Hiking | Trail Running | Road Running | Boating | Casual

Our footwear department is one of the largest that you'll find, we have everything from expedition boots, to flip flops. Hiking, trail running, and road running shoes are all lined up and ready for you to try on. We also have a comprehensive selection of casual shoes from your favorite outdoor and surf brands. Come have a chat with us, we'd love to fill you in on what's new with shoes!


Back to School


We have lasting gear for back to school from great brand names that provide comfort, durability, and style, keeping your children focused on a smooth school year ahead. 



A new school year means a busy routine, and our sturdy backpacks provide organization to help you stay on top of your schedule. With separate compartments for your laptop, notebooks, phone, small items, and even sunglasses, there is a place for everything to stay safe. Classic favorites from The North Face and Patagonia come in a variety of styles and colors with all the features you need. Looking for something more durable? Thule's backpacks have compartments to keep your laptop and sunglasses safe and protected from the rigors of a busy school day. packs


Water Bottles

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, but it's easy to forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially for busy kids. Fortunately, our colorful bottles make it much easier to remember! We carry water bottles from Camelbak, Nalgene, HydroFlask and Klean Kanteen. Every water bottle we sell is BPA-free and virturally indestructable. Some bottles have a built-in straw for easy sipping, while others have a classic screw-top lid. Any water bottle you choose will fit perfectly into the mesh side pocket of your new pack, and they also all have carabiner capabilities to clip anywhere.



Kid's Clothes

Good clothing will keep your kids comfortable throughout the school day, which in turn will help them remain focused and enjoy learning! From the old favorites to the brand new styles, we have what your kids need to stay warm and comfortable while also looking bright and stylish. The classic Patagonia Snap-T and North Face Denali are back in bold new colors and patterns. We have polo shirts to dress it up for class presentations, and pants that zip off into shorts that are perfect for any time of year. New footwear will keep your kids in prime form for gym class to recess.  And don't forget - August 16th-22nd is tax free week for clothing and footwear, a great time to save money on all the back to school essentials!


Enter Our Flag Contest!



Show us where you're exploring with your free Outdoor Sports Center Travel Flag, and you could win a $300 gift card to our store!!


How to Enter:

Pick up your free Outdoor Sports Center Travel Flag at any register and take it with you the next time you explore some place new. Take a picture with the flag, post it on Instagram, and tell us where it was taken by tagging #oscexplore and @outdoorsportscenter. Then just follow us on Instagram and you will be automatically entered to win!


Pictures will be judged on composition, view, creativity, and overall quality.



1st place: $300 gift card

2nd place: $100 gift card

3rd place: $100 gift card


Terms and Conditions:

Individuals must post photo with flag on instagram, use the hashtag #oscexplore, tag   @outdoorsportscenter, and follow our account to be eligible. Limited to one entry per person.

No purchase necessary. Promotion begins August 1st, 2015, and all entries are due in by 12 PM EST, August 31st. One entry per person. Must be a legal resident of the United States of America. Must pick up prize in person at Outdoor Sports Center; prizes will not be shipped. Winner announced September 2nd. No employee of Outdoor Sports Center is eligible to win.

Conditions: By participating, entrants consent to use of their name, submission, and likeness for advertising, promotion and publicity purposes in any and all media now or hereafter devised, without additional compensation, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law.


End of Summer Swim Sale!


Bikinis, boardshorts, Birkenstocks--it's all on sale! The warm weather will be sticking around for quite a while longer, so stock up on new clothing, swimsuits, and sandals to continue enjoying this beautiful season! Select apparel and all swimsuits from Prana, Carve Designs, Patagonia, and more are going on sale for 20% off. Sandals are up to 50% off, from brands Reef, OluKai, Hari Mari, Birkenstock, Keen, Cushe, Merrell, and Sperry.

Here are a few styles we love: 

Spring Styles


Carve Dylan Gauze Shirt, $52; Oahu Short, $68



Carve Newport Tank, $42; Costa Capri, $72



Prana Dreamcatcher Top, $69; Ashley Capri Legging, $60


Patagonia Air Flow Shirt, $50; Strider Short, $49 




Carve Lexi Tankini, $64; Andi Bottoms, $52



Carve Tamarindo Top, $44; Bolinas Bottom, $48



Carve Isla Full Piece, $84



Patagonia Wavefarer Board Shorts




Birkenstock Arizona



Birkenstock Giza



Chaco Yampa

Go-To Running Shoes


We interviewed James Whipple, director of the Sono Half and experienced ultra-runner, to find his go-to shoes for running. No surprise here--James owns over 40 pairs of sneakers, and alternates between 2 to 3 during his training periods. James showed us the shoes he loves most for both trail and road running, and what makes them the best tool for a healthier run! Read on to find out how James prepares for a race, and the shoes that keep him on his feet!


James crossing the finish line at Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run with his family.


How often do you replace your running shoes?
"On average, it is wise to replace your shoes every 300-350 miles. Trail shoes may wear out faster if you have sections of road on your trail run, since pavement wears down the treads a bit faster."

How long does it take to break in a new pair of sneakers?
"The approximate break in period for most shoes is 20-30 miles. However, lighter, more minimalist type shoes require much less wear to break them in. It is crucial to get a feel for the shoes before you buy them! Spend some time walking around the store and make sure you do not feel any hot spots that could become painful blisters when you are running in them."

I want to try trail running; do I need different shoes for trail and road?
"There are road specific running shoes and a trail running shoes; each have their own benefits depending on the surface and terrain you'll be running on. If you're just trying out trail running for the first time, a crossover shoe is a great option because it's made to perform in both situations."

Do you have any advice for people who are planning to run a marathon?
"Have a plan! Be consistent! There are many terrific beginner training programs available online. Find one that works well with your schedule and follow it consistently. Keep most of your running easy and comfortable to build your fitness and avoid injury. Be patient! I do a lot of my training on the treadmill at home in order to spend more quality time with my family. This also allows me to control my pace and incline, so there is less risk of injury."

What are some important factors to consider when buying new shoes?
"The length of your run, your experience level and your foot's flexibility help break down the difference between running shoes. Your pedorthist can check based on flexing and twisting your foot whether it is rigid or flexible to reveal the amount of support you need. If you're running for longer distances a shoe with more support can protect your arch and absorb shock. I recommend the new brand Hoka for its lightweight and sturdier soles."

Our on-staff pedorthist Arlo Tarr will take measurements and examine your foot type, carefully to help you pick the perfect pair of running shoes for your feet. This is crucial to ensuring that you have a fun and safe running experience; everyone runs differently, so the same shoe is not necessarily the best shoe for everyone. With a pedorthic background, he can examine your feet and point out potential issues that you might not realize effect your running style, and also recommend a supportive insole to help tweak the fit.



James and his daughter Mia at the New York City 10K last year.



James shared with us his favorite running shoes, for trail running and road running. Here are his top picks in each category:



Hoka Clifton 2


 Although Hoka is a relatively new brand, it has already become incredibly popular in the ultrarunning community, with around 75% of ultrarunners using them. They have even become increasingly popular for all distances because of their thick soles that offer maximum cushioning. James likes to use these shoes on his recovery runs of about 8-10 miles; he says, "They keep your legs fresh and absorb shock." They are very lightweight (around 6.6 ounces) and have unique midsoles. Hokas have 2.5 times the midsole volume of a standard running shoe, and they incorporate Meta-Rocker geometry, meaning a sculpted outsole radius in the heel and toe which supports a runner's form. This shoe comes in men's and women's.



Salomon Speedcross 3


James' favorite thing about these shoes is the incredible lacing system: one-pull tightening is quick and easy, and there is a lace pocket on the tongue where you can quickly tuck away the pull tab. He also mentioned that it's incredibly comfortable: "it feels like a glove on your foot." A protective layer all around the base of the shoe protects against mud, and an anti-debris mesh keeps the area between your foot and the footbed free of debris. The deep tread on the outsoles provides the ultimate grip no matter what the conditions. This shoe comes in men's and women's. 


Other Road Shoes we Love:


Asics Gel Nimbus


This shoe incorporates a gel cushioning system in the rear foot and forefoot that gives it an incredibly smooth ride. The shoe is constructed of seamless materials, and the elimination of seams and stitching also eliminates the risk of irritating friction and scratching. This shoe comes in men's and women's.


Brooks Adrenaline GTS brooks

 A full-length segmented crash pad allows for smooth transitions from your heel to your toe, and the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar adds stability to the shoe. The midsole is designed to be great for people with moderate pronation, and for those with flat to medium arches. Your feet will stay dry and cool thanks to the moisture-management mesh upper. This shoe comes in men's and women's.


Other Trail Shoes we Love:


LaSportiva Mutant


This aggressive trail shoe will carry you over technical terrain with ease. The outsole incorporates FriXion® XF, LaSportiva's "stickiest running shoe sole compound," which provides superior traction. This shoe offers stability and grip on the roughest terrain, along with cushioning to keep your feet going longer. This shoe comes in men's and women's. 


North Face Ultra Cardiactnf

This is an excellent shoe for beginner trail runners, with a low price point and a stable fit. If your trail run includes portions of road, this is the shoe for you, as it is made to perform on any surface. It makes a great crossover shoe for anyone going from road to trail for the first time. It is flexible and light, but also protective, with a wide platform for added stability. Sticky threads give you traction on your uphill climbs, while the midsole cushioning protects your feet on the descent. This shoe comes in men's and women's.


Tuesday Night Running Club


We're excited for the first ever half-marathon in South Norwalk! Ready to conquer your first half? We had James Whipple, running coach and director of the SONO half, build us the perfect training plan to get race ready! Since there are 18 weeks until race day, we have plenty of time to build up our muscles and mileage! Outdoor Sports Center is here to help you stay motivated with our New Running Club meeting every Tuesday night @ 6:15 pm, June 16th until race day: Oct 17th! We will be focusing on short run days, varying mileage from 3-5 miles. Runs are lead by James and Shannon Whipple, and Outdoor Sports Center Staff: Kate, Brittney, John and Heidi. Check out our full training plan below and the weekly run schedule, with route map! Get ready to run! 

**Open to all experience levels! Race registration is not required to join in on the fun. Make sure to be well hydrated and fueled up before you run. No kids under 18 years old are allowed without a signed waiver or the supervision of a parent or guardian. Pick up waivers at Outdoor Sports Center! 


Get advice, motivation and support from the
Outdoor Sports Center running Community. 



Week 11- August 25th   -4 miles/ Kate & Heidi/  NRVT Wilton Loop

Week 12- Sept 1st   -5 miles/ Kate & Heidi/  NRVT Wilton Loop

Week 13- Sept 8th   -5 miles/ James & Shannon/  NRVT Wilton Loop

CANCELLED: Week 14- Sept 15th    Please Join us for the screening of MERU at FTC

Week 15- Sept 22nd   -5 miles/ James & Shannon/  NRVT Wilton Loop
+Clinic: Race Nutrition: Learn how to properly fuel your body before, during and after a race! Shannon Whipple shares her tips and tricks on staying hydrated, and keeping your blood sugar stable during a race. A huge key player in this is Generation UCAN, a fairly new supplement that's making a huge impact on the local running community and a longterm stable in Shannon's routine. We can't wait to learn more about the product from Varun Sriram the UCAN Rep and try it out! New to our Shelves! 

Week 16- Sept 29th   -4 miles/ Kate & Heidi/  NRVT Wilton Loop

Week 17- Oct 6th    -3 miles/ Kate & Heidi/ NRVT Wilton Loop

Week 18- Oct 13th   -3 miles/ Kate & Heidi/ NRVT Wilton Loop




COURSE MAP for 3 mile route. 
Meet-Park and Ride, Rt. 7 @ Wolfpit Road, Near Orems Diner. Run: NRVT, Wilton Loop
*Check back for changes in course map, or join our facebook Group to get weekly alerts! Here 



If your excited about joining in on the SONO Half-Marathon its not too late to register, actually we have 5 months to train! This Full Training Schedule was created by James Whipple for Beginner and Intermediate runners. It is a 18 week plan, that gradually increases your mileage by 10% each week. Working your way up to a total of 11 miles a few weeks before the race and tapering off to 8 and 6 miles right before the race. Print your copy and join us for the group runs each week. 


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