by Colleen Kleve
As yet another winter season approaches, many of us do an inventory of our clothing. We diligently label our clothing as “everyday apparel,” “workout wear” and “winter gear.” This has been the case all our lives–all the way back to the snowmobile suits and boots pulled out of storage when we were six years old. And this segregation of clothing means our desire to be fashionable has been sacrificed by the need to be warm.
Well, I am happy to report the trend in outdoor wear is morphing so that no such sacrifice is required! Many things have forced the big names in outdoor wear to look closer at the demands of today’s consumer. Some of the key drivers are words we didn’t carry in our daily vocabulary just a decade ago. Millennial, Athleisure, and Social Media are three major drivers for designers these days. Throw in a new generation who gravitate toward minimalistic lifestyles and environmentally consciousness, and it scores a win for all of us in outdoor apparel.
Many of our vendors now coordinate their lines in a lifestyle approach to outdoor wear. You can create ensembles from their entire lines, instilling the mix and match method to wardrobes for the outdoors. Most pieces now easily transition from a day of skiing or winter hiking into a night watching a Wild game while cozied up to the fire – the very definition of Athleisure. Athleisure is a style driven by the Millennials and adopted by nearly all of us.
Stone Harbor has a fresh new look in store for this winter season. We are very pleased with the inventory and how it adopts the new style of outdoor wear while still holding on to tradition. From our Marmot Scree pants to our Skhoop down mini-skirts and everything in between, we can fit your outdoor/lifestyle apparel needs. Let us help you find that new go-to piece you can’t live without.
In the top photo, Susan is wearing an Orange Mini Down Skhoop Skirt, Prana Ashley Leggings, Royal Robbins Essential Tencel Sun Cover, Krimson Klover Top it Off Sweater, Pistil Jensen Hat, and Bogs Sidney Wool Women’s Lightweight Rain Boots.
In the bottom photo, Susan has on a Black Skhoop Reversible Down Skirt, Krimson Klover Tights, Prana Cedric Sweater, Ibex woolly Top, Pistil Channing Hat, Ahnu Sugar Peak Insulated Boot.
Web Master Note: Let’s talk about those boots in the top picture for a minute. You can’t see them and you really should see them because they rock! But hey, they didn’t fit in the picture. So if you didn’t already click on the link for the boots, use this link to get a look at them for yourself: awesome black see-them-for-yourself boots.
by Jackson Nickolay
The winter season is nearly upon us, which has us here at Stone Harbor all excited. It won’t be long now before our pastimes can return to skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring, sledding and all the other awesome winter snow activities that are available to us up here in the Northwoods of Minnesota.
Of course, with this great winter fun comes the cold and the ever present struggle to stay warm. After all, nothing spoils a good cross country ski trip more than to start shivering a mile in.
Which is why we’re also excited about our run of Terramar baselayers for the winter season. If you’re seeking the solution to winter cold, look no further than Terramar–they have some of the best insulating layers you can find. They start with this awesome ClimaSense proprietary fabric formulated to adapt to your body’s changing needs for heat and breathability. Then they add Intelliscent technology with antimicrobial properties, which cuts down stink on the molecular level. And they top it off with reflex 3-dimensional stretch fabric for a comfortable fit. Terramar gets you out in the cold doing what you love.
But hey, don’t take our word for it. Swing by the store and try some on for yourself. Or check out our stock of Terramar items online. You won’t regret it.
by Joshua Joswiak
Anyone who’s worn a down jacket knows that feeling of being trapped in a giant marshmallow. While that is a cozy feeling when insulation is a top priority, limited range of motion can be problematic for certain winter activities. Looking for the best of both worlds? Allow me to introduce Mountain Hardwear’s revolutionary new StretchDownTM Jacket.
The StretchDown Jacket’s key feature is of course its stretchiness. Believe me when I tell you, this jacket gives the wearer an absolutely unparalleled range of motion. Mountain Hardwear achieved this by using a state-of-the-art stretch-welded construction technique. Essentially replacing conventional stitching between the down panels with stretch-welded seams. Not only does this construction process make this down jacket unbelievably stretchy, it turns out that it also traps more warmth than standard stitch-construction.
Remember what I said about having the best of both worlds? This stretchy jacket still gives you that cozy down feel. Inside the stretch-welded down channels you’ll find 750-fill Q-Shield© DOWN. This water repellent infused down provides excellent insulation, and will even maintain its loft and insulating properties when wet.
The beauty of the StretchDown Jacket is in its versatility. Like many down jackets, it is a great choice for around town, hitting the slopes, or even shoveling the driveway. Unlike conventional stitch-constructed down jackets, it’s the perfect choice for activities that demand mobility. From chopping wood, to rock climbing, cross-country skiing, and ice climbing, the StretchDown Jacket is built for it all.
Finally, a down jacket that doesn’t hinder movement, and is perfect for any highly mobile sport. Well done Mountain Hardware.
Webmaster Note: This might be your day to buy a lottery ticket. Not only can you get the brand new StretchDown Jacket in our store or at shop.stoneharborws.com, it’s also 25% off through Monday, September 12th. Check it out here.
by Jackson Nickolay
This past weekend, we here at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply put on one of our favorite events of the year: the North Shore Water Festival. The Water Festival is a chance for anyone who wants to get out on the water whether it be in a kayak, a canoe or a stand up paddle board to go out and do just that.
We had so much fun this year! Thanks to our epic team of Stone Harbor guides—Mitch, Kalyn, Saeward, Sean, James, Mike and Keegan—we were able to get pretty much everyone out on the water and enjoying themselves.
Amanda Weberg, AIS Coordinator for the DNR, was telling people about invasive aquatics, while Simone Strand and Laurel Wilson from Northwoods Volunteer Connection talked about volunteering on natural resource projects. And Jodi Tervo Roberts of E3 Twin Ports, LLC gave presentations on the health benefits of outdoor fitness.
So many of our reps came this year too, which made the whole event super fun. Katie Vinohradsky showed up with Wilderness Systems Kayaks and Boardworks SUPs. And did you see the motor she put on a fishing kayak? Ask James, our fishing guide, what he thinks about it. Dave Larsen from Astral & Hurricane Kayaks hung out with us both days. Sven Hoaglund was there and showed off some of the fantastic hammocks from Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO). Paul Gerten came out to the party too and showed off some great Nemo gear, as well as some exciting new paddle boards from Jobe. We also had Rick Thompson join us and he was such an active part of the festival. He demonstrated and talked about his Eddyline Kayaks as well as the stand up paddle boards from Pau Hana all day long, even offering one-on-one kayak instruction.
We also had a great turnout for our stand up paddle board yoga classes. Our yoga master, Tara Gorman, led some terrific yoga classes on top of the Big EZ SUP from Pau Hana and Ann Papenfuss was always around to lead clinics on stand up paddle boarding and to take people who were interested out on the water for an introduction to the SUP.
Every year we do this, we get more and more excited about doing it again. It’s a lot of work and takes a lot of time and effort, but in return we have a great time with all you folks who come down to get out on the water and have some fun. Thank you all so much for making this festival such a special event. We’ll see you next year!
by Jackson Nickolay
A couple weeks ago I took the Nemo Losi 3p tent out to give it a run in the Superior National Forest. Despite the fact that we started late, it rained, and the bugs decided we looked like a tasty entree, we had a great time. And most of that had to do with the fact that we bought the Losi 3p along.
Here are my top four favorite things about Nemo’s Losi 3p tent:
1. All in one place.
The first thing of note about the Losi is it’s super compact stuff sack. The roll out design contains all required pieces of the Losi within one sack and rolls up to 23” x 7” and around five pounds for either stuffing in your pack or attaching to the pack exterior.
2. This tent sets up super fast!
I kid you not, it takes no more than five minutes to set up the Losi. The ease and speed with which this tent goes up is phenomenal. The innovative Jake’s feet “ball-and socket” snap in corners make getting the tent upright a breeze and the integrated snap points for the rain fly are easy to use and again make the process extremely streamlined. A couple stakes later and we are set. The Losi rain fly secures to eight stake points with the option for more ties, in case you get caught in a windstorm.
3. A liveable space.
As I said, the bugs were out in full force that night, so we spent a good deal of time inside the Losi. The interior of the tent was spacious, even with Nemo’s gear loft in. There were four of us chillin’ in that tent for about three hours, playing games and hanging out and there was room to spare. We could have easily fit another three people in there, if we had needed to do so. The large vestibules and included storage pouches helped immensely with organization. Add the gear loft to that equation and we kept all of our gear safe and dry and still had a ton of open tent space.
4. Dry as a bone.
Halfway through the night, we got poured on. A huge rain system came through and just dumped on us. But the waterproof base on the Losi had our backs (literally). We weathered the storm without incident and were completely dry the next day.
Nemo’s Losi 3p tent really made the trip. It was an ideal hangout when the bugs were crazy; an effective shelter from the storm; took no more than five minutes to put up or take down; and a splendid time was had by all!
Want to see the setup in action? Check it out here. Yea, Stone Harbor has a YouTube channel. Keep checking back for more great video.
Before moving to Cook County about 10 years ago, I spent every long weekend and vacation I could spare in Cook County. The time of year did not matter. All that mattered was getting out of the big city and find some solitude.
I bought all the hiking books I could find and searched out trail maps. In recent years I spent a lot of time on the internet looking for more trails. As I was looking at the different maps, I realized I could find individual maps of the Superior Hiking Trail, Border Route Trail and others. I could go to the MN DNR site and print out individual maps; the same with the National Forest Service. There were maps of the county but they were mostly road maps or canoe maps. None of these showed which roads to get to the trail heads or where one trail is located in perspective with other trails.
When I opened Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply seven years ago, customers would ask us where to hike. We usually marked up a free map or the Cook County map, which again is a road map. We poured over canoe maps but roads were hard to find on those maps, so we had some trails marked but it was still difficult to show how to get to the trail heads. And to show the entire county, we had to sell a combination of several maps that were great for canoeing but not so good for hiking.
A few months ago I started working with Tony Kroska of the Bismarck Map Company out of Duluth. He listened to my tale of woe and came up with what I feel is the most comprehensive hiking map available for Cook County. We tried to list most of the hiking trails in the county.
Over the next couple of months we may find that we may have missed a couple of trails. If you have a favorite, or not so favorite trail that we missed, please let us know so we can add it next time. In the meantime, pick up a copy at either our store or eCommerce site. There are a number of retail stores in the county who are also carrying it so stop in at one of the local shops and ask for it. At $14.95 it is a heck of reference, if I do say so myself.
A while back I posted a picture on Facebook that I took of my son and grandson standing stream side just above Partridge Falls. It was a special moment for me to watch the two of them in a reflective moment. Beautiful river, beautiful day. And it capped off a wonderful North Shore visit.
Several days ago, I revisited Partridge Falls. The water was roaring after a lot of spring storms. I never did get to the base of the falls. The trail leading down was quite wet and even if I had scrambled down, the water level was so high I would not have been able to get good footing for a picture. While I was walking above the falls, I was reminded of that wonderful summer day when I was out with the guys.
Today as we celebrate Father’s Day, I am thinking of what great parents all of my children have become. And Partridge Falls reminds me why I love the northland and why I enjoy sharing the area with them. Of course, it also reminds me how much I miss my kids and grandkids when I am separated by so many miles. But I always have my memories of special days like that one.
For all of you reading this, cherish moments like this and have a Happy Father’s Day.
Is that computer mouse now permanently attached to Josh’s hand?
In June of 2010 we opened the doors of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply. Our mission has been to bring high quality gear and adventures to the residents of Cook County and the many visitors that come to our area throughout the year. Since 2010, many of you have asked whether you could buy gear from us from the comfort of your home. We have accommodated many of you on an individual basis but have not wanted to jump into the wonderful world of eCommerce until we had our product mix and expertise to a point where we were comfortable.
That day has finally arrived. For the past few months, two of our employees have been locked in a back room preparing the the launch of our new eCommerce site. We have been adding many, many of the products we have in our store to this site and will be continually updating it as we go along. We hope we have all the kinks out of the system and with the expertise and diligence of Josh and Jackson, we are confident we are ready to go. We ask your patience if you encounter some early glitches but we are confident that you will find our site easy to navigate and shop. We hope that you will think of us for all you outdoor gear needs in the future and are excited to be able to take care of those needs not only when you visit our store but year around from the confines of your living room.
Want to check it out for yourself? Simply click on the Shop button on our web site–it takes you right to the Stone Harbor eCommerce site.
Jackson dreams of the Big Lake from his computer.
I must caution you however, that we cannot offer to send you a guide to take you kayaking or fishing on your local lake or stream. You will still need to visit us at our store in Grand Marais. But who knows? With today’s technology, maybe we can offer that in the future. Meanwhile, enjoy looking through our site. Let us know what you think. Sign up for our loyalty program to earn points on your purchases. And don’t forget to continue to come and see us in Grand Marais. We do not want to lose that personal contact with each and every one of you.
Why did the sumo wrestler, deer hunter, and summer camper get into the same fishing boat? Why to get to Fisherman’s Picnic of course!
It’s that time of year here in Grand Marais! The Grand Marais Lions have once again put together a collection of wonderful activities for July 29 through August 2. The town is pulling out all the stops for this weekend and the music, food and fun will be flowing from every corner!
And in Stone Harbor’s corner is Sumo Wrestling for Charity! Stop on by the store Thursday, Friday and Saturday to take on your friends in inflatable sumo wrestling suits. Wrestling bouts are starting at 10 am and running until 5 pm. Aspiring sumo wrestlers must be 10 years of age or older.
The beneficiaries of all this inflated fun are the Coldwater Foundation of Grand Marais and Forkhorn Youth Summer Camps of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. A $5 per person donation is requested for 5 rounds of glory. Larger donations are of course welcome.
While you are waiting to flatten your friends in the ring, be sure to stop by our sidewalk sale for killer deals and to check out the store for 15% off savings on all sorts of great gear. And join Yvonne Caruthers and Jennifer Wildeson for cello and violin music from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday.
The log rollers and lumberjacks may be in the harbor but the sumo wrestlers are on the East Bay!
A small non-profit organization in northern Minnesota utilizing two experiential strategies: adventure education and service-learning to encourage people in the development of character and practice of Christian virtue.
FORKHORN YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS
The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association believes that educating hunters is key to perpetuating Minnesota’s outdoor heritage and that the best tool of wildlife and ecosystem education is instilling a greater appreciation for our natural resources in our children. MDHA’s method is Forkhorn Youth Summer Camps. Since 1985, thousands of youth have attended Forkhorn Camps. MDHA currently collaborates with seven facilities around the state to implement camp sessions for youth ages 11-17. MDHA’s Forkhorn camps have developed remarkably since their inception, but their aim remains the same: youth education.
Summer is in full swing here on the Norwegian Riviera and Stone Harbor has been hopping! We have all sorts of crazy events, fantastic tours and oh yeah, a bunch of awesome gear for your summer adventures.
This weekend we are taking things up a notch with the North Shore Water Festival. It’s your chance try out the latest water toys and gear for free!
Paddle boards are a fantastic way to explore the lakes of Minnesota. We have boards from BIC SUP and Pau Hana Surf Supply in the Grand Marais Harbor. While you are there, check out SUP yoga! Stone Harbor is hosting certified yoga instructor Tara Gorman and her canine side kick Casey for free SUP yoga classes. Pre-register online to save your spot.
Cook County knows paddle sports, so a water festival isn’t complete without the newest canoes, fishing kayaks and touring kayaks from Eddyline, Wilderness Systems, Langford and Nova Craft. Stop at the East Bay behind Stone Harbor to take something out for a test paddle and talk to reps for the lowdown on their newest gear.
Want to trick out your new boat or find your next camping gizmo? The Grand Marais Harbor has vendor exhibits from ENO hammocks, Sealskinz, Yakima Racks, Seattle Sports, Frost River, NEMO Equipment, Cascade Designs, CAMP CHOW, Outdoor Research, Woolrich, KEEN and Granger’s.
Join us Saturday, July 18th from 9:30 to 4:00 and Sunday, July 19th from 10:30 to 3:30. And keep an eye on Stone Harbor’s Facebook page for updates and photos of the festivities!