Featured Product- Patagonia Tin Shed Rider

October 20th, 2014 Comments off

79105_TABYou don’t need to own a farm to wear these fashionable,  powerful looking of riding boots.  Patagonia’s Women’s Tin Shed Rider Boots are a hot look for the fall paired with a comfy sweater and scarf you will be ready for the town…..or for throwin’ hay down at the farm!

Faced with drizzle or sleet, the Tin Shed Rider pulls off a stout performance. The boot’s durable leather upper is water-resistant and features dual buckles and a full medial zip for easy on/off. A comfortable Dri-Lex® lining inside wicks moisture, while a recycled, pigskin-lined footbed and internal EVA padding in the welt gasket provides flexibility. The PU comfort chamber lends excellent support on hard surfaces and natural thermal protection against the cold. An injection-molded arch shank provides natural flex and a sturdy Vibram® sole with TC4+ rubber and 4mm lugs grips slick terrain. Designed to be resoled locally.

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Really Big Sale This Weekend!

October 13th, 2014 Comments off

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Featured New Product- Sakroots!

October 10th, 2014 Comments off



We just love unpacking the new clothing and gear this time of year.  New products, new colors…..its so much fun!  Speaking of fun we are now a Sakroots dealer!  Sakroots is a gallery of colorful & original art featured on bags, shoes, tech, wristlets & wallets, travel, stationery, home and jewelry appealing to the artist, musician and nature lover in all of us.  Each collection features original artwork from our Sakroots artist circle gallery of prints and textured embellishments such as crochet accents, giving the collections a relaxed vibe and tying back to the brand’s heritage rich in texture.



Keep your feet warm and dry all winter with the Duet Duckboot. Bright and colorful, they’re also durable enough to weather any storm while remaining stylish and fun.  Keep dry and stylish on your Upper Peninsula hikes this fall with a new pair of Sakroots!



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Another Fun Weekend On The Water!

October 6th, 2014 Comments off


The Gales Storm Gathering event took place Oct 3-5, 2014. It was a fun, invigorating sea kayaking instructional event for students looking to gain experience “in conditions” on the Great Lakes and this past weekend did nit disappoint!  Lake Superior had a variety of wind conditions, sea states, and waves offering the perfect classroom for students.  Looks fun?  Give it a shot next year and get your Gales on!



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Wow What A Weekend!

September 29th, 2014 Comments off


Wow what a nice flipping weekend!  From mountain biking the south trails to stand up paddling Pictured Rocks THIS was the weekend to play!  This week we are still honoring the sale prices on all 2015 bikes and closeout prices on all stand up boards.  Those deals make Karl flippin’ happy!

Women’s Bike Events This Weekend!

September 22nd, 2014 Comments off


Women’s Events Saturday, September 27, 2014 South Marquette Trail Head


Womens 3Fs and Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic 10-11:30am

-3F’s (Fit, Form & Function) Learn how to pick out the best bike for your riding style and ability along with learning about Liv’s 2015 line up!

-Basic bike maintenance covers bike parts, how to perform a safety check, basic day to day maintenance, how to troubleshoot issues on the road and trail side, how to change a flat tire and remove/reinstall a rear wheel!

-Refreshments and fun swag will be provided!



Women’s Demo & No Drop Group Mountain Bike Ride 1-6pm

-Liv’s 2015 mountain and road bikes will be available to demo.

-Liv will be leading a No Drop Group Mountain Bike Ride 5-6pm, if you are interested in trying a Liv 2015 bike for this ride please sign up at Down Wind Sports and arrive early to be fitted on the bike.

-Please bring your helmet, shoes, credit card and ID to ride a bike.



The day we almost didn’t climb Sea of Vapors Jon Jugenheimer Friday September 19th 9pm

September 16th, 2014 Comments off


The day we almost didn’t climb Sea of Vapors Jon Jugenheimer Friday September 19th 9pm Down Wind Sports Marquette

As Dave Rone drank his coffee, I drank my Red Bull as we drove the 30 minutes from the hotel in Dead Man’s Flats to the trail head in Banff. Sea of Vapours was on our minds as Dave saw a pic on Facebook the night before of Ian Welsted climbing it the day before that. This route was always in the back of my mind as a “someday…” and at the very top of Dave’s tic list now. The alarm went off at 4am, and Dave was already awake. To find out the rest of the story join Jon at Down Wind Sports for this entertaining account of his adventures in the Canadian Rockies.


Jon Jugenheimer

Growing up in flat Southern Wisconsin, ice climbing was not a childhood sport option. It took a frigid winter trip to the Ice Pit in Green Bay when I was 18. I climbed 15 feet, got lowered off and was too pumped to untie my knot. This led me to fall in love with the sport at that moment. This was 12 years ago and I have been climbing ice ever since. I currently work as a sales rep for Black Diamond Equipment. When not working or climbing, I can be found…well…nowhere else because that’s all you will ever find me doing. From trips to Norway to climb ice, Alaska to climb mountains, and Thailand to climb limestone sport routes and all across the US is where I will be.

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This Is Work?

September 9th, 2014 Comments off

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Interbike isn’t just a trade show – it’s an industry experience. It’s where manufacturers, retailers, media & more conduct the business of cycling. The show producse retail education events such as the IBD Summit, media events like Charged Up and The Women’s Story, and the world’s largest 2-day OutDoor Demo.  Interbike is currently a five-day event with the first two days being the Interbike OutDoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon outside of Boulder City Nevada.  The OutDoor Demo is unique among the industry’s trade shows in that it provides an opportunity for retailers and members of the media to ride and demo the 2015 products that they will be seeing and talking about on the show floor the following season.

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Our man Jeff is at Interbike looking for the sweetest gear to bring back for our customer to play with next season!  Jeff sent a brief message back saying “the Echo from Borealis was amazing with the new Bluto fork and dropper post made for a great ride-  should be a fantastic summer bike option for fat bikes. Other highlights were the new Reign Advanced 27.5 from Giant and the new 9:zero:7 Whiteout aluminum (boasting a new tapered steer, 150 front hub and Bluto capability. ) The 9:0:7  also includes a rigid fork for cold weather riding. Will send more info after I’m done “working”.

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Climb Up 2014!

September 1st, 2014 Comments off




September 19-21, 2014

Calling all Midwest climbers! This fall the Great Lakes Section of the American Alpine Club and Down Wind Sports will host the third annual: CLIMB UP!   This four day event is organized for our American Alpine Club Members and Midwest rock climbers to gather, climb, socialize and celebrate another year of adventure.  Our event location will be at the Silver Mountain in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Activities will include slideshows, slacklining, sport and trad climbing, new route development, clinics, and shoe demos.  Climb UP! is a celebration of climbing , and community and we encourage all climbers to bring their families and friends to enjoy the fantastic climbing the Upper Peninsula has to offer.  Participants are encouraged to rustic camp at the climbing site and enjoy evenings around the bonfire.  Tell your friends and mark it on your calendar!


Closed Monday For The Holiday!

August 31st, 2014 Comments off

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What a great weekend!  The Marquette Marathon was awesome to watch from our front door- very inspiring watching all of the runners giving it their best effort.  We will be open Sunday from 11-3pm if you are looking for any toys for this holiday weekend.  Monday we will be closed to go and play with our families!

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