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As many Oregonians have been recreating outside during the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of outdoor gear have surged. As you plan your next outdoor adventure, consider showing your love for local Oregon business by purchasing gear at a local shop instead of ordering from a big-box store or national warehouse. (Note: During Oregon’s two-week statewide freeze, retail stores have a maximum of 75% capacity and encourage curbside pickup. Remember to wear your face covering and pay attention to signs that indicate pedestrian traffic.)
Oregon’s outfitters are filled with people who have hiked the same trails or paddled the same rivers, so they offer a wealth of information on the places you’re eyeing to go. Across the state, these shops stock their shelves with ski and snowboard gear, bikes, kayaks, hiking boots and hardy clothing — everything you need to make the most out of your next excursion. Here’s where you can find these locally owned outdoor stores across the state, some of which offer online shopping for your convenience.
Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge
When it comes to getting your hands on outdoor gear, why not shop at the source of your fun? Doug’s in Hood River will outfit you with everything you need for the mountain, both for winter snow fun and summer hiking, but also kitesurfing, a sport that has made the Columbia River town famous. Also in Hood River, Shortt Supply sells what you need for swimming, running and backpacking, while also offering information on local trails. Otto’s Ski and Mountain Bike in Sandy traces its love for Nordic skiing back to Norway and has been imparting that tradition for more than 35 years. Located right on Highway 26, the shop sells and rents cross-country skis, snowshoes and mountain bikes, and doles out trail recommendations freely. If you make it all the way to Mt. Hood but realize you forgot something, Valian’s Ski Shop in Government Camp provides ski and snowboard rentals as well as tuning, waxing and repairs.
Focusing on some of Central Oregon’s favorite activities — backcountry skiing and mountain biking — Pine Mountain Sports sells gear, offers clinics and leads group rides. In Sisters Hike-N-Peaks sells gear for all types of regional outings and also has plans to add a rental shop and host events. Located near Smith Rock State Park, Redpoint Climbers Supply stocks all the rock-climbing essentials and is worth a stop for its coffee and beer for pre- and post-adventure beverages. Gear Fix in Bend has a huge selection of new and quality used gear including used skis and snowboards, bikes, and climbing shoes. Their website also has linked information on conditions of Mt. Bachelor and regional snowshoeing and mountain-biking trails.
Salem Summit Co. offers gear for sale and rent, with a friendly staff that prides itself on sharing their excitement for your upcoming adventure. In Eugene Backcountry Gear is a trusted outdoor retailer that stocks its shelves with top brands and stands behind every product sold. Peak Sports has been outfitting outdoor enthusiasts in the Corvallis area for more than 50 years. They have an outdoor retail store, a full-service bike shop and a consignment store called the Annex that buys and sells gently used outdoor gear.
Locally owned Waldron’s Outdoor Sports in Roseburg carries a variety of outdoor gear, including everything you need for archery, boating and hunting outings. The owner of Ashland’s Mountain Provisions turned his obsession for outdoor adventure supplies into a career, supplying the town with gear and advice on everything from plantar fasciitis to garment care. The Rogue Fly Shop in Grants Pass carries camping, fishing and hunting gear, and also offers guided fishing trips on the Rogue, Applegate and Williamson rivers as well as Klamath Lake.
With locations in Lincoln City and Seaside, Scout Northwest Trading Co. sells camping and outdoor essentials as well as its own line of outdoor lifestyle apparel. Tillamook Sporting Goods claims to be the largest outdoor retailer on Oregon’s North Coast, selling hunting, fishing and camping gear. For surfers and wannabe surfers, you’ll want to visit Waxers Surf Shop in Coos Bay. As one of the longest-running surf shops on Oregon’s South Coast, Waxers sells top-rated gear and offers rental packages for those looking to get their feet wet.
Eastern Oregon’s numerous rivers make it an attractive destination for fly-fishers, so be sure to stop by Blue Mountain Anglers in Pendleton, which also keeps information such as fish counts and river flows readily available. Harney County Sporting Goods in Burns carries rods, reels, baits and lures for your next fishing outing. In La Grande, stop by Blue Mountain Outfitters, where you can find all of your hiking, camping and backpacking needs for your excursion into the store’s namesake mountain range.
Outdoor stores in Portland are built to last. For more than 20 years, Next Adventure has been supplying Portland with new, used and rental outdoor gear. With a paddle shop in Scappoose and a snow-sport shop in Sandy, the company offers gear repairs as well as guided tours and classes. Mountain Shop in Northeast Portland has been around for more than 80 years, employing knowledgeable staff to outfit you with the best camping, climbing, hiking and skiing equipment to get you outside in no time. The store also offers full rental packages and equipment repairs. A staple for 75 years, Andy and Bax continues to supply Portland and surrounding areas with camping essentials as well as gear for rafting and kayaking.