Best Outdoor Gear Stores In Seattle

March 25, 2014 6:00 AM

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In the Pacific Northwest, outdoor enthusiasts can be found everywhere, regardless of the weather. Seattle offers some of the best outdoor gear shops around, providing the necessary apparel, equipment and expert advice you’ll need to make each of your outdoor adventures as rewarding and safe as possible.

Outdoor Research Retail Store
2203 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 971-1496

The Outdoor Research Retail Store in downtown Seattle was founded by adventurer Ron Gregg with the idea that the outdoors are meant to be explored while using reliable gear and apparel. This outdoor gear shop is worth visiting if only to view the vast selection of quality brands and get expert advice from one of the knowledgeable staff members. Whether you’re a skilled outdoor enthusiast or just getting started, the Outdoor Research Retail Store has everything you’ll need for your next hiking, skiing, paddling or rock climbing trip. Choose gear, apparel, boots and shoes from brands such as Snowpeak, Osprey, Thermarest, MSR Deuter and more.

Mountain Hardwear
250 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-2639

Mountain Hardwear’s retail store in Seattle offers a full selection of outdoor equipment, gear, apparel and footwear for all seasons and all outdoor acitivities. Choose from Montrail’s extensive line of footwear including sandals, running shoes and waterproof hiking boots. You’ll also find a complete line of outdoor clothing for both men and women for camping, hiking, alpine climbing, running trails and much more. Mountain Hardwear’s outdoor equipment and gear ranges from all-weather sleeping bags to hiking packs and mountaineering tents.

Alpine Hut
2215 15th Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 284-3575

Alpine Hut is a family owned and operated outdoor gear store that has been around for more than 40 years, making it the oldest shop of its kind in Seattle. It caters to outdoor enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest, particularly those who are avid skiers, snowboarders and cyclists. Whether you’re in need of a boot fitting, a bike fitting or one of the store’s ski or bike services, Alpine Hut will provide unparalleled customer service from its expert staff. Choose from elite ski brands like K2, Black Diamond and Arc’teryx, as well as well-known bike brands like Raleigh, Diamondback, Felt and Morewood.

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Play It Again Sports
1304 Stewart St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 264-9255

Play It Again Sports is not your typical sporting goods store in Seattle. While it may sell outdoor gear like other stores, it also buys and trades quality used sports equipment and gear and resells it at a discount to its customers. If you trade in used equipment to Play It Again Sports, you’ll receive a discount on new gear and equipment. If in need of new equipment, you can buy the store’s used gear for up to 70 percent off regular retail prices. Play It Again Sports has a vast selection of sports equipment, outdoor gear and apparel and accessories for snowboarding, skiing, winter sledding, snowshoeing, skateboarding, cycling, golf and tennis.

Motion Boardshop
8306 Aurora Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 372-5268

If you’re a skateboarding enthusiast, look no further than the Motion Boardshop near Green Lake. It is the premier skateboard shop in the Pacific Northwest for longboard skateboards, as well as protective gear, apparel, wheels, bearings and much more. Motion Boardshop carries all of the best-known brands of longboards, including Valhalla, Omen, Landyachtz, Oberand and Palisades. Regardless if you’re an expert skateboarder or just beginning, Motion Boardshop can assist you in choosing all of the right gear to make your skateboarding experience everything you envisioned it to be.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on

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