An interview with St. Bernard Sports (Plus win a $100 Gift Card!)


Today we have a little bit of a different guest post as we highlight another great company dedicated to helping people find gear that fits them and their outdoor lifestyle.  While St. Bernard Sports is far from us here in the West (with stores located in Texas), they do have an online shop.  I love getting a glimpse of outdoor life beyond my own familiar settings here in our area of the country, and so I invited SBS to answer some questions and tell a little more about who they are.  They are way more than an online store front (and I think their answers will help show you why.)

Any Southwest readers that have personally made it into St. Bernard Sports?  I would love to hear your experiences with them!

Make sure to read all the way to the end of the post to link up to some gear reviews we did thanks to SBS AND (even better) a giveaway for a $100 gift card to their shop.  

Can you tell our readers a little bit about who St. Bernard Sports is as a company and who you cater to?  (when began, where store locations are, etc.)
St. Bernard Sports has been one of the Southwest’s premier ski & snowboard specialty shops since 1978. We started our Dallas, TX shop with an unparalleled effort on customer service and continue to make that our main focus today. We have grown to have 2 store locations in Dallas and one in Austin, TX. In addition to a fantastic selection of snowsports equipment and apparel, we also offer an outstanding line of footwear and fashion apparel for life in Texas.

As you know, there are a ton of online shops specializing in quality outdoor gear.  What makes you different?
Our ski & snowboard experts and customer service staff are among the most knowledgeable in the country. We focus on the latest snowsports developments and annually receive training on the latest equipment and apparel innovations from industry experts. This helps create a shopping experience based on education. We don’t want our customer to know just what types of products are best for them, we want them learn why a certain product is best for them personally so that they can make the right decision. Our hassle free return policy ensures that even if a customer is not satisfied with their purchase, we are happy to exchange it for something they will be delighted to use.

Do you do the majority of your sales online or in your stores?
The majority of our sales take place in our stores, but St. Bernard Sports has dedicated significant resources to growing its online web presence and sees great opportunity ahead. Being able to draw inventory from our several brick and mortar stores means that St. Bernard Sports is poised to offer a large selection of products at great prices while offering unmatched product knowledge and customer service. The ease of use and availability of our website means that customers can find a great deal 24/7.

What is your top-selling brand/item?
The North Face Women’s Osito Jacket has always been a favorite of our customers, whether for personal use or as a gift. It’s a lightweight yet warm zip up fleece jacket that is suitable for fall or winter wear. Since it comes in a wide variety of cool colors, it’s easy to find a style that a relative, significant other or friend will enjoy. We also sell large amounts of items that are exclusive to St. Bernard Sports from brands such as Southern Tide and Vineyard Vines.

We’re finally heading into fall here in the mountains out west.  Any top-picks for cold weather that you have?  (Men, Women and Kids)
We are particularly excited about the new Canada Goose Hybridge line. These men’s and women’s jackets, vests and hoodies feature warm down filling and lightweight shells, and best of all they are fully adjustable to help you keep out the cold. 

Kids have always been drawn to the unique prints and colors of the Obermeyer line, and parents appreciate the high quality, low price options for ski pants, bibs, accessories and jackets. Obermeyer even has great products for toddler boys and girls, so we are extremely confident this brand will have something that will protect your child while still protecting your wallet.
Thank you so much! I learned so much more about your St. Bernard Sports AND what gear is out there and available.  You can also find St. Bernard Sports on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Over the past couple months, we have been putting a couple of jackets from St. Bernard Sports through the tests of a busy, outdoor family.  Both jackets (The North Face’s Venture for Women and Patagonia’s Puff Ball Jacket) come highly recommended by St. Bernard Sports and now from us. Click on the images to go to the full review (yes, they are absolutely worth checking out!)

The North Face Women’s Venture Jacket

Patagonia Kids’ Jacket

Win from St. Bernard Sports!
You have a chance to win a $100 gift card from St. Bernard Sports!  To enter to win, please use the Rafflecopter Widget below (if you can’t see the widget, click on the link!)  Please note, that when it asks you to leave a blog post comment, you will need to come back to this post to do it.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me ( for help – I would rather you ask than enter incorrectly!  Good luck!

$100 Gift Card to St. Bernard Sports Giveaway

This giveaway is co-sponsored by St. Bernard Sports and Effective Spend, an internet marketing agency in Austin, TX, who manages St. Bernard Sports’ search engine optimization and online marketing efforts. To facilitate a product review, my family received a Patagonia Puff Ball Jacket and The North Face Women’s Venture Jacket.  However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.
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Amelia lives with her husband and three young children in Yellowstone National Park. As a family, they believe that life is precious, short and should be lived to the fullest. That includes introducing a life of adventures for their boys in the form of skiing, hiking, biking, running, camping and lots of outdoor playing. Amelia writes at Tales of a Mountain Mama in an attempt to inspire others to get outside daily too with tips and tricks, stories and lots of gear reviews.


  1. Sarah Austin says:

    I love my North Face waterproof boots. They have leather uppers and rubber bottoms, and are so cushy and warm. They are also a very pretty blue color.

  2. Love my North Face Ventura jacket too! And I got to use it last night!

  3. Jessica Bressler says:

    I love my Arcteryx jacket!

  4. All time favorite piece of gear….funny, but right now a Patagonia down vest from St. Bernard Sports! Otherwise, I have a great Roxy ski coat. Thanks!

  5. Our family loves our wool socks for keeping warm in the winer.

  6. most favorite winter piece– that’s a toughie! but i’d say my patagonia puffy vest. i wear it inside all day and then as a mid layer when i am out and about! love it!

  7. Wool socks! If my feet are cold, the rest of me is cold.

  8. christopher sorel says:

    I have to say it is my layer approach I have done with a Polo RLX goretex shell that is over 13 years old and then I put on a fleece. I have 3 grades of fleece a think base layer I always were then depending on how cold it is I will either where my north face thermal fluffy fleece or just my Patagonia medium weight fleece.

  9. We’re currently in Florida but take frequent winter trips up north and I love my North Face Broadway jacket – it’s super warm but still gives you a decent looking shape.

  10. NeKisha Rowe says:

    I have to say my favorite piece of gear would be wool socks. I love that they are breathable and super warm. Nothing beats them at keeping out the cold, I think.

  11. I’ve got to say Columbia fleece pullover and knit hat. You’re just not going to be feel warm if your head is freezing.

  12. It’s hard to decide what I love more – my arcteryx shell or my smart wool socks. Either way, I don’t want to leave home in the winter without both!

  13. I have this wonderful old knit tube scarf that it my absolute favorite winter wear item. It’s warm, cute, and handmade. Can’t be beat!

  14. Caroline M says:

    My favorite gear for staying warm in the winter is fleece clothing.

  15. Wool boot socks! I love them. They keep my feet so warm.

  16. wool socks – but I need a warm hat and some boots this year – gets chilly in northern NH

  17. Being in Texas in the winter, I sometimes have to shed layers because I get too warm! When it is cold, though, my favorite item of clothing is a warm pair of wool socks. Cold toes aren’t as fun as camping in the winter :)

  18. Love your site. I enjoy reading about the different ways to keep your kiddos engaged in outdoor activities.

  19. I love my Patagonia half zip! It goes with me everywhere in the winter!

  20. A great coat. St Bernard is the best store for selection and style. You can always find something that you will love.

  21. My Rab Neutrino jacket is the warmest and coziest piece of gear I have ever had. It was definitely an investment, but worth it. I never have to worry if I am going to freeze my tush off at the crag, sitting by the fire, or hiking in the woods! It fits so well, I can layer underneath if needed (but never really needed because it’s SO warm!), and I can fit my helmet underneath if I am outside climbing on a blustery day!

  22. my lands end coat thanks

  23. Laura Ellingson says:

    I have 2 favorites… my wool socks and my soft fuzzy fleece scarf that I criss-cross under my coat. I have yet to find a pair of boots that will keep my feet warm. I am always fitting the kids for their warmth and needs and by the time if gets to me the season is more than half over that I always say, I’ll just buy something next year,, of the next year and never do… Sometime you just need to put yourself first!

  24. I picked up some Mountain Hardware Dry-Q pants and they’re doing the trick right now!

  25. Patagonia is my favorite brand for outdoor clothing. Their shapes fit me so well! It’s always daunting finding new gear because the cost makes it risky on the chance I’ll hate it. That’s why I really value outdoor shops like St. Bernard Sports that are brick and mortar and have really clever and helpful people working there. Boom! Makes my decision a cinch!

  26. I love my North Face Denali

  27. I really like my The North Face Women’s Polar Hooded Jacket that my kids got me for Christmas

  28. My Marmot Women’s Gravity Jacket is my favorite

  29. Smartwool socks are hard to live without.

  30. I really like my new The North Face Women`s Makalu Insulated Jacket

  31. Somehow the piece that I keep grabbing is a warm hat. Having a good hat goes miles for keeping your whole body warm!

  32. My north face denali

  33. Liz Newsome says:

    Wool socks! I need my feet to stay toasty and dry to keep the rest of me warm!

  34. I have a Columbia Jacket that keeps me nice and warm. Of course, I haven’t had to break in out yet.

  35. Working, living and playing in Northern Michigan we understand the need for quality outdoors gear that can stand up to everything our outdoors family can get into (Four Season’s worth!;) One of our favorite outdoors brands is The North Face :) Bought my daughter a beautiful North Face jacket last Christmas and she absolutely loves it! Hoping to get one just like it for myself this year ;)

  36. My fav piece of gear has got to be my fleece. Comfortable and warm and I love it!

  37. Julieanne says:

    I love my black pantagonia jacket

  38. My birthday was last week and my big sister got me The North Face Women’s Thunder Jacket and I love it!

  39. My favorite is my barbour jacket.

  40. My favorite gear is my United Colors of Benetton jacket. It’s a kind of dressy coat but it’s super comfy and warm.

  41. I honestly just love anything that’s cotton or fleece related. I don’t like wool just because I have sensitive skin.

  42. My plain black north face is my favorite because you can pair it with anything and it keeps you warm.

  43. My Ralph Lauren Jacket. It’s light but warm at the same time

  44. I’m in high school so the North Face is a huge brand. I’m personally in love with my black north face that has a rainy coat type of exterior.

  45. I’m very big on sweatshirts just because their comfy and because I make such a mess with food and just everyday items. If i’m having a good day then I’ll go with my north face or roxy.

  46. I really love my mountain hardwear jacket.

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