The winter months in Minnesota can be unbearably long and cold. The only way to combat the weather and winter blues is to brave up, battle the cold and get outside for some refreshing seasonal exercise. Of course to do this you need the appropriate gear, stuff that keeps you warm, cozy and enables your best performance. Once of my favorite places for outdoor apparel and accessories is located right in my hometown of Stillwater.
Located on Main Street, 45˚ is the epitome of a well-equipped sporting goods store, with all the benefits that local can offer: laidback, accessible and reasonably priced.
Body & Feet:
They offer a beautiful and quality selection of men’s and women’s outdoor wear (keeping you warm and dry), innerwear (for extra warmth), and even underwear (great for all day comfort!). Brands include Cloudveil, Ibex, and Mountain Hardware that offer options such as jackets, shells, gloves and hats. They have Horny Toad, Kavu, and Kuhl fleeces (which are basically my standard at home gear), sweaters, tops and pants. What I love about their appropriately sized selection is that these garments not only do their job – keep you warm and sweat free – but are equally successful in making you look sophisticated and trendy.
Trust me, if you are looking for a gift for your man (perhaps for Valentine’s Day) 45 Degrees is a superb place to shop. He’ll love the thoughtfulness of your gift and you’ll love the way he looks in one of their beautiful Merino wool sweaters! And if you’re going all out, you can literally dress him from head to toe. From Keen hats to Cloudveil gloves, Rab jackets to handy eco-bags, Vasque boots to Superfeet insoles, 45 Degrees has full-body solutions.
In terms of footwear, they offer a selection of trail shoes (hiking boots) and daily shoes (think UGG, Keen, and Simple) that are durable, comfortable and look good.
For outdoor adventures of a more intense nature, 45 Degrees provides plenty of gadget and gear options like sleeping bags, back packs, dry sacks, filtration systems, compasses, first aid kits, utensils and even furniture.
Their website is especially helpful as it provides gear lists for a variety of different activities, so you’ll know exactly what is recommended for a day hike, and a boundary waters or a backpacking trip. They also tout their staff as local and global resources, so you’re encouraged to come in, explore the store, look at maps and ask questions.
At 45 Degrees you can enjoy a fun product selection at good value, as well as a comfortable shopping atmosphere. What makes this store different is that you can tell they truly care about the outdoors and the process of experiencing it in the best possible way.