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25 BEST OUTDOOR STORES IN AMERICA

We’re super excited to find out that we’re listed in Gear Patrol’s “25 Best Outdoor Stores in America!” Checkout the entire article here.

Buying outdoor gear in person, in a brick-and-mortar store, is a less frequent occurrence than it was 10 years ago. Sites like Backcountry, Moosejaw and Sierra Trading Post put every piece of gear that you could ever want right at your fingertips. No longer are you limited to the brands that your local shop carries, or what it happens to have in stock. But those who advocate for this type of shopping experience (yes, oftentimes you can save money, and that’s cool) are missing the point. 90 percent of the outdoor-gear-shop experience is person-to-person interaction. The folks at your local gear haven have unique local knowledge that gear sites don’t. Looking to take on an overnight hike close to your house? No problem. Not only do they have the gear you need, they can help to recommend a route as well. If you’re looking to stock up your outdoor kit with a side of local knowledge, try one of these stellar outdoor stores across the country.

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Kalispell, MT: Since Sportsman & Ski Haus is flanked by Montana’s two biggest national forests, the shop also acts as a fantastically located rental shop. And, being surrounded by some of the county’s most serious wildlife, Sportsman & Ski Haus also has must-attend events like the Glacier Challenge & Whitefish Lake Run and Counter Assault Bear Spray Demo.