Alpiner’s Pick: Father’s Day Gifts


Father’s Day is June 21st

The day is coming up quick, so we asked our staff ” What would you LOVE to get your Dad this year?” OR “If you’re a Dad, what would you LOVE to receive?”. These are a few of their answers!


Michelle, E-commerce Manager: ” My father really needs a new jacket and loves Myles’ Arc’teryx. As with most Arcteryx, the Beta AR just feels sooo nice when you put it on, completely non restricting, and waterproof.  Plus the brand has a dinosaur for its logo, and my dad is a nut for fossils. He’d never splurge on himself so I would LOVE to get him the Beta AR Jacket this Father’s Day!



Emily Korsch, Programs and Event Coordinator: ” I would LOVE to get my Dad a Eagles Nest Lounger Chair or a DoubleNest Hammock with a set of Twilights Camp Lights to go with it!”


Angela Roam, Camp Buyer: ” My Dad always LOVES a new pair of Sanuk Sandals!”


Cathy Blaies, Chesterfield Store Manager: ” My Dad is a big fan of the Ex-Officio Air Strip Shirt and Insect Shield products… Hats, bandana’s, shirts etc.”

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Kevin Bouckaert, IT Director: “As a father of 5, I’d say Earplugs for peace and quiet, kid trailer so we all can go for a bike ride, or a Yeti Rambler Tumbler to hold my soda and keep it ice cold!”


Dave Colby, Our newest addition to the Buying Department & Snowsport, Footwear, and Sunglasses Buyer: “For my Dad it would be a book like “Ten million steps” and a new pair of Kuhl Revolvr pants.









Chaco: A Brand 25 Years in the Making

1989-1995: The Early Years

The small brand, based out of a Mark Paigen’s Paonia, CO home was first called Gecko to signify his shoe as “The Ultimate Sport Sandal”. You see, the Gecko has tiny micro-suction cups on the bottom of their feet helping them scale walls quickly and efficiently.  When the company was four years young, Mark moved his operations outside of his home. The real change that has helped this brand sky-rocket into fan dome was their highly designed footbed, the Z1 in 1994. The footbed was given the name due to its creator,  Dr. Gerhard Rill, a graduate of the Munich School of Orthopedics, who famously stated “That’s ze one!”.  Finally, in 1995 Mark decided it was best to give the company a much-needed make-over. The name Gecko was too closely related to another brand and in order to choose a new name, the company held a competition. This is how the brand we know and love today is called Chaco.

Why we love this brand?

There are so many reasons to love this brand. Our top  reasons include the shoe (of course!), their warranty program ReChaco, their involvement, and their sociability! Who doesn’t love a shoe that gives you complete arch support, keeps your foot supported while having the breezing feel of a sandal? Not to mention the never-ending array of patterns and colors for the straps in their MyChaco program!  Their warranty program, ReChaco involves re-strapping, repairs and even replacement helping you keep your favorite pair of Chacos forever. The company is super social! They are always asking for your favorite pictures while wearing Chaco sandal or a Chaco tan to share on social media, as well as your outdoor adventures in their Chacosphere. Finally, we love how involved Chaco is with their dealers and their customers!


Chacos + Alpine Shop

We’ve been selling Chaco for more than 15 years and they continue to grow year after year. You can purchase your new Chacos online at or in store! Today through Friday, June 5th when you purchase a pair of Chaco sandals online you will receive a special edition Chaco belt (6/3/15-6/5/15) ONLINE ONLY. Chaco has also teamed up with Alpine Shop in the upcoming Al-Pint Night-Luau this Sunday, June 7th from 4-7pm. During the event we’ll sell limited edition 16 oz. acrylic double-wall tumblers brought to you by Chacos for $10 which includes two pours of craft beer. The proceeds will be donated to the Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region.







Alpiners’ Picks: Our All Time Favorite Tents!

Anyone who is looking for the perfect tent has been confronted with the large number of options! To help with buyers anxiety, we wanted to bring you a short list including some of our staff’s favorite tents and the adventures they’ve enjoyed while camping. We’ll even tackle the unfortunate circumstance of finding a comparable tent for one that has been discontinued; ‘Oh the horror!’.

Marmot Limelight 2



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Gretchen Carleton, Assistant Buyer for Women Apparel: “The best part about this tent is that it is the perfect size for two people. It takes only a couple of minutes to set up, it compacts very nicely and is extremely light.

My husband and I took the train from Saint Louis to Sedalia Missouri, and then rode our bikes back to Saint Charles on the Katy Trail. We carried all of our supplies on our bikes and this tent was one of the items. It was perfect shelter on a perfectly beautiful ride!”

Chloe Tennant, Director of Social Media: “The Limelight 2 is super cozy and perfect for two campers. The rain fly also withstands those pouring summer showers keeping you both nice and dry!

My boyfriend and I decided to take a last minute trip over Labor Day weekend to Johnson Shut-ins, there we were able to camp comfortably under the stars in our Limelight 2! We fell asleep with the rain fly off until I woke up at 5am to thunder! I quickly grabbed the rain fly, flung it over and it turned out to be a massive rainstorm! Luckily the tent kept us dry!”

Mountain Hardwear Drifter & Shifter Series

$227.97 (Drifter) & $249.00 (Shifter)


The Drifter Series has been modified into a new series, The Shifter!


Bart Karnowski, Alpine Shop Kirkwood Assistant Store Manager: “Mountain Hardware Drifter 3 (The Shifter 3 is the newer version) is my pick.
It sets up in five minutes and is easy to take down.

I spent the last warm weekend of the year last October at Cuivre River State Park. It was the week after SWAP and the perfect/relaxing wrap up to the sunny season.”

Paul Miller, Alpine Shop Columbia Outfitter: “I have a Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2, and as posters have said above, the Drifter series (and now Shifter Series) is solid. Easy set-up and take-down. It could be a little lighter but I’ve been happy with mine.”

Nemo Losi 3



Beth Rutledge, Alpine Shop O’Fallon, IL Outfitter: “I’m a fan of the Nemo Losi 3person with the add on footprint. I saw it in use this past summer in Glacier National Park. The guy who owned it was traveling from California to Chicago with his husky and they were on their 10th travel day when we met him. With the optional footprint, the pup was able to be in the tent with him without poking his toenails through the bottom of the tent. There was loads of room inside the tent with a ton of head room. Great looking tent and not terribly heavy. He, his name is Mark by the way, also has a 2 person Losi for backpacking, he’d like a lighter one but it is such a good tent it’s hard to get attached to a lighter one as good as this!”

We carry Nemo products at our store and although we do not have the Losi on hand, we can special order this item.

Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5



Liza Babington, Alpine Shop Columbia Store Manager: The Hammerhead 2 from Mountain Hardwear is my favorite! It is unfortunately not made anymore. What makes this tent awesome is the zip out window that goes from the floor of the foot side of the tent all the way past the top and about 1/8 of the way down the other side, giving an awesome star view at night and tons of airflow. Because you can zip the whole thing closed it also means you can pitch it without the fly when it’s hot and still have privacy. It has 3 smaller windows so you don’t lose airflow, plus tons of headroom because of it’s crazy shape. My favorite adventure in my tent was camping at Horseshoe Canyon on a climbing trip. It wasn’t a crowded weekend so we were able to find a spot where we could pitch it without the fly and stargaze all night!”

The Hammerhead was loved for its airflow and views due to it large mesh zip-out windows! The Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 is the best comparable model! It’s catty-cornered zip-out windows offer a good amount of airflow and a beautiful view of the surroundings and sky!

The North Face Tadpole 2 & Stormbreak 2

$309.00 (Tadpole 2) & $159.00 (Stormbreak 2)


Mike Prasse, Alpine Shop Chesterfield Outfitter: “I’d have to say that my favorite tend has been and continues to be my original North Face Tadpole. I love love the easy set up, it’s durability in very strong winds, and the vestibule size for a two man tent. Sure the older model isn’t quite as light as the newer versions yet I still love it. I spent nearly a whole summer in it while I was in college running school groups down to Sams Throne in Arkansas. I still have it, use it and love it.”

We are able to special order the Tadpole 2 tent, its the perfect technical backpacking tent: super light, functional, and sturdy. Another great option for someone who doesn’t need the high technical specs and is looking for a middle range in price, The Stormbreak 2 is the pick for you! It’s not as light as the Tadpole, but it can be put together in a jiff!


Our Mission

In store and online we are determined to help you find the best tent (and any of gear you might need) for you and your adventures! Many of our tents are 3-season and paired with the right sleeping bag can keep you comfortable through many different climates. Give us a call, visit us in store, or shop online for your new favorite tent!


5 Reasons to Get Your Bike Tuned… Today!

Has your bike been tuned? Ever? Or did you bring it home from whatever shop you purchased it at and figured it was good to go?

Just like your car needs maintenance, your bike needs to be taken care of to make sure it performs safely every time you go for a ride. Here’s why:

When was the last time you had your bike tuned?

1. Cables stretch.

Well that’s not true per se, but they do twist tighter. That makes them get longer, and that can seriously affect both shifting and breaking. New cables “stretch” the most and need to be adjusted. That’s why we offer free lifetime adjustments on all new bikes purchased from Alpine Shop.

2. Chains stretch.

Okay, again not really, but they do wear and that makes the chain get longer. When that happens, the chain no longer rides properly in the valleys between the teeth on your chainrings and cassette cogs. A worn, or “stretched”, chain will also cause the chainrings and cassette to wear more rapidly and “mate” to an old chain. So while a new chain may only be about $20 (and improve your ride immensely), a new cassette will be another $50, $75 or up.

3. Your wheels probably aren’t true.

Heck, they may not even be round. Impacts can cause a bicycle wheel to go out of true and wiggle side to side, or worse go out of round. The shape of your wheel is determined by the tension of the spokes, pulling the rim into shape. Small wiggles are easy to fix, but small wiggles can become big wiggles which can rub brake pads , become harder to correct or worse. Get them checked as part of a tune package at Alpine Shop.

4. Is your bike dirty?

A dirty bike really doesn’t work as well. Dirty cables lead to cable drag and that’s a (literal) drag on performance. Shifts aren’t as easy or as snappy and brakes require more squeeze. Dirty frames can also hide damage and keep moisture next to expensive shiny parts. (Turning them into rusty parts much, much faster.)

5. Do you lube?

Friction is no fun. Well, it’s good for slowing you down. Keeping your chain and pivots clean and lubed makes everything work the way it should. Dirt slows everything down and makes it wear faster. A clean bike is a happy bike. Which makes for a happy rider. Be a happy rider. Get your bike tuned today by the pros at Alpine Shop.

Our 8-Point Basic Bike Tune will take care of all of the above for you (provided there are no other underlying problems with the bike). And with $80 worth of work for just $65, you won’t find a better deal on a tune in the Greater St. Louis area. Bring your bike in to either our Kirkwood location or our O’Fallon, Ill., store on the east side of the river today!

This Adventure Needs GORE-TEX® Sweepstakes: Winners and Honorable Mentions

Over the past couple weeks we’ve asked our Alpiners, “Does your adventure need GORE-TEX® and why?”. We’ve literally been stunned by some of the most impressive, daring and inspirational adventures that were entered into the sweepstakes. There’s some pretty adventurous folks out there and we want to highlight the winners and those who embody our very mission! “Get Outside Yourself”

The Grand Prize-Winner

“Snowstorm came through at Brighton Resort in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2014. Getting some airtime and ready to land in a pillow of powder, would be epic to repeat this memory with a new one…and of course some new GORE-TEX® gear!”- John Collier

John has won $500 in GORE-TEX® Products, SPF 15 Lip Balm and a WINDSTOPPER® Headband!! May your future snowboarding adventures be full of pillows of powder and as epic, or even more, with some brand new GORE-TEX® Gear!

The 1st and 2nd Runner-Up Winners

“Summited my first 14er in 2014! Could have definitely used some GORE-TEX® gear!”- Rich Asadorian
“Skiing in Wolf Creek, Colorado. My siblings and I love the mountains, especially all the snow at the Wolf Creek Ski Area!”- Katherine Costello

Rich and Katherine have both won $50 in GORE-TEX® Products, SPF 15 Lip Balm and a WINDSTOPPER® Headband!

Honorable Mentions

Photo Credit: Karen Holtmann
Photo Credit: Stephanie Mafla-Mills
Photo Credit: Bill Kraemer
Photo Credit: Robert Schnieders
Photo Credit: Derek Stagner
Photo Credit: Jack Wilkinson
Photo Credit: Brian Pfiefer
Photo Credit: Herbert Lorenz
Photo Credit: Gregg Healey
Photo Credit: Kathleen Doherty




This Adventure Needs GORE-TEX® Products Sweepstakes


Share a picture of an adventure you’ve been on (or hope to go on!) where a GORE-TEX® garment would play an essential role in keeping you dry, comfortable and outside for longer periods of time! Whether it’s skiing in Colorado, snowshoeing in Utah or hiking in the misty forests of Washington State, you will stay dry and protected in GORE-TEX® products. GUARANTEED! Enter for your chance to win a $500 Alpine Shop coupon to be used on GORE-TEX® Products, Lip Balm and a WINDSTOPPER® Headband.


Celebrate Shreddin’ the Gnar, Cruisin’ the Pow and even Hitting the Yard Sale: Snowboard Lingo 101

Today is World Snowboard Day and we have a few words to cover! Ever wonder what those snowboarders with the 1960’s surfer-like vernacular were actually saying? In the spirit of celebration, we’re hear to clear some things up! In no time you’ll be shreddin’ the gnar and telling your buddy how crispy the pow is that day!

For Starters…

Shreddin’ the Gnar: Just a uber cool way of saying “going snowboarding”.

Pow: Short term for soft powder snow. Freshly fallen, huge snowflakes and super fluffy.

Crunchy or Crispy: really awesome, really sweet, super.

Ridin’: Another term for snowboarding or going down the slope.

Spoice: A word that can be used for anything, especially “nice”.

Chatter: The noise your board makes on rough terrain.

Gnarley: Awesome, really good or could be used to describe a crazy fall.

The Nitty-Gritty

Yard Sale: When you fall down the slope and you lose some of your gear on the way.

Jib: A trick you do off anything on the spine of a jump. A spine of a jump is an edge where a vertical side meets the horizontal, like a rail or tree.

Carve: Another word for turning.

Taco: A fall after a trick where your body folds over a rail.

Biff: wipe out, fall.

Blinger: A person who cares about matching their gear and clothing  over actually riding.

“Trade-Up”: Kids’ Bike Program

In just three easy steps, your kiddos will be outfitted in a properly sized bike and you’ll be able to save a little bit of money! They won’t outgrow this deal!

How it Works:

1. Buy any new kids bike from Alpine Shop.

2. Within 3 years, bring it back and trade it up for a new kids’ bike.

3. We’ll give you up to 50% of what you paid for the trade in as a credit towards the next size bike.

Roll Into the Program

Didn’t buy a bike with us from the start? We can’t save you as much money this way, but…bring in ANY used kids’ bike in decent riding condition to donate to Boy & Girls Club or St. Louis Bike Works and we’ll give you 10% off a new kids’ bike.

What Happens to the Old Bike?

Trade-ins from the Trade-up Program that are not sold are donated to either the Boys & Girls Club or St. Louis Bike Works.





Small Business Saturday Coupon: Save 20%!

Thank You For Following Our Twitter Page!

How It Works:

Stop by any of our Alpine Shop locations or online at on  Saturday, November 29th for Small Business Saturday and save big for the holiday season! We know there might be an item you’ve had your eye on that may not be on sale and we would like to extend the list by giving you a 20% Off ONE Item Coupon*! You may show the coupon digitally, printed or by simply mentioning the “Twitter Coupon” at the register. Online you may use the coupon code: “SHOPSMALL”. Please double check with the exclusions below. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


*2014 Small Business Saturday “SHOPSMALL” coupon code valid 11/29/2014 ONLY at Alpine Shop locations or on-line at Discount only good on one item. Discount may not be combined with any other coupons or offers. This promotion excludes all hard goods as well as clothing from The North Face, Yakima, Burton, Specialized, GoPro and Jackson brands. Promotion excludes all previous purchases, gift cards, Alpine Shop clinics and any boat or ski package deals or service work. Sale price limited to in-stock items only.