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 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

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)

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! 

 

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.

 

Wet Weather Gear

04/02/2015

Don't let the wet weather stop you from enjoying the warm spring air; from your head to your feet, we have everything you need to help you stay dry this spring.

We carry rain jackets from Marmot, The North Face, Mammut, Arc'teryx, Patagonia, and Mountain Hardwear. We have waterproof pants from The North Face, Marmot, and Arc'teryx. We have super durable rain boots from Aigle and Bogs, and rain hats from Outdoor Research that will keep your head dry on those rainy spring excursions.

Jackets

Women's Arc'teryx - The Codetta Coat (in Vintage Ivory, $299) is a longer coat and is fitted at the waist for a more feminine look. It is constructed with GORE-TEX 3L and is as breathable as it is waterproof. 

Men's Patagonia - The Torrentshell (in Channel Blue, $129) is made with 2.5-layer Performance Standard shell fabrics, which are completely waterproof, windproof, breathable, and packable.

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Men's Marmot - The PreCip Jacket (in Greenland, $100) features NanoPro™, Marmot's most comfortable coating technology ever, which offers breathability along with the ultimate waterproofing. 

Women's Arc'teryx - The Beta SL (in Santorini, $299) only weighs 280 grams and is super packable, making it the perfect emergency raincoat for hikes and backpacking excursions. This jacket is constructed with the lightest GORE-TEX fabric, complete with added tear strength. 

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Men's Arc'teryx - The Beta AR Jacket (in Arctic Fog, $550) is lightweight and packable, yet very durable-perfect for the minimalist who wants the best quality. Reinforced shoulders and elbows protect you from the rigors of the trail.

Women's Patagonia - The Torrentshell (in Navy Blue, $129) is made with 2.5-layer Performance Standard shell fabrics, which are completely waterproof, windproof, breathable, and packable.

Outdoor Research (Unisex) - The Seattle Sombrero (in Khaki/Java and Orchid/Dark Grey, $60) was named Editor's Choice by Backpacker magazine. Not only does the shell offer GORE-TEX waterproof protection, but the brushed lining also wicks perspiration from the wearer's skin.  

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Boots

Men's Bogs - The Ultrahigh Boot (in Black, $134) offers easy-on pull handles and extremely durable rubber on top of 7mm of waterproof NeoTech™ insulation. Originally designed for dairy farmers who work long hours in slippery conditions, this boot offers the utmost comfort.

Women's Bogs - The Rainboot Floral (in Black Floral, $80) is a colorful rainbow that is made for spring. The rubber is extremely soft and flexible, and DuraFresh technology works to keep your feet fresh on those warm spring days.

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Women's Aigle - The Aiglentine (right, in Indigo/Bambou, $215) is handcrafted in France and constructed with Gomma Plus high-quality natural rubber. The sole is self-cleaning and the lining is washable, fast-drying, and rot-proof. 

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Men's Aigle - The Benyl Boot (in brun, $189) is handcrafted in France with up to 4 layers of high-quality natural rubber, giving you comfort, protection, and support. This boot is resistant to heat and abrasions, and the lining is washable and fast-drying.

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