Back To School

As the calendar flips to August, a parent’s three favorite words can finally be spoken: Back-to-school! That’s right, moms and dads, it’s time to stock back up for the kids’ return to the classroom in a few short weeks. The selection can be a little overwhelming, though. Aside from the normal stuff like pens, pencils and a crispy new calculator, the bigger stuff – like shoes, clothes and backpacks – are often in need of replacing prior to the new school year.

Available at Dunham’s, the Adidas Prime IV and Excel IV are great options and come loaded with features to keep everything organized while looking great as well. With the Prime IV, students will be able to utilize five zippered pockets and an internal laptop sleeve. Also, parents will love the lifetime warranty. The Excel IV also comes with the same warranty as well as a few other bells and whistles.

“This pack has tons of great storage and features to keep you organized all year long,” explains Carrie Najera of Agron Backpacks.   “[It has] four outside zippered pockets, internal zippered organization pockets and soft lined 15.4-inch computer and tablet pockets in addition to LoadSpring shoulder straps for added comfort.”

Once the backpack is taken care of, parents can move onto shoes. And with the amount of time kids spend on their feet, be it walking to the bus stop or running around in gym class, footwear isn’t something to be overlooked. Thankfully, there are plenty of options and tools available to help make the choice easier, including a tool from ASICS to check your child’s foot pronation.

With the variety of ASICS found at Dunham’s, the features are endless. You’ll find their trail running, performance running, casual, volleyball and wrestling shoes to suit almost any need. And with rearfoot GEL cushioning, removable sock liners and AHAR High Abrasion Outsoles, kids will get both comfort and durability.

Another brand with an unbeatable reputation for quality, stylish footwear is New Balance. New to the catalog is the Fresh Foam line, which is a great mix of aesthetics and comfort. And what kid won’t love that?

“The smooth tuned cushioning of Fresh Foam has merged with sleek street styling to deliver a functional yet versatile trainer for the runner seeking comfort and all-day wear-ability,” explains Joel Koviak of New Balance.

While it can seem a little overwhelming when trying to find the right backpack or footwear for your child’s new school year, keep in mind some of the great quality and value that can be found in Adidas backpacks, ASICS and New Balance. With the selection and available features for back-to-school products, parents will undoubtedly make a great decision for their kids at Dunham’s.

-Fitness Fanatic

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Getting Started with Archery

Archery is one of the world’s oldest sports. According to the International Olympic Committee, archery can be traced back to the beginnings of civilization. But it is still accessible today. And it can be a great sport to get involved in.

Not only can archery be a fun hobby, it can also be useful when hunting. And if you’ve never tried it before, you don’t need much equipment to get started.

Bob Ransom of Primal Treestands said that what you really need to start is a bow, arrows, a release or finger tab and a target. And there are many kinds of bows on the market. You could choose a recurve bow, which is the type of bow used in the Olympics. Other kinds include compound bows, traditional bows and crossbows.

Joe White of Rinehart Targets said that the kind of bow you go with will determine what other equipment you may need. For instance, if you choose a compound bow, White said a you’ll also need an arrow rest and a bow sight. An arrow rest would also be beneficial when using a recurve bow. And an armguard is a good tool for either bow.

Be sure to choose the right kind of arrow for the bow you’re using. That will help ensure accuracy of your shot. Choose arrows matched for weight and draw length.

As far targets, White said Rinehart’s most popular types are bag or foam targets.

Once you have all your equipment, then what? Get practicing! Lessons are a great way to learn the fundamentals and develop your skill.

“Lessons will start you out with the proper form so you don’t develop any ‘bad’ habits,” White said. “The more successful you are, the longer you’re likely to stay with it and have the experience be more enjoyable.”

If lessons aren’t an option for you, Ransom suggested finding a friend or someone near you with experience to learn from. And a great place for that is an archery club near you. There are many across the country.

“Not all clubs are the same, but I’ve found most of them have a core of great people who love the sport and are more than willing to help newcomers out,” said White.

An archery club can offer you exposure to equipment and resources you may not be able to access otherwise.

You can find clubs and other archery programs near you by visiting And you can get all the gear you need at your local Dunham’s Sports!

-Deer Abby

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