Best Sporting Goods Store: Clintonville Outfitters

From the March 29, 2012 edition

Ever been nervous while buying a kayak or backpack? Ever afraid that your favorite nature trip is too wimpy compared with the ones other outdoors fans are taking?

If so, your next stop should be Clintonville Outfitters. The employees are extremely helpful, and their expertise will inspire, not intimidate.

In addition, the cozy shop is packed with top-quality gear. You’ll find hiking shoes, kayaks, chalk bags, backpacks, camp stoves, base layers, shells and much more. And if you’re not sure how to use your new stuff, you can sign up for regular how-to classes held at the shop.

Runners-up: Aspen Ski and Board Co., The Outdoor Source

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