Top Specialty Sporting Goods Stores In Denver

September 16, 2014 6:00 AM

Bent Gate Mountaineering (credit: Bent Gate Mountaineering)

Colorado has many options for sports enthusiasts but it isn’t always easy to find the perfect gear at the right price. There are a lot of sporting goods stores in the metro area but not all of them may carry what you need for your sport of choice. If you’re interested in specialty sports, or would prefer to buy equipment from fellow enthusiasts, specialty stores are the way to go. Here are some specialty sporting goods in the Denver area for hobbyists of all types.

Derby Bicycle Center
410 E. 104th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80233
(303) 288-4100

One of the best things about Denver is that the weather is suitable for biking most of the year and biking of all types is popular here. Derby Bicycle Center has every type of bike imaginable from mountain bikes to scooters and everything in between. The comprehensive selection can’t be beat and the store also offers online orders and parts so if you have a broken bike, you can fix it. Derby has repair services as well, so if you don’t know how to fix your bike, the staff can do it for you. Derby Bicycle Center also has a good selection of closeout merchandise for those on a budget.

Altitude Paddleboards
2690 W. Main St., Unit A
Littleton, CO 80120
(720) 810-4142

While Colorado isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking of water sports, newer activities like paddleboarding and river surfing are offering different ways for people to enjoy nature. If you are one of these people, Altitude Paddleboards can help you find your gear. Similar to surf boards, paddleboards come in many shapes and sizes, and the employees know their stuff, so they can help you choose the right board. The shop also sells paddles and other safety gear, so you’ll be prepared to spend the day on the water. The store keeps regular hours until the end of September, but during the winter, shoppers must make an appointment, so give the shop a call if you want to check out the goods.

303 Boards
1338 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 860-1303

Since 1997, 303 Boards has been a prime location for Denver-area skateboarders. With a wide selection of skateboards, grips, accessories and more, this is the place to go if you are looking for a custom board or are having trouble finding one that suits you. The shop even has its own team of sponsored skaters, so employees are knowledgeable on how the boards fare with heavy use. This store is staffed by people who love skateboarding and will gladly answer any questions you may have. They can help you narrow down your choices to your own personal style of skating and you can find other gear like t-shirts and hats as well.

Related: Top Skateboarding Shops In Denver

Bent Gate Mountaineering
1313 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 271-9382

Colorado’s most famous residents are its mountains, and people love to play in them all year. Bent Gate Mountaineering offers everything you need to hang out and savor our majestic peaks. Carrying back country gear for many activities, this shop is a must visit prior to any weekend excursion. It has everything from snowshoes and skis to crampons to ice picks, so you can climb, hike or shoe your way through the hills with proper equipment. Bent Gate even carries avalanche safety equipment for those times in which you’re not quite sure about snowpack level and its employees can help you find these and other safety equipment that will ensure a leisurely and safe trip.

Crystal Ski Shop
3216 Arapahoe Ave., Suite H
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 449-7669

With everything you need to enjoy the snow, Crystal Ski Shop is a winter sports enthusiast’s favorite store. Carrying everything from snow shoes to lift tickets, you can find what you need to plan the perfect weekend getaway. Crystal Ski Shop also offers rentals on skis, snowboards and other equipment, and its location makes it an easy stop on the way to ski resorts near Boulder. The store is only open during ski season, typically starting in October. It also offers coupons through the Daily Camera and its website, so you can save a little money for post-skiing snacks.

Related: Top Single Day Ski Destinations Around Denver

Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at