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

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

Women's Fjallraven Keb Trousers

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.

Best Places to See the Fall Foliage

For any outdoor enthusiast the transition from summer to fall is an exciting one. Nothing beats a long walk in the woods witnessing the magnificent artistry of nature first-hand. A slower pace and the refreshing crisp air makes fall the ideal season to get outside and appreciate it in all its glory. There are plenty of places across the country to get your fall foliage fix; just make sure to plan your trip so it coincides with peak season for the best views. While scenic drives are great, there is nothing like being immersed in nature to truly appreciate the experience.

Wilamette Valley

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Wilamette Valley is a 150-mile long valley located in Oregon. Bordering the region is the Cascade Region to the east, the Oregon coast range to the west and the Calapooya Mountains to the south. This mecca of natural beauty will afford you many breathtaking views and adventure seeking opportunities. After a day spent breathing in the fresh air, make sure to indulge in the region’s world-class wine country. Lush farms and vineyards abound, along with farm-to-table cuisine and local breweries. The best time to visit is mid-October.

New England

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The Northeast is known for its changing seasons, but nowhere is more celebrated than that of New England. From Maine’s Acadia National Park to Vermont’s scenic byways, there is no shortage of fall foliage opportunities. While many will take advantage of the region’s numerous scenic drives there is so much the area has to offer. Taking a hike on Vermont’s Long Trail, is an experience like no other. The trail transverses the length of the state. After mile 10 you will quickly learn why experts rely on specially made gear like Drymax’s Hiking HD Socks. With an anti-bunching instep and Drymax’s specially designed dual layer moisture removal system, your feet will stay dryer and pain-free longer. Peak season hits around early October.

Colorado

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From late September to early October the Rockies are in full bloom, most notably the northern and central ranges, including the Front Range. The area has no lack of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Check out Estes Park for golden hued aspens, nights spent under the stars, and a chance to get up close and personal with some wild Elk. Rent an off-road vehicle to check out local fly-fishing and bird watching spots. Grab non-slip traction gear like these cleats from Stabilicers and take advantage of the numerous mountaineering and climbing opportunities.

 Central Park

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While it may not seem like an obvious choice, there is no better view of fall then from the heart of NYC’s Central Park. A romantic setting to say the least, the park offers various idyllic settings to enjoy the season. For a memorable walk, start at the imperial elm trees surrounding Strawberry Fields, then make your way to the wooded whimsy of the Swedish Cottage Marionette theater, with a stop at the famous Bow Bridge for a picture-perfect opportunity. Late October is peak season for the city so make sure to bundle up in fashion with the Columbia Zenith Vista trench coat.

Wherever your leaf peeping travels take you, Shopping Blitz has everything you need to make this fall a memorable one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Favorites 2014: The Denim Shirt

We love fall here at Shopping Blitz. Sure we love the cool weather hikes, warm drinks and playing in fallen leaves, but what we really live for is replenishing our fall wardrobe! Blame it on years of back-to-school shopping, but once September / October hits we are pulling out our wallets and drooling over the season’s latest offerings. This year we are especially into simple, neutral pieces that can be reused for fall and winter. Remember simple does not have mean to boring. To us a classic piece is worth its weight in gold.

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Case in point: the versatility of a good denim shirt is almost immeasurable. You can wear it with it your colored skinny pants and an awesome pair of booties for a drool-worthy casual look. Tuck them into a pair of dress trousers and add some knock-em-dead heels for a classy look all your own. The options are endless! Tell us your favorite look. We love learning new style tricks!

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Like what you see? Shop the Outfit!

1. Royal Robbins Lily Muffler Shirt
2. Life is good Vintage Denim Popover Shirt
3. The Sak Jezebelle Diamond Boot

The New Faces of Yoga

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Yoga is continuously changing. Over the last 30 years it has gone from living only on the outskirts of our society, to being immersed into small towns across the country. This change or awakening has spawned countless schools of thought and asana modifications. Yogis can no longer be painted into a corner, they are everywhere and bringing their practices into every aspect of their lives. Today yoga is done on paddle boards, while hiking, prepping for a climb or on a busy city street. These are the new faces of yoga.

 

Celebrated climber Chris Sharma embraces his inner yogi and explores the importance of balance, from agro to peace.

 

Nature or hiking yoga connects participants in a deep and visceral way to the earth’s energy. Heather Hollander is the creator of Nature. Yoga. Play., introduced at the 2013 Wanderlust Festival.

 

Paddleboard yoga has gained a notable following as of late due to its connection with the ocean and demand for balance. This energetic practice carries its benefits far beyond the board. Celebrated waterman, Michael Fukumura shares his personal warm up practice.

Get Outside & Play: Early Spring Hiking

You may call us crazy but we can smell spring in the air. It’s in the small moments of sunshine and warmer breezes. We believe in thinking positive and calling forth what we want. And we want to get outside and play. So in that vein we present our Get Outside & Play series. To kick it off we will start with our personal favorite spring activity; hiking. Hiking, which is fundamentally walking in nature, is an activity that can be enjoyed all year round. All that’s needed is a sense of adventure and the right equipment.

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Late winter and early spring hiking calls for sturdy footwear and grand discoveries. The earth is waking up again and their is magic in the air. Navigating the mud and lingering snow is a job for proven hiking boots. Our current favorite is the  Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Boots  by adidas. Built with the kind of stability and support needed to ascend a trail at high-speeds. The waterproof and lightweight boot provides said stability and support in spades with Formation technology and Traxion outsoles. Easy to pack and durable, the Terrex collection is the boot you want on your feet coming down the trail.

Despite its draw, hiking at this time of year comes with its pitfalls. Snow, rain, mud, blow downs and worn out roads all pose obstructions. However, the good news is that with each coming eek conditions will begin to improve. In the meantime, their is no reason to miss out on the fun. For clothes layering is the still the name of the game. Weather conditions may start out warm but temperatures drop quickly as the sun goes down. Base layers and wind-proof gear is important protection against the elements.

adidas Sport Performance Terrex Windstopper Fast Jacket

adidas Sport Performance Terrex Windstopper Fast Jacket

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Bula Christina Base Layer Pants

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Columbia Base Layer Midweight L/S Top Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping Blitz: Travelogue 2013

Seems like everyone is trying to fit in last minute vacations lately. September is known for mild weather and cheaper prices and therefore our favorite time of year to travel! Vacation time is precious, especially for those of us in North America who try to dissolve a year’s worth of stress in one jam-packed week or extended weekend. The key to having a killer time is planning, planning, and more planning! Planning the perfect destination, excursions, budget and of course the all important packing list. Let us help with this last bit. With Shopping Blitz’s wide range of products it is your perfect one-stop shop for all things travel. Check out a few real-life ensembles our Staffers chose for their late summer/early fall jaunts! Travelogue 2013

Day At The Lake:
Sanuk Yoga Serenity Flip-Flops

Hiking Trip:
Columbia Trail Turner Shell Jacket
Salomon X Over Ltr Sneakers
Ahnu Montara Boots

Night On The Town:
Earthies Veria Too Sandals
Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening Strengthening Serum
Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm