To be completely honest, there are people who are more outdoors-y than me. I like to go camping from time to time and I’m a casual rock climber (when I say casual, I mean really casual), but one thing I do enjoy about the outdoors is all the sweet gear. Below I’ve compiled a list of places in Portland where you can get some quality outdoor equipment, both to rent and buy.
426 S.E. Grand Ave.
No matter your outdoor activity of choice, Next Adventure has a broad selection of equipment to choose from. Pop in and chat with the friendly and knowledgeable staff and they’ll get you hooked up with whatever gear you’re looking for. The store also offers equipment rental, including kayaks, paddling gear, snowboards and snowshoes.
1405 N.W. Johnson St. #150
While REI tends to be on the more expensive side, there’s no doubt that they carry some quality equipment for pretty much any outdoor activity that you can think of. Before you let the higher prices deter you, REI frequently has huge sales that offer hefty discounts. They’re currently having their biggest sale of the year, which offers up to 30 percent off of a wide selection of items. The sale lasts from May 16–26.
Portland State Outdoor Program
505 S.W. Harrison St.
If you’re looking for a place to rent some outdoor equipment without breaking the bank, check out PSU’s Outdoor Program. Their extensive list of rental equipment includes everything from water sports clothing to sleeping bags. They also offer equipment for half of their regular price if you’re a PSU student.
Andy and Bax
324 S.E. Grand Ave.
A quick 15-minute ride on the bus from PSU, Andy and Bax, a military surplus store, sells outdoor clothing and camping supplies at an affordable price. No matter how into camping you are, Andy and Bax has something for everyone. They also have a wide selection of rain gear—lightweight to heavy duty—so you can stay dry during Oregon’s rainy months (i.e., year-round).
Portland Outdoor Store
304 S.W. 3rd Ave.
First opening around 1914, the Portland Outdoor Store is known for selling quality clothing made mostly of down, leather and wool. They also have one of the biggest boot and saddle selections that I’ve ever seen. If you’re like me and don’t know anything about cowboy garb, the staff are more than willing to answer any questions.