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This massive flagship store is not only a shop but also a tourist attraction. Housed in the historic Tramway Building, the folks at REI coughed up over USD28 million to transform the old structure into an outdoor retail mecca. Besides the usual array of outdoor gear and clothing, it also offers a 45-foot climbing wall, mountain bike test trail, children's play area and a cold room to test winter parkas. It is the only store in the world where one can possibly leave with frostbite, rope burns and bike saddle sores.
The great outdoors will seem even greater after visiting this discount outdoor adventure shop. Unlike other stores that make the same claim yet sell gear that is best suited for a backyard slumber party, this shop features only top-of-the-line gear by such makers as Sierra Designs and Moss. Everything on the shelves is either used, discontinued, overstocked, cosmetically blemished or closed-out. This allows for markdowns at 20 to 60 percent below retail. Ropes, tents, climbing shoes, clothing, sleeping bags, cookware and binoculars are just some of the items in stock.
Before you head off on your next mountain expedition, stop by at this shop to make sure you are prepared. Whether you are planning a camping trip and need a new bag or commencing a rock climbing expedition, you will find a wide selection of sportswear and gears to equip yourself. The store focuses on rock climbing and skiing; that is how most of the staff spend their days off, so they can help you with a few tips and tricks or simply tell some great stories. Located in Golden, the store is on the way to the hills.