If you are new to the outdoors, you might not be aware of the many wonderful places to shop for outdoor equipment and clothing. Sure, you can go to the “camping” section of Academy Sports or Wal Mart, but you will be missing out on a huge, wide world of selections!
Now, I do not like to shop for clothes or shoes as a general rule, but I could spend hours in REI or any other outfitter. If you are lucky enough to live in an area that has a local outfitter, big or small, start there. You will more than likely get excellent and individualized service. I have had the pleasure to shop at a few stores like that over the years and they are my favorites!
My next favorite is one of the biggest outfitters, REI. I have always had a great experience with the sales people– they seem to be really interested in your upcoming trip or hike, and they share personal experiences to help you make decisions.
Shopping online is fun too! Here is a list of my favorite online stores:
Have fun out there!
Happy Trails, G
Originally posted on January 19, 2014 by Ginger.