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As a paddler, a river rat, lover of ecology, and Patagonia@Bend employee, I am stoked to be attending the showing of DAMNATION tonight at The Tower Theater! There will be a discussion panel after wards. Please join me…
As though we had a sound tract for our entrance, we arrived at Les Schwab amphitheater just as The National began their first song. In the hours leading up to the show, I had been watching the clock, counting the moments until I could sit amongst other lovers of modern indie folk. To say I was looking forward to the concert was an understatement. During the preceding week, I might have listened to High Violet 20 times to compliment the other 1,500 album plays since its first release in 2010.
The vibe at the concert was welcoming and inclusive in regards to company and weather. Children, older folks, hipsters, pataguchi hustlers, all were present and the typical ambiance of an outdoor Bend event was palpable, even for lack of K9’s. Even delicious food carts from the usual suspects were present. In the hopes it would quell some of the evenings winter temps, I opted to inhale a mountain of spicy green curry from Spork. Although a slight damp chill remained for the duration of the show, I was relieved it wasn’t raining and began to wonder if my shivers were meteoric or melody driven.
By 9:00pm The National headed off stage, only to re-emerge for a final 4 songs, the last of which blasted the crowd out of their expectations. Don’t get me wrong, the evening had been amazing, especially having had the band play nearly the entire High Violet album (all my preperation was worth it) and their newest release, I need my girl. However, when they unplugged and acoustically strummed Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks, their roots emerged. Not only did Matt Berninger urge the audience to join in, during the last repetition of the chorus, he tossed the mic in a disobedient fashion and belted out the lyrics without sonic assistance. It seems The National’s music is best played in its purest form and choosing to perform in this manor was like getting a second serve of curry after an already exquisite round. I LOVE CURRY.
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Beginning my second spring at Patagonia@Bend, I wanted to share some classic women’s wear items that are must haves for the season.
The Lithia and Kamala Skirt: The Lithia is the shorter version of the Kamala Skirt, both are must haves because they can be worn two ways; The Lithia as a halter top or short skirt and the Kamala as a long halter dress or long skirt. A new feature this season is the asymetrical hemline on the Kamala.
The Minnette: If you fall in the spectrum of outdoorsy-timeless-professional female (as many of us do in Bend) you will find our dresses to die for. Unique cut backs, built-in bras, no ironing necessary, and an array of patterns and colors are just a few reasons to check our dresses out.
Summer Footwear- New this year is a huge selection of comfortable and fashion forward footwear to compliment skirts, dresses, and other in store casual women’s wear. Be ready as the warm weather rolls in this week. Stop in and let us help you find the right combo today!
See Cascade A&E for photos of Patagonia@Bend’s Surf into Spring event! Page 14.
Looking over reviews about this stylish and functional shoe, it’s superiority in clear. Folks say it is comfortable, stable, lighter and more attractive than other clogs. Staff member Tina is particularly impressed with the roominess in the toe box. Perhaps the most important feature pointed out by customers has been its superior comfort while going for a walk or when on your feet all day. The Better Clog has a higher throat which encases the foot and makes for a heal-slip-free fit. In addition, the elastic side vents make for easy in and out when flexing the ankle and foot. Lastly, customers have been pleased with the grip and feel sure footed in the Better Clog on uneven terrain. Patagonia@Bend is confident you will find nose-to-tail comfort in our footwear and hope you will stop in to try some shoes on today!
When it comes to performance, on and off stage, Doug Michaels, local Bend musician, says the Maui Air is his shoe of choice. From set up to singing live, the Maui Air has delivered breath-ability and lightweight comfort to Michaels in hundreds of performances aboard cruise ships and in Central Oregon. With 20% recycled material in the footbed and midsol, you can look good and care for the planet at the same time. Stop into Patagonia@Bend today and give us your review of our footwear! Special thanks to Michaels for jamming at our April Art Walk and knocking it out of the park!
Among the most exciting April First Friday happenings was Patagonia@Bend employee Matt Sixsmiths hair cut! Staff unanimously agreed he looked great. Patagonia@Bend was also so privileged to host McMenamins seasonal Jam Session ISA, not even available on tap at the brewery yet, and local musician Douglas Michaels! All who attended could be seen tapping there toes to Michaels classic rock bluesy tunes and happily sipping their session. Patagonia is a can’t miss on the First Friday Art Walk route!
Calling all climbers. Remember your dream approach shoe? The one you hoped would be great for hiking to the crag but sticky enough to stop and boulder in too? It has finally arrived: the Splice, by Patagonia Footwear. Brooke, Inventory Supervisor says, “the Splice is a great shoe because its versatile enough to handle the Bend lifestyle, which, can include multiple outdoor sports in one day”. Staff unanimously enjoyed this description from the manufacturers:
“Taking on the bouldering problem Love Cats for a first date is a promising start – keep the approach light with the versatile Splice. The shoe’s suede leather/canvas upper provides moderate protection while scrambling. Dri-Lex® ventilated air mesh collar and tongue lining wicks moisture. Traditional lacing for comfort during descents and off-the-rock wear. Self-centering tongue keeps out debris, stays put and wraps the foot. Rubber toe bumper and heel provide durable protection. Recycled EVA anatomical footbed with Aegis Microbe Shield® and a recycled, dual-density, die-cut EVA midsole lend support underfoot. Patagonia® extra-sticky rubber sole provides excellent grip and durability on varied surfaces”
A new age in trail running footwear was ushered in with the release of the EVERlong during the recent Surf into Spring fundraising event at Patagonia Bend. Designed by Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador and local Jeff Browning, this shoe is as Bend as apparel can get! Browning gives a full run down of the trail runner saying, “They’re light and responsive with just enough protection to do the job, but not overbuilt. The soft, flexible heel and the wide toe box with solid mid-foot wrap holds your foot on the platform when you have to push them on technical terrain”. All this he says came from runner driven feedback and a lengthy testing and design process.
After this event, what amounted to the EVERlongs’ Bend Debutant, pairs of the shoe could be seen on many feet in store and around town. If 50% of the employees at Patagonia Bend owning the shoe (there is no other item so universally popular amongst staff) isn’t selling you, maybe what Denise Bourassa (Patagonia Trail Running team member) has to say will persuade you. Bourassa explains “the EVERlong is a fun, light weight running shoe that has great flexibility and support without having been over engineered. The EVERlong allows you to run and be one with the trails”.
Staff encourages you to stop in to our 1000 Wall location Downtown and try on a pair. We are confident you will find toe-to-tail comfort in our footwear!
After breaking her first ski a month or so back, Danielle Watson, Bend, Oregon Monoskiier, was a bit apprehensive about training on her new equipment. But that all changed last week when she broke out of her shell and raced down Summit like a pro. She definitely looked in good form as she left for a training camp in Colorado Thursday. What an inspirational champion to have in our community.
Boasting 20% recycled material in soles and footbeds and superior shock absorption, Patagonia’s Ultralight everyday shoes are ahead of their class in comfort, style, and environmental sustainability. With medium widths, full toe boxes, and medium arch/insteps reviewers tend to rank our line among the most versatile in fit. Ultralight styles we encourage you to stop in at our 1000 Wall downtown Bend location and try on are: Men’s Maui Air, Naked Maui, Advocate Stitch, Women’s Advocate MJ and Maha Sling (see photo’s below for styles). We are confident you’ll find nose-to-tail comfort in our footwear.
Highlights from the Surf into Spring event held at Patagonia Bend last Thursday included amazing raffle prizes given away every 15 minutes, raising a massive fund for Nomadcharities, the opportunity to visit with Patagonia Athlete Ambassadors, releasing a new shoe wall constructed by local Ben Hull, and having aid of Patagonia footwear representatives on hand to discus product highlights! The most popular shoes where the ultralight slip-on series. The Advocate for women and Maui‘s men! Stop in and try on the perfect shoe for spring. Don’t forget to see the article about our new shoe wall in Cascade A and E, page 21!