Our Picks

Win the best jacket of 2012 – The Patagonia ADZE Jacket

At the Berkshire General Store, we offer a great selection of jackets.  Women often ask, “what is your best all around jacket.”  This fall we set out to test all of our jackets and after careful review we selected a winner – The Patagonia ADZE Jacket.

We picked the Patagonia ADZE jacket for several reasons.  Let’s start with the outer shell.  It’s made of Polartec woven stretch polyester so it’s not only soft, but water resistant and rain proof.  The neck is lined with Microfleece and the jacket features a drawcord to keep drafts out and heat in.  This low profile jacket features just the right amount of pockets.  1 internal pocket and 2 pockets on the outside.  The jacket comes in great colors and retails at $139.00 – far less than others we tested.  In the end, it’s a great all around jacket.

On Saturday we will be hosting our 4th Annual Tech Day at the Berkshire General Store.  During the day we will hold a raffle for 1 Women’s Patagonia ADZE Jacket.  To enter, you must try on the Jacket to see for yourself how great it is!  We’ll post the winner on Facebook.

The Best Father’s Day Gifts

With Father’s Day a week away, we put together a small list of items for every type of dad.

The Outdoor Dad
Columbia Bug Shield JacketOne thing that all Outdoor Dads despise is the mosquito.  This has been a particularly wet spring, and the bugs are out in full force.  The Columbia Bug Shield Mesh Jacket features insect blocking technology to keep the mosquito’s, flees, ticks and other pesty insects away.  It’s ultralight and quite comfortable to wear in the forest, on the trail or even at the grill.


Gadget Loving Dad
Herschel Pop Quiz BackpacksIf your Dad loves gadgets, he probably needs a place to put them, or a nice bag to carry them in.  Check out the Herschel Pop-Quiz backpack.  From the outside it looks like a regular backpack, but it’s what’s inside that counts.  Inside the main compartment you will find a fleece lined sleeve for your laptop or iPad. This fleece sleeve is knit in 2 inches above the bottom of the backpack.  Why are we mentioning this?  Well if you drop this backpack, your computer should be safe since it’s not only cushioned but 2 inches above the bottom of the bag.  The inside of the bag has two main compartments, and the outside has 2 separate zipper closure pockets with spots to keep your pens, wallet and other gadgets.  Lastly, it has a neat fleece lined sunglasses compartment on the top of the bag.

Super Cool Dad
SkullCandy Hesh 2 Paul Frank HeadphonesIf Dad is super cool he probably listens to lots of music.  Our pick for the music loving Dad is the SkullCandy Hesh 2 over-ear headphones.  The Hesh 2 deliverers killer bass, natural vocals and precision highs.  The ear pillows are made of soft leather for a great fit and improved acoustics.  The cable is detachable for mobility and it comes with a satin travel bag so you can stash and store it. The Hesh 2 comes in some great designs too.  Pictured here is the Hesh 2 Paul Frank.

The Coach Dad
NIKE Pro Combat GearThis was a tough category since we specialize in athletic apparel.  In the end we pick the Nike Pro Combat line for the Coach Dad.  Nike Pro Combat apparel can be worn as alone or as a base layer under a uniform.  (The underwear should probably not be worn alone)  The entire line is lightweight and features and athletic cut so it won’t restrict motion or get in the way under a uniform. Nike Dri-FIT fabric keeps you dry and comfortable by wicking sweat away from your skin and to the fabric’s surface to evaporate. Nike adds the perfect amount of Spandex to the fabric for better range of motion and an athletic fit.  Aside from these benefits, the Pro Combat Line includes t-shirts, pullovers, long-sleeve shirts, shorts, pants, underwear & more.  The colors are great too.

The Dapper Dad
Penfield Lockwood JacketIf the Dad on your list is very stylish, he will love the Penfield Lockwood Jacket.  Penfield was established in Hudson, Massachusetts in 1975 and is known for making the highest quality jackets, fleece and outerwear.  Penfield jackets are designed to stand up to the New England climate with fashion, function and durability incorporated into every design.  This waterproof field jacket is made of Hudson Wax cloth, that like dad, only looks better with age.  The material wicks moisture too making it an ideal 3 season jacket.  The Lockwood has lots of pockets and an adjustable hen cinch to ensure the perfect fit.

The Workout Dad
Inov-8 F Lite 195 SneakersIf your Dad loves to hit the gym, odds are that he knows about Inov-8 sneakers.  These lightweight sneakers feature a low profile cushioned midsole that’s perfect for weight lifting and transitioning to a natural running style.  Outside the gym Inov-8 sneakers are designed for hard pack trails and tarmac surfaces.  The lacing system eliminates internal movement, taking full advantage of your body’s power.  We carry two styles with different heel to toe differentials.  Inov-8 sneakers fit true to size.

The Dad Who Has Everything
Last on our list is the Dad who has it all.  What do you get such a Dad?  We suggest a Berkshire General Store gift card.  He can use it for any item in our store, or maybe he’ll give it to you:)