Footwear

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!

 

Mountainfilm on Tour

09/08/2016


"Telluride Mountainfilm's mission is to use the power of film, art, and ideas to create a better world," and this year's lineup is more powerful than ever.

Get ready for another gripping collection of heart-warming, thought-provoking, action-packed adventure films from all over the world! The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival is returning to Fairfield Theatre Company on October 23rd, part of our Adventure Film Series.

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While we have been hosting Mountainfilm at FTC for several years now, last year was the first time we have had an all-day festival in conjuction with the screening of the films, and it was an enormous success. Join us this year for the free outdoor festival starting at 2 PM, followed by a screening the finalists of our Adventure Film Contest in the Warehouse. At 6:30, the Warehouse will reopen for the main event--a screening of this year's Telluride Mountainfilm lineup! These short films will focus on travel, exploration, and outdoor sports, and will leave you inspired and eager for adventure.


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Here is a schedule of events for the day:


2:00 - 5:00 PM Free Outdoor Festival
The outdoor festival will include vendors, live music, food, drinks, and more. During this time, short films will be playing in the Warehouse, and guests are welcome to come in and out at their convenience.

5:00 - 6:00 PM Adventure Film Contest
We will be screening the finalists of our Adventure FIlm COntest in the Warehouse, and the winners will be announced and presented with their prizes after the screening.

6:30 - 9:30 PM Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour
The Warehouse will reopen at 6:30 for a 7 PM showing of the Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour short films of 2016. Tickets are $20 ($16 for students and FTC members).

 

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09/07/2016


Collect your adventure-worthy footage and compile a short film for a chance to win one of three gift cards to Outdoor Sports Center! 


Create a short film that captures your passion for the outdoors; judges are looking for entries that highlight action, creativity, excitement and originality. We will be showing the finalists' short films on the big screen at Fairfield Theatre Company during the Telluride MountainFilm Festival on October 23rd! 



About the Event:

Outdoor Sports Center is partnering up with the Fairfield Theatre Company to showcase Telluride MountainFilm on Tour along with an all-day family-friendly Outdoor Festival on October 23rd. Your short film could be up on the big screen along with other amazing outdoor adventure films! 


Enter to Win:

  • Film cannot exceed 5 minutes in length
  • Must be original footage in HD quality
  • Download an entry form here
  • Submit a Youtube or Vimeo link with your entry form to info@outdoorsports.com
  • Deadline for entries is October 16th
  • Winner must be present at the Telluride MountainFilm Festival to win. Films will showcase on StageOne at 5 PM and the winner will be announced shortly after.
  • Please be aware that the prizes are gift cards to the store, and we do not have an online store. If you are not local to the area you may not be eligible to win.


Prizes: 


1st place: $500 gift card 

2nd Place: $200 gift card 

3rd Place: $100 gift card

Tax Free Week

08/18/2016


August 21st to 27th is Tax Free Week in the state of Connecticut! All clothing and footwear items under $100 will be free of sales tax. Shop for back to school apparel and save 6.35%.


Get your kids ready for school with new apparel from reliable brands like The North Face and Patagonia. Timeless styles, unfaltering warmth and durable fabrics are just a few of the characteristics of our favorite brands. Everyday school attire like vests, shirts, and zip-ups will have your children ready for all-day comfort this fall.

 

Fall Layers for Toddlers

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Patagonia Baby Furry Friends Hoody in forge grey, $55; Patagonia Baby Down
Sweater in moonow/birch, $99; Patagonia Baby Down Sweater in deep sea
blue, $99; Patagonia Baby Down Sweater Vest in magic pink, $99. 

 

Cozy Winter Coats for Toddlers
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Patagonia Baby Reversibe Honey Duff Hoody in indy pink, $99; Patagonia Baby
Reversible Tribbles Hoody in pitch stripe/navy, $99

 

Fall Layers for Boys

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North Face Rev Yukon Jacket in graphite, $99.95; North Face Glacier 1/4 zip in
red, $36.95; Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 zip jacket in nickel, $79; Patagonia
Down Sweater Vest in deep sea blue, $99

 

Fall Layers for Girls
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North Face Reversible Mossbud Swirl Vest in wisteria purple, $76.95; North Face Glacier
1/4 zip in grape mist blue, $36.95; North Face Oso Hoodie in ice green, $89.95; Patagonia
Re-Tool Snap T in tailor grey/nickel, $99

 

Long Sleeve Shirts for Boys & Girls
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Patagonia Capilene Heavyweight in deep sea blue, $45; Spyder Bocca T Neck in black/multi, $50; Smartwool Mid 250 Pattern Zip in dark blue steel, $65; Smartwool Mid
250 Pattern Crew in mountain purple heather, $50

 

 

Footwear


Footwear options include winter boots, sneakers, rain boots, and much more. Growing kids are always in need of new shoes; take advantage of Tax Free Week to save money and stock up on what you need! girls shoes

Sorel Snow Commander in tropic pink, $55; Bogs Classic in grape, $80; Asics
Gel-Venture 5 GS in silver grey, $55; Sorel Slimpack II Lace in nori, $90; Keen
Oakridge Low WP in magnet/berry, $65

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Keen Oakridge Low WP in magnet/blue, $65; Sorel Slimpack II Lace in elk, $90;
Asics GT-1000 5 PS in mid grey, $55; Bogs Classic in mossy oak, $80; Sorel Snow
Commander in black/super, $55




This fall, we are participating in Pay Your Pack Forward, an initiative by The North Face to collect new or gently used backpacks for people in need. If your child has a relatively new backpack that is in good condition, consider donating it here at the store and in return you will receive a $10 gift card to Outdoor Sports Center! If you're feeling extra generous, you can even purchase a new pack here to donate. Head down to the store for more details! 






 

Local Hiking Spots

08/01/2016


We are lucky to live in a part of the country where beautiful hiking trails abound, and even luckier to have endless options right in our own little corner of Connecticut. There are many hiking trails that cater to those of you who want to spend a full day out in the woods, conquering new terrain and never passing the same rock twice. On the contrary, if you are a new hiker or you want to introduce the activity to your young children, there is no shortage of local trails that will fit your needs. We've put together a guide to some of our favorite nearby hiking spots based on the ease of the hike and size of the park. In addition, we compiled a list of must-have items for each one so you can stay safe and comfortable on the trail. Don't forget: a good sturdy pair of hiking boots or trail shoes is your number one piece of gear! 



The Norwalk River Valley Trail
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The NRVT is a local favorite; it offers the chance to take a walk in the woods without having to deal with any variable terrain. If you want to spend some time beneath the trees with a young child, or even push your baby in a stroller, the NRVT is the perfect spot. The Wilton Loop has an entrance on Route 7 at the corner of Wolfpit Road, with a park & ride lot right across from the trailhead. There is another entrance to the Wilton Loop at Merwin Meadows; this section of trail is set back from the road a bit more, but both sections are flat enough to walk comfortably with a stroller.

Gear List:
water bottle, bug spray (we recommend Natrapel 8-hour)



Wilton Town Forest
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The Town Forest, sometimes known as Wilton Woods, is the largest open space in town. It is also considered to be the most rugged, meaning that you will get the experience of variable terrain and interesting geography without having to even leave Wilton. Hiking all the way around the park is about two and a half miles, so it would be a great opportunity to introduce your children to the joys of hiking without taking them somewhere too overwhelming. 

Gear List:
water bottle, bug spray, extra layer, small first aid kit (we recommend Family Medic from Adventure Medical Kit), whistle



Devil's Den Preserve
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Devil's Den in Weston and Redding is the largest preserve in Fairfield County, at 1,746 acres. It encompasses 20 miles of trails and has variable terrain with ponds and streams. Depending on your skill level, a hike around the park would take around 3 or 4 hours, but it is definitely possible to explore deeper and spend the entire day getting to know this huge park. The hike would be a bit strenuous for small children, but any child who is fit for a few hours of hiking will love this park (note: this park is not dog-friendly).

Gear List:
water bottle, bug spray, extra layer, small first aid kit, whistle, poncho, day pack (we recommend the Osprey Daylite), trail bar, knife/multitool (we recommend the Leatherman Supertool)




Appalachian Trail, CT Section
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The famous Appalachian Trail passes through the northwestern corner of Connecticut, and you only need to drive about an hour from Wilton to access it. The AT is a great option for an all-day hike, but we highly recommend taking it a step further for an overnight camping and hiking adventure. Keep in mind that it is a continuous trail, so unless you organize a ride back to your car you will be doing an out-and-back hike. One option we recommend, if you're hiking with a friend, is to take two cars and leave one at the ending point of your hike so that you can experience more of the trail without having to turn around and backtrack. Be sure to research in advance the parking spots that allow overnight parking and the areas that allow camping (there are many!).

Gear List:
water bottle, bug spray, extra layer, small first aid kit, whistle, poncho, day pack, trail bar, knife/multitool, freeze-dried meal, light stove (we recommend the Whisperlite from MSR), gas, tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag (we recommend the Summerlite from Western Mountaineering), pot, utensils, headlamp, pack (we recommend a pack in the 30-48 liter range, such as the 35-liter Banchee from The North Face), water purifier, extra socks

 



 

The Sidewalk Sale is Here!

06/30/2016

 

Our biggest weekend of the year is right around the corner! Head to our Sidewalk Sale, July 14th-17th, for amazing deals on all your must-have gear. The Sidewalk Sale is our only blowout sale of the year, and every department will have items on sale, some for as much as 70% off. Deals like this only come around once a year, so don't miss out!

Head down to the store Thursday and Friday, July 14th and 15th, from 10-6; Saturday and Sunday, July 16th and 17th, we will be open 9-5.

On Sunday, July 17th, College Creamery will be handing out free ice cream from 1-4 PM! 


Here is a sneak preview of some of our favorite items that will be on sale from 30-70% off. Stop by on Thursday or Friday for smaller crowds and first dibs on all our amazing sale items. 

 

Gear up for a Hiking Trip

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Clothing, footwear, backpacks and more will get you ready to hit the trail.


A New Set of Wheels

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Nearly all 2016 bikes will be on sale for 20% off, and we'll have plenty of
clothing and helmets at rock bottom prices as well.

 

Get Ready for Winter

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Get your winter shopping done early and save hundreds on gear and apparel.

 

Head Off the Grid

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From sturdy backpacks to fireside accessories, you can get stocked up
for your camping trips for less.  

 



 

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