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New Brand Spotlight: Deuter

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Deuter Sport GmbH of Gersthofen, Germany, celebrated its 115th year in 2013, and is one of the leading international technical pack brands. Deuter’s major focus is on the development of innovative, high-quality multiuse packs.

Deuter’s current strength in pack innovation is the ventilated Aircomfort back system they developed and refined over the last 30 years, as well as their complete line of child carriers.

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New Brand: Poler

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Poler™ Outdoor Stuff makes gear for travelers, couch surfers, regular surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, bicyclists, parents, kids, car campers, and anyone else looking for something rad to wear. If you're about great value, having fun on road trips, and spending quality time outdoors, Poler has got the stuff you need!

If you're someone who adventures all over the world wearing jeans, tees, and sneakers, or a person who carves their own path in the world without regard for what the posers and naysayers think, Poler Outdoor Stuff has got you covered.

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Spring Picks: Hiking & Camping Gear

Despite some snowy conditions in a few parts of the country, the official arrival of spring brings with it a promise of warmer days in the horizon. That means the prime season to get in a little quality time with Mother Nature is finally within reach!

If you’re planning on escaping the hustle and bustle for a bit with some springtime hiking and camping, take a peek at a few of our favorite essential gear to get you ready:

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1. Petzl Tikka® Plus 2

2. Patagonia Refugio Pack 28L

3. Mountain Hardwear Flip 35/50 Sleeping Bag

4. Victorinox Camper

5. Big Agnes Foldable Chair

6. Kelty Luma Tech Lantern

7. The North Face Women’s Borealis Backpack

8. Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6-Person Tent


 

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Hit the Trails this Spring!

As temperatures thaw out, the opportunities to get out there and reconnect with your beloved hiking trails multiply tremendously. So why not take advantage of the gorgeous days ahead, lace up a new pair of hiking shoes and get some much-needed time away from your computer, TV and cell phone? Go ahead! Unplug for a little while! It's good for you.

Check out our great selection of women’s hiking boots & men’s hiking boots from tried-and-trusted brands like Merrell, Keen and The North Face!

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Women’s:

1.The North Face Verbena Hiker II GX

2.Keen Voyageur Mid

3.Merrell Salida Mid Waterproof

 

Men’s:

1.adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast X GTX

2.Keen Verdi II WP

3.Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid

 

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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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The Quicklist: Outdoor Edition

Hold on to your socks because we’ve got our first-ever Outdoor Quicklist coming your way! Here’s everything you need to explore the great outdoors and beyond... Check it out:

 

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1. inov-8 F-Lite™ 230 Unisex

2. Keen "Targhee" II Men's

3. Mountain Hardware Plasmic Jacket-Men's

4. Mountain Hardware Plasmic Jacket-Women's

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5. Kuhl "Rydr" Pant-Men's

6. Kuhl "Bandita" Convertible Pant-Women's

7. Suunto "Vector" Watch

8. CamelBak Classic 70oz. Hyrdration Pack

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New Brand: Hanwag

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Hanwag® has made high-quality and long-lasting hiking, trekking, and hunting footwear at their headquarters in Vierkirchen, near Munich, Bavaria since 1921. Throughout their 90-year history Hanwag has combined constant innovation with premium craftsmanship and durability. Hanwag boots are primarily made in Europe in areas renowned for their history of quality shoemaking.

While Hanwag is known for their boots being lightweight and flexible, they are also famous for their double-stitching technique, which few contemporary shoe makers master, making their boots incredibility durable.

Sustainability is also extremely important to Hanwag – as they consider nature and the mountains everyone's playground. This is why Hanwag is committed to using resources efficiently, keeping transport to a minimum and working with materials that are as environmentally friendly as possible.

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