Spring’s Biggest Trend: Bomber Jackets 101

Everything you need to know about this timeless style!

Bomber jackets have a long history originating from the mid 20th Century until now and their increasing popularity among today’s fashion forward trendsetters mean that the versatile style is here to stay.

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Originally worn by military pilots during World War II, bombers were made for wear in a cramped cockpit to keep pilots warm and comfortable during combat.


After the Korean War, bomber jackets integrated into civilian style. Famously, Police departments added the Bomber jacket to their uniform and this style wasn’t just for pilots anymore.

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1960s to 1980s

During this time, Punks and Skinheads would pair their skinny jeans and Doc Martens shoes with a bomber jacket. The bomber was used more as outerwear than a uniform staple during this time.


Bombers gained popularity during the 80s when famous actors in Hollywood films wore the style.

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2000s – Runway to Real-way!

Bombers surged in popularity again in the fashion world and now styles are accessible to everyone. Bombers in the modern age are either fairly close to the original classic or tailored to modern tastes with unconventional fabrics and embellishments.

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With a wide range of bomber styles emerging in recent years, what makes a bomber a bomber?

  1. High Collar
  2. Left Arm Zip Pocket
  3. Ribbed Cuffs
  4. Snug Waist
  5. 2 Front Pockets

Over the years, main components of the bomber jacket such as snug cuffs and waist, wraparound collar, pockets and short silhouette have remained the same. However, over time we have moved away from the traditional style with the addition of lightweight fabrics, embroidery, embellishments and longer hemlines. Nowadays bomber jackets come in a variety of lengths, fashion colours and fabrics. From outerwear to sportswear, you can find qualities of the classic bomber jacket in many new modern styles today. Today’s modern bomber is a double duty classic acting as a fashionable and practical piece for your wardrobe. You can find styles that will keep you warm and dry with the introduction of water repellent and wind resistant fabrics.


The bomber style is flattering and goes with a wide variety of outfits for many occasions. There will never be one way to wear your bomber. Unleash your rebellious spirit and pair a Bomber jacket with your next outfit!

Casual Cool Weekend – Women’s
Soia & Kyo Blayke Bomber Jacket
Casual Cool Weekend – Men’s

Canada Goose Men's Faber Bomber Jacket

Night Out – Women’s

Moose Knuckles Women's Caldwell Varsity Parka

Sporty – Men’s
Nike Men's Sportswear Advance 15 Jacket
Sporty – Women’s
stellasport Women's Training Bomber Jacket
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How to Style Barbour for Spring

Since 1894, Barbour has produced stylish, durable, heritage outerwear that stays true to its roots in the British countryside. While the company has evolved over time (learn more here) their designs remain a British staple and have found success across the pond in North America. This spring, Barbour has come through once again with fashion forward styles that will keep you looking fresh when the rain falls and the wind blows.

After scrolling through Pinterest, we found some great Barbour outfit inspo for spring. Keep reading to learn how we would style three of our favourite Barbour silhouettes; with these key styles, you can’t go wrong with your outerwear this season!

The Yellow Rain Coat

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Who doesn’t love a yellow rain jacket? This spring’s new Katabatic Jacket blends the looks of two Barbour icons – the Durham and the Beadnell – to create a longer-length women’s waterproof jacket with unbeatable functionality and unquestionable style. It features a detachable hood, a snap button storm placket and an adjustable drawstring waist!

Add a nautical striped top, ripped denim, chic sunnies and a fresh white sneaker, and you’ll be ready for all of the weather changes coming at you this season.

The Wax Jacket

Did you see our post on the history of the wax jacket last fall? This Barbour classic has stood the test of time and will have no problem handling finicky spring weather. The Beadnell for women and the Beaufort for men are suitable for all climates and their relaxed fit will look good whilst being active outdoors. It is also able to accommodate both zip in liner and hood, which is perfect for spring layering.

We love the idea of mixing hard and soft – a structured wax jacket with sturdy rain boots are picture perfect with a flowy spring dress. For men, use your wax jacket to dress up a simple t-shirt, jeans and sneakers!

The Quilted Jacket

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If anyone knows how to make a quilted jacket, it’s Barbour. A brand new addition this spring is the Holton Bomber – considering how much we love bomber jackets this season, this new style is very exciting. The Holton channels classic bomber styling with a shorter length, a stand collar and ribs to the hem and cuff. Barbour’s iconic Dress Tartan trims the lining.

We’re feeling so inspired by photos of stylish men rocking their quilted jackets. This spring, try the Holton Bomber with a classic polo, lighter wash jeans and a fashletic sneaker for a sporty yet preppy look.

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On Trend: Bomber Jackets for Spring


One of our favourite trends for spring is equally stylish for both men and women. A modernized variation of the World War II classic, the bomber jacket is back and bigger than ever! Combining new shades and embroidered fabrics, the bomber jacket makes the ideal spring staple piece. Brands for men and women alike are raising the bar for this seemingly simple style. Bombers are now available in varied lengths, colours, and weights, and range from fashion to athletic and everywhere in between. Whether styled with comfy joggers, your favourite denim, or dressed up after 5 o’clock, this staple will complement nearly every aspect of your spring wardrobe.

How do you style your bomber?

Keep your jacket undone to accessorize an already chic outfit! We love the effortless look of a jacket draped over shoulders. The Soia & Kyo Blayke Bomber features beautiful floral lining, making it a showstopper from the inside out. Styled in silky modal, this fibre-filled jacket features a rib knit collar, cuffs and waistband for a great fit and look. Wear with motorcycle boots and your favourite denim jeans for an easy, stylish look. 


Stay warm during transitional seasons without losing your cool. No need to sacrifice fashion or function when it comes to bombers! Zip details and pockets will add a touch of flair to your spring style. Cut from water resistant satin fabric, the Mackage Ragnar Bomber is the perfect piece to get you through until summer. 



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Explore the Outdoors With Our Favourite Family Day Activities


Family Day is almost here! While everyone loves a long weekend, we particularly love that Canadians are given a day off in order to spend quality time with family. This long weekend is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your fam and appreciate all of the amazing things that Canadian winter has to offer (hello, Winterlude!). Today we’re listing 3 activities you can do with your family this Family Day; whether you’ll be on the slopes, by the fire, or getting outside, we hope that you have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones!

On the Slopes

The ultimate Family Day pastime! We love the idea of spending the whole day on the slopes with your family – whether you’re just starting out or you’re a family of expert racers! Be sure to stay warm and cozy on the hill in order to make the most of your day. Layer up with technical baselayers, and find the perfect ski jacket to get you through the season. (PS – have you thought about taking advantage of our ski & stay pecial with Panorama Resort?)


By the Fire

After a long day on the slopes, what’s better than getting cozy in front of the fire? Bundle up in your favourite loungewear and spend some quality time with your loved ones, all while enjoying the crackling heat of a fireplace. We suggest leaving the devices in another room and enjoying each other’s company tech-free!

Get Outside

Is skiing not your thing? No worries. Our new favourite winter activity is snowshoeing! It is the ultimate workout (your legs may be unhappy for a day or two afterwards) and it allows you to experience the slopes without high speed equipment. It’s also a fun way to experience the outdoors as a family – anyone can snowshoe! The leisurely pace of snowshoeing lets you slow down and appreciate the beautiful Canadian winter around you.

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Stay Warm at Winterlude

If you are not sure how to spend your Family Day this year, why not make the trip to Ottawa for Winterlude? Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration, is held in Ottawa–Gatineau each February. It was created in to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture. The 39th annual Winterlude celebration takes place from February 3-20, 2017. Check out some of the awesome activities at last year’s festival:

While you take part in ice carving, skating, and other exciting outdoor activities, make sure you stay warm with our best selection of outerwear for Winterlude!

For men, fashion and function meet in the middle with this selection of jackets from our top winter brands. We compared men’s bomber jackets at the end of last year, and any of these down options would suit a day at Winterlude. What really sets this selection apart is the abundance of unique colours – gone is the fleet of basic black! We love the beautiful green Moose Knuckles 3Q, and the deep burgundy Fjallraven Polar Guide. These jackets are perfect for sipping a hot chocolate while your kids play in the snow, or going for a leisurely skate down the Canal!

For the ladies, long coats take the cake; they’re the best way to stay warm while you play in the snow! Beautiful fur trims make these coats fashionable and toasty warm, and we love the different silhouettes available this season. The Parajumpers Long Bear is a long time favourite – you can learn more about the brand here. We also can’t get enough of the gorgeous colours available from Mackage – jewel tones are the perfect boost on a gloomy winter day. Be sure to layer up underneath your coat in order to stay warm while you enjoy the festival!

Find all of your Winterlude necessities at our Lansdowne Park location!

125 Marche Way, Ottawa ON, K1S 5J3
Tel: 613-216-6000

Monday to Friday – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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It’s Snow Time!

It's Snow Time! Ski Tuning Services

Since 1979, we have lived and breathed the Canadian winter. We are proud to be your one-stop shop for all things winter!

Gear up for a day of family fun on the slopes and stay warm and safe while you’re at it. Shop our checklist so you don’t miss a beat this winter season…It’s Snow Time! Visit any of our stores to shop exclusive deals from your favourite winter brands.


We’ve tuned for the pros, and we’d love to tune for you! Our staff have learned from the best when it comes to the art of tuning – have you read our blog post on tuning skis in Saas-Fee, Switzerland? Each of our locations boasts top of the line Wintersteiger machines, guaranteed to send you to the slopes in peak form.





Since Snow Time is here…from January 10 until January 23, 2017, buy one ski or snowboard tune-up and get the second 50% off!

Want to learn more? Watch the video below, featuring our Collingwood shop expert Bill, or visit our website to learn about the specifics of each store’s tuning machines.

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3 Must-Have Winter Accessories


Staying warm is priority #1 during Canadian winters. Once you’ve found the right coat and layering system for your lifestyle, accessories are the next step! It is crucial to keep your head, ears and fingers warm in order to have a happy and healthy winter season. We’ve rounded up the three winter accessories you need to amp up your style in the new year. Look no further for fashion & function; with a fur pom hat, earmuffs or texting gloves, you will be ready for outdoor activities AND city living!

Keep scrolling to see our picks, or shop all winter accessories on our website.

We also think that these would make excellent stocking stuffers this Christmas… (last minute shoppers, take note!) You can find other great last minute gift ideas in our under $50 gift guide!

Fur Pom Hats

Who doesn’t love a fun pom-pom? Whether real or faux, the fur pom is everywhere this season. We love a classic cableknit beanie with a big floppy pom, but there are plenty of variations available for every style and budget.


Easily paired with a ponytail, a cozy hood, or on their own, earmuffs are the perfect accessory for your winter wardrobe. Shearling and fur are sure to keep your ears toasty warm, and fleecy, sportier options are available to add to your winter running arsenal.

Texting Gloves

Texting gloves are necessary for the woman on-the-go in winter. Change the song on your winter run, snap a selfie in the snow, or text your friend “Happy Holidays”; These gloves were made to keep you connected and frostbite-free!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $50


Get gifting for the entire family! From ski essentials to outdoor apparel, athleticwear to footwear, classic gifts to the newest and greatest, we’ve got you covered from top to bottom of your list this Holiday season.

Our buyers have rounded up the best gifts for every budget; today we are sharing some of our favourite picks under $50. This price point is perfect for those last minute gifts you need to check off your list. Check out the gift guide for layering necessities, the best stocking stuffers, and gear for the superfan in your life (whether they’re Darkside or Resistance).

Shop for him or for her, and find more great gifts for everyone else at Sporting Life.


1. Columbia Glacial™ Fleece III 1/2 Zip, $45
2. V Fraas Solid Cashmink Scarf, $19.99
3. Smartwool PhD Check Ski Sock, $32
4. GiftCraft Holiday Red Deer Pillow, $40
5. Hudson’s Bay Co. Double Wall Travel Mug, $24
6. Orage Cultus T-Shirt, $35
7. Rella Oversized Pom Beanie, $45
8. Smith Electra Snow Goggle, $49.99


1. Herschel Supply Chapter Dopp Kit, $34.99
2. Princeton Tec Helix Backcountry Lamp, $44.99
3. Hudson’s Bay Co. Ribbed Wool-Blend Scarf, $40
4. Patagonia Live Simply® Mornings T-Shirt, $39
5. Stance Force Sock, $29
6. Herschel Supply Abbott Beanie, $22
7. adidas Originals Jersey Logo Long Sleeve T-Shirt, $45
8. Smith Electra Snow Goggle, $49.99

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $100


Get gifting for the entire family! From ski essentials to outdoor apparel, athleticwear to footwear, classic gifts to the newest and greatest, we’ve got you covered from top to bottom of your list this Holiday season.

Our buyers have rounded up the best gifts for every budget; today we are sharing some of our favourite picks under $100. This price point is perfect for a high quality and thoughtful yet budget-conscious present for anyone on your list. Find fun (and unisex!) pyjamas, cozy winter accessories and the best clothes to complete your friends or family’s wardrobes in our “under $100” guide!

Shop for him or for her, and find more great gifts for everyone else at Sporting Life.


1. Original Penguin P55 Lambswool V-Neck Sweater, $98
2. Canada Goose Merino Wool Watch Cap, $55
3. Dakine Boot Pack Backpack, $69.99
4. Klean Kanteen 40oz Stainless Steel Growler Bottle, $60.99
5. Woolrich Trout Run Plaid Flannel Shirt, $70
6. BOSS Orange Taye T-Shirt, $85
7. Lacoste Ribbed Scarf, $95
8. Herschel Supply Raynor Leather Passport Holder, $54.99


1. Nike Roshe One Shoe, $99.99
2. Hatley Plaid Trailing Behind Union Suit, $56
3. Woolrich Motif Mohair Sweater, $95
4. S’well Smokey Eye 25oz Bottle, $57.99
5. Glerups Wool Boot, $99.99
6. Herschel Supply Market Xl Tote Bag, $74.99
7. Kombi La Canadienne Mitten, $60
8. The North Face Half Dome Full-Zip Hoodie, $74.99

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