This clothing outfitter takes its name from the Sanskrit word for 'vitality' or 'life energy' and this flagship store founded by one of pioneers of the Certified Fair-Trade apparel movement embodies it. Most of the fabrics are picked to eschew as much as possible any pesticides or chemicals and though the price tag is high, the products are remarkably durable. Not only do they scrutinize the fabrics before sale, the shop tries to ensure that its finished products have left as minimal a trace as possible during the manufacturing process. In addition to this store, prAna has four other locations around the country.
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.
Crystal Ski Shop is the go-to place for all things related to snow and the environs in which you find it. From winter apparel and skis to classes, repair and fitness, Crystal covers it all. The selection is varied and they carry all the name brands like Rossignol, Crescent Moon and Giro in addition to many others. Prices are varied as well, and the shop is always running special deals. You can also rent skis and snowshoes, get discount lift tickets and repair any of your equipment. The shop is open during the winter season only, so check website for opening dates and hours.
Specializing in intricate and colorful kites, this store on the Pearl Street Mall inspires people of all ages to spend the day at the park. It also carries a large selection of imaginative toys designed to entertain and educate. Science gadgets, Yo-Yo's, golf discs and juggling equipment line the walls of this long-time Boulder establishment. Call or visit the website for a mail-order kite catalog.
The name REI is synonymous with the Great Outdoors, from climbing equipment and kayaks to wetsuits and desert gear, this one-stop-shop has it all if you're about to embark outside. This REI is the last stop before many venture off into the mountains, so it goes overboard in its commitment to climbers. In addition to climbing, this REI has a bike shop and snowboard repair and rental service. The prices vary on what sport you enjoy and of course the sticker shock can vary according to brand. Check website for full details.
This mammoth mountaineering shop features a comprehensive selection of gear for climbing, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, back-country skiing and other outdoor pursuits. Founded by world-famous adventurer Gary Neptune, many of the store's employees are also well known local legends in various outdoor endeavors, namely climbing. The friendly, knowledgeable and often barefoot staff is ready to help you prepare for any sort of trek.
In 1973, Eugene Kiefel bought a small (750 square foot) bike shop in a northwestern suburb of Denver. It was a choice between a bike shop and a Dairy Queen franchise. The bike shop won. Today it is Denver's most respected bike shop, encompassing 15,000 square feet and carrying an assortment of the most popular bike brands and accessories including Trek, Intense and Yeti. The staff is comprised of recreational and professional racers, top-notch mechanics and fitness experts.
The sport of fishing is renowned for its patience and passion: two attributes Rick's Rods has transferred from the stream to its workshop. This fishing shop custom builds bamboo, fiberglass and graphite rods. It is also the exclusive source for authentic "made in Denver" Phillipson rods. If you have an old rod that needs a bit of repair, the shop's craftsmen specialize in complete restoration of bamboo rods by replacing broken sections, dressing cork grips and re-wrapping guides. It also buys, sells and trades vintage collectible fishing tackle.
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.