Snow, Sleet and Surf!

October 31st, 2014 Comments off


The big lake didn’t disappoint this morning with 4-6 inches of snow in the highlands and some nice waves out in Lake Superior!

Stay Safe This Hunting Season!

October 30th, 2014 Comments off


With the temperatures dropping and the UP’s favorite season approaching.  It’s time for deer season- a strong tradition in the Upper Peninsula to be sure.  Don’t forget to stop by and check out our amazing gear so that you will have a safe and successful deer hunting season!  Good luck hunters!



In the Marquette store we carry topo maps of the central Upper Peninsula and if you are hunting “up north” our Houghton store carries the western UP as well as the Keweenaw Peninsula.



The Silva Polaris Base Plate compass is an instrument for the advanced orienteer, as well as novices to map-and-compass work. The slim profile, durability, and excellent accuracy make this compass our choice for hunting and fishing trips.



The Camo Flash is designed to be one of the safest cooking solutions out there. The cooking cup clips onto the burner, preventing accidental spills, and the fuel canister tripod ensures overall stability. The insulating cozy has a color-changing heat indicator that signals when contents are hot.  Perfect for coffee in the blind!



Made from moisture-wicking polyester, Capilene® synthetic baselayers wick moisture away from your skin, breathe efficiently and dry fast to provide the foundation for any layering system for any pursuit.  Walk confidently to your blind and stay warm while hunting this season!



With a strong Norwegian craftmanship history and a reputation of building high quality knives- U.P. hunters will be proud to carry such a dependable knife to camp.  Helle’s are stout hunting knifes with a drop point blade of triple laminated stainless steel.


Good luck hunters and stay safe!



Featured Product- Patagonia Synchilla Snap T Pants

October 28th, 2014 Comments off


Destined to be your favorite lounge around pant these babies were invented for those who can’t migrate south to escape winter, Snap-T® Pants are soft, warm and livable. You might not take them off for a while, but you won’t be cold either. Made from plush yet durable 100% polyester fleece that feels smooth against the skin, dries quickly and wicks moisture. With an elasticized waistband, exterior drawstring and spandex binding at the cuffs, they perform equally well when worn alone or under a shell. On-seam handwarmer pockets and a classic rear Snap-T® pocket hold life’s little necessities.



Featured Product- Sage Approach Fly Rod

October 23rd, 2014 Comments off


The Approach is Sage’s Entry Level fly rod series and their answer to serious anglers who want to fish great tackle, take advantage of modern Medium-fast actions fitted with high quality rod components, and test the waters of fly fishing with a genuine Sage fly rod.  Appropriately powered to fish winter steelhead, many salmon, and similar sized fish in both fresh and saltwater, the Approach is the perfect choice for the steelhead currently running our waters!

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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.