The Great American Bike Sale This Weekend!

April 21st, 2014 No comments

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Patagonia Activist Canvas Shoe

April 18th, 2014 No comments


A cool, minimalistic style that incorporates everything you need for long days spent afoot.  Inevitably, an active outdoor lifestyle gives rise to the activist – in this case, one made of canvas. The casual, vegan sneaker is made from durable canvas and synthetic upper. High-abrasion synthetic suede rand resists tough scrapes. Barefoot construction with non-removable, integrated footbed is ultracomfy and breathable. Recycled EVA midsole has heel air cushion for underfoot protection. Recycled rubber outsole with stout lugs provides traction on unstable terrain.

Stop by the Marquette store to try one on today!

Black Diamond BDV Pants

April 15th, 2014 Comments off


black-diamond-men-bdv-pants-4Light weight, and comfortable the Black Diamond B.D.V. Pants are built and equipped for the full spectrum of terrain. Whether you’re cragging in the Keweenaw, swinging tools in Munising or bushwacking through the tag alders in the McCormick Tract, the Black Diamond B.D.V. Pants are built and equipped for the full spectrum of terrain.

The B.D.V.s internal ladder-lock waist sits flat under your climbing or pack harness, and the climbing-specific gusset and articulated knees offer total freedom of movement for kicking and high-stepping. The pants Schoeller stretch-woven softshell fabric also features NanoSphere Technology for top-notch resistance against water, oil and dirt.  Can there be a better all purpose outdoor pant?  These killer pants are now in stock!

Opening Day Is Drawing Near!

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Tenkara Makes Its Way To Down Wind Sports!

March 24th, 2014 Comments off

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We are very excited to announce that Down Wind Sports is the first Tenkara USA dealer in the state of Michigan!  We feel that the hard to get to small streams of the Upper Peninsula will make for perfect Tenkara fishing.  Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing, which uses only a rod, line and fly. Simple.


Tenkara is a method of fly-fishing particularly well-suited for stream fishing and for anyone looking for a simpler way to fly-fish. It is the ideal setup for backpacking.  Imagine hiking deep into the Upper Peninsula wilderness with this straightforward, compact, light weight and effective fishing system.

The main advantage of tenkara fishing is its simplicity. But, the benefits of tenkara go well beyond simple: delicate presentations with the light line, ability to hold the line off the water and a fly in place over difficult currents, precise casting, and greater control of the fly just to name a few.

Only rod, line and fly are used. The line is attached directly to the tip of the rod (anywhere between 10 and 25ft of the main line), tippet (usually 4ft or tippet) is attached to the end of the tenkara line. There is a fly-casting technique involved, but it’s much quicker to learn. The casting is usually a bit slower, and the casting stroke shorter. Landing a fish is very intuitive and similar to any type of fishing with a rod: angle the rod tip back to bring the fish closer, then reach for the line or the fish.


Tenkara has a long history, though little of it is documented. Fly-fishing in Japan is suspected to have been practiced as far back as the 8th or 9th centuries B.C. The first reference to tenkara fly-fishing was recorded in 1878, a quick passage in the diaries of Mr. Ernest Satow, and English diplomat who lived in Japan, describing the sight of someone fishing for yamame at Mt. Tateyama using flies.

Tenkara was originally the domain of commercial fishermen in mountain areas of Japan where anglers used to catch fish for a living. The original tenkara angler would camp in isolated mountain streams, then come into the nearby villages to sell dried and fresh fish to inn-keepers and other people.


The original tenkara fishermen likely realized they could try to imitate bugs with feathers, silk, etc. At that point they quickly realized the great efficiency of using these flies (kebari) to “harvest” the abundant Yamame in the mountain streams of Japan. As opposed to using bait a simple fly would take seconds to tie and could catch several fish before ever being replaced.

Not much has been documented about fly-fishing and tenkara in Japan because tenkara was primarily a source used to secure food, not a form of leisure or sport. However, it’s interesting to notice that similar styles of fly-fishing are or have been practiced throughout many regions in the world, such as Northern Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Russia, and others. Before reels became widespread, fixed-line fly-fishing such as tenkara was practiced in many parts of the world. Tenkara is the only method that has remained popular and continues to be practiced. For mountain stream fly-fishing all that is necessary is a rod, line and fly.

We are so excited to be offering Tenkara USA products out of our Marquette store!  Please stop by and check out all of the new additions to our fly fishing department.


Also coming soon to the store is the new book: Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod and Reel by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, and Mauro Mazzo.   


Modern-day fly fishing, like much in life, has become exceedingly complex, with high-tech gear, a confusing array of flies and terminal tackle, accompanied by high-priced fishing guides. This book reveals that the best way to catch trout is simply, with a rod and a fly and not much else. The wisdom in this book comes from a simpler time, when the premise was: the more you know, the less you need. It teaches the reader how to discover where the fish are, at what depth, and what they are feeding on. Then it describes the techniques needed to present a fly at that depth, make it look lifelike, and hook the fish. With chapters on wet flies, nymphs, and dry flies, its authors employ both the tenkara rod as well as regular fly fishing gear to cover all the bases. Illustrated by renowned fish artist James Prosek, with inspiring photographs and stories throughout, Simple Fly Fishing reveals the secrets and the soul of this captivating sport.

Dome Show This Weekend!

March 18th, 2014 Comments off

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

March 17th, 2014 Comments off

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Patagonia Waterproof Handwarmer

March 11th, 2014 Comments off


Imagine your early or late season fishing on your favorite Upper Peninsula river, with the cold your hands just need a break for a few minutes to catch up and be useful again. The answer just might be the Patagonia Waterproof Handwarmer!  This ingenious product provides needed shelter and warmth for those cold digits!
Winter steelhead fishing often requires re-rigs and re-ties we hate wearing bulky gloves, stay bare handed and keep your dexterity longer with this hand warmer. Use the Waterproof Hand Warmer when you are fishing with your two hander and going through those long runs early and late when the cold is getting through to your bones. You often have one hand free so slide it in the fleece lined warm zone.

When sleet-soaked fingers give you a preview of rigor mortis, it’s time to seek shelter. But now you can stay on the water while your hands thaw out in their own, portable warming hut. Our new Waterproof Hand Warmer is worn around the torso and positioned for maximum comfort. The 4-layer, waterproof/breathable wader-fabric shell sheds weather while the PrimaLoft® Sport combined with 100% polyester pile insulation provide luxurious warmth. On days when fishing gloves aren’t enough, or if you prefer going bare handed, this is the ideal solution to keep at it right through winter.


  • Exterior shell made of 100% polyester microfiber wader fabric with 4-layer construction, with a NanoSphere® DWR finish; fully-seam taped
  • Insulation combines 100% polyester (75% recycled) 1/2″ pile and PrimaLoft® Sport 100% polyester
  • Adjustable polyester/twill elastic chest belt with buckle
  • Shell: 5.4-oz, 4-layer 100% polyester microfiber with a NanoSphere® DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Inner cuff: 2.3-oz 100% recycled polyester plain weave. Insulation: Half-inch pile, 100% polyester (75% recycled) and 11.9-oz PrimaLoft® Sport 100% polyester
  • 240 g (8.5 oz)

Now in stock at our Marquette location!  Stop by and see all of the new 2014 additions to our fly fishing department!

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Patagonia Ascensionist Pack

March 4th, 2014 Comments off


With our store beginning to transition into spring inventory, it is always nice to see new products flowing on to the sales floor that we really don’t have to wait for nice warm weather to use.  Fresh out of the box we just unpacked the Patagonia Ascensionist Pack that would make the perfect light weight ice climbing or fast packing pack.  Weighing in at a scant 1.4 lbs this ultra light pack is sure to make the spring skiing out to Grand Island more enjoyable!


Patagonia Ascensionist Pack

Designed for one-to-two day speedball ascents in places like Chamonix and Patagonia, this streamlined, yet highly versatile climbing backpack has everything you need, but absolutely nothing more. It features an integrated, asymmetrical spindrift collar that opens wide and closes in a single motion for fast packing. A secondary collar protects your gear from ugly weather, allows serious overstuffing and holds gear securely when the pack is hanging at belays. The removable frame sheet, made from a lightweight aluminum rod and covered with mesh, provides support for weighted loads and moves with you as you bend and flex. Ergonomic shoulder straps (with load lifters) match your torso’s contours for 24-hour comfort, and the hip belt has removable pads for simplicity. Four rows of exterior daisy chains provide lashing options for a rope, helmet and pad; ice tools attach via an integrated buckle and tool pocket. Other details include compression straps to carry skis and cinch down loads, an asymmetric profile for elbow clearance and a zippered pocket on the lid for quick access to small essentials. Made from lightweight yet durable 6.25-oz 210-denier nylon double-ripstop and 6.05-oz 400-denier nylon ripstop, with a 1.8-oz 40-denier nylon double-ripstop lining. All fabrics have a polyurethane coating.

See what Michigan Ice Fest friend Steve House has to say about this pack.

Izzy Is Amazed At The Winter Sales!

March 1st, 2014 Comments off

12857776394_caec50fa08_zIzzy can’t believe the mark downs on all of the winter clothing and equipment!  There are great deals to be had on all Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Arc Teryx, North Face and more! Stop by and see what Izzy is talking about!

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