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.

Stand up paddleboard classes...Register now!

Learn to stand up paddleboard (SUP) this summer with Solstice Outdoors. Register for one of our four week class sessions. Classes begin in June and are offered each month. Each class includes one hour of instruction and one hour of open paddle plus the opportunity to paddle different boards. Stand up paddleboards. Paddleboarding is a great way to improve balance, cross train and enjoy our waterways. All equipment is included. Space is limited. Check out the classes and register online...

Book Across the Bay...A Winter Must Do!

There's really only one event that becons locals and visitors to Ashland and Washburn in February during what is inevitably one of the coldest nights of the year...the one and the only, Book Across the Bay!

This year, we are psyched to once again sponsor this fun and active community in the Chequamegon Bay and sponsor a children's fun ski race.

Start your morning off with some Delta Diner pancakes then register the kiddos (12 and under) for the new BOOK IT Fun Race A FREE 2K untimed loop that will start near the Book Across the Bay Tent on the Ashland waterfront. Volunteers will be on the course to assist skiers in getting to the finish line. All participants will receive a commemorative medal along with hot chocolate and cookies. Stop by the Book Across the Bay tent and register your children for the fun race at the Solstice Outdoors table. We'll see you at the tent!

 

 

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

Outdoorsy Gift Ideas for Men, Adventurers, Skiers and more...

Solstice Outdoors has practical and affordable gift ideas for the men in your life at Solstice Outdoors. Here's a few of our staff favorites all available downtown Ashland.

Olukai (Olu=Comfort  Kai=Ocean) Moloa: Stylish, and functional leather slip on fully equipped with the Drop in Heel   $120

Goodhew Lite Hiker 2 Pack Socks:  Made in the USA, ultra comfy merino socks will keep toes warm and cozy $21.99

The North Face Men's Half Dome Hoody keep 'em warm and comfy in style $45

Seal Line iSeries cases for iPhone/iPod or tablets: Waterproof, dirt proof, protective cases that protect mobile devices while on land or at sea. Use the device through the case. $24.99

The North Face ETIP gloves: Light gloves that work with your Smartphone $44.99

Stanley Drink Thru Mug, Camp Mug or Thermoses are iconic and rugged…perfect for the manly man who wants his coffee hot for 6 hours. $24.99

Patagonia Tech Web Belts: Made from durable webbing that can be cut to fit any size guy $29

 

Woman Rule this Weekend

If you’re a woman in the Chequamegon Bay Area this weekend you’ll want to stop by and see Solstice Outdoors; Ashland's premiere outdoor store at the Bay Area Woman’s Expo on Saturday, November 10th from 9-4:00p.m Here’s a sneak peak at a couple of our favorite things that will be on sale at the Woman’s Expo…

Goodhew merino and bamboo socks. Super cute, durable and made in the USA!  Buy 2, Get 1 Free

50% Off prAna yoga mats, accessories and Zumba Slip On Dancers

At 10a.m. grab your running gear and join in the Chick-uamegon 5K and 10K Race sponsored by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Shopping, learning and running….what could be better!

The North Country Trail...Hike the Northwoods

The North Country National Scenic Trail is America’s longest National Scenic Trail stretching from New York to North Dakota, linking 7 states and 10 National Forests and 150 Public Lands. Did you know there’s 110 miles of continuous North Country Scenic Trail in Northern Wisconsin? That's a lot of great fall hiking and leaf spotting right in our backyard. 

Strap on your hikers and hit the trail for a day trip or multi-day adventure. For a detailed trail map and everything you need to know about the trail check out http://northcountrytrail.org/trail/states/wisconsin/

Before you head out make sure you have the essentials: A Camelbak or Osprey hydration pack or day pack, water bottle  trekking poles, hiking socks, head protection, such as a Buff or Stormy Kromer cap and snacks. Stop by Solstice Outdoors to pick up any of these essentials and don't forget your camera!

If you get out on the trail, tell us! Share a photo with us on Facebook. 

New Mountain Bike Trail Building Project in Bayfield

Come help build the bike trail and get a $10 Solstice Outdoors Gift Certificate this Sunday!

Have you heard what’s happening in our backyard? A group of dedicated mountain bikers and community members have begun building a 2 mile single-track loop at Mt. Ashwabay in Bayfield. Check out the work that’s already underway…

 

Volunteers are needed to help with a trail building session this Sunday, July 15th. Anyone interested in helping move some dirt should meet at the mountain bike trailhead at 1:00 PM, which is located on the left of Ski Hill Road about 200 yards before the entrance to Mt. Ashwabay. Work will be done at the top of the tubing hill to the south of the Pines XC trail.

As an incentive Solstice Outdoors is offering a $10 Gift Certificate to everyone who comes out to move some dirt. Volunteers should bring gloves, water, bug dope, and an energy source for yourself. We hope to see you on out there!

 

WhistleStop Marathon & Half-Marathon

It’s May 1st and today is the early bird registration deadline for the 15th Annual WhistleStop Marathon and Half Marathon. Register today and save a few bucks! This year Solstice Outdoors is excited to be one of the sponsors of this premiere race that starts in Iron River, Wisconsin and ends just 1 block from Solstice in Ashland, Wisconsin. There’s plenty of time to start training…Stay tuned for more information about our Solstice 10K and Half-Marathon Training Team which will start in June! More information will be available soon.

We've got sole

Solstice Outdoors has partnered with Dimmi Shoes to bring another great footwear option to our customers. Dimmi are shoes with the sole purpose of funding medical research and care. 100% of the profits from Dimmi shoes are donated to medical causes including hospitals, research centers, and associations. Now that's something to feel good about!