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.

Ski Weekend Checklist

12/01/2015

From skiing, all day to warming up by the fire at night, packing for a ski trip means lots of layers. Here is a complete list to help you start the daunting task. 

Pack it all in, The North Face Duffle (Large) can fit everything from your helmet to your ski boots, all in one bag. If you're looking for more organization, the Transpack Compact Pro, has specific side pockets to store your ski boots and a large inside pocket for your helmet, and clothes. 

Tip 1:" When packing up your boots make sure they are always buckled to keep the plastic from expanding when the temperature changes." 

This is a full list of everything you will need for a weekend ski trip, staying two days and two nights. Starting at the base layer and outward:  

  • Comfortable Underwear
  • Baselayer bottoms 
  • Baselayer tops 
  • Mid Layer 
  • Ski Socks
  • Ski Pants
  • Glove Liners
  • Gloves
  • Hand Warmers

Tip 2: "Baselayers and Mid layers should always be synthetic (nylon) or wool fibers, NEVER use cotton. Cotton does not wick moisture away from your body and will not insulate when wet. Wool and synthetics help move moisture away, and they will continue to keep you warm when wet. Choosing wool over cotton will keep you warm and comfortable all day long."

  • Insulated Jacket or Shell
  • Turtle/Neck Warmer 
  • Scarf/ Face Mask 
  • Hat

Tip 3: "Wear an Insulated jacket below 20ºF, so you don't have to wear heavy underlayers. Wear a Shell jacket when you are expecting warm temps, heavy precip, or large temp swings."

  • Helmet
  • Goggles

Tip 4: "Storing your goggles inside your helmet, in your bag can protect them from damage or being scratched." 

  • Headphones
  • Hair ties
  • Lip Balm
  • Slippers
  • Winter Boots
  • Ski Boots

Tip 5: "Drive up with your boots in your car to keep them warm before skiing and bring them inside over night. If possible put your boots on inside the lodge to avoid walking on sidewalks and damaging your soles." 

  • Skis
  • Poles
  • PJs
  • Jeans - for going out to dinner, PLEASE don't ski in jeans...
  • Sweatshirt for relaxing in.
  • Bathing Suit for the hot tub/pool/pond skim 
  • Shower Essentials
  • Snacks
  • Water Bottles
  • Beer

Tip 6: "Throw your beer in the truck bed so by the time you get to the mountain it is chilled and you're all-set to relax. But don't leave it outside overnight!"

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: 

 

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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)

Sport Sunglasses

05/21/2015

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, Suncloud, 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 Brine 580P in tortoise with green 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, Brine 580P are made from Polycarbonate, 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.

 

Kayak With No Distractions

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Costa Rooster 580G in blackout with blue mirror
While kayaking your sight line is expanded over miles of open water and visible sky. The Costa Rooster 580G creates a clear plane of vision, with glass lenses, which offer a higher level of clarity and are resistance to scratches. These frames are side-cupped, hugging your face at the temples to provide additional protection from the glare of the sun. Mirrored lenses help with glare by reflecting harmful light away from your eyes, making them an excellent choice for activities on the open water.

 

Protect Your Eyes While Running

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Smith Parallels in matte black with green Sol-X lenses
These wrapped frames offer extra protection to the eyes, helping you whether you're on the trail or a bright sunny road. The nosepiece is constructed of Hydrophilic Megol, a material that gently grips the skin and actually grips harder when introduced to moisture. The lenses have a gray base, which won't distort color, and a multi-layer green mirror, which reflects glare and works to reduce eye fatigue in bright conditions. These lenses protect from harmful UV-A, -B and -C rays, and two more lenses are included, so you are protected in any light condition.

 

Hike Farther and Longer

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Maui Jim Haleakala in gray fade with HT lens
Maui Jim's HT, or High Transmission, lenses are yellow and allow the highest transmission of usable light, making them perfect for low-light conditions. Yellow lenses provide an enhanced depth of field and superior contrast, making these sunglasses an excellent choice for exploring shaded forest trails. The Haleakala is made with a wrap frame that will help protect your eyes from unseen obstacles, like small branches hanging over the side of the trail. The adjustable nose pads are made of Rabalon, which helps to prevent slippage.

 

Keep You Eyes Safe While Biking

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Smith Pivlock Arena in white-red fade with red 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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Costa Palapa 580P in gunmetal with silver mirror
Wireframes offer a fun look for everyday wear and look great on men and women alike. An essential feature is the silver mirror lenses that have a copper base, designed for very little color distortion. Built into these glasses is a mirror layer that reflects glare and makes the best use of light that's coming in. Silver mirror lenses are great for outdoor activities with variable light conditions, making them your go-to shades for everyday use.

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Oakley Frogskins in polished clear with violet iridium lens
These sunglasses have a fun classic look, great for men and women! The lenses are made of Plutonite, a material that offers excellent clarity and impact resistance along with protection against UVA, B, and C rays. The lenses are lightweight and great for all day wear.

 

Reading on the Beach

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Suncloud Aviator 2.00 in gold with brown lenses
Suncloud has a great new line of readers that are perfect for relaxing on the beach with a book. The polarized lenses fight glare so you can read in even the brightest sunlight, and the built in Bifocal lenses magnify at the bottom without obstructing your entire view.

 

Layering to Keep You Warm, Dry, and Happy

01/09/2014

Layering is one of the best tools you have when getting ready for your next adventure. When you engage in athletic exercise like hiking, skiing, or climbing, a layered system of technical outerwear will help you avoid overheating. Layering lets you work hard, run dry and cool, and yet stay warm when you stop.

It's not just outerwear - it's technical outerwear! As funny as that may sound it's more of a reality than you may think; the harsh environmental demands of outdoor activities require advanced technologies to meet them. At Outdoor Sports Center, we have all the technical outerwear to keep you warm, dry, and out having fun. Our expert staff is always here to guide you through all the different types of layers, which together reach the ideal effect for the season, environment, and activity you're pursuing. These layers work together to achieve the four goals of wicking moisture, trapping in heat, insulating from cold, and blocking wind and weather. 

Base Layer

The base layer is your next-to-skin layer. Base layers keep you warm and dry by wicking away moisture from your skin. At the same time, this fabric should fit snugly and retain some warmth. Never wear cotton as a base layer, it retains moisture and will leave you cold and wet in the winter and hot and wet in the summer. Staying dry helps you maintain a cool body temperature in the summer and warm in the winter.

 

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The best performing base layers merino wool or synthetic fibers. Synthetic base layers like North Face Flash Dry, Patagonia Capilene, Hot Chilly's, or Arc'teryx RHO, are effective and usually cost less than merino wool. Merino wool base layers like Icebreaker, SmartWool, and Ibex have better warmth to weight ratio than synthetics and even keep you cool if you get hot.

Mid-Layer 

The mid-layer is your insulation layer. Mid-layers keep you warm by retaining the warmth you generate, they do this by trapping dead air close to your body. There are several types of mid-layers such as fleece, merino wool, synthetic insulation, and down. Fleece and merino wool mid-layers vary by weight; such as the Patagonia fleece system of R1-R4. Some of the newer hybrid mid-layers, like the Marmot Variant or the SmartWool Divide, combine fleece or merino wool and synthetic insulations to keep you warm without the weight of traditional fleeces. A mid-layer needs some loft to it to help trap the warm air, but also needs to be breathable to keep you from sweating underneath your shell or jacket.

 

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The most versatile mid-layers can be worn as outer layers when you need warmth, and offer greater weather protection than fleece or merino wool provide. Insulated mid-layers such as a synthetic fill jacket or down puffy, like the Arc'teryx Atom LT and Cerium LT or the Rab Microlight will work equally well under a shell or as a standalone jacket year round. Down or synthetic fill mid-layers have the highest warmth to weight ratio and work particularly well under a shell jacket.

 

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Outer Shell

A technical outer shell is what protects you from wind, rain, snow, and whatever else the weather can throw at you. Built of materials that offer both breathability and water-resistance, a technical outer shell needs to breath so sweat can escape instead of building up inside your shell. There are two types of shells, hard shells and soft shells. A soft shell will be more flexible and breathable, may be water-resistant and windproof, but not waterproof. Some soft shells have a very warm high loft fleece interior like the Arc'teryx Hyllus, and some of the newer pieces are mixing soft shell and hard shell for more versatility like the Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody.

 

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A hard shell will be both waterproof and windproof but not as quite as breathable as a soft shell. For snowy alpine conditions, hard shells like the Arc'teryx Alpha SV and the Mammut Nordwand Pro are by far the most functional choice. The best technical shells will offer taped seams, waterproof zipper systems, multiple layers, and waterproof membranes like Gore-Tex Pro or eVent that are breathable even though they are waterproof.

 

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Some shells and jackets use fabric coatings as their waterproofing. Coatings are called by many different names such as HyVent (The North Face) and H2No (Patagonia), but are similar in function. Instead of using a membrane, a coating is sprayed onto the fabric to make it waterproof. Fabric coatings work well and are waterproof at a lower price than membranes, but they will wear out and aren't as breathable as membranes.

Many ski jackets combine an insulation layer with a shell. Ski jackets take this approach since it is both less expensive and more convenient to have both layers combined when skiing at a resort, but it is far less versatile than using a layered approach with a shell. For outdoor sports like hiking, backpacking, backcountry skiing, or climbing, there is a major advantage to keeping your outer layer separate. Eventually, as you exercise you will build up heat and start to get hot, and you are going to break a sweat. The advantage of gaining breathability by shedding the outer layer is substantial. Your outer shell is the least breathable part of all your layers, perspiration can build up when you're working hard. A technical outer shell gives you the freedom to vent, unzip, or remove it completely without getting too cold. A good technical layering system will work for all your adventures whether you're at the bunny slope with the kids, or on your next backcountry adventure.

 

What Makes Down Nature's Best Insulator

01/08/2014

Down is an amazing insulator. You simply cannot get a warmer insulator that packs well, keeps the weight low, and has tremendous longevity. Whether used in outerwear, sleeping bags, or bedding, down is the best at keeping you warm.

When talking about down one of the most important factors to consider is fill power, and fill power is the most commonly misunderstood purchase decision factor. Usually the manufacturer will advertise a "fill power" of 650, 700, 850, etc.   Fill power is the measurement of loft that down provides. So, the numbers that manufacturers use are a reference to the quality of the down insulation used.

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Fill power is measured by volume; the amount of cubic inches one ounce of down occupies when compressed will determine the rating of the garment. One ounce of down is placed in a graduated cylinder, then a weighted disk is placed on top of the down. Once the disk settles, the compressed volume, measured in cubic inches, is the fill power. For example, one ounce of 850 fill power down will occupy 850 cubic inches when compressed.

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Higher fill down is higher quality because it is loftier. A fill of 850 down will be warmer for its weight than 650 fill down. If two jackets have the same amount of down, but one has a higher fill power, such as 850 versus 650, the jacket with 850 fill down will be loftier, and thus warmer. That is why high-end light down jackets usually have higher fill power down, it allows the jacket to be very warm but very light. A common misconception is that a jacket with a high fill power number is, therefore, warmer than a jacket with a lower fill power, which comes down to the fill weight as well as the fill power. When comparing down jackets, the jacket with the most loft is going to be the warmest regardless of fill power.

 

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