Get Up for Ice Fishing Season

Get the most out of your ice fishing trips with the right equipment.

Love fishing? Then why limit yourself to just the warm months of the year? Even in the coldest weeks of winter, as far from the open waters of summer as possible, fishermen can still get their fix with ice fishing—with a few crucial pieces of equipment.

Shelter

Just because you want to do some ice fishing doesn’t mean you should have to endure harsh winter weather. That’s where a shelter comes in. With portable, permanent and semi-permanent options, there’s surely a great option available. Many even come with a sled-shaped bottom, perfect for pulling or towing out to your favorite spot.

Auger

Once your shelter is set up, the next step is to drill through the ice with the help of a handy ice auger. Essentially a large drill with metal blades on the end, it goes through the ice like a hot knife through butter. And with electric, gas-powered and manual options, you’ll have a line in the water in no time flat.

Heater

Along with bundling up in the warmest boots, pants and parkas you can find, buying a heater might be a good idea to stay comfortable in your shelter while ice fishing. With the use of propane, these heaters are perfectly portable and can make your shelter as warm as the summers you’re used to fishing in. Just be sure to read the label and ensure that the model you choose can be used in an enclosed area.

Rod and Reel

If you haven’t tried ice fishing before, you might notice that the rod and reel combos are quite a bit shorter than you’re used to. This is because there’s no need to cast; you simply drop your line into the water. The materials of the equipment, though, are mostly the same as your full-size combo. And with super lightweight and sensitive tips, you’ll see and feel when that lunker latches on.

Tip-ups

Want to increase your odds of catching fish, but only want to manage one line? One of the most popular devices used to assist ice fishermen is the tip-up. A small device, the tip-up goes over the hole in the ice, and a baited line from it drops down into the water. Once set, and once a fish takes the bait, the tip-up springs into action, setting the hook automatically and raising a flag (literally!) to show the fisherman it’s been set.

Dunham’s Sports has what you need to try your hand at ice fishing this winter.

-Hook, Line & Sinker

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The Science of Snowshoeing

Taking your first steps toward a new outdoor activity.

There are few things better than a great hike on a beautiful day, checking out gorgeous scenery and snapping the perfect photo. But for most hikers, that fun ends when the snow falls. However, a somewhat unknown alternative can help those who need to scratch their exploratory itch: snowshoeing.

Snowshoes gives explorers the ability to walk on up to 2 full feet of snow without falling through. In fact, any snow amount between 2 inches and 2 feet can call for snowshoes, enabling trekkers to keep their legs moving throughout the winter.

“Snowshoes give users the ability to explore, encounter and experience the most our outdoors provides in the winter,” explains Brent Tommerdahl of Expedition Outdoors. “The purpose of snowshoes is to allow you to stay aloft in deep snow conditions, in terrain you would never normally go.”

All About Aluminum

If you’re new to snowshoeing, there are a few factors to keep in mind when looking for a first pair. There are different bindings, materials and weights to consider. The binding mechanisms, either a ratchet strap or quick set–quick release, offer a couple different methods of keeping the snowshoe on your foot while allowing for an easy removal.

The ratchet style has two straps that feed through a small clip; then you simply pull until a snug, comfortable fit. To remove, simply press the release clip and remove the strap. The quick set–quick release, or “Quick Tight,” however, is made more for those younger snowshoers or folks who could struggle to reach down to their feet. It’s simply a matter of personal preference and what works best for the user.

When looking at frames, it might be difficult to find what works best for you. But according to Tommerdahl, anodized aluminum is a must.

“The benefits of aluminum is that it doesn’t rot or rust and it’s lightweight,” said Tommerdahl. “The type we use is very strong, so the frame is difficult to break. Anodization is twofold. It’s for cosmetics, meaning the color, and it protects the aluminum from corroding or tinting of the metal.”

Snowshoe Specifics

Once you get an idea for what materials and binding type works for you, the next step is to find and select the perfect pair to get you going. Expedition provides four models: Truger, Classic Trail, Expedition Trail and Explorer Plus. Each offers some different variations, so there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find the right pair. And if you’re in need of some accessories, many shoes come in kit form and include a carrying case and walking poles.

With the Truger series, you’ll find an anodized gray frame made of lightweight and strong 7075 aluminum, the “Quick Tight” binding system and an articulating silicone and stainless steel toe bar brace. The Classic Trail, while also made of the 7075 aluminum, offers a one-hand ratchet system as opposed to the “Quick Tight” system.

The Expedition Trail series boasts the same aluminum type as the two previous models but offers a dual ratchet system for added security, an articulating toe brace bar and a handy carrying bag. Finally, the Explorer Plus gets you a durable 6061 aluminum frame with a bright golden bronze frame and dual ratchet bindings.

Location, Location, Location

The world is your oyster when it comes to where to snowshoe. Most city parks, state parks and even national parks encourage snowshoeing. And if you know the right folks, even private land (as long as you have permission, of course) can be utilized for snowshoeing.

“Woods, lakes, parks, swamps, mountains and hills are great places to trek,” Tommerdahl suggested.

However, there are a few safety concerns to consider when hitting the terrain, like the use of caution in areas that are unfamiliar. When snow is covering the ground, it can be difficult to judge what’s underneath it, so consider that the terrain underneath could be dangerous, and proceed carefully.

Tommerdahl suggests trekking in the daylight hours, or if you do get out at night, make sure to bring a compass and have proper lighting. “If you are a beginner, practice in your yard, local parks or easy areas to trek,” he explained. “Once your skills improve, find your way into the outdoors.”

Even as the snow begins to fall, covering up the gorgeous green hiking trails that trekkers covered all spring, summer and fall, the exploration doesn’t need to end. With all of the various features available in Expedition Outdoors snowshoes, there’s no doubt a perfect fit out there to ensure that your sense of adventure can stay alive and well all winter long.

-Ski Bum

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Shop Smarter This Holiday

Keep your shopping list – and your sanity – in check this holiday season!

What comes to mind when you think about holiday shopping? For a lot of people, it’s stress. Between the hit on your pocketbook, the crowded malls and determining what to buy everyone on your list, it’s easy to get stressed out.

No worries. Dunham’s is here to provide a few ideas to make it a little easier on you and your wallet.

Make a List

A real timesaver is to list the names of the people you want to buy gifts for including ideas and places where those gifts might be found. Do your thinking before hitting the stores.

Start Early

Why wait for the holiday season to begin shopping? If you see the perfect gift for someone, why not grab it earlier rather than later? You’ll have the advantage of ample inventory and sales.

Keep Track of Spending

Create a preliminary budget for what you plan to spend on each person. This will help you stay on budget. Keep track of actual expenses too. That way, you will know where your money went when the January bills arrive.

Do Your Research

Maybe you need a new driver or a piece of high-tech equipment like a treadmill. For these gifts and many more, do your research beforehand. Read online reviews. They’ll provide you with insight as to the best brand or model others have experienced. It’ll also help steer you away from those that haven’t performed very well.

Take Advantage of Loyalty Programs

Dunham’s Sports offers customers many ways to save—not just during the holidays, but every day.

One way is with the Dunham’s Rewards Program. It’s a great program for anyone who loves to save as much as they love to shop at Dunham’s. Signing up is quick and easy. Simply visit dunhamssports.com for details. You’ll start with a 20% off, one item coupon. Then you’ll receive information about sales, store events, sweepstakes and more. You’ll even get a 30% off, one item coupon to use during your birthday month!

Another is the Team Discount Program. For coaches or leaders of sports organizations, members get discounts on behalf of their group. It includes a 10% off discount card that can be used anytime on regular priced purchases. It also includes emails with information about products specific to your sport and a 20% off, the entire purchase coupon good for weekends during your season.

Are you a leader at your company or organization? Check out the Dunham’s Company – Corporate Discount Program. It’s free and employees of your company will enjoy the benefits of saving at Dunham’s too. They’ll receive their own 10% off discount card to use throughout the year. You’ll receive emails about products and special coupons that can be forwarded to them. There is also the Group-Organization and the Sportsmen’s Club Discount programs. Both work in the same way as the Corporate Discount Program.

This holiday season, why not give yourself the gift of rewards programs like those offered by Dunham’s? You’ll not only save yourself some money, you’ll be the hero of gift giving.

-Your Friends at Dunham’s

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Dunham’s Sports is Getting Pinteresting

Looking for a fun, new way to keep up with all the best athletic gear from brands you love like Nike and Under Armour? Check out the Dunham’s Sports Pinterest boards at www.pinterest.com/dunhamssports!
 
Since joining the social media platform Dunham’s has packed more then 20 boards with great information to help you Get In The Game®. Dunham’s has also started running sweepstakes, so be sure to watch for them in the future. Just ask Mark G. of Ohio who won a $75 Dunhams’s gift card just for following us.
 
One board, titled “Dunham’s Sports,” helps customers access web hot deals, weekly circulars, digital guides, store location information, the Get in the Game® magazine and more!
 
“Everything is at the customer’s fingertips,” said Gavina Cochran of Dunham’s. “Anyone who follows this board is keeping up with the latest updates at Dunham’s.”
 
Dunham’s has created boards with pins on topics such as tailgating, camping, hunting and watersports. You can find information on the Dunham’s Pinterest account about specific products such as footwear, workout clothing, bicycles and golf equipment. There are also boards for inspirational quotes, exercise tips, fitness and healthy cooking.
 
“I personally love looking for exercise tips and inspirational quotes,” Cochran said. “Pins like those keep me on track with my life journey.”
 
Cochran said Pinterest is a great way for Dunham’s to keep up with what the customer is really looking for. Cochran said that through Pinterest, Dunham’s is hoping to get to know its customers better. Pinterest can make your shopping experience with Dunham’s even more fun!
 
“We get to interact with our customer on a personal level,” Cochran said. “It’s also rewarding to see our customers happy as they like and repin our products. It lets us know we are on the right track with customer satisfaction, trends and product lines.”
 
The Dunham’s Sports Pinterest account already has over 2,300 followers. Join the fun and get great ideas about how to stay fit and healthy. Just go to www.pinterest.com/dunhamssports and click on the Follow All button. You’ll automatically get all of Dunham’s latest pins loaded right onto your Pinterest homepage. You can like, repin or send the pins to your Pinterest friends. Let Dunham’s know what you want to see with Pinterest!
 
What is Pinterest?
 
Pinterest is a free social media website that allows sharing through pictures, also known as pins. Users can create accounts on both desktop and mobile devices with boards related to any topic, such as cooking, fashion and exercise. Boards act like virtual corkboards and hold pins which can be clicked. Those pins link to websites with information users want to have on hand. Pins can be obtained from other users’ boards or other websites. Pinterest does not release user information, but a 2014 article on nymag.com says experts estimate that the platform has about 40 million active users each month.
 
Check out these Dunham’s Pinterest Boards
 
• Dunham’s Sports
• Women’s Workout Gear
• Cooking Healthy
• Exercise Tips
• Fitness
• Breast Cancer Awareness
• Yoga
• Coats and Jackets
• Back to School
• Tailgating
• Hunting
• Watersport
• Active Kids!
• Camping
• Bikes
• Golf
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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Do It On The Ice

Real fishermen & Women don’t call it quits when lake freezes over.
 
Fishing through the ice is a great way to extend the season. It doesn’t require a lot of gear, since casting isn’t part of the equation. What is necessary if you want to fish in comfort is an ice fishing shelter. Dunham’s, your ice fishing headquarters, carries a range of shelters in hub, cabin and flip-up styles.
 
Hub-style shelters provide plenty of room. They’re inexpensive, sturdy, light and easy to set up. Attached to the ice with anchors they remain in place when the wind howls.
 
Dunham’s stocks three Fatfish hub-style shelters from Eskimo. The Fatfish 767 measures 76-by 76-inches at the base and stands 67-inches tall. Collapsed, it can be carried on your back. Fatfish 949 and 949i shelters measure 94- by 94-inches at the base, stand 80-inches high and can accommodate three to four. The 949i is insulated, making it 35% warmer than a non-insulated shelter.
 
Two Shappell hub-style shelters are available. The Wide House 5500 has a floor area of 75- by 75-inches and is 68-inches high. The Wide House 6500 has a floor area of 90- by 90-inches.and is 80 inches tall.
 
Cabin-style shelters are heavier than hub-style shelters and set up like a tent. They come with a built-in floor for extra warmth. Once setup they should be anchored.
 
The Shappell DX 3000 shelter measure 45- by 72-inches and is 72-inches high. Features include six removable windows and two fishing holes with covers.
 
Flip-style shelters are for anglers on the move. If you fish more than a couple of spots each time you head out on the ice, a transportable flip-type shelter might be right for you. Built on sleds they can be easily raised and lowered.
 
Two flip-style shelters from Shappell are available: the FX100 and FX 200. Both feature solid one-piece flip frames. Full width padded sliding bench seats provide plenty of comfort and help reduce the amount of gear that you have to carry. Because the base is a sled, packing up and moving is painless. The FX 100 is 44-inches wide by 85-inches deep when set up. Overall height is 59-inches. The FX 200 is 60-inches wide by 88-inches deep at a height of 61-inches.
 
Also available at select Dunham’s locations is the Wide1 Inferno flip-style shelter from Eskimo. The shelter measures 85-inches by 51-inches at the base and stands 60.5-inches tall. Fully insulated for extra warmth, it comes with an expandable bottom and a comfortable swivel seat.
 
The fish await, so let’s gather up some gear, head out on the ice and drill some fishing holes. Few other outdoor activities are as inexpensive, entertaining and rewarding.
 
-Hook, Line & Sinker
 
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Wandering Around This Winter

For thousands of years, man has struggled with getting around in snowy, icy conditions. Snowshoes made from pine tree branches and trekking poles made from tree limbs were about as advanced as this technology got. Lucky for us, we have the advantage of modern technologies and constant innovation to give us affordable, effective methods of getting around in the winter’s worst.
 
Staying On Top
 
What’s the real benefit to wearing a tennis racquet-looking contraption on your feet? How does that help you walk on deep snow? According to Dan Roy of Yukon Charlie’s/Synergy Sports, it’s the design that keeps a snowshoer from sinking down into the snow.
 
“In deeper snow conditions, snowshoes will keep the user from sinking right in up to their waist, which would make it almost impossible to walk or travel through,” Roy explains. “By using snowshoes, the user’s weight is distributed under the area of the snowshoe which allows the user to walk through snow with a much more reasonable level of exertion and stability.”
 
But it’s not just the deep, fluffy snow that is best for snowshoes. Because of their wider design and crampon treads on the bottom, walkers wearing snowshoes on harder, icier terrain will also benefit from the use of snowshoes.
 
One of the most important features to keep in mind when shopping for snowshoes are the bindings. Roy explains that with Yukon Charlie’s, they designed a 1-pull binding system that enables the user to take them off easily as well as EVA padding, which eliminates hot spots and pressure points for longer treks. No matter the terrain, be it deep and fluffy or hard and slick, snowshoes will keep you on your feet this winter.
 
A Well-Balanced Trek
 
What about keeping your balance in these wintry conditions? No matter the season or weather, trekking poles will keep hikers balanced and hiking as far as they can. In order to keep a trekking pole from sinking right into the snow, as a traditional walking stick would, snow baskets act as a snowshoe for your trekking pole. They displace the weight and pressure, keeping the trekking pole from sinking into the snow.
 
“Typically, the snow baskets are larger in diameter, which helps to prevent the trekking pole from just pushing right through a pile of snow and sinking to the bottom. The trekking baskets are smaller, as the ground conditions during non-snow seasons are firmer and do not need the larger basket to be able to gain some firm ground underneath.”
 
Through Snow and Ice
 
But if you’re not necessarily looking to be hiking or walking in terrain that would require the use of snowshoes or a trekking pole, there’s another variety for the minimalists out there. And the best part is that they’ll allow you to wear them with any type of footwear. Although, we wouldn’t recommend wearing these in high heels.
 
YakTrax are made from elastic outer bands with steel coils along the bottom — similar in design to the crampons on snowshoes — fit easily over existing footwear, offering a safe grip in icier conditions, even for runners.
 
“Anyone and everyone who has to stand or move across ice and snow can use them,” explains Eric Lund of Implus. “Mailmen, construction workers, utility workers, or anyone that spends a lot of time outside on their feet will appreciate the Yaktrax Pro. Runners and athletes will appreciate the Yaktrax Run, which has a hybrid coil and spike design and anatomic right/left design that makes it ideal for natural running and jogging on ice and snow.”
 
Dry and Repeat
 
As anyone who’s hiked, or even made a snowman, can relate, winter conditions often result in cold, wet gear. However, it’s not only moisture coming from the snow. As activity increases, so does the amount of sweat that winter gear can absorb. And when your gear gets wet, it means you get cold. Luckily, through warm air-circulation, DryGuy dryers can quickly get all of your attire warm and dry so you can get back out in the snow.
 
“Heating elements in the dryers warm the surrounding air which circulates in and out of the footwear, evaporating the moisture as it leaves,” said Lund. “This can be convection based, where warm air currents rise naturally which is usually a slower, overnight dry system. Overnight or it can be forced air based, which a fan physically pushes the warmed air for accelerated drying.”
 
As Lund explains, DryGuy has been on the forefront of innovating these older, convection-based dryers that kept snow enthusiasts at bay. The advances that they’ve made aren’t limited to speed of drying — they’re also focused on safety.
 
“There are also now a variety of portable units available,” said Lund. “Today, dryers also have timers to automatically shut off, and thermal switches to shut the unit down in the event of overheating, reducing risk of fire.”
 
When winter arrives, bringing in those beautiful snowy landscapes, they’ll also bring dangerous icy conditions. However, that shouldn’t sway anyone from getting out there and experiencing all that winter has to offer outdoor enthusiasts. While earlier man resorted to items found in nature to assist them in getting around, products from Yukon Charlie’s, YakTrax and DryGuys offer efficient, affordable and most important, effective methods to wander around this winter.
 
-Ski Bum
 
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The Hot Setup

A great pair of high-tech winter boots can keep your tootsies toasty warm on the coldest winter days.
 
Cold, wet feet. What could be worse? Only the proverbial “sharp stick in the eye” could be more uncomfortable on a damp and frigid winter day.
 
For those of us who refuse to spend the colder months confined to our home, few things are as important as a great pair of boots. When I was a kid, eons ago, winter foot protection called for heavily oiled or waxed leather boots pulled on over multiple layers of woolen socks that my grandmother knitted or rubber boots over shoes. The first couldn’t be counted on to keep the water out while the latter provided minimal protection from frigid temperatures and were seemingly designed to make one stumble awkwardly to the accompaniment of thumping and squishing sounds.
 
Thankfully, modern technology has changed all that. Today’s best boots can keep the outdoor enthusiast warm and dry for hours on end. They’re far lighter in weight and more comfortable than the boots of old and the best of the lot don’t limit mobility.
 
Dunham’s carries a wide range of outdoor footwear including the latest winter boots from Under Armour, Columbia and Ranger.
 
The Under Armour Clackamas boot for men and women was first seen at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Now this high-tech premium boot is in full production and available at Dunham’s. With 200 grams of PrimaLoft® insulation, the boot can ward off the worst of winter’s cold. According to Iiley Thompson, Senior Director, Outdoor Footwear for Under Armour, PrimaLoft insulates better over a longer period of time than other common insulating materials.
 
“We took a ton of weight out of these boots,” says Thompson. “They’re ideal for trekking around in the snow.”
 
Columbia Sportswear’s Bugaboot is a waterproof lightweight boot that’s available for men and women. Mark Waddle of Columbia, says the boots are temperature rated to -25°F. A Techlite™ lightweight midsole provides superior cushioning and high energy return. A full 200 grams of insulation helps ensure long-lasting cold-weather comfort.
 
The Apun winter boot from Ranger features a waterproof lower boot stitched to a flexible oiled-suede leather upper. A 3/4-inch removable foam liner provides insulation to keep feet warm even when temperatures reach -50°F. A steel shank supports the arch, and a ClawMax outsole provides superior traction in winter weather.
 
The great outdoors is a wonderful winter playground, but it’s no fun if you don’t have the right gear. Stop by Dunham’s today to try on some winter boots and see our full range of outdoor apparel. Your Dunham’s sales consultant can help you choose exactly what you need to stay warm and dry all winter long.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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Under Armour: A History of Innovation

The axiom is that if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door. In 1996, Kevin Plank decided he wanted to build a better T-shirt, one that would help athletes better regulate their body heat by wicking perspiration away from their body, thereby keeping them cooler and dryer. He created the original compression T-shirt and founded Under Armour.
 
Under Armour’s desire for innovation quickly resulted in the ColdGear® mock turtleneck, which was launched in 1998. Still available today, ColdGear products give wearers the ability to battle the elements with a soft, brushed inner layer that circulates heat, and an element-battling outer layer that keeps them dry and protected.
 
ColdGear Infrared
 
Helping athletes and the rest of us stay even warmer in cold weather is Under Armour’s ColdGear Infrared, introduced in 2013.
 
“ColdGrear Infrared products go well beyond the compression products favored by many cold-weather outdoor enthusiasts. It features a soft, thermo-conductive coating on the inside of the garment that absorbs and retains body heat. Then, by taking advantage of a print format also incorporated into the inner layer of the product, the absorbed heat is redistributed evenly, keeping wearers warmer longer,” said Under Armour’s Brendan Hanley.
 
ColdGear Infrared is ideally suited for any snow sport. It’s lightweight and it’s not bulky, meaning it’s not cumbersome, thereby providing full range of motion. That also makes it ideal when you’re looking to extend the season of your favorite activity. A number of my fellow golfers use wear ColdGear Infrared apparel in early spring and late fall.
 
“For those who are likely to spend a great deal of time outdoors this winter, we recommend beginning with a ColdGear Infrared baselayer that includes leggings and a fitted mock turtleneck or crew neck shirt,” Hanley added.
 
From this base, it’s easy to transition into mid- and outer layers that are sport-specific. For example, for hunters, Under Armour offers ColdGear Infrared camo jackets and pants with the company’s UA Scent Control technology. This outer layer is 100% waterproof and features tapered seams to keep you completely dry and protected from the elements.
 
“Don’t overlook the importance of keeping your extremities warm. A number of our Under Armour hats, gloves and footwear also feature ColdGear Infrared, making them ideal for colder weather,” Hanley explained.
 
For additional warmth, a number of Under Armour products, including outer shells and boots, feature PrimaLoft insulation, a proprietary combination of natural down material and high-performance synthetics for optimal warmth. It was created by an Under Armour partner.
 
“Staying warm in cold weather used to require bundling up so much that movement was difficult. That’s not the case anymore. Our products with PrimaLoft insulation, for example, are lightweight, water-resistant, breathable, and can be compressed without losing warmth. A great deal of our hunting apparel features both PrimaLoft and ColdGear Infrared technologies, ensuring warmth and maximum movement for more successful hunts,” Hanley said.
 
UA MagZip
 
One of the latest innovations from Under Armour is this year’s UA MagZip. It features an ingenious design that makes it easier to zip jackets using only one hand.
 
“Our UA MagZip features magnetic male and female connections, so the minute the zipper ends get close, they line up and snap together. This a huge leap forward for anyone who’s ever had to fumble with lining up a zipper while wearing gloves,” Hanley added.
 
The idea for the MagZip came from Under Armour’s Future Show Open Innovation Challenge, a contest that allows entrepreneurs to submit ideas for consideration. It was submitted by someone who has a family member with myotonic dystrophy, a genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body.
 
Innovations Abound
 
Here are a few other noteworthy Under Armour innovations:
 
• Charged Cotton – 2011. It features the comfort of cotton, but dries much faster and performs with an athlete’s body.
 
• Charged Cotton Storm – 2011. It adds water-resistance to Charged Cotton, enabling the wearer to stay warm and dry. This makes Charged Cotton Storm ideal for hiking, running, practicing or playing.
 
• Coldblack – 2011. There’s a reason why summer colors are lighter and winter colors are darker. Darker fabrics absorb the sun’s UV rays and heat up quickly, while lighter ones repel UV rays. Thanks to Under Armour’s coldblack, a revolutionary fabric that reflects even the nastiest heat, you can wear black (or other dark colors) even in the middle of summer.
 
Kevin Plank went well beyond building a better mousetrap. What started as a business in Plank’s grandmother’s basement is today a global, multi-billion-dollar brand, creating some of the most innovative apparel, footwear and accessories in the industry. That’s testament to the company’s dedication to continual improvement.
 
Visit your local Dunham’s Sport and speak with one of our knowledgeable experts to discover Under Armour products that can make your favorite sport or hobby more enjoyable.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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Take a Vacation from the Winter Blues

 
Winter is almost here. That means staying in and waiting for spring — right? Not at all! There are plenty of activities you can do in the winter, no matter where you live. You can even plan a getaway to one of the many winter sports resorts in the United States.
 
From coast to coast, you can find a resort for yourself or your family to satisfy all your winter sports desires. Those traveling to the West Coast, Midwest and northeastern parts of the country will find an abundance of resorts close by, but others will not have to travel far. There are winter sports resorts all over the country to satisfy any of your cold-weather interests.
 
“States as far south as North Carolina and Tennessee feature ski resorts that also offer other winter sports, such as ice skating and tubing,” said TripAdvisor Public Relations Specialist Julie Cassetina.
 
You don’t even need to find mountains to find great winter sports, Cassetina said. There are Winter Wonderlands all across the U.S.!
 
“While the mountainous regions of the East and West Coasts are the most popular destinations for winter sports, travelers in the comparatively flat Midwest can find resorts that offer plenty of snow-filled fun across the Great Plains,” Cassetina said.
 
Popular resort destinations in the western half of the United States include Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.; Park City, Utah; Big Bear Region, Calif.; and Sun Valley, Idaho. Eastern destinations include Lake Placid, N.Y.; North Conway, N.H.; and Stowe, Vt.
 
Those living in the Midwest can find a variety of Winter sports resorts as well, including Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Mich.; Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior in Lutsen, Minn.; Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Mich.; and Granite Peak in Wausau, Wisc.
 
Ski-lovers will find a plethora of trails to suit their needs at nearly any winter sports resort. For example, Boyne Highlands has 55 trails on 435 skiable acres, which makes it the largest ski area in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. You even find a resort —like Boyne — with a variety of room styles, from hotel rooms to condos and cottages.
 
Erin Ernst, director of communications for Boyne, suggests that resort-goers consider their skill level when choosing a resort. If you are new to skiing, for example, you should see if the resort offers lessons or free hills to beginners.
 
“There are many factors to explore when considering a winter resort for vacationing,” Ernst said. “Lodging options, resort offerings and variety of winter sports should all be taken into consideration.”
 
Looking to branch out for your winter sports vacation? You aren’t limited to skiing! You can find resorts that offer almost any winter activity you desire. Cassetina said resorts are branching out in their offering to accommodate sports such as horseback riding, dogsledding, snowshoe hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
 
Heading out into the snow is fun—but it can be dangerous and downright unpleasant if you aren’t prepared with the correct gear. The National Ski Patrol says that having the proper clothing is a key to safety and enjoyment when participating in outdoor winter activities.
 
The right equipment means not only having the right skis, skates or sled. It also means having the proper clothing to stay both warm and dry. The National Ski Patrol says that the key to dressing for the cold is in the layering. The organization suggests lightweight layers. You should have an inner moisture-wicking layer, a middle insulating later and an outer shell layer.
 
Check the weather forecast to be sure you are dressing appropriately. Also consider your exertion level. Are you going on a horse ride, which requires very little exertion, or cross-country skiing, where you will be exerting a high amount of effort? Layering allows you to shed and add clothing as it is necessary, but you should always be prepared for the worst.
 
If you are searching for a resort, the best way to find the one you want is to use a service such as TripAdvisor to look at reviews and photos from real travelers, Cassetina said.
 
“When searching for a resort, travelers can use the filters on TripAdvisor to sort by price, traveler rating, distance and more,” Cassetina said. “They can also select from additional categories such as ‘family,’ ‘romance,’ ‘ski-in/ski-out’ and more to identify resorts that will fit their travel type.”
 
Don’t take the chilly season off from being active. Get all the cold-weather gear you need at your local Dunham’s, and head out into the snow!
 
-Ski Bum
 
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Dr. Dunham’s Cabin Fever Cure

 
“I’ve got cabin fever, it’s burning in my brain. I’ve got cabin fever, it’s driving me insane,” sang the Muppets in their 1996 blockbuster, “Muppet Treasure Island.”
 
Well, in truth the movie may not have achieved blockbuster status, but most of us won’t soon forget the “Cabin Fever” song. Perhaps because it hits close to home.
 
Cabin fever has been recognized as a very real affliction for almost 100 years. It results from being confined to one place for an extended period of time. It’s exacerbated by inactivity. The usual result is extreme irritability and feelings of anxiety. It often strikes in winter when many of us shun the cold and curl up on the couch for the duration.
 
The most obvious cure is getting outside and interacting with the rest of the world. For those of us whose favorite activities include things like gardening, swimming or hanging out at the beach, the winter world may seem foreign and forbidding. But winter sports can be invigorating and entertaining. And there’s no better cure for the ills of cabin fever than the crisp air of a January day.
 
Did we hear someone say it’s too cold to play outside? Well, that’s only true if you’re not dressed for outdoors. Today’s winter clothing is light yet warm, so there’s no need to fear the frigid air, and bundling up need not cramp your style.
 
Winter Games, Out and In
 
Once you’re dressed for the occasion, the possibilities for winter entertainment are almost unlimited. Those who appreciate a good workout might try cross-country skiing or snowshoe hiking. Snowboarding and downhill skiing can provide a good amount of exercise as well, and few thrills compare to that of racing down the side of a ski slope at speed.
 
Ice-skating and sledding are a bit less taxing than skiing but can be just as much fun, particularly for the younger set. Most towns have a good sledding hill or two, and winter afternoons will likely find a happy group of kids enjoying the ride downhill. Ditto ice skating rinks or frozen ponds. You can find them everywhere, and there’s always something special about tracing lines on the ice as gentle flakes fall from a moonlit sky.
 
Of course you can invent your own winter games. When I was a kid, a zillion years ago, we would play football in the snow – on our knees. That required only a small parcel of land, which was all that was available in the urban area where I was raised. But while the playing field was small, the games were big.
 
For those who hanker to get out and do something but would prefer to minimize the strenuous part, there’s always ice fishing.If you’d prefer to fish on open water, some fast-moving streams in Colorado, like the South Platte River, offer winter fly-fishing.
 
On days when it’s just too cold to go out, try changing your indoor routine to relieve symptoms of cabin fever. Table tennis, a popular indoor sport, is a great way to stay active. There’s also billiards, air-hockey and Wii games that are played in front of the television. Some games, like Wii Grand Slam Tennis, mimic outdoor summer sports and can provide a pretty good workout. Or for a top-notch workout do some cardio and resistance training to get ready for swimsuit season.
 
Getting Away From It All
 
If you really have to get out of town to cure that cabin fever, then get out of town. There’s a winter resort in the U.S.A. for any winter sport you can think of, and accommodations range in price from very affordable to lavish and expensive.
 
Looking for something novel? Durango Mountain Resort in Colorado offers ski biking. Another Colorado attraction, Ouray Ice Park, offers ice climbing in the Uncompahgre Gorge. In Alaska you can try dogsledding. Skijoring, which is popular in Minnesota, is a melding of dog sledding and skiing.
 
What’s that you say? You want to get away from the cold? Then head south or west to Florida, Arizona or California. Caribbean and Mexican vacations can be very affordable. There’s always somewhere where one can find a bit of summer in the throes of winter.
 
A Cure That’s Sure To Work
 
But you don’t have to leave home to defeat the winter doldrums. Why not organize a winter Olympics for the neighborhood? And your event doesn’t have to focus on winter sports. Playing softball in the snow is a hoot, as is Frisbee golf. Picnic games like a three-legged race are even more fun in the snow.
 
Plan a post-Olympics tailgate with plenty of hot chocolate, some hot dogs or pizza, a blazing fire pit and some marshmallows to roast.
 
That’s a sure cure for even the worst case of cabin fever.
 
-Fun For All Ages
 
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