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.

Spring Rain Coats

03/18/2016

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 ($99) 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 ($99) 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 ($179.95) 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 ($299) 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 ($499) 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 ($58.95), the Precip from Marmot ($65) and the Torrent Shell from Patagonia ($99) all come in boys' and girls' colors, with sizes from XS to XL, and include reflective features for added safety.

 

Spring Getaways

03/09/2016

At the end of a wet, dreary winter, everyone can benefit from a sunny escape. Wherever your spring getaway takes you, we have you covered with bathing suits, flip flops, sundresses and more, which will carry over into the beautiful New England summer that is coming our way! Every vacation is made better with the perfect piece of luggage, ensuring that you have a hassle-free experience and everything you need all in one place. Here are some of our favorite pieces of luggage from top brands, along with essential vacation items you don't want to leave at home!

Pool Side 

Lounge by the pool by day and dress up for dinner by night with colorful resort-ready styles.

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North Face Borealis in brindle brown/luminous pink, $80.95;  Ultrathon Insect Repellent, $9.95; Chaco Cordova in dark earth, $90; Smith Audible Polarized in matte silver, $269; Carve Designs Nosara full piece in anchor stripe, $88;  Prana Cali Dress in azalea guava, $85; Pistil Poloma hat in natual, $46.

 

 

 

Beach Days 

Dive in and explore deep seas with must-have essentials like sun-protective attire and a quality mask and snorkel. 

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Costa Saltbreak in gunstock/green mirror, $249; North Face Basecamp Duffle XL in summit gold, $144.95; Exoficcio Bugs Away Halo in light khaki check, $100; United by Blue Longbow Scallop Board Short in navy, $68; Teva Original Universal in mosaic black, $40; North Face High Density Ball Cap in black, $27.95; U.S. Divers Admiral LX snorkel in cobalt, $34.99

 

 

 

Jet-Setting Abroad

Explore warmer climates in style and comfort, all day and night, no matter how far your journey takes you! 

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Thule Crossover 38L in black, $299.95; Toad & Co. Rosemarie Dress in dark turquoise pop, $82; Teva Cabrillo Crossover in slate, $80; Pistil Dixon hat in marine, $54; Carve Designs Island Bottom in carolina/tarifa, $48; Carve Designs Timor Tankini in caroline, $62; Maui Jim Kawika in brown, $299; Timex Weekender Slip Through in white, $44.95

 

 

 

Head South

Jumpstart your summer with a trip somewhere warm with friends and come back with a healthy tan.

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Thule Crossover 38L in black, $299.95; Patagonia Polo-Trout Fitz Roy in howling turquoise, $59; Patagonia Printed Wavefarer Boad Shorts, $69; Garmin VivoActive in white, $249.99; Oakley Frogskin Iridium in retina burn/jade iridium, $110; Outdoor Tech Turtleshell 2.0 speaker in red, $99.95; Reef Phantoms in BTA/black/tan, $34

 

 

 

Island Life

Bask on the beach somewhere new and exotic with a good read, and explore the reefs with protection and comfort.

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Patagonia Black Hold Duffle 45L in black, $99; Carve Designs Holden full piece in strawberry/turquoise, $90; Carve Designs Lake Sunshirt in anchor stripe, $58; Carve Designs Cozumel Top in turquoise, $48; Carve Designs Cardiff Bottom in turquoise, $44; Reef Gypsy Macrame in cream, $40; Stash Bar, peanut butter dark chocolate, $2.79; U.S. Divers Diva LX Snorkel in coral, $34.99; Maui Jim Sandy Beach in tortoise, $189; Outside Magazine March 2016, $5.99;  Garmin VivoActive in white, $249.99

Spring Lookbook

02/16/2016

After a sub-zero Presidents Day Weekend, spring weather might seem like a faraway dream. But for us, spring begins when we start hanging those lighter layers up on the racks! Lighter, brighter fabrics are appearing all over our clothing department as we get ready to welcome the spring season. As we know, spring temperatures can be just as variable as the winter we've had, which is why we've got you covered for any conditions you might encounter in the coming months. 

Sometimes a cool base is all you need, but you're always safest with a light jacket tucked into your pack. A good rain coat will keep you from heading inside early, and your feet will welcome some lighter footwear after being cooped up in snow boots all winter. Patagonia and North Face never fail to make their staple pieces look fresh with new color combinations, and lifestyle favorites like Toad & Co. and Prana have us eager for backyard parties and strolls on the beach. We've put together some of our favorite spring outfit ideas to inspire you and get you just as amped up as we are for a beautiful spring!

 

Womens 

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Patagonia Cap Lightweight Crew, Aquastorm, $49; Smith Outlier XL Polarized,
Honey Tortoise, $119

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Patagonia Cap Daily T-Shirt, Navy Blue, $39; Smith Serpico Polarized, Gold, $119



Mens

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Patagonia El Ray Shirt, Owen Tail Grey, $89; Costa Zane 580 Glass Polarized, $249

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Patagonia El Ray Shirt, Truckee Classic Red, $79; Maui Jim Leeward Coast $299

Kids

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Glacier 1/4 Zip, Budding Green, $36.95

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Glacier 1/4 Zip, Fiery Red, $36.95

Footwear

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Winter Jackets

11/19/2015

It's almost time for temperatures to drop, and time to start bundling up! From ripping down the ski slopes to shoveling the driveway, we have the largest selection of winter jackets to fit any outdoor activity. Sturdy, waterproof fabrics and high-quality insulation ensure that you will stay warm through freezing temperatures. Our apparel department is filled with top quality brands we have trusted for years who never fail to amaze us with their cutting edge styles and superior comfort. These brands have provided us with ski jackets, mid-layers, lifestyle pieces, shells, and more so that we can enjoy winter to its fullest potential but also stay protected when the weather turns harsh.

Check out a few of our employees' favorite picks for 2016 winter jackets: 

 

MEN'S

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The North Face  Sumner Tri-Climate Jacket (cosmic blue/diesel blue),  Arcteryx Atom LT Jacket (carbon
copy), Arcteryx Stingray Jacket (diablo red), 
Bogner Fire + Ice Tibo Jacket (granite), Black Diamond
Stance Belay Jacket (black), Rab Sentinal Jacket (twilight/zinc), Patagonia Down Sweater (feather
grey/forge grey)

 

 

WOMEN'S

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Patagonia Down Sweater (underwater blue), KJUS Snowscape Jacket  (dusty lilac), Bogner Fire + Ice
Dalia D (bottle green), Arc'teryx Ravenna Jacket  (lime fizz), Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody  (candied lemon), 
Mountain Force Idle Jacket (brilliant blue), Black Diamond Zone Shell (merlot)

 

KID'S

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Spyder Mini Guard (electric blue/black)
Obermeyer Arielle (folklore print)

Gear for Dogs

09/24/2015

Fall is here, and with mild temperatures and little humidity, we're eager to start spending longer periods of time outside. Our area is filled with great places to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, and even more of these places open up in the fall. We've compiled a list of local parks, trails and beaches that are animal-friendly to romp around in the fallen leaves! Be prepared for cold weather, and ensure your dogs safety with the best gear from Ruffwear.

 

Fall Vests for You and Your Dog

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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. It's hard to predict the temperatures when hiking in fall--sometimes a warm day can turn chilly very suddenly. A vest is an essential fall piece that will keep your core warm without having the all-over coverage of a jacket, and the best part is, we carry them for dogs as well! For you, we recommend the Thermoball Vest from North Face, which is filled with small clusters of synthetic fibers that pack in warmth between them. 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 a great place to appreciate the changing foliage. 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.

 

In addition to exploring local parks, trails, and beaches, your dog will also love these pup-friendly fairs that are coming this fall:

K-9 Karnival
Monroe
Saturday, Sept. 26
This dog-centered event is put on by the Trap Falls Kennel Club, and includes contests for your pups such as best trick and best dressed! You can enter raffles, meet the breeds, and watch police dog demos, among other fun activities that you and your dog will both love. Leashed dogs are welcome!


11th Annual Dog Days of Summer
New Milford
Saturday, Sept. 26
This fair will be full of local vendors and various dog-related demos, such as a rescue dog and a hunting dog demo. Not only is this an event that will offer a day of fun for humans and dogs alike, but it also raises money for the animals cared for by the Animal Welfare Society. Leashed dogs are welcome!


Danbury Animal Welfare Society Fall Fest
Bethel
Sunday Oct. 17
The focus of this event is on educating children and adults about how to care for a dog or cat, with fun engaging activities to promote learning. The day will include seminars about everything from understanding how animals communicate through body language to integrating a new pet into your home. Although people are not allowed to bring their own dogs to this event, it is a great opportunity to meet adoptable animals from the shelter! 

 

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