Monthly Archives: October 2010

It’s pouring, do you know where your rain jacket is?

We are experiencing our first serious rain in months, which might send you to your closet looking for your rain jacket.  Chances are, you can’t find it or you need a new one.  We have worked up a guide to walk you through some of our featured rain jackets and their price points.

1.  The North Face Venture Jacket:  ($99) Simplistic in nature, the Venture jacket is easily compressible for travel, but can withstand a severe rainstorm.  It has a fully adjustable, attached hood with visor, pit-zips, and a hem cinch cord to fit any frame.  This jacket is waist length.
The North Face Venture Jacket

2.  Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket: ($119) This is Patagonia’s answer for a lightweight, breathable, and packable rain shell.  The Torrenshell jacket is a little more fitted than the Venture jacket and cut a little longer in the back.  It has a stow-away hood and pit zips for ventilation.  It consists of 2.5-layer nylon ripstop shell with a waterproof/breathable H2No® barrier and Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish for wet weather protection.Patagonia Torrentshell

3. Mountain Hardwear Cohesion Jacket: ($165)  This is Mountain Harwear’s super-light, full featured backcountry shell with Conduit™ DT for superior dry touch next-to-skin comfort. It has stretch panels on the arms and back for a more active fit that does not hinder your movement.  This jacket is easily packable and includes a roll away hood for convenience.Mountain Hardwear Cohesion Jacket

4.  Arc’teryx Beta SL: ($250) This is a wonderful Arc’teryx jacket for those of you who love Gore-tex, but require a light weight and minimalistic design.  It is perfect for the pack weight conscious hiker or as an everyday rain shell to throw in your bag on the way to work.  The trim fit hood allows for excellent side visibility, and it is also helmet compatible. This is a waist length jacket to accommodate backpack hip belt.
Arc'teryx Beta SL

5.  Arc’teryx Theta SL:  ($350)  The Theta SL shares similarities with the Beta SL, in that it is lightweight, waterproof (Gore-Tex), and breathable.  However, this Arc’teryx shell is cut below the hips and has a zip away hood.  The Theta SL also has reinforcements on the shoulders and arms for protection in more extreme conditions.

Arc'teryx Theta SL

If you have more questions about these jackets and others we have in the stores, feel free to swing by and ask our knowledgeable staff.  We want to find the perfect rain shell for you.

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24th Annual Outdoors Inc Cyclocross Championship

With Memphis cycling in the spotlight, how could you miss one of the premier bike events in our city?

When:  Sunday, November 14, 2010 – registrations at 8 am, Races begin at 9am
Where:  Greenbelt Park – Mud Island, Memphis, TN.
Who:  USCF licensed riders (day licenses available at race) and Kid/Juniors
What:  Cyclocross racing is 40 to 50 minutes of heart-pounding, adrenaline-fueled bike racing.  The course is approximately 1.5 miles long in length with barricades requiring dismount from the rider’s bike.

Grand Opening of the Shelby Farms Greenline = Success

This weekend we got the opportunity to be involved with the opening of the Shelby Farms Greenline, the first of it’s kind in Memphis.  People from all over town gathered along the Greenline to celebrate the trail connecting Binghampton to Shelby Farms.  This was a huge step  for Memphis, pushing us in a more bike-pedestrian friendly direction.  Everyone that we talked to glowed with the excitement of the Greenline.

If you stopped by the festivities, what was your favorite part?  The DJ bike sled? The community togetherness?

Shelby Farms Greenline Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Rejoice!

And the bikers, runners, skaters, and walkers rejoiced.

This last Tuesday marked the official opening of the Shelby Farms Greenline starting at Tillman street stretching out to Shelby Farms Park.  Although it is no secret that the Greenline has been, well, crowded weeks before the official opening, it is only expected to get more populated over time.

The Greenline’s Grand Opening event Saturday is expected to pack the trail with skaters, bikers and pedestrians alike.  Be on the lookout for a bike sled, propelled by two bikes, and a bike powered generator.  You can’t miss it, because it will be carrying a DJ booth.  Yes, a DJ booth.

Come on out and enjoy Memphis’ first Greenline.  It’s something to celebrate!  We will be set up with a tent at the High Point Terrace area, so be sure to stop in and say hello!

 

Outdoors Inc Voted Best in Memphis!

Outdoors Inc was voted  #1 best athletic outfitter and #3 best bike shop in the Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis.  Thanks so much to everyone who voted for us.  We really do have the best customers around!