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8 Great Ideas for Retailers to Lean On

After months of nesting and staying at home due to COVID-19 in the Lost Spring of 2020, Americans’ have a growing appetite for getting outside and “doing something.” Anything. After all, there are only so many banana breads that can be baked.

The Path Forward

Outdoor specialty retailers share insight on the current climate and the path forward. We spoke with 8 (+1) retailers: Appalachian Outfitters, Eagle Eye Outfitters, Next Adventure, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, River Sports Outfitters, Rutabaga Paddlesports, and The Trail Head.

Backcountry Experience: Finding the Right Fit

Located in what it calls the “big tin hut” in the heart of Durango, Colorado, Backcountry Experience is a retailer with a keen focus on not only offering the best gear for outdoor adventures, but also the best customer service. And when it comes to service, offering the right fit is at the top of...

Pack Rat Outdoor Center: The Secrets to Success

The Northwest Arkansas region where Pack Rat Outdoor Center is located has such an abundance of natural resources that the once under the radar scene is becoming more and more of an outdoor destination. When it comes to outdoor retail, the secret is already out about Pack Rat Outdoor Center.

Alpenglow Sports: An Eventful Retail Strategy

For Alpenglow Sports owner Brendan Madigan, being an outdoor retailer is about much more than just selling gear.“I feel a tremendous loyalty to give back to people who have supported the shop for nearly 40 years,” says Madigan. “The mountain shop, in my opinion, should be the hub of their community.

The Sport Stop: An Ultra Family Affair

Known as “Wyoming’s Jewel,” Sheridan, population approximately 20,000, boasts a quaint downtown and the scenic Bighorn Mountains. For runners, the area is also well-known for hosting the Bighorn Trail Run ultra run.

Rutabaga Paddlesports: Bringing the Love to Watersports

If you’re looking for a good place to buy a canoe, kayak, SUP board or any of the accessories and gear you’d need to use them, Rutabaga Paddlesports in Madison, WI, is the place to go.

Alpine Shop: A Transformational Shop

As retail origin stories go, St. Louis-based Alpine Shop definitely has a good one. And its evolution into a standout retailer with four locations — thanks in part to a thriving events business — is pretty impressive, too.

Ute Mountaineer: Aspen’s Cornerstone

Operating for 42 years in downtown Aspen, Colorado, the resort town and retreat popular with musicians, movie stars and outdoor enthusiasts, Ute Mountaineer knows the ins and outs of this popular tourist destination, elevation 8,000 feet and known largely for alpine touring and backcountry activity.

Summit Hut: Following the Golden Rules

For a half century in the outdoors mecca of Tucson, AZ, a sprawling metropolis of nearly one million with more than 120 parks and recreation areas, Summit Hut has worked diligently to serve and grow the region’s nation of outdoor enthusiasts.