A great outfitter does more than sell you gear. The best outdoor gear storew help you find the best equipment for your needs, while offering expert advice and insight for your next adventure. Truly great shops, as you'll see here, also go beyond individual customer service by reaching out and making their communities a better place to run, ride, ski, or climb. Here are the 20 best gear shops in the country. Some specialized in one sport, others offer something for practically every endeavor, but they're all making the outdoors a friendlier, more accessible, and better-stocked place.
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Happy Trails (San Angelo, TX)
Happy Trails is a licensed carrier for all of the major outdoor brands that you'd normally have to visit REI to get (Marmont, Salomon, The North Face, and Patagonia), but the staff still serves you with small-store charm. Your dog is welcome to come along when you're searching for a new Hobie Kayak, and the customers always come first. In fact, the staff at Happy Trails has been known to go out and find exactly what you need and bring it to the store if they don't have it in stock.
More info: happytrailsshop.com