Zero Rules. Zero Limitations.

Columbia’s Zero RulesTM Shirt for Ladies is ideal for summer-time activities. Equipped with their Omni-Freeze ZEROTM technology, the shirt is lined with tiny blue circles designed to keep you cool in warmer conditions. Even on a 93° day, the shirt allowed an ample amount of airflow and the Omni-WickTM helped wick away sweat, keeping me cooler longer.

The cut of the shirt was flattering, and the bright Laser Red color fit in perfectly with this summer’s hot neon trend. The only con I had was that the fit was a little big…but in hindsight; I think the slight looseness added to the appeal and overall comfort of the shirt.

Ultimately, I think the Columbia Zero RulesTM Shirt is a great buy for ladies who enjoy staying active, even in warmer weather. 


Columbia Hiking Pants

When hiking, you never know where the trail will take you. It’s an adventure, to explore, discover and learn. A few weekends ago my family and I met some friends for a weekend of hiking.  My friends live in Iowa and we live in Indiana so we met in the middle. Illinois, Starved Rock State Park, to be exact.  There has been a lot of rain this summer, so the waterfalls are flowing nicely. Surprisingly it wasn’t very muddy. No matter, I think my daypack contained anything I could have possible needed including spare socks. Any experienced hiker knows even a great trail can be ruined if you don’t have the proper gear. Our hiking group was made up of four adults, one teen, two ten-year old girls, and one infant.  With this group, you need to be prepared for anything. Other than a hot day and tired kids, the day was pretty uneventful. We put in a nice day of hiking and had a picnic lunch when we returned to the visitor’s center.

 The real adventure began the next morning. I took the advice of one of the rangers at Starved Rock and checked into a smaller state park in the area, Matthiessen State park.  My boyfriend and I hit the trails, while our friends hit a nearby waterpark with the kids. We only had an hour so we grabbed our daypacks and hit the trails. We quickly discovered rushing was a mistake. We did not change into hiking boots or grab our trekking poles. We had figured that with only an hour to hike, we would not really get that much in and would not need the gear. WRONG! 

What we discovered was amazing. The tails were well marked and beautiful.  The terrain took you across bridges with breathtaking valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Inside the valley walkways across the river were made of down branches, large rocks or in some spots man made concrete stepping stones.  We found caves and rock carvings, and a park that we can’t wait to visit again.  Although our shoes and socks were soaked there was one piece of gear I was thankful to have on. My Columbia Global adventure pants. I had chosen them for comfort on the long drive home. But they were my saving grace on the trails. The long pants protected my legs from brush on the trails and mud in the caves. The material is thin and cool which allowed me to be comfortable even on the hot summer day. They also roll into Capri’s which was great when crossing the river. The durability of these pants made them a must have in my closet and the reason I as happy to find that they are still available.

This pair I have had for four year and countless miles of hiking and they still look brand new. Our next trip to Matthiessen State park, I will definitely be wearing these pants and some waterproof hiking boots.


Sunglass Spotlight


Here at Bass Pro Shops in Columbia we offer a wide selection of products you may need for your outdoor adventure from your head wear to your foot wear. An often overlooked but critical piece to help you enjoy the great outdoors are sunglasses, and here at Bass Pro Shops, we offer a wide variety of styles and brands like Strike King, Jimmy Houston and Bill Dance for fishing, and Smith Optics for shooting. Fish eyes, guidelines and all terrain are reader lenses, and XPS offers a wide variety of polar sensor lenses.

Haven and Cocoon will take care of your prescription glasses with clip ons, flip ups and fit over glasses. We continue our selection with NASCAR, Ironman and plenty of youth styles. In addition, we offer a high end selection including Maui Jim, Native and Costas sunglasses (We are one of two who sell Costas in Columbia). As always, we thank you for shopping at your local Bass Pro Shops, where you always receive more outdoors for your money.



One Less Thing to Worry About

Comfortable Footwear


No matter were you go this summer on vacation it's important to have comfortable socks and shoes to make your experience in the outdoors enjoyable.  Bass Pro Shops in Independence has a great selection of comfortable socks and shoes.  We have low and mid height hiking shoes for men and women and mid height hikers for children.  We carry Redhead, Merrell, Keen, North Face, Columbia, Mountrek, Timberland and HI-TEC brands of hikers.  They range in price from $29.99 to $134.99 and come in various styles (all leather upper, leather/mesh uppers) to accommodate many needs.  So if you need a mid height hiker for long rough trails or a low height hiker for short easy trails we have you covered.

Some of the more popular Men's Hikers are the 

RedHead Caliber Mid ($49.99)

Merrell Moab Mid  ($119.99)

and Timberland White Ledge.

For Women the RedHead Caliber Mid ($49.99)

Merrell Moab Mid ($119.99)

North Face Storm Mid ($109.99)


To maximize your comfort level while hiking it is important to have a good pair of socks on.  We have many socks to choose from and a few are specifically designed for hiking.  These hiking socks are designed to wick any moisture away from your feet and keep your feet dry and comfortable all day.  The RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Lightweight Wool Quarter Socks ($9.99) and Lifetime Guarantee Medium Weight Wool Crew Socks are made of itch free Merino Wool, Made in the U.S.A., and are great options.  We also have the RedHead Ultra Silver Polyester (Quarter of Crew) Hiking Socks and RedHead Merino (Quarter or Crew) Hiker Socks which are thinner sock, however they don't have the Lifetime Guarantee.


My personal favorite socks for hiking are the RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Wool Socks. 


Did I mention that they have a lifetime guarantee?  How would you like to never have to buy another hiking sock again?


So come into the Independence Bass Pro Shops and pick out a new pair of socks and shoes so you can walk around in comfort.



Casual Elegance

                                                              Do You Like Compliments?

Who doesn't like compliments on what they are wearing?  I get comments all the time when I am wearing an outfit bought at Bass Pro Shops.  Yes ladies we sell more than fishing rods and hunting apparel.  You will find comfortable clothing and technical active wear from our own brands like Bob Timberlake, Ascend, World Wide Sportsman, and Natural Reflections.  We also have the bestselling brands such as The North Face, Columbia, and Under Armour.  All our clothing lines are inspired by the beauty of the outdoors.  Much thought is put into every collection.  You will be amazed at the eye for every detail that is thought out.  Delicate pin tucks, button tab sleeves, eye catching prints, smocking details, this is just a sample of what you can encounter with our clothing.  To put it into perspective two words come to mind.  Casual elegance.  Everything is in the details to make your look pop.

So ladies come check us out the next time your husband tells you he is going shopping at Bass Pro Shops. If you don’t want to wait for your next trip to Bass Pro Shops, many of our styles are available online as well. Be prepared to be amazed and get ready for those compliments.  With such one of a kind fashions it's almost like shopping at an exclusive boutique.  Nobody will be wearing what you have on unless of course you tell them!



Bike into Bass Pro Shops

It's National Bike Month and while we DON'T sell bicycles we DO sell items that will make bicycling more enjoyable. Besides, this is Iowa, home of the infamous bicycle ride across the state at the end of July. We might know a thing or two about keeping your cool while bicycling! Check out these items from Bass Pro Shops, here in the store or online, to make that ride a bit more comfortable:

Clothing - Look for shirts, shorts, and hats with sun protection, and sweat-wicking technology. For example, the Omni-Shade and Omni-Wick shirts and shorts from Columbia provide sun protection AND evaporation control to keep you comfortable on the ride.

Sunscreen - Protection from the sun is paramount - you may not feel it ON the ride, but you definitely will the next day! Load up on sun protection for your face, arms, and lips. For the very young to the not so young, and special lotions for men, even sunscreen spray with insect repellent, there is a good selection of lotions, sticks, and foam to keep you protected.

Hat - Boonies, ball caps, panama, wide-brim, long-bill, safari, you name it, we probably have it in a hat. Protect your hRedHead No-Fly Zone Hatead from the sun....check out our hats/caps with side and back flaps and protect your ears and back of the neck, too!

Here at the store we have this great RedHead No-Fly Zone hat - a boonie, with flaps, PLUS permethrin bound in it which is good for 70 washes (shown in photo to right). Another plus? It has an alligator clip hanging down from the back so you can clip it to your shirt. Other hats, such as the Columbia Tamiami™ Cachalot II Hat also have this built in security clip,  or you can buy the clip on its own at  our store and possibly other Bass Pro Shop locations.

Hydration - Water, water, water - stay hydrated when you're biking by either carrying a water bottle in your pack or using a hydration pack. There are SO many hydration gear options these days. In fact, Bass Pro Shops now carries hydration tablets from CamelBak. The Elixir Electrolyte Hydration tablets come in lemon lime or tropical punch. Easy to use and easy to tote...the tablets come in a portable tube that can be easily carried in a pocket. The tropical punch tablet also carries a real punch with an energy-boosting 54 mg. of caffeine per tablet...keep that energy going!

Last, but not least, help keep your cool with a Chilly Pad Cooling Towel from Frogg Toggs. Wet it, put it around your neck, and through evaporation, this towel will help you stay cool and comfy. They're machine washable, too.


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Go Outdoors Event and Sale

Come join Bass Pro Shops- Columbia for our largest Outdoor sale and event of the year May 16 through 26 for lots of great sales, FREE seminars, giveaways, Oakley/GoPro Sweepstakes and kid’s events! We will host FREE summer fun seminars May 17 and 18th. Learn useful information of water safety, geocaching, outdoor and the priorities of survival in cooperation with Bear Grylls. The following weekend, May 24 and 25th, will be our free kids’ summer kick-off event! We will offer FREE photo downloads, NEW Bass Pro Shops/ Daisy shooting range, metal detector treasure hunt, adventure scavenger hunt, kids’ outdoors seminars, crafts, prizes and kids’ fishing on the deck!

Workshops May 17 and 18 from 11a.m.-5p.m.
-pack, pitch, play 11a.m. and 3p.m. each day
-first 25 customers to attend pack and play workshop will receive a blue Go Outdoors tumbler
-priorities of survival seminars
-first 50 customers to attend priorities of survival seminar receives survival whistle which includes a compass
-wear it right
-Ultimate Outdoors Getaway Sweepstakes May 16-20
-Cooking demos 1-5p.m.

Kids Adventure Weekend event May 24-25
-Bass Pro Shops Daisy Shooting Range (certificate of completion)
-adventure scavenger hunt begins at 11a.m.
-kids' seminars/workshop
-safe passage Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 3p.m.
-kids' adventures in camping Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 4p.m.
-Free photo download
-Craft: color a wood magnet
-Coloring sheets
*first 100 to fill punch card receives free whistle and water bottle


Who said sandals were for the beach?

Spring has finally sprung and the hot days of summer are right around the corner.  So, if you are looking for a pair of new sandals, water or casual shoes, Bass Pro Shops in Independence a lot of choices to choose from.  We have received many new items this year.  The biggest additions to our assortment are the new styles of women's casual shoes. 

Natural Reflections has a new slip on shoe called the Malibu which we have in four colors, including this color: 




Our Women's Sperry collection has now expanded to over 25 shoes and includes the Katama and Danica styles.  



So along with our other Bahama, Angelfish and Bluefish styles we have many colors and designs to offer.  Within the Angelfish style we now different designs including the "Perforated", "Serape", and "Bretton Stripe".

Bretton Stripe


We also received a few new men's casual shoes including the World Wide Sportsman Balboa Bay which we have in two colors including:  


A few other new shoes we have are the Sperry Seakite, the Merrell Jungle Moc Ventilator which is a casual shoe and the Columbia Bahama Vent which is a casual/water shoe.


So come into the Independence Bass Pro Shops and get a new comfortable pair of shoes to enjoy this summer!



Team Lead in Footwear


Dressing like a Pro

Dressing like a Pro

 Not only are you a professional fisherman but you should look like one too, with Columbia's Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) collection at Bass Pro of Memphis. Today we will be featuring Columbia's Bahama II, Bonehead, and Tamiami fishing shirts. These tops will keep you cool and dry for those hot summer fishing days. 

    Our Bahama II shirts are 100% nylon, with omni-shade UPF 30 protection from the sun's harmful rays. Our Bonehead shirts are 100% cotton ultralite poplin. And last, out Tamiami shirts are 100% polyester with omni-shade UPF 40, omni-wick, and antimicrobial. All these tops come in long-sleeve and short-sleeve in a variety of colors.

        Each and every detail on the PFG tops has a purpose or function on them. For example the velcro tap above the pocket holds your fishing rod in place while you change out your lure. These shirts also feature a utility loop for your pliers, clippers, or a lanyard with a tool attached. All the pockets feature drain holes in them when wade fishing, or can be used to fed fishing line through. Also all three shirts feature venting in the back which provides air flow for cooler wear and faster drying. The mesh built into the shirt prevents fabric from sticking to the body.  

     Not an outdoor fisherman, that's okay, Columbia's PFG collection is great for ballpark games, vacations, summertime outings, or for everyday wear. Our fishing shirts are very stylish and show up on our top 20 best seller list every week here at Bass Pro of Memphis. So come out and get yours today and tell them Holli sent you.  

The Benefits & Features of the Bahama II, Bonehead, and Tamiami Short & Long Sleeve Styles:


New Womens Spring & Summer Apparel

Spring is finally here! We have in lots of new spring wear for women. One of our new favorite spring lines is our women’s Columbia spring line. With our selection of bright spring & summer colors and the many styles, there is something for everyone. Our women's apparel lead, Kimberly, went through the department and picked out some of the most popular items we carry.


Some R Chill Dress:

  • It has advanced cooling technology. This makes the use of moisture to lower the temperature of the fabric, so it feels cool to the touch and you can stay comfortable in hot conditions.
  • Omni freeze
  • Color “Groovy Pink”
  • Price $55.00

This dress would be perfect a summer picnic, a light walk in the park, an outdoor sporting event, fishing, and to the pool. With the omni freeze the fabric stays cool to keep you comfortable in the heat.


Real Beauty Short Sleeve Dress:

  • This dress has Advanced Evaporation. This moisture transferring technology moves & dispenses sweat away from the body for quick evaporation, keeping you comfortable during physical activity.
  • Omni wick
  • Color “Geyser”
  • Price $55.00

This dress would be great to wear hiking, dancing, and to play croquet. This advanced evaporation in the fabric moves the sweat away from the body  to keep you comfortable in any physical activity.


Splendid Summer Dress:

  • Omni wick
  • Advanced evaporation
  • Color “Razzle”
  • Price $45.00

This dress you be perfect to get dressed up and go play golf in. The purple color is easy to accessorize with. This dress is also perfect to go fancy, or to go casual.


Siren Splash Print Tank Top:

  • Omni wick
  • Advanced evaporation
  • Color “Geyser”
  • Price $34.95

This tank top is perfect for any outside activity. It fits loosely, making it easy to move around. Also with its omni wick & advanced evaporation it will keep you cool all day.


Real Beauty Skirt:

  • Omni wick
  • Advanced Evaporation
  • Color “Geyser”
  • Price $35.00

This skirt goes perfect with the Siren Splash Print Tank Top. You could wear this combination to go out and play tennis or bad mitten. The shirt has a nice length. The material is also designed to keep you cool is physical activity throughout the day.


Zero Rules Columbia shirt

As a Bass Pro Shops employee I have the opportunity to see some of the best Tech shirts come to our store. I truly have to say that one of the best shirts I’ve ever bought for fishing is the Zero Rules Columbia shirt. I was out all day on my husband’s boat, I mean ALL day from sunrise to sunset; and we did not feel hot or sweaty even once. I never thought a shirt like this could make me feel so comfortable. I’ve tried many different brands and styles but I will stick to this style shirt for the rest of my fishing days because they’re great for the sun protection and keep me extremely cool. If you are out in the sun all day fishing, kayaking, or enjoying any other activity you should make a point to stop by our store and check out the Zero Rules Columbia shirts.


Ananay M. Rodriguez


Kiddos Columbia gear is here!

Its summer time in Texas, which means it’s hot and time to dress your kids in our light and cool Columbia collection.

This is the perfect collection to have your kids wear anytime and anywhere, including going fishing, going to the beach or just being outside at home.


For our little men we have an assortment of short and long sleeve fishing shirts in a variety of colors, which range from white, yellow, light blue to even a light purple. We also have crew neck shirts and polo shirts that look and feel awesome in our Texas weather. To accompany our shirts we have three different types of shorts in neutral colors like kahki and navy to bright colors like orange and lime green. This is the perfect collection for our little men to dress up like dad. 












For our outdoor princesses we have an assortment of long sleeve fishing shirts, shorts, pants, and even a few dresses. This collection contains the colors bright pink with lime green, bright blue with purple and pink with blue.

The collection ranges anywhere from $24.95-$40.00 and with how handsome and cute your kids will look you won’t be able to stop yourself from buying more than one outfit.

Jessica Walsh

Ladies apparel- Team Lead


Don't Become A Statistic: Always be Prepared When You Go For A Hike

The nick name bestowed upon me for a couple of decades now by those who know me best, has been Little Miss Preparedness.  I always had everything that might possibly be needed stowed somewhere in my pack. The one thing that motivated me above all else was a desire to NOT be a statistic, to NOT be the person written about in the newspaper article. You know the type…the ones that are embarrassing. Experienced back country hiker found frozen….It seems every story about stupid choices are written about those who should have known better. THAT was NEVER going to be about me.

But when hiking near home, I developed a bad habit. I became complacent. And one day not so long ago it caught up with me. That date was December 7th, 2013.

I had an unusual afternoon off, and a brief window to take my dogs out for some exercise and spiritual renewal. It was to be a brief 45minute excursion that would put wags on their tails and increase the oxygen circulating in my bloodstream. We went to a local run of woods that we had visited in the fall, where we would be less likely to run into others. I wanted to let the furbabies off leash to run for maximum expenditure of energy and didn’t want anyone else to feel imposed upon.

I wasn’t worried about losing sight of them since outfitting them in their Redhead Safety Vests. The bright orange with florescent yellow stripes not only assured me that hunters wouldn’t mistake them for targets, but also that I’d be able to spot them at a distance while enjoying the woods. Since I have 4 dogs, the price of $11.99 each at Bass Pro made this an affordable investment in peace of mind.

Things started out relatively well, but within 30 minutes the light sprinkling of snow, changed to massive globs of white dotting the sky, and covering everything including our tracks. I still hadn’t calculated any threat since this was ME, and I NEVER got lost, and this was SO CLOSE to home. I just continued to follow frolicking furbies as we ventured further into the thicket.

It wasn’t even that much longer when I decided that we should turn around, and my decision, quite honestly had everything to do with other things needed to be accomplished and nothing to do with the whiteout conditions that were descending quickly. These conditions were initially enjoyable.

As I continued to video and photograph the doggers, I thought we were on the way out. We were after all, following tracks, our tracks, back to a trail. Wasn’t that a trail? Wait a minute….

Here is where things went frightfully wrong… for four hours. Yes, four hours. And little miss prepared had NOTHING that she always advocated that everyone should have no matter what, when they venture into the woods. I should of refered to My top 10 Survival items but I was to create my own teachable scenario, getting lost in woods, so very close to my home.

As I trudged around looking for where to go, my glasses and sunglasses fogged up. I tried reading the GPS and Compass on my phone but wasn’t able to see through the lens.  How many times had I looked at the Nikon Fog eliminator and thought what a useful way to spend $7.99? That price was a bargain taking my current situation into consideration, and it became even more winsome desire as in my struggle to orient myself, I was wearing the battery on my phone down.

Had I brought along a Ray-O-Vac instant charger or 7 hour power charger, another useful purchase I considered but passed on, I might have been able to use my electronics to determine my whereabouts. Instead, I knew my general location, but not my relative location, which would get me back to my vehicle and home. My phone was now dead and I had no idea which way was what. I own both a Silva Scout, a survey compass and a Brunton orienteering compass. Neither was in my pack. I also didn’t have a Coglan ball compass pinned to my coat, something I sold every day to others. Relying on my cell phone compass just made me look more the fool.  I was really starting to kick myself.

Luckily, I was able to stay somewhat warm since I was dressed in layers. Starting with my Redhead base layer that wicked the moisture away from my skin so that I wouldn’t get the chills, I followed up with a mid-weight XPS zip collar and bottoms long underwear. Columbia Storm Surge Pants stuffed into my Bogs, good to -40 were keeping my lower half warm and dry, my Columbia Omni Heat Down Jacket was keeping my trunk pretty toasty. But I was starting to worry about my dogs…and about how well this would all do should we not make it out before dark. The Sun, despite not being able to see it, was setting.

 I found myself calling out for help. I knew full well that my voice would blend in with the wind, carried away unrecognized. How many times had I encouraged customers to spend a mere $4.99 to purchase a whistle? The sound of such a small instrument could always be recognized above nature, assuring to draw the attention of those who might seek out the inhabitants of a remnant car left in a parking lot. I could have also benefited from having a signal mirror, using the hole in the center to target my best guess towards civilization. Perhaps someone would have seen the pattern of light dance in their family room as they watched TV and called authorities….

The temperature was starting to drop. Typically I would have at least one 9 hour candle with me, a Sparkie fire starter and an SOL silver heat blanket. With these, I could set up a heat station for myself and the doggers, trapping the heat from the candle and reflecting it back with the blanket. If I’d had two of these blankets, or a Scout Kit that included duct tape and some fishing line, I could have set up a lean to with closed in walls and a roof, maybe even a floor, to keep our collective body heat from escaping.

Once shelter was established, I might have even been able to gather enough wood to build a fire in the entrance using a wet-pack, guaranteed to burn even in conditions like these. While waiting for the smoke to draw attention, I could have used ESBIT hexamine tablets and stove to melt snow in my GSI Soloist. We’d have water to drink after filtering it through a sawyer squeeze filter. Staying hydrated would mean less chance of becoming hypothermic, while staving off injury and exhaustion.  Extra melted snow water could have then been used to cook some dinner with dehydrated mountain house dinners.

But instead of surviving with confidence and in style, I struggled for four hours, trying to break free of circling back upon my own tracks, while being unsuccessful, navigating out of this in a whiteout.

Eventually I found a fence and was able to follow that out to a main road to be rescued, ice frozen in my hair. The dogs were no worse for the wear, and they would have never shared my secret shame. But I would rather use my foolhardiness to encourage others to be prepared.  The extra weight of the items I’d left behind is minimal, take up as much room, and will never be left behind again!

So, whether it’s a brief hike in a local woods or a more adventurous excursion, it is important to always be prepared for the worst case scenario. Everything you need can be found affordably in the camping section of Bass Pro. Knowing its available doesn’t mean you’ll have it when you need it.  So plan ahead.

Whether you buy supplies individually or in a preassembled kit, your Bass Pro Professional Staff can help you outfit your pack to be prepared so that you don’t become a statistic or write your own teachable moment.

We have what you need. This is Bass Pro Tammie and your adventure starts HERE.


Fishing, Not Just For Men Anymore!

When you think of fishing, you might envision two men sitting in a john boat with poles out each side. Well, let us be the first to tell you that this sport is quickly crossing the gender lines!  Here at Bass Pro, we have all the clothing needed to keep you women protected from the elements as well as looking good in the meantime!  An all-purpose polo that is great for fishing, hiking, golfing and more!  The 100% polyester bird's eye mesh World Wide Sportsman Polo Shirt is soft and lightweight with an easy drape.  Moisture-wicking properties transfer perspiration to the fabric's surface, where they dry quickly, they include antimicrobial properties, as well as built-in sun protection.  This short sleeve polo will go great with all of our fishing pants or shorts.  This polo shirt also has a UPF rating starting at 20 and go up to UPF 45.  They come in 6 great colors: Grapemist, Blue Curaco, Teaberry, Spring Bouquet, Shell Pink and Sunshine.  How about some great pants to go along with the Polo shirt?  These Sarasota Convertible Multi-functional pant converts to both a short and a capri as needed - just zip off the legs or use the roll-up tabs to fit the conditions!  With a UPF sun protection rating of 50, these pants are a great addition to your closet.  These pants also feature a side-elastic waist for added comfort and hook n' loop pockets.  Being 100% nylon construction, they offer quick-drying performance.  Need to complete the outfit? We have a wide selection of hats from Columbia.  The Columbia Sun Goddess Booney Hats for ladies' 3" front brim broadens to 4" at the back for added coverage.  Omni-shade UPF 40 provides sun protection while the Omni-Wick advanced evaporation fabric and sweatband keep you cool and dry.  Adjustable chinstrap for a custom fit.  100% polyester ripstop.  Machine was, one size fits most.  Imported.

So, HAPPY FISHING GIRLS!  Now, get out there and show those boys how to catch a big one IN STYLE!


Be stylish in our new Omni Freeze Gear guys!

The Fishing Classic starts the end of February and that means it's time for Omni Freeze Zero from Columbia.  Let me give you an idea of just what that is: As you sweat the blue rings in the fabric lowers the temperature of the material and therefore you feel cooler.....a lot cooler.


    We have sort sleeve polo’s for $80.00 which comes in 4 great colors.  There is a roll sleeve shirt for $100.00 which has nice detailing and comes in Bright Peach, Vivid Blue, and White.  My husband's favorite is the long sleeve crew that retails for $45.00.  He plays a lot of racquet ball and he swears this shirt makes his game even better!  (He is the coolest on the court)


ng(Neck Gaiter)

    There are more accessories this spring as well.  There is a neck gaiter for $30.00 that can be worn 5 different ways.  There is a bandana and an arm sleeve for approximately $30.00.  This year there are even 2 types of caps.  The 1st is the Coolhead ball Cap in white and 2nd is the cap which also covers the back of your neck from the sun.  My brother is an avid fisherman and will only wear this cap when he is out on the water.  

    You have to come into the store and let us demonstrate why the Omni Freeze Zero is so popular with everyone who is active and outdoors.

Sandee Pearson

Men's Apparel- Team Lead 


Silver Linings: Omni-Heat Reflective Technology

They say every cloud has a silver lining… Unfortunately, here in the Midwest, it seems lately that every cloud is lined with winter weather.  In the past week alone, we’ve seen far below freezing temperatures and there's much more winter precipitation in our forecast! Lucky for me, the silver lining in this snow cloud has come in the form of a silver lined jacket; the new Columbia® Whirlibird Interchange Jacket for Ladies.

Equipped with two interchangeable pieces; an insulated “inner” jacket and wind/water resistant “outer” jacket, this coat has become my new go-to.  Columbia Whirlibird Interchange Jacket for Ladies

The thin inner jacket is easily my favorite piece of clothing. It comes fully lined with Columbia’s new Omni-Heat Technology, designed to lock in warmth by reflecting your own body heat (much like that of a Mylar blanket) while keeping moisture out. It’s a perfect combo of “not too hot—not too cold”. The inner layer also features super soft, fleece lined pockets and pre-cut thumb holes that help keep your hands warm when you forget your gloves. Plus, there is a slight tapering around the waist that helps give the coat a feminine look.  (Note: I actually liked the inner jacket so much, that I purchased one for my Mom as a Christmas gift.)

Don’t think that I’m playing down the outer-shell, though. I love having it as an option when it’s raining or really windy. The sturdy fabric helps to keep the elements from permeating through, and the hood has just enough room to keep your head warm without messing up your hair. Plus, as an added bonus, it can also be worn solo as a rain coat in the spring.

Overall I give both the Columbia® Whirlibird Interchange Jacket for Ladies 5-stars. The coat keeps you comfortably warm without being stifling hot, and the small details such as embroidered logos and adjustable sleeves/waistbands, exhibit quality and craftsmanship. It is undoubtedly well worth the cost. 

Columbia Baselayer Midweight Mock Turtleneck for LadiesI also had the pleasure of testing Columbia’s Baselayer Midweight Mock Turtleneck for Ladies.  Fully equipped with omni-heat, as well, it is a definite must-have for runners, hikers, and hunters.  Tested on a hunting trip in 30 degree weather, I wore this base layer under a camo tee shirt without a coat or jacket. (I know, I know, you’re thinking I’m an idiot for trying this, but I really wanted to see how well the omni-heat performed in a shirt so thin...) Surprisingly enough, the shirt did a great job of retaining my body heat while still letting my sweat evaporate. After the long hike to my tree-stand I wasn’t even slightly sweaty, and although I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes after sitting in my stand for 4 hours, my torso and arms were both nice and warm. Additionally, the quiet, light fabric was non-constricting, giving me free range of motion. I will definitely be using this on cold morning runs. Overall I give the Columbia® Baselayer Midweight Mock Turtleneck for Ladies 5-stars. It came in almost $20 cheaper than other Baselayers in its class, and had it not been for the turtleneck, I would wear it as a typical long-sleeved shirt.

Find your own silver lining this winter and check out Columbia's great line of Omni-Heat gear!

By: Ashley Sims


Great Apps for Your Outdoor Adventure

Great Apps For Your Outdoor Adventure

By Jeremy H.


Anymore it’s hard to find anyone without their smart phone. While heading to the outdoors is a great way to relax, get some exercise, and get away from everyday modern technology, there are several great features on your phone that come in handy while in the open country. With features like built in GPS, Camera, and quick access to your favorite Social Media you can make the most out of your outdoor adventure. These 10 apps will help to find a trail, share your adventure and make sure that you stay safe.  Go ahead, try them out and give us your feedback. 



By GlobalMotion Media, Inc


TRACK, SHARE, EXPLORE... EveryTrail is the best way to share trips, connect with other travelers and find great new things to do. Plot your trip, photos and videos right on the map and upload it to, Facebook and Twitter.

Create an interactive trip map while you walk, bike, run, hike, drive, sail, ski or travel other ways. You can plot pictures and videos that you take along the way directly onto the map you make. Add your own colorful commentary for a complete travel story.
Share your adventures with friends by uploading directly from your phone to Facebook, Twitter and, the leading online GPS travel community. You can also update your own personal blog or website with the map you make from
Take along over 400,000 trips from other global travelers that will inspire you on your next adventure—and guide you along the way. You can leave those heavy outdated guidebooks at home, because EveryTrail route maps and travel tips will be right at your fingertips wherever you go.


Hiking & Mountain Biking Trails, GPS Tracker, & Offline Topo Maps By AllTrails, Inc

AllTrails is THE app for finding trails nearest you.
Going on a trip to a national park? Looking for a place near home to hike, bike, or run? Searching for something new to do on the weekends?
Even in a big city you might be surprised by how much nature surrounds you, and never has it been easier to discover!
Browse through 50,000 trail guides complete with photos, reviews, etc. for outdoor activities including everything from hiking and mountain biking to fly-fishing and snowshoeing.Know a good trail that's not in our database? Go out, track your hike or ride with our GPS tracker, and add the trail for others to view and follow.


GaiaGaia GPS

Topo Maps and Trails for Hiking, Biking, Camping, and Skiing By TrailBehind

Gaia comes from Greek mythology - she is the Goddess of the Earth, or Mother Nature.

►► Maps
• preview all maps online at
• download worldwide topo, road, and aerial maps
• includes the best government topo maps for the US and Canada (USGS, USFS, NRCan)
• unlimited downloads for offline use - no extra charges

►► GaiaCloud
• use Gaia everywhere - iPhone, iPad, iPod, and online at
• sync your tracks, photos, maps, and waypoints to all of your devices
• share links to import tracks and photos, via email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and more
• keep your data backed up, effortlessly

►► Map Tools
• record tracks, waypoints, and take geo-tagged photos.
• display NEXRAD radar, track data, and TrailBehind waypoints on the map.
• search for nearby waypoints and reports about places.
• import and export GPX/KML files, by iTunes, Safari, DropBox, and email.
• Customize all aspects of Gaia, including units, coordinates types, color and sound, and more. 




Columbia's GPS PALColumbia’s GPS PAL™

By Columbia Sportswear Co.

A GPS enabled journaling app that gives you the ability to preserve memorable outdoor experiences on the go. Enjoy and explore the outdoors freely with GPS PAL.

• Use videos, photos and notes to set GPS tags at favorite spots.
• Track and store route, distance, time, pace, and elevation automatically
• Dynamic journaling using time and location to automatically organize your entries
• Capture and create media
• Rate and describe events
• Organize entries with the associated website
• Send and share adventures via email and social networks
• Create a free account to view and back up your journal
• Use videos, photos, and written journaling to create your entries
• Create and save paths, trails, and adventures for later reflection
• Store data in the app, and in your online account
• Use filters to sort through your entries
• Automatic sync with website account
• Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life
• For the best experience, use GPS PAL on a gps-enabled device.




Geocaching By Groundspeak Inc.Geocaching

By Groundspeak Inc.

Unlock the exclusive coordinates and detailed information for 2 million hidden geocache containers across the globe. Join the search for geocaches and the growing community of families, urban explorers, and spontaneous outdoor adventurers.

Use the Official App to guide you to cleverly hidden containers just around the corner and in more than 180 countries. Tap into your treasure-hunting skills, the in-app descriptions, and available hints to make the final find! Start your location-based GPS-powered adventure now, or combine it with other activities like biking, hiking, or camping. Find even more information on



Compass GoCompass Go

By Tommy Westerberg

Find your way back or the direction to a specific place, in the easiest way! Use Compass Go whenever you find it easier to follow an arrow to your target than to read a map. Perfect for finding your parked car or a place on a festival, in the forest, on a beach or any situation where a map doesn't work well. When used together with a friend who also has Compass Go, you can send your position so your friend can easily find you without having to figure out the map. If they don't have Compass Go, there is a link to Google Maps as well.



Army SurvivalArmy Survival

By Double Dog Studios


The U.S. Army knows how to train their personnel to survive. Their field manual is the most authoritative guide on survival. This app provides a complete reference guide on basic survival, evasion, first aid and recovery information. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, this app may be essential to your survival.



Knot TimeKnot Time

By 7Zillion


Have you ever fumbled around with a rope, nervously trying to tie some sort of knot that you hope will hold? "Knot Time" is meant to serve as both a learning tool and a field guide for tying knots. Each of the knots has a brief description and an instructional video to walk you through how to tie the knot. The videos make it very easy for you to actually see how the knot is tied – much better than some “connect the dots” kind of pictures. Knots are grouped into five categories: general, boating, mountaineering, fishing, and scouting. The general category contains 11 basic knots that can be used in a variety of situations. There is no simpler way to improve your perceived outdoorsmanship (or outdoorswomanship).

"Knot Time" will have you tying the following 33 knots: alpine butterfly, anchor bend, arbor knot, bowline, bowline on a bight, cleat hitch, clove hitch, diagonal lashing, double fisherman's bend, double overhand stopper knot, double surgeon's knot, dropper loop, figure 8, figure 8 with a follow through, lark's head, monkey's fist, nail knot, one handed bowline, overhand knot, Prusik knot, rolling hitch, round turn and two half hitches, sheepshank, sheer lashing, sheet bend, square knot, square lashing, surgeon's loop, timber hitch, Trilene knot, tripod lashing, trucker's hitch, and water knot. More to come...


Mosquito DeviceMosquito Device

By Patrick Giudicelli

Mosquito device uses high pitch sound waves to keep away mosquitoes. Almost silent, you won't notice it working.
Working frequencies: 16-22 KHz
Environment-friendly, no smell and harmless to human beings, pets and plants.
Ideal and reliable companion for camping, hunting, fishing, farming, and sleeping.


GotoAID First AidGotoAID First Aid

By Jaargon Ltd.


GotoAID is a member of the Health & Safety Institute. With a database of over 400 topics, interactive tools, and report generators, GotoAID brings immediate access to first aid information for you and your pets. It also provides a full disaster preparedness section on what to do before, during and after a disaster.

Created for the non-professional responder, GotoAID's easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations walk the first aid provider step-by-step through the appropriate responses for everything from bee stings to weather related emergencies to a complete Sudden Cardiac Arrest incident. GotoAID is also an outstanding resource for those who want to enhance their emergency care training by providing instructions for many types of emergency situations not traditionally included in a basic first aid course.



Pet First AidPet First Aid

by American Red Cross


Take care of your furry family member. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.                                                     



Staying Toasty in the Frozen North

16 Mile Creek

Winter fishing in the Great Lakes region brings up some problems we don’t normally have down south, namely; snow, ice, and temperatures well below freezing.  Deciding what kind and how much clothing I should take was one of the most pressing problems for me while preparing for my last trip.  And I really don’t care how many pairs of shorts or Columbia short sleeve fishing shirts you put on, standing in freezing water while dressed improperly would be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.

Getting a new pair of waders made of neoprene would have been a good idea but budgetary constraints wouldn’t allow for a complete refit of equipment.  So looking into some quality layering materials seemed to be the most fiscally responsible route to take for a once every few years type of trip.  Thank to modern technology and layering materials I was able to remain toasty while fishing in temperatures between 14 and 24 degrees.

Now before anyone starts saying that I sound like an info-mertial on TV, I don’t normally write about specific products, but in this case I think they really proved to be worth the money, and a few words of recommendation.

The real trick seemed to be choosing the right combination of clothes starting with a base layer of Redhead Enduraskin, then a layer of Redhead XPS 2.0 Midweight Thermals, a long-sleeved shirt, a sweatshirt, and finally an outer jacket with a quilted liner.  Mobility wasn’t too bad despite six layers trying to maintain a core temperature somewhere above freezing.  I’ve found in subsequent usage that the Redhead shirts make for great casual dress underlayers on cooler days here in Florida.  They insulate well, breathe to allow perspiration out, and are so light that I really don’t notice that I’m wearing anything extra.  The XPS Thermals come in multiple weights allowing you to choose from a 1.0 Baselayer for moderate to cool temperatures, up to a 4.0 Extreme for severe cold and prolonged exposure.

Elk Creek SteelheadMy toes could have been a bit warmer but that was more a function of needing properly sized boots that would have allowed for more effective layering.  So take it from me when I say that you need to allow for additional socks when purchasing boots to go with your stocking foot waders.  Otherwise, my legs were fairly warm inside the waders with a pair of medium weight pants and a layer of 3.0 Expedition weight thermals.

So, hopefully someone will benefit from my recent adventures into the frozen north and can find some quality layering gear that will keep them toasty on even the coldest days on the water or in the field.  Stay comfortable by shopping smart and trade up so some of the modern materials available on the market today.

Brian “Beastman” Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando


Clearance! A Thrifty Shopper's Paradise

Are you a thrifty shopper when it comes to buying clothes? Are you constantly looking for a good deal? I know that I am. I browse thrift stores, consignment shops, and clearance racks. It is hard, sometimes, for me to pay full price for an item. (Especially if it is one that I don't NEED, I just WANT)

As a parent, (I feel) one of the greatest lessons that we can teach our children is to become an economical shopper. It is not always an easy task to handle. Especially when all of their friends are wearing the name brand clothes and they just want to fit in with the crowd. It has taken me a while but, I am proud to say that 2 out of my 3 children have become money conscientious shoppers. (Please note: the youngest one is 16 years old and is just now working his first job. The other two are responsible for their own car payments!)

It is funny how kids and adults alike start changing their shopping habits when they are responsible for the bill. Well... if you are like me and always looking for a good deal, you need to check out the apparel section at the Bass Pro Shops in Leeds. We have hundreds of items that are on clearance throughout the store. Anything from bathing suits, shorts, blue jeans, long sleeve shirts, short sleeves, tank tops, hats, hoodies and jackets can be found on a clearance rack. We have several racks of clearance clothing available in men's women's and children. And believe it or not... some are even name brand. Our selection includes Ascend, Red Head,World Wide Sportsman, Northface, and Columbia, just to name a few. Whether you are stocking up cold weather clothes for the remainder of winter or want to get a jump start on the summer, come in and check out the great deals. Below is a small sample of what you can find.

For the fisherman in your life:

wwsp                                wws


For the ladies:

l3      l3       lady 2       lady


For the men:

    men2                                men         


And of course, who can live without their favorite hoodie?

      hoodie 2                          hoody

For our online selection of clearance, visit



Monster Fish Sweepstakes

Are looking to start the New Year off with a new boat? Why not try to win one? Check out the Monster Fish sweepstakes that is going on now until April 15th, 2014. Below are the details:

  • No purchase necessary to enter or claim prize.
  • Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States or District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older.
  • Promotion began on January 3rd and ends on April 15th

To enter: Visit to complete the entry form and submit as directed.

You may also enter by completing an official entry form including your name, complete address, daytime phone number, email address and date of birth and depositing it in an official ballot box at the Bass pro Shops in Leeds. LIMIT one entry per person per calendar month, regardless of method of entry.

Grand Prize: a 2014 Nitro Z-6 with 115 hp OptiMax and trailer valued at approximately $22,499. Prize includes freight and preparation. Winner will be notified by phone, email, and/or mail at Sponsor's sole discretion.

For a list of winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by 5/30/14 to: Bass Pro Shops "Monster Fish" Sweepstakes Winners, PMI Station, PO Box 750, Southbury CT 06488-0750