

02/04/2018


Rising temperatures mean spending as much time as possible outside, but as always, no spring season is complete without its fair share of rainy days! We aren't going to let a little rain stop us from having fun outside, so having the right raincoat is key. We carry a wide variety of rain jackets, and it can be daunting to decide which one is right for you. With a wide range of prices, technology, and features, we've broken it down by what you'll be doing the most in the rain, and which raincoats will compliment your wet weather activities.

 

Just-In-Case Layer

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A super light jacket that you can carry with you anywhere is key; if the skies stay clear, it's not weighing you down, but it's right there when the rain starts falling. At only 6.6 ounces, the Houdini from Patagonia is coated to be highly water-resistant and folds up into it's own pocket with a gear loop, so you can hang it in an easy-to-reach place.

 

Everyday Protection 

everydayWhen you have to walk the dog in a downpour or run errands on a super wet day, it's important to have a highly waterproof layer that is up for any conditions you might encounter. The Precip from Marmot is an excellent do-all jacket, with a storm flap over the zipper and armpit zips to give you extra ventilation. A lighter, more durable option is the Fuse Form Dot Matrix from the North Face, which uses a new way of fusing different fabrics without seams to make them even more water-tight.

 

Keeping it Classy

dressy Maintaining a professional look with a raincoat on can be tough, so we recommend opting for a jacket that has a longer length, to appear more clean-cut and offer additional protection. The Codetta Coat from Arc'teryx has an above-average center back length of 32 inches and comes in neutral colors.

 

 Venturing Out

venture out When you are heading out on a long-term camping trip or backpacking adventure, you'll need a coat that is not only highly waterproof but offers above-average ease of motion. The Beta LT from Arc'teryx is a Goretex Pro shell so breathable that you don't even need pit zips, and articulated elbows keep the fabric from bunching up.

 

Kids' Raincoats

kids Every kid needs a good, protective rain coat so they can continue enjoying their time outside all throughout the rainy season. The Resolve Reflective from North Face, the Precip from Marmot and the Torrent Shell from Patagonia all come in boys' and girls' colors, with sizes from XS to XL, and include reflective features for added safety.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Gore-Tex

01/01/2018

Gore-Tex is one of the most effective waterproof membranes on the market and was actually the first truely waterproof and breathable fabric when the first Gore-Tex jacket came out in 1977. To this day, it is a household name in the outdoor industry and for good reason. Gore-Tex continues to be a leading supplier of innovative, waterproof/breathable membranes that work extremely well. 

 

What is Gore-Tex

Gore-Tex is a fabric made up of multiple layers designed to work together to keep you dry while offering good breathability so you don't overheat. Gore-Tex fabrics are made by laminating a ePTFE (expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene) membrane to a high-performance face fabric. Only the membrane is actually made by W.L. Gore, not the face fabrics. W.L. Gore has very high standards; any textile is subject to an array of tests before they decide if it is good enough. W.L. Gore does all bonding of the membranes and linings to the face fabrics.

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There are three different types of Gore-Tex fabrics: Gore-Tex Pro, Gore-Tex Active, and Gore-Tex. Garments engineered with Gore-Tex Pro fabrics are built for maximized ruggedness and are ideal for extreme and extended use. Garments engineered with Gore-Tex Active fabrics are built for extreme breathability and are ideal for highly aerobic, done-in-a-day activities. Garments engineered with Gore-Tex fabric are durably waterproof and windproof, combined with optimized breathability-enduring products that maximize protection and comfort for the wearer.

Multiple fabrics and construction methods include insulated, non-insulated, 2-Layer, 3-Layer, and Z-Liner. 2-Layer Construction is deal for a wide range of outdoor activities, with this construction a Gore-Tex membrane is bonded to the outer fabric only. This construction can be combined with insulation, keeping the wearer dry and warm. Gore-Tex Pro and Gore-Tex Active use a 3-layer construction, unlike the 2-layer construction, this construction bonds the Gore-Tex membrane to both the outer fabric and the inner lining. The benefit: no movement between the layers, which means less wear and tear, and enhanced durability.

Even if two jackets use the same type of Gore membrane and liner, manufacturers get to choose from different face fabrics. The face fabric, as the outermost layer of a hardshell garment, plays a fundamental role in its overall performance, specifically in its durability, breathability and water shedding. Different deniers, intricate weaves, resilient yarns, and advanced DWR treatments drastically increase the face fabric's price. This is one of many reasons why hardshells from Arc'teryx, like the Alpha SV, are more expensive than hardshells like the L.L. Bean Ascent even though both use the Gore-Tex Pro membrane. 

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The Membrane

The extremely thin ePTFE membrane is the heart of Gore-Tex fabrics and what makes it durably waterproof, windproof, and breathable. One square inch of the membrane has over 9 billion pores. The amazing part is that these pores are actually 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet, but 700 times larger that a water vapor molecule. That is what makes the Gore-Tex membrane functionally waterproof, while at the same time allowing perspiration to escape from the inside. All Gore-Tex membranes except for Gore-Tex Pro have an oleophobic (oil-hating) later of very thin Polyurethane on the inside to protect the pores from sweat and body oils that can clog them. Unlike all other Gore-Tex membranes, Gore-Tex Pro uses a 100% ePTFE membrane with two thin layers of ePTFE laminate sandwiching a very thin band of ePTFE with a different microstructure instead of the PU layer and offers up to 28% more breathability because of it.

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Seam Sealing

Seams are necessary when building Gore-Tex garments, which is unfortunate because they compromise the waterproofness of the fabric. For a garment to be waterproof it must be entirely sealed. That's why for durable waterproofness Gore-Tex products rely on Gore-Seam tape applied by specially trained manufacturers in certified factories. This is done on W.L. Gore's proprietary seam sealing machinery, and random samples have to be given to W.L. Gore for testing throughout a product's production run. 

Gore-Tex Product Testing

Another thing that differentiates Gore-Tex from its competition is the company's role in the design and construction of every garment that bares its name. Any company that uses Gore-Tex is required to use W.L. Gore-certified factories and machinery. The fabric maker is also closely involved in the design and production processes. Every product must adhere to specific, often controlling, standards set by W.L. Gore. If a company wants to make jacket with Gore-Tex they have to adhere to every step of the process. W.L. Gore first sends the company material samples and the company designs and assembles the jacket. Then W.L. Gore has to approve the jackets style. They analyzes things like zippers, seam tape, hood design, wrist closures, etc. (For example, all Active Shell products must have a trim fit, few pockets or mesh lined pockets, as little seam tape as possible, and must weigh under 14 oz.) After style approval Gore subjects the jacket to rigorous water resistance, wind resistance, and durability testing.

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Before any new Gore-Tex garment style is put into production it must pass the Gore lab style approval testing. This sophisticated outerwear testing facility is designed to simulate a variety of rain conditions. Using specially engineered rain nozzles strategically positioned in the chamber, we are able to test a garment's waterproof design in conditions that range from light drizzle to wind-driven rain. Then in the Martindale Test, wool or sandpaper is used to rub the fabric over and over again with considerable pressure. Depending on how tough the fabric needs to be, this vigorous rubbing can continue non-stop for hours … or even days. Then in the Cold Flex Test, Gore-Tex fabrics are squashed and stretched repeatedly in extreme temperatures for hours on end. The fabrics must survive this punishing test and emerge still durably waterproof. If at any point the product doesn't hold up to the high Gore-Tex standards, it is sent back to the drawing board. If the jacket meets all qualifications, Gore gives the go-ahead for production.  This incredibly costly and time consuming system has a dramatic end result for the consumer: there are no bad Gore-Tex products.

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Guaranteed to Keep You Dry

On top of all that, all Gore-Tex products come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with the waterproofness, windproofness, or breathability of your Gore-Tex product, then Gore-Tex will repair it, replace it, or refund your purchase price. No matter which manufacturer makes the product, if it has the Gore-Tex label on it, it is certified to be durably waterproof, windproof and breathable for its intended use. No other waterproof breathable manufacturer offers the same warranty.

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Gear for Dogs

10/11/2016

Our area is filled with great places to enjoy the outdoors with your dog.. We've compiled a list of local parks, trails and beaches that are animal-friendly to go explore! Be prepared and ensure your dogs safety with the best gear from Ruffwear.

 

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Cranbury Park - This park is right around the corner from our store, and offers a series of hiking trails that are great for hiking with the whole family. They aren't too difficult, but the terrain is varied enough to be interesting and fun. Leashes are not required at Cranbury Park, but you must have one on hand just in case. For your pup, the Cloud Chaser coat is the perfect little shirt for staying out in all weather conditions. It's waterproof, windproof, and insulated to maintain core body temperature, with four-way stretch for ease of movement.

 

Running Safety for All

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NRVT - The Norwalk River Valley Trail is shrouded in trees, and away from the road. Eventually this trail will stretch all the way from Norwalk to Danbury, but the shorter finished sections are perfect for a nice jog with your pooch. The NRVT is a wide gravel path that is generally flat, and leashed dogs are more than welcome! We recommend using get a Ruffwear Roamer Leash, which sits comfortably around your waist with a stretch webbing to keep your arm safe and prevent your dog from pulling . It is also important to bring water, to keep you both hydrated when running. Carrying a handheld bottle like the Quickdraw Plus by Nathan will hold enough water for you and your dog, and it straps comfortably around your hand for easy sipping. Carry this water bottle in your alternate hand from where your dog is so you can quickly grab the lease in case another dog comes along the trail.

 

Water Dogs

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All Fairfield and Westport beaches are open to dogs starting October 1st till March 31st, and town beach stickers are not required during this time. Your dog will love darting across the sand and splashing in the shallow water! Leashes are required at most beaches, but at Jennings Beach in Fairfield you can let your pup roam free off the leash. Make sure your dog stays hydrated when he's running around, especially at the beach where he will likely lap up some salt water. Bring a collapsible bowl, such as the Ruffwear Bivy Bowl. They fold down flat for easy storage and can be filled up whenever your dog needs a break and a nice cold drink. For you, we recommend always bringing a windbreaker to the beach. It tends to be considerably more windy there than the rest of town, and the Atom LT from Arc'teryx is a great choice to help you stay warm. While most windbreakers are just a shell without much warmth, this jacket is insulated and will be your go-to jacket from early fall into the winter.

 

Carry All the Essentials

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Once your pup is comfortable going on long walks, consider a doggie backpack to carry some of the supplies you both need. The Approach Pack by Ruffwear offers comfortable weight distribution and five points of adjustment for a customizable fit. Of course, it is important to transition your dog into carrying any weight at all. Start by having him wear the pack without anything in it, and go for a hike. If he likes it, start small by putting only little things in it. Pretty soon your pup will be able to carry his own collapsible bowl and first aid kit!! Until then, you can carry your dog's things on your back with you. A great pack for a long day hike is the North Face Angstrom. You can store everything you'll need for the day, from extra water bottles to extra layers, but the pack itself is light, weighing in at just 2 pounds. It includes a hip belt for comfortable carrying, multiple pockets to keep your gear organized, and is compatible with a hydration reservoir.

 

 

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