422 Memorial Drive NE | Calgary

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Planning Your Visit to Our Store

Our selection of quality children’s outerwear, footwear and accessories is extensive. This is a small sampling of our most popular items that deliver functionality, value and design. With our carefully curated collection you can rest-assured that our products deliver high performance to ensure your outdoor adventures are great!

When shopping for footwear, we recommend tracing the child’s foot while standing and then cut it out, write the date and their name on it and keep it in your wallet.

The more information we have, the more accurate our size recommendation will be. If we don’t get the size just right, keep in mind we have a 14 day, full refund return policy and 30 days for exchange.

Parent Support Groups

Twins, Triplets and More Association of Calgary

Parents of multiples? Did you know that Calgary has a non-profit organization just for you? The Twins, Triplets and More Association of Calgary (TTMAC) provides members with support, equipment loans, workshops, socials and so much more. They even boast Calgary’s largest sale of used kids clothing, toys and gear. Your membership also entitles you to discounts at generous local businesses in support of TTMAC members, like The Great Outdoors: Junior Outfitters! We offer TTMAC members 10% off their purchase.

Not a member of TTMAC but want to become one?

TTMAC

TTMAC Members Receive 10% OFF!

At The Great Outdoors: Junior Outfitters, we are passionate about supporting families of multiples. We know that you have different challenges to address when it comes to your outdoor gear needs and we are here to help. Whether you have twins, triplets or more and whatever their age and stage, we can make embarking on your next adventure that much easier with the right outerwear, specialty clothing, accessories and footwear.

Our one stop shopping experience really can be enjoyable with your little ones in tow! Our team of experts is fully trained and knowledgeable on all the products we carry and how they actually fit. We have a kids play area and change table and we are always willing to lend an extra hand so you can enjoy browsing our selections.

Coming in without the kids? No problem! Check out our Learn section to find out what measurements you should come prepared with so we can help you pick out your selections. If we don’t get the size just right, keep in mind we have a 14 day, full refund return policy and 30 days for exchange.

Product Features

Product Features

Many of our first time customers are surprised by the size of our store and the diversity of our products and brands. We thought it would be helpful to highlight some of our products that we know our current families with multiples are thrilled to find we carry!

  • Muddy Buddy 1pc Rain Suit– Keeps your kids warm, dry and clean, while they’re having fun in the mud and puddles!
  • Helly Hansen Outerwear– Fits the slimmer build.
  • TYR Thermal Suits– Prevents your kids from shivering in the pool and lake.
  • U.V. Protective Clothing & Sun Hats– Makes for a stress free time in the sun, so you aren’t worrying about continuously re-applying sunblock to multiple children.
  • Bamboo PJ’zzzz Pyjamas– Ensures a comfy and warm sleep through the night.
  • Crocs– Allows for easy on footwear for those “I can do it myself” kids!
  • Sandals– Protects feet in covered toe sandal styles for maximum safety and comfort while walking through streams, spending afternoons at the playground, running and bike riding.
  • Rain Boots– Alleviates frustration so little ones can use the handles to put them on by themselves.
  • Bogs Classic Winter Boots-– Alleviates frustration so little ones can use the handles to put them on by themselves.
  • Kamik Winter Boots-– Encourages even the tiniest of tikes to get out and play in the snow with these lightweight, warm boots that won’t weigh them down! Made in Canada.
  • Merino Wool & Synthetic Socks– Ensures blister-free feet on outdoor adventures.
  • Camelbak Kids Eddy .4L Water Bottles– Helps everyone know which water bottle belongs to who, with fun prints to choose from.
  • Little Life Back Packs with Built-in 2ft Safety Reign– Safeguards kids when you are walking to the park, in high traffic areas like the zoo, science centre, theme parks, the airport, etc.
  • Granger’s Outerwear Wash– Retains resale value of your kids’ quality outerwear garments, ensuring your gear performs optimally and looks great wash after wash.
  • Hiking book ‘Take a Hike with your Children’– Includes 40+ hikes 5km or less in Banff, Kananaskis and Lake Louise. Icons indicate stroller friendly, bathrooms, benches and picnic tables, to make your hike enjoyable.

Protection Against the Sun

The Importance of Sunglasses for Kids

Customers often ask why it is important for kids to wear sunglasses. The simple answer is that sun damage to eyes is permanent and not reversible. We should all be in the habit of protecting our eyes by wearing sunglasses. Just like we insist on helmets to protect our heads, we should be making eye protection a requirement, not an option. We wouldn’t let our children ride in a car without a proper seat so why would we expose their precious eyes to damaging U.V. rays? Prior to the age of ten, children are the most susceptible to sun damage to their eyes. In fact, babies’ eyes are particularly vulnerable to the damaging rays of the sun which is why you should introduce sunglasses sooner, rather than later. Sunglasses need to start being viewed as essential gear that is important to a child’s long-term health, not just an accessory. That is why at The Great Outdoors: Junior Outfitters, we carry a complete range of sunglass styles for toddlers and youth to properly protect their eyes.

Sunglasses & Sports

With the warmer weather come numerous summer sports and activities such as soccer, baseball, biking, and hiking, just to name a few. Now is the time to consider your child’s eye safety when you are enjoying these outdoor pursuits. Eye-care experts agree that quality eyewear is an important part of an active child’s overall well-being.

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Prolonged exposure to the sun can result in numerous eye afflictions down the road. Sunglasses not only protect our precious eyes from the sun’s harmful U.V. rays but they also provide an additional barrier to debris that can scratch the cornea. Sunglasses are highly effective in the prevention of additional trauma to the eye from a mis-thrown baseball or an accidental collision with another player or obstacle. In addition, consider that wearing proper sunglasses can help prevent accidents by reducing glare, enhancing contrast and allowing the wearer to respond to the changing environment quickly and safely.

When shopping for sunglasses look for shatter proof lenses that offer protection from the entire spectrum of U.V. rays. Sunglasses with sports straps allow the wearer to run, jump, deke and even flip without the fear of their eyewear falling off. Sunglasses known as ‘convertibles’, come with a soft sports-strap that replaces the traditional arms on the glasses. This sports-strap makes wearing sunglasses under a hat or helmet especially effective as the headwear can often squeeze the sides of traditional sunglasses and as a result be very uncomfortable.

Our visual skills are continually being developed and none more quickly than in children. Sunglasses ultimately improve upon depth perception, peripheral vision, eye tracking and visual concentration. Now we all know what a huge impact proper eyewear can have on the overall performance of our little athletes!

Why Polarized Sunglasses?

We know that sunglasses play a major role in protecting our vision but we’re often unsure why polarized lenses are superior in doing so. Here’s the information you need to make an educated decision about buying sunglasses with polarized lenses. Polarized lenses are highly effective in diminishing blinding glare which is often referred to as ‘horizontal light’. Traditional lenses are unsuccessful at eliminating reflection off shiny surfaces such as water, snow, cars and even roads.

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Polarized lenses, on the other hand, are the ultimate choice for a day at the pool or beach as well as car trips, the ski slope and the toboggan hill. Sunglasses boasting polarized lenses reduce prolonged squinting that can cause headaches. Excessive glare can lead to feeling disoriented and can ultimately affect your eye’s long-term health.

Polarized sunglasses allow for the greatest sharpness of vision as these special lenses allow vertical light to reach your eyes. This vertical light is imperative for the clearest, most focused vision. Traditional lenses filter all forms of light, both horizontal and vertical resulting in a reduction, not elimination of glare. Important benefits of polarized lenses are true colour perception, improved contrast, reduced eyestrain and overall enhanced visual comfort.

Now you know what makes polarized lenses unique. With the increasing demand for polarized sunglasses, many manufacturers have added these technical lenses to their most popular styles for everyone in the family including infants, toddlers and youths!

By: Julie Baquiran

Garment Care Tips

Caring for your Waterproof, Breathable Synthetic Insulated Garment

Granger’s 2 in 1 Performance Wash is specifically designed to clean your synthetic, breathable garments that have a durable water repellant (DWR) coating. It is water-based and odourless. It does not leave a residue on garments and increases the garment’s resistance to stains and soil. We believe a clean garment functions much better than a dirty one. Wash your quality, waterproof, breathable synthetic insulated outerwear regularly, rather than once or twice a year; this will maximize the warmth, breathability and overall performance of the garment.

Guidelines

Follow these guidelines to get the most out of your quality outerwear:

  • Open all pockets and empty out the contents. Remove any ski lift tickets or seasons passes as well.
  • Close all Velcro areas and zip up the main zipper but leave any zippered pockets open.
  • Detach the hood and fur if present. Wash the hood and fur with the jacket but do not put the fur in the dryer. Lay or hang it to dry.
  • If there are stains on the garment, these can be pre-treated with a non-bleaching, color-safe spot cleaner. Wash the garment immediately after scrubbing these stained areas gently with a soft nail/tooth brush. Do not let the spot cleaner sit on the garment.
  • Try to wash a full load with at least 3 garments to maximize efficiency.
  • In order to keeps your garments’ durable, waterproof repellant coating, use 3 to 4 cap-fulls of Granger’s 2 in 1 Performance Wash , where you normally would put laundry detergent into your machine. This product is the detergent and water-proofer built into one. There is no need for any other detergent and Granger’s products are compatible for use in high efficiency washing machines.
  • Do not use fabric softener.
  • Wash on the cold cycle and remove from the machine as soon as the cycle ends.
  • Transfer the garments to the dryer and set to low or medium heat depending on your dryer. Some dryers are extremely hot even on medium, which could lead to appliques peeling away from the nylon fabric.
  • Do not use dryer sheets.
  • Dry garments thoroughly.

If you have any questions whatsoever regarding the care of your garment, feel free to contact us or the manufacturer directly.

Caring for Your Down Garment

We believe a clean garment functions much better than a dirty one. Wash your quality, down outerwear regularly, rather than once or twice a year; this will maximize loft, remove odours and soil and restore the original performance of the garment. Granger’s Down Cleaner is specifically designed to clean your down garment and will not strip natural oils from the down insulation. It is water-based and odourless and will not leave a residue on garments.

Guidelines

Follow these guidelines to get the most out of your quality, down outerwear:

  • Open all pockets and empty out the contents.
  • Close all Velcro areas and zip up the main zipper but leave any zippered pockets open.
  • Detach the hood and fur if present. Wash the hood and fur with the jacket but do not put the fur in the dryer. Lay or hang it to dry.
  • If there are stains on the garment, these can be pre-treated with a non-bleaching, color-safe spot cleaner. Wash the garment immediately after scrubbing these stained areas very gently with a soft nail/tooth brush. Do not let the spot cleaner sit on the garment.
  • Try to wash a full load with at least 3 garments to maximize efficiency.
  • In order to retain the natural oils of the down that lead to a loftier insulation, use 3 to 4 cap-fulls of Granger’s Down Cleaner, where you normally would put laundry detergent into your machine. There is no need for any other detergent and Granger’s products are compatible for use in high efficiency washing machines.
  • Do not use fabric softener.
  • Wash on the cold cycle and remove from the machine as soon as the cycle ends.
  • Transfer the garments to the dryer and set to low or medium heat depending on your dryer. Some dryers are extremely hot even on medium, which could lead to appliques peeling away from the nylon fabric.
  • Do not use dryer sheets.
  • Dry garments completely. Drying a down-filled garment takes patience. You want to ensure that all the moisture is removed from the garment. The sensor on your dryer will likely say the garment is dry when some moisture is still present. If this is the case, put the garments on a timer to dry at low to medium heat for an additional 30 minutes or longer as needed.

If you have any questions whatsoever regarding the care of your garment, feel free to contact us or the manufacturer directly.

ThermoBall

Get To Know ThermoBall TM

ThermoBall™ is a lightweight, breathable and highly compressible synthetic insulation used in several kids’ styles of jackets and bunting suits that we carry, constructed by The North Face. Available in infant to youth sizes, ThermoBall™ insulation offers superior warmth with minimal weight, even when wet. Your kids will thank you for not weighing them down!

The North Face, in partnership with PrimaLoft®, developed this revolutionary synthetic alternative to down. Unlike traditional, continuous-filament synthetic insulations, the small round PrimaLoft® synthetic fiber clusters closely, mimicking down clusters; trapping heat within small air pockets to retain warmth. The insulation achieves phenomenal warmth in cold and wet weather by maintaining loft even when wet.

Untreated down soaks with water when wet, losing its loft and thus its warmth; ThermoBall™ on the other hand is a pilled and billowy polyester, so it does not soak in water. ThermoBall™ keeps most of its loft when wet, allowing your child’s body heat to be trapped in its fibers, keeping them warmer.

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As well, ThermoBall™ outerwear has a durable water repellant (DWR) treatment on its face fabric for light rain protection.

ThermoBall™ is designed to feel like down when your kids are wearing it – soft and cozy, rather than stiff. It’s comparable to down in weight, and it compresses like down when you need to stuff a ThermoBall™ jacket into a pack. There are no quills to worry about so The North Face is able to use a tightly woven fabric with silk-like threads on the inside and outside of the jacket, making it lighter in weight as well.

BENEFITS

  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Compressible
  • Phenomenal warmth to weight ratio
  • Insulates even when wet
  • Dries quickly

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