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Here’s what makes 8 great...

Because 7 is too few and 9 is too many! It’s that simple! Here’s a quick list of all the basics you need if you plan on sporting around the water this spring.

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Hydration Pack: CamelBak Mini M.U.L.E. 50 oz

 

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer

 

Water Shoes: Keen Newport H2 Sandal

 

Lip Balm with SPF: Supergoop Mintfusion Lipbalm

 

Hair Care: Phyto Plage L'Original Protective Beach Spray

 

Travel/Beach Tote:  LeSportsac Travel Tote

 

Board Shorts: Hurley One & Only Blockade Board Shorts

 

Tankini Top: Lole"Argentina" Tankini Top

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Staff Picks: Places We Love

Experience the places we love through our eyes. These are the places we go to escape, to recharge, and to be inspired. They ground us, they move us, they challenge us, but above all, they leave a lasting impact that resonates through all aspects our lives.

Below is a small sampling as seen through the eyes of Zappos Family employees: Anji, Bill, Erica, and Song-I. Enjoy their perspectives and photographs from their personal collections, unedited and unfiltered.

Anji’s Escape:

“Central Nevada is chock-full of amazing remote peaks such as Toiyabe Dome. This vast area is one of my favorite summertime spots to hike as it offers a great escape where you can fall off the grid. The mountains will humble you with their beauty, challenge and dominating views.” --Anji

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Bill’s Adventure:

“I planned my entire three-week Thailand adventure on a photo of this climb as I was surfing the web one night. One year later my girlfriend snapped this picture of me on my first red point on the wall.” -Bill

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Erica’s Exploration:

“My favorite hike is the Mosquito Flat Trailhead in the Sierras. It’s one of the most stunning places I have ever seen in person and every step of the hike makes me grateful that I’m there to see it. It runs into the John Muir Trail and when I read this quote I understand why he said it given such surroundings: “Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.” Being in nature clears my mind and has a way of removing all the unimportant thoughts clogging my brain. I always leave feeling renewed and inspired.” -Erica

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Song-I’s Scramble:

“I love scrambling up rocks after a difficult week.  This is me in a high crevice we found at the Valley of Fire, and the colors were absolutely breathtaking.  There's just something so meditative about scrambling -- you have to be both focused and relaxed as you take each step, making sure you're in sync with your momentum, footwork, and the boulders beneath you.  It's incredibly satisfying to constantly re-shift and focus your mind away from every thing else happening in life with every step you take deeper or higher into the solace and comfort of nature.” -Song-I

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Before you start your own adventure, visit Zappos Outdoor for all the footwear, clothing & gear you need!

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Spring Hiking Essentials

It may be hard to believe with all these winter storms across the country lately, but spring is just in the horizon! With that comes a time of renewal and fresh starts.

Why not make hiking a part of your new springtime outdoor routine? Not only is it great exercise for the body, but getting out there and reconnecting with Mother Nature can do wonders for your mood--lifting your spirits out of that winter slump.

Below are just a few hiking essentials to get you geared up and on your way! For even more hiking goodies, check out our outdoor shop!

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Men's: 1. Prana Talon Mock Neck , 2. CamelBak Classic 70 oz. Hydration Pack, 3. Keen Olympus Lite Crew Socks, 4. Columbia Silver Ridge Converible Pants, 5. Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket, 6. Keen Newport H2

Women's: 7. Under Armour Shadow Cap, 8. Chaco ZX/2 Yampa Hiking Sandals, 9. adidas Outdoor Hiking Softshell Jacket, 10. Teva Sky Lake Hiking Shoes, 11. Patagonia Emmilen Hoodie, 12. Outdoor Research Ferrosi Capri

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Summertime Adventures with Jambu

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Jambu Kids Dragonfly & Jambu Waterbug Barefoot

Whether it’s zip lining through lush rainforests, hiking along riverbeds, kayaking, or just spending a fun-filled day at the beach, Jambu has your feet covered this summer!

Their selection of lightweight, water-friendly shoes allows you to get as adventurous as you’d like this summer, without having to constantly switch shoes. Because after all, life is a constant journey, and we all need the right shoes that can keep up with the terrain!

 

Check out this cool video showing the Jambu Waterbug Barefoot and Jambu Kids Dragonfly in action in beautiful Puerto Rico:

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Staff Picks: Outdoor Activities

Zapponians take their outdoor fun seriously…as you can see from our latest employee photo shoot! From hiking, cycling, swimming and trail running, we love getting out there and enjoying what Mother Nature has to offer.

We asked our four outdoor enthusiasts (and home page models of the week) some questions to get to know them a little bit more:

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What’s your favorite outdoor activity to do on the weekends?

I: I love to play soccer on my days off or pretty much any day! I just recently got into cylcing which is very intense.

What three songs are always on rotation in your playlist when you’re out and about?

I:  “Let it Go”-Calvin Harris feat Ne Yo, “Heartbeat” -Childish Gambino, and “Levels”- Avicci 

Finish this sentence: “If I was in the show “Survivor”, I would have the strongest chance of winning because ________”

I: I am very funny and tall.

What three things are on your wishlist for all those outdoor activities?

I: Brooks Pureflow, Adidas Outdoor Terrex Hiking Shoes and Osprey Ariel 75 Backpack

 


 

 

 

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What’s your favorite outdoor activity to do on the weekends?

J: Speeding down the roads on my TT Bike! 

What three songs are always on rotation in your playlist when you’re out and about?

J:  Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson; need I say more??? 

Finish this sentence: “If I was in the show “Survivor”, I would have the strongest chance of winning because ________”

J: I am SUPER competitive! 

What three things are on your wishlist for all those outdoor activities?

J: Columbia Roamin’ Right™ Knit Dress, Patagonia All Weather Dress, and CEP Allsports Sleeve

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s your favorite outdoor activity to do on the weekends?

D: When the wind isn’t acting up, I LOVE to golf!!!

What three songs are always on rotation in your playlist when you’re out and about?

D: The Motto” - Drake, “Public Service Announcement” -Jay-Z, “On to the Next One” - Jay-Z 

Finish this sentence: “If I was in the show “Survivor”, I would have the strongest chance of winning because ________”

D: I’m an Ex-Navy Seal! Seal Team 6, Whoo Rah!!! 

What three things are on your wishlist for all those outdoor activities?

D: The North Face Men’s Nimble Jacket, Nike Sunset Volley Boardshorts, and Nike Just Do It Swoosh Tee

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s your favorite outdoor activity to do on the weekends?

C: Hiking in the mountains. 

What three songs are always on rotation in your playlist when you’re out and about?

C: I actually prefer not to listen to any music when I’m outdoors. Rare quiet time for myself and makes it easier to connect with your hiking buddies and random strangers you run into on the trail!

Finish this sentence: “If I was in the show “Survivor”, I would have the strongest chance of winning because ________”

C: I’ll research and be prepared (I do analytics for living…) 

What three things are on your wishlist for all those outdoor activities?

C: Suunto Vector, MSR Lightnight Axis Snow Shoes, Lowa Renegade GTX

 


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Ready for an Adventure? Meet the Columbia Drainmaker

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With all the hot temperatures and high humidity most of us are currently experiencing, we can’t help but crave a little amphibious outdoor fun. But first, getting the right gear for such an excursion is very important. That’s where the Columbia Drainmaker™ comes in!

This ingenious shoe not only has the superior drainage needed to tackle any wet terrain, it dries super fast and has excellent grip on wet surfaces. All in all, our perfect go-to shoe for a weekend of fun by the river…or just a great everyday lightweight shoe you’ll want to live in.

Pair them with Columbia Omni-Wick® shorts like the Cross on Over Cargo Shorts for women or the Snake River Water Shorts for men for an ultimate adventure-ready ensemble.

Check out the video below to learn more about the awesome technology behind the Columbia Drainmaker:

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Reel In Some Fun With A Day Of Fishing

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Summertime is just around the corner and that equals lots of one-on-one time with the great outdoors. One of the most enjoyable pastimes for the summer is fishing. What’s not to love? Relaxing on a boat or along the bank of a river, cracking open a cold one, and just enjoying the serenity of the water sounds like a pretty good way to spend a summer day to us!

Check out some of our top picks for making that fishing trip even more blissful. You might even be tempted to put an “I’d Rather Be Fishing” bumper sticker on your car!

-Columbia Airgill™ Woven Long Sleeve Shirt: The Omni-Shield®, Omni-Freeze® and Omni-Shade® technologies in this ingenious shirt keeps you cool, resists stains and offers UPF 50 sun protection. It’s the perfect shirt to wear all summer long.

-Teva Omnium sandals: This quick-drying sandal is super comfortable and durable for all those fishing or hiking adventures.

-Victorinox AnglerThis multi-tasking tool is a fishing enthusiast’s best friend! The 18 sturdy stainless steel tools built in are equipped to handle just about any angling job.

-Quiksilver Soilwork Bushmaker Hat: When the sun is beating down on you, this wide-brim canvas hat comes in very handy. It’s perfect for all your rugged outdoor activities.

-Columbia Bullshark™ Duffel: This durable, waterproof fishing duffel carries all your essentials, from bait to tackle and everything in between.

Heart-Healthy Activity of the Week: Kayaking

If you love the outdoors, kayaking is the perfect heart-healthy activity for you. Anyone can kayak -- it's very simple, requires no experience and amazingly little upper-body strength. It's an especially great activity for those who have lower body (knee, foot, hip, joint, etc.) pain or problems. Kayaking is a low-impact sport, which means that it has little or no wear and tear on the body's joints (unlike running, soccer, football, which are all very high-impact sports).

It should be surprising then to learn that you can burn quite a number of calories kayaking. In just 30 minutes of kayaking, you can burn around 200 calories. The number of calories you burn will, of course, depend on your weight, exercise regime, and how vigorously you are kayaking.

Kayaking is great for building upper-body strength. What's great about it is that it isn't difficult at first -- anyone can rotate the paddle without too much trouble. But as you practice, your body slowly builds considerable upper body strength (including arm, back, chest, and stomach muscles). Unlike lifting weights at the gym, you won't even notice yourself getting stronger.

Even if you aren't out there to burn calories, which most people who kayak are not, it's an extremely relaxing outdoor activity. All you need is a kayak, paddle, life jacket, lake or river, and you're ready to go! And it's always more fun with a friend. The calm of the water is very seductive, and you'll find yourself spending hours on the water on beautiful blue-sky days.

Another great item to take along kayaking is a pair of water shoes like Keens.
Keens are especially great shoes because they are extremely versatile. These sandals have webbing so they are perfect for water sports. They also have a rubber toe, which makes them perfect for hiking (no stubbing your toe on rocks). Also they are extremely supportive and breathable.

Sources
(1) http://www.self.com/calculatorsprograms/calculators/caloriesburned/kayaking