The snow is finally tapering and it’s time to start planning all of those summer getaways. With so much to do outdoors, you’ll need to stock up on outdoor gear for all of your adventures. Whether you’re into kayaking, camping, climbing, hiking or connecting with nature via yoga mat, you can find plenty of gear to suit your fancy. Don’t be caught unprepared. Visit one of these stores instead.
Wilderness Exchange Unlimited
2401 15th St., Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202
By purchasing close-out gear and gear with minor cosmetic flaws, Wilderness Exchange Unlimited is a great place to get affordable outdoor gear. The shop owners search high and low for affordable, quality merchandise and pass the savings on to the customer. This shop is great for those who may want to try a new sport without making a huge investment in equipment or for those who love getting good deals. Stop by and stock up before camping season kicks into gear.
12445 E. 39th Ave., Suite 308
Denver, CO 80239
Outdoors Geek is another good store for newbies since it gives customers the option to rent equipment before they buy. If you want to try out some new equipment but aren’t sure whether or not you want to make the investment, visit Outdoors Geek and take it for a spin over the weekend. If you know what you’re looking for, come in and buy it straight out. The owners of this shop are outdoor enthusiasts who know their stuff so they will help you choose the right equipment for your outing.
3719 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
While hanging out outdoors, you’ll want to look as fly as your new gear. This Highlands boutique offers fashionable and functional clothing and also carries packs, water bottles and other accessories. Whether you’re looking for a rugged pair of hiking boots for the trail or a more stylish pair in which to hit the village, you can find it here. Stop by for extras for your camping trip like scarves, CamelBaks and layering gear. The founders of 32nd West are avid skiers and choose clothing that is versatile and can be transitioned from the trail to the lodge.
Bent Gate Mountaineering
1313 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Offering gear for a wide range of mountain sports, Bent Gate is a one-stop shop for everything you need. Whether you’re looking for puffer jackets and boarding gear, or hiking, climbing and mountaineering gear, you’ll find it here. The store also carries a wide range of books to take with you in case you need them on the road. A vast selection of mountaineering equipment makes this store a must for those who need to stock up on new gear or replace gear that is worn out. The store itself is inviting and well organized.
1224 Washington Ave., Suite 125
Golden, CO 80401
With gear for climbing, hiking, biking, lounging, yoga and pretty much anything else that embodies the Colorado lifestyle, this Golden store will help you check items off of your spring and summer getaway list. Carrying brands like The North Face, Merrell, Sierra Designs and many more, Vital Outdoors has everything you need for a weekend rafting trip or a quick run through the park after work. The employees are outdoors enthusiasts, so they know what they are talking about when they answer your questions. The shop also offers decent end-of-season sales, so pick up some winter gear for next year.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.