Layering 101

The key to outdoor cold weather comfort is layers. Consider your activity level and length you'll be outside to determine the weight of insulation needed. The best of of layering is the ability to add and remove layers to regulate your temperature for the duration of your activity.

Base Layer, insulation and weather protection are the three keys to layering effectively. You'll be ready to get out there!


5 Reasons Shopping Local is the Best

With two locally owned shops in Ashland we have unique gifts and fun items for everyone on your list this holiday. Check out our women's clothing boutique, Solstice, on Main Street in downtown Ashland for inspired, fashionable and unique clothing and accessories. Looking for something a little more sporty and active head down to our gear store, Solstice Outdoors to find your favorite outdoor brands. Here's why we think shopping with us is awesome!

  1. Extended holiday hours at both locations
  2. Free gift wrapping
  3. Helpful personal shoppers that will help you select awesome gifts
  4. Easy parking
  5. Two great stores filled with unique gift

Gifts for the Active Adventurer

Looking for the pefect gift for the person always on the go. You can't go wrong with a Hydroflask flip mug, BUFF and Petzl pocket knife. If they dig the white stuff give them a pair of Tubbs snowshoes, a Swix waxing iron or wax. It's always wonderful to get something you will actually use!

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Amazing Gal Gifts

Our picks for all those amazing gals on your list. She's love to rock in style with a Duluth Pack Shell bag. Kick back and relax with a good bottle of wine, an Opinel knife and cork screw combo and GSI collapsible wine glass and bag. Can't decide what to get? A Solstice and Solstice Outdoors gift card is always perfect.

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Ho Ho Ho....A Solstice we will go for the best gifts!

The countdown to Santa coming down the chimney is on! Only 27 days to go. Time to get gifting. We're like Santa's little elves this time of year spreading holiday cheer with our handpicked selection of some of our favorite items throughout the shop for everyone on your list. Who better to start with than those outdoorsy kiddos.

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Check out the Nalgene Lunch Buddy, Big Agnes Little Red, Smartwool socks, Tubbs sno glow snowshoes and Opinel junior knife and more in the shop.

Gearing Up for Fall


A slight chill in the air and the fact that October is just around the corner is triggering thoughts of autumn. It's the most wonder time of they year in the shop.  We've got new clothing and gear arriving daily for hiking in the woods, late season camping and preparing for hunting season. We're excited to announce that we will be one of only a few dealers in Wisconsin carrying Sitka Gear. Sitka has turned clothing into gear that works, lasts and is so versatile you'll want to wear camo everyday! Join us for a special brand launch on Thursday, October 5th to view the waterfowl and whitetail collections. As we continue to innovate and bring new products into the store, we will continue to stock a variety of products that a essential for outdoor active endeavors such as Petzl headlamps, Yeti Tundra Coolers and the all new Load us it's more than just a bucket. Stop in and see all the new colors of the season in the shop.


Prepping like a Pro

Be a pro and check that stove before you go. No amount of packing, repacking and planning matters more than having a way to cook that coffee and food at camp. Start your packing by testing out that old or new stove before you go. A simple check to make sure it lights and is running well at home will save you a lot of headaches on the trail. Take a few minutes to test, check fuel and clean it. Not sure how to do it. Check with your manufacturer and find easy how to videos like this one from our friends at MSR.


Route 2 Road Trippin'...Montana Bound

In Northern Montana, just south of the Canadian border are over a million of the most spectacular acres in the National Park System. This a landscape of ancient western cedars and snow capped peaks.

Glacier.  The Park was founded in 1897.

Drive the Going to the Sun Road. It's a spectacular introduction to the park. Hike to Apikuni Falls and spend a couple of nights in the back-country. Rangers can hook you up with a nice route for a couple days. Reward yourself with a night and dinner at Apgar village lodge.

Don't forget to bring sturdy boots. Our pick is the Salomon Discovery GTX. And don't forget the bear spray!

Route 2. Next Stop...Bemidji Minnesota

Everyone loves a roadside attraction. Paul Bunyan and the iconic stop in Bemidji Minnesota. After a quick stop for a photo opt with Paul Bunyan and old "Blue", we would chill at a campfire with our trusty Chaco Z Cloud sandals, Helinox Chair One (you'll want two), the Yeti Colster to keep our favorite beverage cold; the Royal Robbins Throwback Shirt and the Kuhl woman's Mable plaid shirt.

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Bridge in Bemidji

Bridge in Bemidji

On the road, up there on Highway 2, just west of the Iron Range there's an old steel bridge over the Mississippi River. Up there in the headwaters on a foggy summer morning you might run into the ghost of Mark Twain, Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, or Jim Harrison. How many others in the mist?

For the Glamper Camper

Roughing it in style and comfort!

Glow in the dark Nalgene

GSI enamelware makes a camp meal taste even better!

Goal Zero Lighthouse solar lantern

Big Agnes Mountain Glo tent has led lights inside, perfect for finding your s*ht.



Custom Lake Superior gift items for the lake lover in all of us!

Locally made Lake Superior ceramic mugs. Dishwasher safe and the perfect way to enjoy your morning joe. (Joe is also the pottery dude).

Lake Superior adjustable trucker hats. Great for everyone! On size fits most.

12 and 16 oz Hydroflasks will bring joy to the java drinker. Keeps drinks hot for 6 hours and cold for 24. Custom insulated Klean Kanteen coffee mugs and bottles are also available. All in fresh new colors!

Handmade silver Lake Superior wire necklace

Lake Superior soft beach towels. Psst...they make a great family gift. Get 20% OFF when you purchase a set of four!

Amazing Gifts Under $30

Giving amazing gifts doesn't have to break the bank. Check out some of our favorites and more in the shop. Stop in!

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Smartwool socks will keep the toes cozy and comfy.

Paddywax soy driftwood and indigo candles are made in the USA and come in great little reusable enamelware. We love the Evergreen and Fir too!

Yeti Lowball great for hot cocoa or cold whiskey!



Gently Used Kayaks For Sale

It's that time again for our end of season gear sale. We have some awesome gently used boats available. Quantities are limited. Boats will be available for pick up on September 12th. Call or stop in to purchase.

Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game II   SALE PRICE $8952 in stock

Necky Manitou Sport                        SALE PRICE $6233 in stock

  Ocean Kayak Malibu XL                  SALE PRICE $6232 in stock