You can dress like a local Sitkan while supporting local businesses and organizations in town. Sitka’s weather is constantly changing – clear and dry one moment, and rainy the next. It’s important to dress in layers, and bring waterproof gear.
Here are some of the clothing staples to look for:
1) Xtratuf boots AKA Sitka Sneakers
I’ll never forget the first time I pulled on a pair of neoprene Xtratuf boots: I felt invincible. I waded through tidepools and, as the tide went further out, explored the tiny islands that appeared in the water. Dashing through the waves, I felt like a little kid again.
Since then, my Xtratufs have been everywhere: slogging up muddy trails, postholing through snowdrifts, and splashing in rainstorms. Even when my clothes are soaking wet, at least my feet stay dry!
A pair of Xtratuf deck shoes or deck boots are perfect for day-to-day activities, while the durable mid- and tall boots will protect you from the elements on a longer excursion. Choose between colorful Salmon Sisters prints, or go for your standard and iconic brown. You can buy your own pair at Russell’s, Work & Rugged Gear, and LFS Marine Supply.
2) 57 Peaks Leggings
It’s hard to miss the sight of these leggings around town, with their bright, vivid patterns and dreamy Sitka-inspired landscapes. “It’s really amazing to see something that I’ve created, a beautiful work of art, and to see people celebrating that,” says co-owner Brett Wilcox, who runs 57 Peaks with his wife, Kris.
“Our main theme is that we try to stick to nature. We have a lot of images that come straight from Sitka, mostly from our own photography, and others that come from around the world. E-commerce is an up-and-coming thing, and [with 57 Peaks] we saw a fun opportunity to combine our love for leggings – virtually every woman on earth is wearing leggings – with our love for nature. We use a print-on-demand system so that we can have a local presence as well as sell to people from all over the world.”
3) Grundens fishing gear
Don’t let the rain stop you from having a good time. Whether you plan on fishing, hiking, or just exploring town, Grundens high-quality waterproof gear is a must-have for Sitka’s rainy days. When I walked in to LFS Marine Supply to buy my own pair, I was overwhelmed by all the options: everything from bib trousers to durable foul weather jackets! I love the bold, bright colors that stand out on a forest trail.
For me, the best part of dressing like a local isn’t just being prepared for the weather – it also means carrying Sitka with me wherever I go.