The Updated Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

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25 years of messenger expertise bring you Timbuk2′s updated Classic Messenger Bag. Designed in San Francisco with decades of user testing and consumer feedback in mind, the updated Classic Messenger features a new refined look, updated fit, and smarter organization. And it’s now available at HTO, in stores and online!

Check them out here: http://www.hudsontrail.com/timbuk2-classic-messenger-bags.html

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Don’t you need a new bag for all the activities you have planned this summer? Now’s your chance! Throughout this whole week, HTO will be giving away Classic Messenger Bags on our Facebook page, like us so you can keep up to date! It’s a classic reborn and ready to be worn for another century… we’d love for you to have one!

Solo Thru-Hike the AT!

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One of HTO’s own Outfitters, Neha Khurana, from Fairfax is starting her solo thru-hike of the AT on April 1! She began as the youngest employee in the company and shares our enthusiasm and passion for adventure and travel. Neha tries to get outside as much as she can and loves to hike, rock climb, and kayak. As a frequent world traveler, she will soon be majoring in Adventure Education.

Neha became entranced by the idea of thru-hiking when she read an article about the Appalachian Trail a couple years ago.

“I loved the idea of completely immersing myself in nature and living authentically. I didn’t want to put off such a valuable opportunity, so I decided to graduate school early and hike northbound this year.”

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This young lady is heading places and we are so proud to have her be a part of the HTO family! And did we mention she is just 17 years old?! Impressive!

What are you doing this summer? Ever wondered what it would be like to hike the Appalachian Trail alone? Here’s top 6 reasons why you should do it, as said by Zach Davis at AppalachianTrials.com:

1. Absolute Freedom

If you hike the trail by yourself, no one will be breathing down your neck. You will be able to escape and truly be free. I remember feeling so happy and free only to turn my phone on and have it blow up with messages from my parents asking me where I was and if I was okay. Although I knew they sent those messages out of love, it was nice to have my phone off and live without people on my case all the time. I couldn’t even imagine how awful the trail would’ve been if someone I started hiking with depended on me and had to always know where I was.

2. No one wanted to do it with me

Would I have started the trail with a friend if he or she wanted to hike with me? Definitely. However, in my case, no one I knew wanted to hike with me and I didn’t even try to find someone to thru-hike with.

3. I only had take care of myself

Trust me, on the trail this is a very difficult task. Thankfully, no one else on the trail depended on me to keep them alive. Looking out for myself was a big enough task, but if your hike is anything like mine, you’ll meet people who you want to watch out for and vice versa.

4. I made friends anyway

It’s very easy to meet incredible people on the trail. It was nice for me to have friends on the trail that were separate from my friends in “real life.” I think if I started out with “real life” friends, I would not have tried as hard to create relationships with other hikers.

5. I do what I want

The Appalachian Trail taught me that I can wake up every morning and do whatever I want to do. This is something that has stuck with my way past my thru-hike. Every morning when I wake up, I do what I want to do. Most of what I want to do is what I know will make me happy. With this philosophy I have picked up from the trail, I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.  If I were hiking with a group for the majority of my hike, I might not have developed such a significant lifestyle change.

6. Greater sense of accomplishment

I believe my summit of Katahdin was very different in significance than those hiking in a group for the whole trail. Although I did hike with other people along the way, I finished the trail exactly how I started it; alone and on my own terms. If I had hiked the trail entirely with someone else, or a group, I feel like my sense of achievement on Katahdin would be different. A lot of times on the trail, I had no one to help me through the hardest parts and had to overcome adversity on my own. I get that sharing achievements is a wonderful thing; however, I’m glad I got through the majority of trail because of my own abilities and not having to rely on others.

We will be keeping tabs on Neha’s progress this summer, so stay tuned for more updates! She will be back at our Fairfax store in September, so she will be a great resource for all future Appalachian Trail travelers. We wish her all the best!

Get Out There!

“It’s about finding the perfect line, a very individual set of movements and precise timing. A perfect symbiosis between you and nature, and that energy just runs free without boundaries of thought, doubt or fear. So… go. Get out there. Enjoy.”

Finding Winter with Mountain Hardwear

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Starting last month, Mountain Hardwear launched their “Finding Winter” campaign to a select few in the industry. They asked highly engaged brand advocates to create as much video, photo and written content as possible with the kits they received. And two of HTO’s Outfitters, Brad and Adam, were chosen to partake!

Brad rocking his Mountain Hardwear outfit in front of HTO Pentagon Row's doors!

Brad rocking his Mountain Hardwear outfit in front of HTO’s Pentagon Row doors!

We will be documenting their adventures as they clutch on to the last bits of Winter in our area. Brad welcomed the snow last week with a trip to Roosevelt Island in Virginia! Stay tuned for more!

See how others are Finding Winter: http://www.findingwinter.com

Win a FREE Ski Trip for 2 to Bryce Resort!

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HTO wants to send you and someone you care about on a Winter Getaway (up to $900 value!)  The trip includes:

  • FREE Lodging at Chalet High for 2 nights!
  • FREE 1 hour private ski lesson for 2!
  • FREE ski, pole, and boot rentals for 2!
  • FREE lift passes for both days for 2!
  • FREE gas* for your drive!
  • FREE Starbucks coffee* for your energy!
  • PLUS, a $100 shopping spree at any HTO location to ‘gear up before you go’

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter/Instagram
  2. Tag HTO (#HTOWinterGetaway) in a photo of you and someone you care about actively enjoying the snow/winter/outdoors
  3. HTO will select its favorite photo (totally subjective), and a winner will be chosen and announced on Friday, February 21st, 2014*

Make sure to include #HTOWinterGetaway in your post or we won’t see it! So what are you waiting for? Get out there, have some fun and create some memories!

Bryce Resort is located in Shenandoah Valley, VA.

*If you wish to have your photo entered to possibly win, you must submit and post before 11:59pm EST on Thursday, February 20th, 2014. HTO employees and their family members are not eligible. *$20 Shell gas card and $20 Starbucks gift card will be provided.

Products ♥ We Love

Our Winter Clearance is well under way, and we’ve picked out the products with the most bang for your buck. So instead of shopping for flowers and chocolates, why not dish out on some gifts that will last? Quality gear + winter = best valentine’s weekend ever!

For Warmth: Women’s

For Warmth: Women

Patagonia W’s Fiona Parka: This exceedingly feminine, urban and lightweight down coat is made of recycled polyester and insulated with 800-fill-power premium European goose down; quilting keeps down in place for warmth. Was $299, now $249.97!

The North Face W’s Transit Jacket: Get from point A to B without going numb in the dead of winter with the reliable thermal protection of 600-fill down protected by a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Slightly angled quilting lines at exterior create a slimming effect. Was $249, now $219.97!

ALL Patagonia and The North Face W’s Long Insulated Jackets are on sale!

For Warmth: Men’s

For Warmth: Men

Black Diamond M’s Belay Jacket: Provides warmth and packability with a high, protective collar in place of a hood. The jacket’s PrimaLoft® ONE insulation easily compresses into a pack when it’s time to climb and insulates even when wet. Was $199, now $119.97!

Fjallraven M’s Greenland Down Jacket: A classic Fjallraven jacket in G-1000 Original filled with down and a snug fitting fixed hood. Look stylish and warm! Was $500, now 399.97!

ALL Black Diamond, Fjallraven, Flylow (stores only), Rab (stores only) and Spyder outerwear are on sale! 

For Warmth: Extra Layers

For Warmth: Extra Layers

Arc’teryx Gothic Glove: Made with natural Merino Wool, the Gothic Glove is a lightweight form-fitting base layer that adds additional warmth to any layering system. Was $35, now $28!

Patagonia W’s Mirror Lake Vest: This après-ski reversible vest is color-blocked on one side and solid on the other; its hip-length, insulated and has a tall collar. Was $149, now $119.97!

For The Slopes

For The Slopes

Smith Variance Matte Black Helmet: Whether cruising down corduroy or exploring the side country, this helmet offers the most advanced technology, all with the guaranteed and comfort of a Smith premium fit. Was $180, now $144!

Arc’teryx M’s Sabre Pants: Designed for mountain terrain and on-piste adventures, these pants are built for riders/skiers and are shaped with Arc’teryx’s most relaxed fit. Was $449, now $399.97!

Mountain Hardwear W’s Returnia Insulated Pants: A reliable, waterproof, windproof ski pant with plenty of synthetic insulation to keep you warm. Was $180, now $149.97!

The North Face Boys’ Freedom Insulated Pants: Made from waterproof, breathable, fully seam sealed HyVent 2L fabric on the exterior, this snow pant features warm and lightweight insulation. Was $110, now $89.97!

For The Slopes

Point6 Ski Carve Light OTC: Point 6′s best selling ski sock with light terry loop cushioning in the shin and under the foot that offers fantastic comfort and warmth. Was $23.95, now $19.16!

Smartwool W’s PhD Ski Medium: The medium full-cushioned foot and leg in this sock provide warmth and comfort. ReliaWool Technology in high density impact zones improves durability. Was $25.95, now $20.76!

All ski socks, goggles and helmets are 20% off! So before you hit the slopes, be sure to stop by for some new gear.

For The Little Ones

For The Little Ones

The North Face Infant Plushee Fleece Bunting: How cute are these? Cradle your babies in warm Sherpa fleece from head to toe with this plush baby bunting that’s designed with an asymmetrical front zipper for easy on/off. Was $70, now $49.97!

For On-The-Go

For On The Go

Eagle Creek Pack-It Complete Organizer: Keep your journey drama-free with a little organization. Combining two half-sized packing cubes, one full-size cube, and an accessories pocket, you will be organized! Was $45, now $31.50!
Select Eagle Creek Pack-It Products are 30% Off, shop HTO’s selection here.

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag Medium: Born in 1989 and raised on the backs of hard-working bike messengers in San Francisco, the Classic Messenger Bag is a utilitarian work horse that just doesn’t quit. Was $99, now $79.97!
ALL Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bags are 20% Off, shop HTO’s selection here.

For Capturing Every Moment

For Recording

GoPro HD Hero3+ Black Edition: With up to 1080p HD video, the smaller and lighter GoPro Hero3+ is more powerful than ever, making it the most advanced camera yet. Take it with you anywhere so you don’t miss a moment! This is not on sale, but is well worth the splurge if you and your loved ones love the outdoors and sharing action photos – there’s no camera like it! $399.99

HTO’s Winter Clearance lasts through February. Stop by any of our five locations to shop the full selection.