Danner Boots At U.S. Outdoor

Danner Boots have been nothing less than a staple for those working in and around the Pacific Northwest. For decades upon decades they have paired well with a blue collar, and true grit seems to be an appropriate adjective when speaking of their character. Like a loyal dog, Danner Boots have risen at dawn and walked with the hard working laborers from Foremen to entry level casual on almost all levels of industry. Needless to say, these boots are familiar with our wilderness and the environmental framework of what makes Portland unique in many ways. Half of Danner’s product line is manufactured here in Portland. Hell, they were tied to the feet of those who’ve helped build this city (quite literally) over the years. So it is no surprise that Danner’s emphasis on craftsmanship and thoughtful design blends right in with the Artisan movement that is rooted here. That being said, a great pair of boots go a long way no matter where you are.

Here in Portland, the juxtaposition between urban landscape and surrounding wilderness is not much of a juxtaposition at all. It’s more like a handshake, hug, double tap combo between two longstanding business partners, metaphorically speaking. Forest Park stands as one of the nation’s largest municipal forests that leads right into an industrial hub of NW Portland. Trek up through Washington Park and the Hoyt Arboretum and “zoo bomb” into downtown. There really is no definitive line that separates one from the other and, through the years, Danner has made boots capable of keeping this longstanding partnership from drawing that line. We here at U.S. Outdoor are stoked to welcome them into our family of brands. Cheers!

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Top 10 Sunglasses for Summer 2015

Be honest. You have no idea where your old pair of sunglasses are hiding after last summer. It’s ok. You aren’t alone. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, because now you have an opportunity to get a new pair of sunglasses. But there are like a million pairs out there. Have no fear for we have compiled the best of the best so you can choose from the Top 10 Sunglasses for Summer 2015.

Mens

Dot Dash Poseur Sunglasses

Cramming a modern twist in with some old school flair, the Dot Dash Poseur Sunglasses crank summer up a few notches. These distinguished and durable shades come with all the swag sans the hefty price tag.

Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses

 

 

Straight out of the 80s, the Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses are loaded with a legendary look that defines your sunny style. With all the lightweight durability you can expect from a pair of Oakleys, this set dares to be bold and never shies away from defending your peepers.

Vuarnet 002 Sunglasses

 

The Vuarnet 002 Sunglasses are French, so you know they’ve got good taste. Their iconic construction and throwback style are all you need to dominate the outdoor scene whether you are soaking it in on the beach or prowling the urban jungle.

Von Zipper Elmore Sunglasses

 

 

 

Von Zipper cooked up some seriously spicy flavors for their Elmore Sunglasses. Not only do they thwart the sun with their 100% UV protection, but they take face decorating to a new level of slick. Exploding with style and straight up defiant with performance, the Von Zipper Elmore Sunglasses rule this chunk of the year.

Julbo Explorer Sunglasses

 

 

If your summer calendar has any alpine adventures etched in anywhere, you’ll need the most prime mountaineering ocular devices Julbo could conjure. Behold! The Julbo Explorer Sunglasses are specifically designed to perform with superiority where sun and reflections are at their most potent.

 

 

WomensDot Dash Nookie Sunglasses - Women's

No Top 10 Sunglasses for Summer 2015 would be complete without a pair of aviators. The Dot Dash Nookie Sunglasses – Women’s gets the nod thanks to their fresh take on the eyewear classic. Gleaming with style and UV protection, you will do it all for the Nookie.

Von Zipper Castaway Sunglasses - Women's

 

 

If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island and you could only have one pair of shades, it would be wise to choose the Von Zipper Castaway Sunglasses – Women’s. Their effortless combo of fashion and functionality will attract all kinds of desirable rescuers to your beach party.

Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses - Women's

 

 

We are pretty sure a mad scientist concocted the Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses – Women’s. While far more elegant than a Frankenstein monster, this pair is masterful mash up of rubber, acetate, metal, plastic, and all the secret ingredients necessary to scare nasty rays away from your eyeballs.

Oakley Drop In Sunglasses - Women's

 

 

Dripping with passion and performance, the Oakley Drop In Sunglasses – Women’s are a definitive expression of confidence and sun-dominating optics. High definition lenses lay the world before you exactly as it was meant to be seen so you can get the most out of every moment outside.

Dblanc Minor Panic Sunglasses - Women's

 

If you walk out the door without the D’Blanc Minor Panic Sunglasses – Women’s, your eyes will surely experience a bout of slight terror. Italian made and never in need of shade, this handcrafted set is a revamped take on the rounded models that were popularized in the 60s. Oversized, but easy to rock, the Minor Panic must be considered when you take your choice of the Top 10 Sunglasses for Summer 2015.

 

Go ahead and pick the pair that is going to do you the most favors in the sunshine. They are all plenty generous so it’s impossible to go wrong. Finally, your summer can really begin.

Best Wetsuits for 2015

Not everybody gets to enjoy the pleasantly warm waters of Hawaii’s North Shore when they paddle out. A lot of breaks are much cooler and require more than just a pair of board shorts to keep you functional in the water. A good wetsuit is essential for many surf spots, so let’s explore the best of them for 2015.

 

Xcel 5/4 Drylock Hooded WetsuitLeading the pack of best wetsuits for 2015 is the Xcel Drylock Hooded 5/4 Wetsuit. Whether you are looking to crush waves in the Northeast, Northwest, or Antarctica, this superior collection of surf tech is going to own the ocean. Each seam has been taped, blindstitched, glued, and fused to keep water out. Overlapping flaps at the ankles and wrists team up with a front entry system to make this suit wicked easy to put on. Cold-weather surfing has met its match with the Xcel Drylock Hooded 5/4 Wetsuit.

 

Transform the frigid waters of the Arctic into the accommodating swells of Australia with O Neill Superfreak 5/4 Hooded Fullsuitthe O’Neill Superfreak 5/4 Hooded Wetsuit. This bad boy just screams performance as it attacks the chilliest waves with reckless abandon. Warmer than ever before, the Superfreak showcases impressive FluidFlexTM Firewall technology across the chest and in the back while also going all in to keep water out so you stay mega toasty while getting savage in the sea.

 

 

Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3mm Back Zip Full SuitQuiksilver has been on top of their wetsuit game for years, and they refuse to disappoint the cold water shredders this season too. The Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Full Suit focuses on warmth while remaining super lightweight. The Syncro won’t slow you down or restrict movement as it is rocks FN Lite neoprene material that enables fluid movements and full range of motion. Oh, AND you want durability? You got it. This top wetsuit for 2015 is loaded with toughness.

 

For the ladies, the top nominees are easy. The Roxy Women’s Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Roxy Syncro 5/4/3 BZ FullsuitWetsuit fosters an endless summer environment that turns the coldest conditions into the friendliest surf environment. Frigid swells are no match for the FN Lite Neoprene material that is loaded with air cells that deliver lightweight warmth no matter where you paddle out. A Bio-fleece thermal lining bumps up the toastiness even more for unparalleled comfort in cold water.

 

 

Xcel Infiniti X2 Hooded 5/4 Fullsuit - Women'sIf you’re interested in a hood to further pump the female-specific performance, the Xcel Women’s Infiniti X2 Hooded 5/4 Wetsuit absolutely cannot be beat. Featuring the watertight front system along with revolutionary Thermo Dry material that recycles body heat, the Infiniti increases your endurance and bolsters your time in the water. Both of the best women’s wetsuits for 2015 boast advanced fits and premium comfort so you can slay the chilliest waves with authority.

 

When it comes to the best wetsuits for 2015, Quiksilver, Xcel, Roxy, and O’Neill have got you covered. All your cold-weather surf sessions can happen within the comfort of these top five sets as they promise to not only keep you nice and toasty, but also swear an oath to take your performance and experience to the next level no matter how many icebergs you have to dodge.

US Outdoor Spring / Summer Lookbook

Lookbooks are a great way to add a human element to fabric; a face to a name – so to speak. They can give you a reference to how certain items fit and often times an applicable setting. For our Spring and Summer Lookbook we focused on lifestyle garments, the fringe fabrics that bridge the gap between our 9-to-5 lives and our incessant need to explore.

This approach showcases a more stylized aesthetic that is drenched in color and laced with pattern details in a cross-pollination of brands such as RVCA, Patagonia, Pendleton, The North Face, Roark Revival, Vans, Vissla, Ray-Ban, Birkenstock and more. These looks have more in common with happy hours, BBQ’s, craft beers and day hikes than they do with backcountry exploration, skiing, snowboarding or charging to the summit Mt. Hood. Yes, casual does exist in our vocabulary and we are having a little fun exploring the lives we lead “in the mean time.”

Below are some looks you’ll find…

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Everyone, meet Phil. Phil is a good guy. Here he is wearing the Vissla Waves Of Wheat Shorts, Roark Salem Alekum Sweater, Electric Quebec Hat and Emerica Reynolds Cruiser LT Shoes. This is a great look that helps facilitate the transition from river float to porch powwow.

Mae D'Blanc Burton Element

We turn to the lovely Mae for a look that includes the Burton Snipe Jacket, D’Blanc Sonic Boom Sunglasses and Element Hana Wallet, and she wears it well. A stone cold stunner, this look puts the sass in class and pairs well with a mai tai outside.

Felicia Ray-Ban Billabong

Passing the baton to Felicia in this delightful ensemble the introduces the Billabong Sol Shining Dress to the Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses in a union that is sure to set the red carpet ablaze. Oh dear! I don’t think this outfit needs an excuse to walk the streets. It’ll make itself at home wherever it sees fit.

Buck Brixton Coal Matix Volcom

We’ll wrap up this preview with Buck in an outfit that really ties the room together. This classic look features the Brixton Memphis L/S Woven Shirt, Volcom Weird Trip Tee, Matix Gripper Denim and The Palmer Hat from Coal. This piece runs wild in the urban setting and will most likely be found causing a scene in a local brewery somewhere… I mean that in the best way possible.

For a look at the entire spread visit out Spring and Summer Lookbook.

Top 10 Gloves for 2015

With all the gloves on the market today, choosing the right glove for the activity is a little daunting if not downright frustrating.  To make your choice easy as a snowball melting, here are the top men’s and women’s gloves for 2015.

MEN

Dakine Titan Gloves

First up, the Dakine Titan Glove with its waterproof, breathable, removable fleece liner.  High loft insulation and waterproof technology keeps the hands super warm without sacrificing dexterity.  Waterproof fabric and extended wrist coverage keeps snow out whether taking a spill on the slope or making a snow angel.  Recommended for on and off-piste skiing, snowmobiling, winter biking, and the occasional snowman-building contest with the kiddos.

 

 

Snowboarders are in luck this year.  Burton Gore-Tex® Gloves are one of the most durable Burton Gore-tex Glovesgloves to hit the market.  Made with DRYRIDE Durashell™ that is waterproof yet still breathable, a removable 4-way stretch DRYRIDE Thermex™ liner and a brushed microfiber fixed liner, this glove is quick-drying, moisture-wicking and provides options for any weather.  We love the sticky icky™ grip palm and Burton’s new Screen Grab® Toughgrip™ technology that makes texting without removing the gloves an easy task.

 

 

Smartwool PhD Hyfi Training Glove

 

The SmartWool PhD® Hyfi Training Gloves are another winter favorite and perfect for runners, bikers, and hikers.  Made from a blend of shape-holding nylon, these mitts fit like second skin and thanks to merino wool are totally comfy.  Silicone gripers and touch screen compatibility make it easy to text, answer the phone, or change music tracks without missing a step.

 

 

For the rappelling crowd, and frankly suitable for ranchers, cowboys, and the driveway-Petzl Cordex Belay Glovesshoveler too, the Petzl Cordex Belay and Rappel Gloves rank high on the list for protection and ergonomic dexterity.  Double-layer, high quality leather and padding does an excellent job protecting the hands from such dangers as friction heat generated during long rappels, calf roping burns, bramble scratches, or a cold, splintered snow shovel.   Great for chilly excursions, vented well for warmer days, adjustable Neoprene cuff, and carabiner hole, these gloves may be lightweight but they pack a serious winter punch.

 

 

Black Diamond Crag GlovesRounding out the top 5 men’s gloves for 2015 are the Black Diamond Crag Climbing Gloves.  Breathable stretch mesh fabric, knuckle padding and reinforced finger/thumb crotch garner high marks for comfort and durability.  Best choice for steel cable via ferrata, scrambling among the pumice, belaying, and pole trekking.  These climbing gloves have just the right amount of grip with a comfortable fit are easy to don or doff.  Wrist-strap holes for attaching to a pack with a carabiner are a much appreciated extra perk.

 

WOMEN

Dakine Sequoia MittDaKine Sequoia Mitt for women is definitely in the top five for this year.  The Gore-Tex® insert is breathable, waterproof and washable (no more mitten funk).  The external zippered stash or heat pack pocket is a welcome feature on especially cold days or just for stashing necessities. Extended and adjustable, one-hand cinch gauntlets keep snow out without being unwieldy and the removable storm liner glove is touchscreen compatible and provides an extra bit of warmth on the mountain .

 

Ice Terra Gloves

 

A slimmer fit and also touchscreen friendly, the Ice Terra Gloves by Icebreaker keeps things stylish and playful.  Fun stripes, lightweight, naturally odor-resistant and simple laundering make these gloves tops on the Go-To list for any outdoor activity from hiking to biking to strolling with your sweetie on a cool evening.

 

 

Pendleton Mitten w/ Fleece Lining
Nothing beats a quality pair of wool mitts and the Pendleton Mitten does not disappoint.  Available in gorgeous prints with the renowned Pendleton southwestern flair, these mittens are fashion stunners which keep fingers toasty warm thanks to the fleece lining.  A top mitten choice for chilly days when style is a definite requirement.

Burton Favorite Leather Gloves
“Once a favorite, always a favorite…” the Burton Favorite Leather Glove for women that is.    Gnar guard leather palm and shell with its ergonomic, pre-curved fit are only the start of why this glove is dubbed “the favorite.”  Brushed microfiber lining and Thermacore™ insulation keep fingers warm in any weather.   This must-have glove sports a waterproof DRYRIDE Insane Membrane™ and old school styled knit cuffs.  Definitely lots to love in this glove!

 

 

Last but not least and commanding its rightful place in the Top 5, is the Pyxis™ Women’s Mountain Hardwear Pyxis GloveGlove by Mountain Hardwear.   These gloves get top marks for being extremely lightweight, packable and easy to slip on and off.  The Voluptuous™ Velboa long-pile polyester fleece is definitely worth bragging about and provides a great warmth-to-weight ratio.  Doing double-duty, these adorable gloves can be worn alone or as a liner in other mitts or gloves.  Throw in the lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, and this glove is an A+.

 

 

So put the “which gloves to choose” flurries aside, we’ve got you covered….literally!

 

Top 9 Goggles for 2015

Top Goggles for 2015

If you put cruddy snow eye wear in front of your peepers, your day at the mountain is going to suffer. If you’ve ever spent a session in garbage goggles, you know this to be true. And just going without a set doesn’t really work either. The fact is, a good pair of snow goggles is going to enhance your entire experience. If you can’t see, you can’t have fun. Have more fun than anyone else on the hill with one of these top goggles for 2015.

 

Smith I/OS Goggles

The Smith I/OS Goggles have made a name for themselves with their rimless design and expanded peripheral vision. The lenses, which are super easy to swap out, are loaded with 5x Anti-Fog powers so you never have a problem spotting the perfect line.

Oakley Canopy Goggles

Constructed with all kinds of O tech and features, the Oakley Canopy Goggles expand your field of view in every direction. The O Flow Arch refuses to pinch your nostrils so you can breathe freely and the frame shapes to your face for a super comfortable fit.

 

Anon M2 Goggles

Whether by harnessing the magical powers of the most supreme wizard or developing highly advanced tech in a secret lab, the Anon M2 Goggles are one superior slice of eye wear. Thanks to magnets embedded in the frame, this might be the easiest pair to conduct a lens swap.

Electric EGB2s Goggles

The Electric EGB2s Goggles are just a fundamentally sound pair that get it done all over the mountain without stressing all the frills. A spherical lens, anti-fog coating, and 100% UV protection all team up to deliver an optical experience that won’t let you down.

K2 Photoantic Goggles

Designed to bring clear vision, comfort, and quality to your shred kit, the K2 Photoantic Goggles are easily the best bang for your buck. Equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens, there is no question that the Photoantic has top of the line clarity and durability.

 

 

VonZipper Skylab Goggles
Perhaps the most comfortable pair on the hill this year is the Von Zipper Skylab Goggles. Three dimensions of polar fleece lined foam are positioned to hug your face in an ergonomic design, and forward venting keeps your face fresh and your vision clear. And don’t forget the dual adjustable strap to dial in perfect fit with the Von Zipper Skylab.
Spy Marshall Goggles

Just say no to distortion. The ARC Lens in the Spy Marshall Goggles shows you everything the mountain lays before you with a unique design that promises to remain optically correct. And with a crazy amount of color, frame, and lens options available, there is a pair for every slice of steeze.

Dragon APXS Goggles

The Dragon APXs Goggles feature a frameless design in a more modest package that won’t dominate 99% of your face. Armored venting lines along the top allow plenty of air to move through, but stays burley just like the whole set so you can tackle to most intense terrain in style.
Ashbury Bullet Goggles

Take aim at any feature or run with the Ashbury Bullet Goggles. This pair even comes with a free extra yellow lens so you can dominate the night scene too. All the vision without the bulk, the Bullet shows off an unparalleled visual encounter.

 

 

 

There you have it. Stick with a pair from these top goggles for 2015 and you’ll be able to unlock the entire mountain with your eyes. When your vision is uninterrupted, you can charge harder, tackle bigger hits, and dismantle gnarlier lines like an optical boss.