2869 N. High St., Clintonville
This locally owned outdoor shop specializes in paddle sports, but you'll also find plenty of gear for hiking, camping and climbing. We mean it - they've got everything from bug spray to backpacks.
If you don't know how to use your new stuff, owners Matt Gibson and Jonathan Barth will teach you. Free Tuesday-night classes cover topics like cooking in the outdoors, gear repair and finding an Ohio adventure. And during warmer months, the staff takes a bunch of kayaks out back to the Olentangy River so customers can find the rig that's right for them.
You won't find a better place in town to help you explore the outdoors.
Runners-up: Road Runner Sports, The Outdoor Source