Keeping Warm (& looking good), Pt. 9: Shopping Sources


It’s easy to walk into REI and drop a bundle on cute rashguards and such. But where the fun in that? Where is the challenge? There are better prices and a better selection in other departments. Women’s bike clothes are mostly suitable for paddling, and you can find cuter styles at better prices. Ditto for yoga clothes. So shop widely.

Here are a few links to places that have that sort of thing at good prices. For those who like to shop in person, don’t overlook the big box stores; Target and, yes, Walmart have some nice styles. And depending on your neighborhood, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Burlington Coat Factory often have large activewear sections. Also, since we’re always on the highway going to one paddling adventure to another, we pass lots of activewear outlets. Build in shopping time to score some bargains on the road. This is easier to do if you’re driving with female paddling partners. Did I even need to type that?


Great prices. They carry Roxy, Columbia, North Face, and lots of other stuff. The sales are great.

Swim Outlet:

Some bargains. Great selection of all the cool women’s outdoor brands, including Roxy and Shebeest.

Activewear USA:

Click on the link to On Sale. The other prices aren’t great. The selection is good, though.


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— Jay Gitomer

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