El Niño is Coming!

How will El Niño affect you this year?

With an epic weather event forecasted for us this year, preparation is the key to comfort. It’s never fun getting caught in the rain…well, ok, sometimes it is. And it’s even less fun being cold in the rain. There are a lot of things that can make this winter comfortable, but a clothing choice can make or break that special trip. Even if you’re not planning on being around, weather is always a factor, so let us help you get prepared with two things in mind: function and fashion.

With El Niño staring us in the face, we know it could get pretty wet this year. That will bring some relief from the more than one hundred plus days we had more than one hundred degree temperatures. What you wear during this time functions as a barrier from you and the wet and harsh elements. The Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket, for Men and Women, was built for flash storm protection. At only 6.4 (Mens) and 5.5 (Womens) ounces, it’s breathable and 100% waterproof. Best yet, you can compress it down to the size of a granola bar for maximum space saving for when you need it. The Exofficio Women’s DryFlyLite Shirt is UPF 30+, wicking, ventilated, lightweight, and the list goes on. It’s roll-sleeve tabs can easily offer a cooler option when needed. Their Sol Cool shirts and hoodies up the UPF to 50+. You can also try the PrAna Stretch Zion for men and Halle pant for women. They’re durable and water resistant and have a roll up leg feature.

Fashion often screams for something other than greens, tans, and browns. Most of the function options discussed above come in a variety of colors but there’s always more. We still carry the ever popular Kuhl but now you'll find Arc'Teryx and Mountain Hardwear to the mix. The Arc’Teryx Atom LT Vest keeps your core warmth right where it needs to be, adding a layer for altitude adventures. Stylish solids and plaids keep you looking great and as always, if you don’t see the color or style you’re looking for in the store, we can do a special order and get it for you.