A Sweet Farewell to the Summer Hiking Season, with Danner

Say a sweet farewell to the Summertime hiking season with these inspiring photos from Dottie Bond at Danner Blog captured while hiking on the coast of Maine. Then click here to get free shipping on your next order of Danner boots at ShoppingBlitz!

Travel photographer, Dottie Bond, takes us on a 5-day tour of Maine. What do you think of when you think of Maine? I have always thought of lobster rolls and sailboats, coastal fog and thick-bearded lumbermen and the spruce-firs that line the Appalachian Trail as it snakes towards its northern terminus at Katahdin. My visits to the state over the years have confirmed this impression: Maine is a Vacationland par excellence.
So when the opportunity to spend a few days exploring coastal Maine arose, I jumped at it. After attending a wedding in Camden with my friend, Kate, and my dog, Romulus, we headed northeast along the coast to Acadia National Park where we began our 5-day odyssey. We slept at the Seawall Campground on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island—known as the “quiet side” of Acadia—right down the road from the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse. There were wild blueberries and vistas of rocky outcrops galore. We stood atop Cadillac Mountain and lunched at Jordan Pond House alongside families beset with squealing kids who cried out for popovers and blueberry crisps. Each day we watched the sun rise and set from a new vantage point along the Atlantic—Bass Harbor, Schooner Head, Thunder Hole. When we were not welcoming the day or biding it farewell, we lazed around Bar Harbor enjoying slow, idle hours sipping coffee while basking under the midday sun. This was summer done right.  ..

Source: Sweet Summertime on the Coast of Maine — Danner – Blog

Express Your Free Spirit with Yoga Gear from Shopping Blitz!

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Prized for its physical, mental and spiritual benefits, the ancient practice of yoga is a great exercise and meditative practice that can help improve your quality of life. Yoga has been associated with reducing stress levels, increasing strength and flexibility, and improving posture and cognitive function. Best of all, the activity is suitable for individuals of all ages and fitness levels.

Whether you’re a novice yogi or beginner, get the most out of your next yoga session with yoga gear and apparel from Shopping Blitz:

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prAna, Sanskrit for breath, is a sustainable lifestyle brand known for its top-quality yoga equipment, apparel and accessories. A Free Trade Certified company, all of prAna’s yoga mats, headbands, pants, tops and bags are made from eco-friendly materials, including organic cotton, hemp, recycled wool and recycled polyester, so you can feel confident about the products you use and wear. Shop prAna here.

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Lolё, short for Live Out Loud Everyday, is a leading yoga and activewear brand exclusively for women. From its high-performance leggings and sports bras to its quick drying tanks and jackets, all Lolё yoga apparel and accessories are made from sustainable materials, such as organic cotton and polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. Feel good inside and out and shop Lolё here.

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Manduka is a premier yoga company founded on the simple notion that a better yoga mat can make a huge difference. Upon its founding, Manduka shared its minimal but elegantly-designed yoga mat that provided a firm grip and extreme support. Since then, the brand has expanded to offer a variety of yoga straps, bags, towels and other accessories— all of which are produced using enduring natural and renewable materials. Browse Manduka here.

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Sakroots is a lifestyle brand offering quality everyday footwear and accessories for the yogi, including boots, sandals, oxfords, backpacks, totes and wallets. The brand’s free-spirited styles are rooted in its belief that peace and harmony are among all things, and it’s through its products and support for artists and charities that Sakroots shares this belief with others. Express yourself with Sakroots here.

Why You Should Wear Merino Wool When Working Out

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Calling all gym junkies, yogis and outdoor enthusiasts— it’s time to utilize merino wool activewear. Wool has many amazing properties that make it the ideal material for exercise clothing. While you may think wool is just suitable for winter conditions, it’s also appropriate for working out on those hot summer days. The material is soft, comfortable, lightweight, breathable and quick-drying and will keep you cool in the heat and warm in the cold. Many brands are taking advantage merino wool’s outstanding properties, particularly Ibex— a Vermont-based merino wool company providing high-performance activewear and outdoor apparel. Read on to learn more about the benefits of wearing merino wool while working out.

  • Temperature Control. Wool’s temperature control properties make it ideal for both warm and cold weather conditions. Unlike synthetic fabrics, merino wool responds to changes in body temperature. It absorbs moisture and evaporates it into the air to keep your body comfortable and dry in all conditions. Due to its ability to absorb and evaporate moisture, merino is incredibly breathable and won’t create static electricity or uncomfortably cling to your skin.
  • Extreme Comfort. Merino wool is super soft and flexible. Its tiny fibers allow the material to bend more than other wool fibers, so the material feels soft and gentle against your skin. Additionally, the material is naturally elastic so it will stretch with you, making it perfect for exercise.
  • Odor Resistance. Merino wool has anti-microbial properties that keep your garments fresh and odor free, no matter how much you sweat. While your other workout clothes will start to smell after a single use, wool apparel and accessories won’t stink. This means you can wear them for longer and more times between washes, which is particularly beneficial for backpacking and camping.
  • Easy Care. Wool is stain-resistant, machine-washable and anti-wrinkle, so merino wool apparel is extremely simple to care for. It won’t be easily stained by dirt or grime, and you can simply throw it in the washer and dryer to for an easy clean.
  • Sustainability. Merino wool is a 100% natural and renewable fiber, so it’s good for you and the environment.

These are some of the many reasons to wear wool while working out. To shop for wool clothes online, visit ShoppingBlitz.com.

Shop the Top Brands of Travel Gear at Shopping Blitz!

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Whether you’re headed on a ski trip or looking to escape someplace tropical, Shopping Blitz has all the gear you need for your travels. From our industry-leading luggage to top-notch apparel and footwear brands, prepare for your next trip by visiting ShoppingBlitz.com:

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Swiss Gear a Switzerland-based, world-leading luggage and travel accessories brand known for its skilled precision, quality craftsmanship and extreme durability. From the carry-on spinner to the ScanSmart TSA-friendly backpack, Swiss Gear provides travelers with the functional, well-designed products they need for smooth travels. Shop Swiss Gear luggage, backpacks and travel accessories here

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Along with high-quality luggage and accessories, travelers need the right clothing that will keep them comfortable during those long haul flights. Ibex provides performance clothing made of merino wool, a sustainable and ultra-soft fabric that has natural anti-microbial, temperature-regulating, and stain-resistant properties to provide superior comfort. Shop Ibex apparel here.

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prAna, is a sustainable, Free-Trade Certified lifestyle brand offering functional, stylish clothing and accessories for every activity, including traveling. Using comfortable, eco-friendly materials, such as organic cotton, recycled wool, hemp and recycled polyester, prAna creates practical, free-spirted styles that cater to the world traveler and adventurer. Shop prAna here.

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Soft Science is the footwear brand of choice for avid travelers who require a shoe offering supreme comfort, functionality and support. Every Soft Science shoe features outsoles and insoles comprised of the brand’s exclusive Trileon material, which exhibits unique properties, such as cushioning, stability, odor resistance and a super-lightweight feel. Browse Soft Science footwear here.

Featured Winter Brands at Shopping Blitz

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Whether you’re skiing in the Rockies or shoveling your driveway, Shopping Blitz has all the cold weather gear and apparel you need to stay warm, dry and comfortable in winter conditions. Check out our featured winter brands, available at ShoppingBlitz.com:

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Columbia is one of the world’s leading brands of high-quality, high-performance cold weather gear. With innovative technologies like TurboDown Wave, Omni-Heat and Heat Seal, Columbia produces apparel that wicks away moisture, keeps out cold and retains heat, so that you can enjoy your adventures for longer. Shop Columbia here.

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Want a winter boot that’s both stylish and functional? Look no further than Bearpaw! Bearpaw boots and slippers are made from sheepskin, which naturally regulates your body temperature to keep your feet warm, dry and cozy in the cold. The brand combines sheepskin and other premium materials with fashionable designs to bring you a shoe that’s incredibly comfortable and chic. Browse Bearpaw shoes here.

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Staying comfortable and protected in the cold is all about layering. In addition to your insulating layer and waterproof outer layer, you also need a moisture-wicking base layer to repel water and moisture from your skin and help regulate your body temperature. Polarmax produces moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial apparel and accessories designed to keep protect you from all kinds of cold weather conditions. Shop Polarmax here.

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From the award-winning Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket to the popular Hydra Pro OutDry Gloves, Mountain Hardwear has taken the outdoor gear industry by storm with its innovative, high-performance products. Mountain Hardwear produces high-performance winter apparel and accessories designed with Q. Shield Down technology to repel water and moisture, while maintaining insulating performance. Shop Mountain Hardwear here.

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Looking for fashionable, comfortable footwear for everyday wear? Shop Muk Luks! Muk Luks boots, slippers, socks, hats and scarves infuse comfort with unique styles and designs. Whether you’re lounging on the couch or tackling the cold head on, Muk Luks will keep you warm, cozy and adorably chic. Browse Muk Luks here.

Hike & Camp Comfortably in the Cold with Shopping Blitz Cold Weather Gear

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Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean it’s time to stow away your hiking boots and backpacking gear. Winter is the perfect time for hiking and camping for many reasons. You don’t have to deal with the crowds, and there’s nothing quite as beautiful as the wilderness after a fresh snowfall. While winter hiking and camping have their perks, it’s important that you are fully prepared for the cold and snowy conditions.

At Shopping Blitz, we carry the world’s best brands of cold weather gear. Before you set out on your winter backpacking trip, check out the latest cold weather clothing, shoes and accessories from our featured brands:

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The key to surviving cold, snowy conditions is properly layering your clothes. Along with having a high performance cold weather jacket, you also need the right base layers. That’s where Polarmax comes in. Polarmax is a leading outdoor brand that makes base layers for all kinds of conditions, including fleece tights, tops and caps. All Polarmax products are moisture-wicking and anti-microbial to keep you warm, dry and protected when facing the most severe weather. Shop Polarmax hats and base layers here.
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Founded in 1903 by George “Stormy” Kromer, Stormy Kromer was created with the intention of creating a baseball cap that would stay on in windy weather. The brand has since expanded to provide a variety of clothing and accessories suited for cold weather, including winter hats and headbands, wool vests and coats, and cotton blankets and gloves. Stormy Kromer gear is made from the finest materials and is perfect for layering. Shop Stormy Kromer here.
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Turtle Fur was founded over 30 years ago at the base of Mount Mansfield in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont. The brand is rooted in its love for the outdoors and provides outdoor enthusiasts with everything from hats, headbands and gaiters to socks and gloves. For cold weather accessories that will keep you cozy and comfortable all day and night, shop Turtle Fur.

Holiday Gift Guide Part 2: Hikers & Snowboarders

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On the first installment of our two-part Holiday Gift Guide series, we shared some awesome holiday gift ideas for dancers and yogis. For Part 2, we will be providing great gifts for hikers and snowboarders/skiers. These gifts are also suitable for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy similar activities, such as camping, climbing and snowshoeing.

Top Gifts for Hikers

Women’s Fjallraven Keb Trousers

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The women’s Keb Trouser is suited for advanced trekkers who hike trails that require climbing. The optimized fit and carefully planned details of this technically advanced trekking trouser provides alpine hikers with the protection and mobility they need to tackle difficult trails. The Keb features a pre-shaped rear and knees with extra strong seams. Durable G-1000 Eco, a hardwearing and versatile fabric, is present on the rear, knees, front of the legs and on the inside bottom of the legs and reinforced with a double layer of fabric to protect it from wear from hiking boots. The placement of the inseams and an extra piece of fabric in the crotch minimize the risk of rubbing. Other great features include a zippered ventilation opening to release excess heat, secure leg and hand pockets, and a strap adjustment for attaching hiking boots. Retails for $199.95.

Men’s Fjallraven Eco-Trail Jacket

Men's Fjallraven Eco-Trail Jacket

The men’s Eco-Trail is a must-have jacket for outdoor adventurers. The Eco-Trail is a lightweight, durable, windproof and waterproof 3-layer shell that provides the protection and functionality you need on fast alpine treks. Fjallraven understands that low weight and packability are just as important as protection and functionality, which is why the Eco-Trail Jacket features a slim cut designed to follow your body movements, as well as ventilation under the sleeves. Retails for $399.95.

Camelbak All Clear UV Purifier Bottle

Camelbak All Clear UV Purifier Bottle

The Camelbak All Clear UV Purifier Bottle provides hikers with clean water, wherever they go. Using proven UV technology, this purifier bottle effectively neutralizes microbiological contaminants to EPA standards and has a built-in LCD for confirming results. With this two-in-one water bottle and purification system, hikers can turn any tap or clear natural water source into safe and portable drinking water in just 60 seconds. Since the All Clear is both a water bottle and purification system, hikers can hydrate right on the spot, right after treating it, or carry it with them. Retails for $98.95.

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Top Gifts for Snowboarders/Skiers

Polarmax Quattro Fleece Zip Mock Shirt

Polarmax Quattro Fleece Zip Mock Shirt

Polarmax is a leading outdoor brand that makes moisture-wicking, anti-microbial baselayers, like the Quattro Fleece Zip Mock Shirt. Available for men and women, the Quattro Fleece is the perfect baselayer for cold-weather sports like snowboarding and skiing. The Quattro Fleece is made with Acclimate Dry performance fleece using a brush micro-fleece to keep you soft and cozy, while keeping the body dry and warm in extreme winter conditions. Men’s retails for $54.95. Women’s retails for $54.95.

Men’s Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pants

Men's Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pants

The Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pants are a waterproof, breathable snow pant that keeps the body warm and dry during winter activities. These pants feature a fully seam-sealed Omni-Tech exterior for waterproofing and breathability, plus Omni-Heat thermal reflecting lining to maintain warmth and comfort. These great features, along with the leg venting, an internal leg gaiter, a reinforced cuff guard, and articulated knees, make these pants ideal for intense aerobic cold-weather activities. Retails for $120.00.

Women’s Columbia Lay ‘D’ Down Winter Jacket

Women's Columbia Lay 'D' Down Winter Jacket

The Columbia Lay ‘D’ Down Winter Jacket combines Omni-Shield advanced repellency and Omni-heat thermal reflective with 500 fill power insulation to bring you the ultimate winter jacket. This breathable, windproof and waterproof jacket will keep you warm, dry and comfortable on the slopes, without hindering your movements. Other awesome features include the underarm venting, removable and adjustable storm hood, drawcord adjustable hem, waterproof zip-closed pockets, and media and google pocket. Retails for $230.00.

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These wonderful gifts are perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. Visit us online at ShoppingBlitz.com to browse these great products and shop for clothes online from the world’s leading outdoor brands.

Shop the Hottest Winter Styles at ShoppingBlitz.com!

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Whether you’re looking for quality cold weather gear, high performance sportswear, or trendy everyday fashions, look no further than ShoppingBlitz.com! With well over 400 of the world’s leading brands in stock, we have everything you’re looking for and more for the Fall/Winter season.

Gear up for the season with our featured products and brands:

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Looking for a pair of boots that’s stylish, comfortable and functional? Bearpaw footwear has it all! The brand’s boots, slippers and casual footwear are made with sheepskin, which naturally regulates your body temperature to keep your feet warm and dry in the cold and cool in the heat. Using sheepskin and other premium materials, Bearpaw is the brand of choice for comfortable and fashionable footwear for men, women and kids. Find Bearpaw boots and slippers for the whole family here!
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If you’ll be hitting the slopes this winter, you’ll need high quality, high performance gear and apparel to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. From insulated ski jackets, pants and gloves to snowboard wax and ski bags, we have everything you need to enjoy the snowy season. We carry all of the top cold weather brands, including Columbia, Salomon, Mountain Hardwear and Fjallraven. Browse ski and snowboard gear here!
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Launched in 2014, Chainsaw Brands is a new brand of quality dress-wear, sportswear and athletic wear. Spearheaded by Ian Ziering, known for his role in the hit TV show 90210, the brand was founded with the intention to create a global dress-wear, sportswear and athletic apparel brand that everyone can recognize and enjoy. Chainsaw Brands is a go-to brand for whether you’re working out at the gym or enjoying a night out with friends, and offers everything from logo nylon bomber jackets and dress shirts to pima cotton polos and branded sports bags. View products from Chainsaw Brands here!
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Carrying the world’s leading dancewear brands like Capezio, Body Wrappers and Bloch, Shopping Blitz is your top source for everything dance. Whether you need high performance dance shoes or the hottest studio-to-street styles, we have it all! Check out our Winter-appropriate styles, including our long-sleeved jumpers, leotards and knits, sweaters and leg warmers. Shop dancewear here!

Gear Up for Hunting Season at Shopping Blitz

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It’s that time of year again – Hunting Season! With hunting season quickly approaching, now’s the time to stock up on the best hunting apparel and gear. With the right clothing and equipment, you can enhance your abilities and enjoy the sport to the fullest. Whether you prefer long-range rifle hunting or close-range bowhunting, Shopping Blitz is your top source for hunting season. So, grab your gun or bow and check out our featured gear from the world’s leading hunting brands!

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For over 70 years, Rocky has stayed true to its mission to provide the world’s highest quality hunting gear. From insulated boots and waders to breathable parkas, fleeces, hats and gloves, Rocky offers everything you need to embark on your week-long hunting trip. Get Rocky hunting gear for the whole family here!
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When it comes to hunting in cold weather conditions, you need base layer apparel that’s comfortable and breathable and retains warmth while repelling moisture. All Polarmax apparel for men, women and children are moisture-wicking and anti-microbial to keep you warm, dry and protected during the longest of hunting trips. Polarmax offers a large selection of base layer clothing, including high performance fleece tights and flexible crew shirts. Browse Polarmax hunting apparel here!
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Since 1883, Wolverine has been creating quality boots which have become prized for their comfort, performance and durability. Wolverine hunting boots for men and women are among the finest in the world and offer many great features like waterproof technology, abrasion- and oil-resistance, supportive nylon shanks, Thinsulate insulation, and full-cushioned footbeds. Shop Wolverine hunting boots here!

5 Ways to Go Sledding without a Sled

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Many areas across the country are expected to experience yet another snowy winter, which means there will be plenty of time for sledding. If you find yourself without a conventional sled when a big snowfall comes, don’t fret. You can glide down the mountain in one of these items you have at home:

  1. Inflatable Pool Toys: Have you ever gone tubing at a ski resort? Similar to actual tubing, you can use your inflatable pool tubes and rafts to slide down the mountain. While pool tubes and rafts work best, you can even use your inflatable pool ride-on toys, such as an inflatable ride-on whale.
  1. Trash Can Lid: Trash can lids also make for great impromptu sleds. Just be sure to clean it before you use it!
  1. Baby Pool: Do you have an old baby pool in the garage that the kids have grown out of? Transform it into the ultimate sled. If you turn it inside out so that the smooth side is facing the snow, it works wonderfully. And, due to its larger size, the whole family can fit inside and sled down the hill together.
  1. Garbage Bag: Due to their slippery nature, garbage bags are perfect for sledding. Place your legs and behind inside a large heavy-duty garbage bag at the top of the hill, and then enjoy the ride!
  1. Cardboard: Have a cardboard box lying around? Large pieces of cardboard work well as sleds. Bend up the front of the cardboard to keep it from getting stuck on soft snow.

Warning: When using these items as sleds, be careful. These items may be more difficult to steer and maneuver than real sleds, so use them with caution.

Another important part of sledding is keeping warm, comfortable and protected. At ShoppingBlitz.com, we offer a wide range of cold weather gear perfect for sledding on a snow day, including Polarmax, Turtle Fur, Stormy Kromer and Columbia Sportswear. With base layer apparel, insulated jackets, and moisture-resistant gloves and hats from these top brands, you can enjoy your time on the mountain for longer. Visit us online to shop shoes and clothes from these leading brands, as well as many others, today!