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!

 

 

Solstice Gift Guides for Hikers, Runners, Skiers...

Our holiday picks for those active ones on your shopping list! Stop in and check out these gift ideas and more in the store or click through the image to see all the guides!

Spooktacular Socks....Darn Tough

Get a Spooktacular pair of Darn Tough socks, FREE with a $50 purchase on Thursday, October 24th from 4-7p.m. for Witches Night Out in downtown Ashland. While supplies last! We guarantee you'll love them!  Vermont made socks that come with a lifetime guarantee.It doesn't get any better than this!

Staff Pick Tuesday...Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra WP

Reviewer: Katie

Item: The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra is trail shoe built for the northwoods. It's got just the right amount of support for varied terrain, but light and stable. With wet trails in the fall it goes the distance. It's a great shoe for spring and fall.

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Introducing.... Staff Pick Day!

So we thought we'd mix it up a bit here. We are excited to announce our weekly "staff pick" posts! Every Tuesday you can expect to see a product review by one of our awesome staff members. Be sure to come check out the item on display in the store for that week too!

Here is this weeks Staff Pick:

Reviewer: Trey

Item: CamelBak Arete 18 Pack

The CamelBak Arete 18 is an amazing ultra-light hydration pack. This awesome pack is only $65 and you get the pack and a 2L reservoir. There isn't much to it; it's a top loader, with a small pocket in the lid and two bottle holders on the side. It'll do well for day-hikes from base camp or a nice day hike to Houghton Falls, Copper Falls, or St. Peter's Dome. When it's time to pack out you can convert the pack into a bladder sleeve for use in another pack. It's only $35 more than the 2L reservoir and you get a pack and a bladder sleeve.

Up to 24 Hours Cold, 12 Hours Hot

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Hydro Flask Water Bottles do it all!  Come check out one of our favorite new products now available at Solstice Outdoors. For over a year we've been using a Hydro Flask double walled vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle that we got at a tradeshow. Of the many bottles that we get it is one of the best bottles we own. Hydro Flask is really the only one that really keeps water cold after it's been sitting in a hot car, BPA free, odor free and easy to clean. Plus the design is surprisingly lightweight.

Hyrdo Flask also donates 5% of gross profits to a charity or non-profit of your choosing. Simply go to FivePercentBack.org, input the serial number from your new Hydro Flask bottle and select a charity that resonates with you to invoke positive change!

Planet Fitness...

Our friends at Moving Comfort have combined the power of coffee with their amazing knack for support. The new Moving Comfort Urban X-Over Bra made from recycled coffee grounds which gives the fabric great odor and moisture control was recently featured in Women's Health Magazine. Green has never looked better!

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New Gear...Sleeping Bags

What to do when winter strikes back  and we're dreaming of spring? Grab a cup of coffee and plan summer adventures, of course! No adventure is complete without a reliable, warm and durable sleeping bag. We thought we'd have a little fun testing them out on a snowy day in the shop!

Nori testing out The North Face Aleutian

Nori testing out The North Face Aleutian

To compliment our selection of Thermarest sleep systems, we've added The North Face sleeping bags for maximum comfort. The bags are great for backpacking, couch surfing and car camping on budget. All come complete with a bonus stuff sack for easy storage. Stop by the store anytime and test out a sleeping pad and one of the new sleeping bags for your next adventure.

Cat's Meow is a classic synthetic three season bag down to 20 degrees

Aleutian 2S or 3S is a lightweight compressible two or three season bag at a great price.

Dolomite is a great entry level back for Scouts or the occasional camper who might not like a mummy bag. Three season bag to 20 degrees.

Go To Gifts for Travelers and Skiers...

A true adventurer will thank you for the new CamelBak All Clear Bottle ($99) which turns tap or clear natural water source into potable drinking water in just 60 seconds. Nothing beats reliable purification, whatever the destination.

Pack tolietries and all your traveler essentials dry in The North Face Base CampTravel Canister $34

Keep passports clean and try with the SealLine ID pouch $11.99

Keep in touch with in any conditions with the SealLine iPhone and iPad cases... submergable, weather proof and fully functional cases that fit in your pocket $24.99-$34.99

 

Got a skier or snowboarder on your list? Here's a couple go to affordable gifts for the snow lover!

Smartwool PhD Ski, Nordic and Snowboard Socks $22

A Basic or Deluxe Nordic, Alpine or  Snowboard Wax and Tune $20-$30

Gear Up For Ski Season...Scary good deals!

If you're like many people your alpine and nordic skis probably got put away without a good wax and tune before being stored for the season. Scary thought! Never fear... Solstice Outdoors can help get your skis in good condition and ready for the first snowfall with a wax and tune up. 

Now until November 15th SAVE 20% on all Wax and Tuning Services for alpine and nordic skis and snowboards. Check out our list of services...

Plus don't miss a great opportunity to get into a new pair of Fischer cross-country or skate skis. Our first big EARLY BIRD SKI SALE starts Thursday, November 8th through Sunday, November 11th. SAVE 20% on all nordic and skate ski packages next weekend only!

It's a scary good deal. Stop by the store and get geared up for ski season at Solstice.

 

What's up with SUP?

Solstice Outdoors is your stand up paddleboard rental headquarters serving Ashland, Washburn and the Chequamegon Bay region. Stand up paddle boarding or SUP for short is an old sport that is now one of the fastest growing watersports.  Join the revolution and experience gliding across the water and ride a wave or two!

Five reasons why you must try it:

It’s quick and easy to learn. Anyone can do it.

It’s super fun to do solo or grab a board and have the whole family give it a try

It’s a great cross training workout for bikers, skiers, runners…

It requires a minimal amount of equipment to get on the water whether that’s an inland lake or the Lake Superior.

You can’t lay on the beach all day!

Here are a few basics to get you started with your new Rogue Stand Up Paddle board or one of our rental boards.

How to get on the board:

Start by laying your paddle across the top of the board on the foot pad. Kneel on the board and find your center. Pick up the paddle and start to paddle.  If you paddle on the right side your right hand will be lower on the shaft of the paddle. Paddle until you find your balance.

How to stand up:

Once you feel stable place your paddle across the front of the board, position your hands on the pad parallel to your knees, grab your paddle and stand up. The front of the board shouldn’t be out of the water. If it is reposition yourself further forward.

How to paddle:

Put a little bend in your knee and place the paddle elbow out and dig into the water using your whole body, not just your arms. Start paddling at the front of the board and move to your feet. The shorter the strokes and the faster you go the easier it is to balance. To paddle in a line you’ll need to switch sides every few strokes. To turn do a standard sweep stroke.

Where to go:

It’s easiest to start on calm water. Many of our area inland lakes such as Long Lake or Lake Owen are perfect for paddling along the shoreline. On a calm day, Chequamegon Bay is also a great place to practice gliding across the water.  Lake Superior can is easily accessed from Main Street via the Pearson Plaza Park to the 6th Street Beach. Our picks include Maslowski Beach in Ashland and Bayview Beach outside of Washburn, WI.

Gear up for the weekend

It’s time to gear up for the weekend…and the official start of summer. Here are a few of our favorites that you’ll find at Solstice Outdoors for a day in the park, a day on the water or a weekend camping trip with friends and family.

GSI cookware and kitchen sets

Swedish Fire Steel no matches requiredGrandpa's Firefork, the coolest marshmallow stick ever!

Bugaboo Waffle Iron

Camp fuel and bottles

Whisperlite Universal stove and other MSR stoves

Therm-A-Rest sleeping pads

Seal Line dry bags

PackTowels

Stop by our store on Main Street downtown Ashland to check out our camping and paddling gear for your next adventure!