Central Ohio is surrounded by outdoor resources, so it makes sense that Columbus has spawned a thriving handful of locally owned gear shops. Making the top of the list this year is Clintonville Outfitters, which will celebrate its fourth anniversary in July.
Kayaks are a specialty at this friendly neighborhood store. So are backpacks, high-performance clothing, trail meals, climbing gear and regular instructional clinics. Offered on Tuesday nights, the classes teach everything from backpacking basics to keeping equipment in good repair. They're a great way to learn new skills and meet people eager to hit the trail.
Runners-up: Roush Sporting Goods, The Outdoor Source