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Getting your steps in on the show floor and browsing hundreds of booths allow OR-goers to survey the trends, see what’s new and exciting, and get inspired. But why not see it in action? Denver, Colorado is home to some amazing, independent #CoolShops. Take a break and head over to these local hot spots equipping Front Range adventurers.
5 #CoolShops worth visiting
Wilderness Exchange Unlimited
The mission at Wilderness Exchange Unlimited is to provide the best possible gear for the lowest price. They keep prices low, along with promoting reducing waste and recycling, by selling gently used gear. The shop buys and sells everything from camping equipment and backpacking gear to the essential items needed for ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and rock climbing.
2401 15th Street #100, Denver, just a little over a mile from the Convention Center
When ski and paddle bum Jon Kahn needed to find a job after college, he turned his passion into Confluence Kayaks. Stop by to check out 30 different types of kayaks, SUP boards, and all the accessories you need to get on the water. If you want a chance to explore the Mile High City, rent a bike from the store to get around this bicycle-friendly city.
2301 Seventh St., Denver, a 1.5 mile walk from the Convention Center (right across the street from Demo Day at Confluence and Commons Parks)
Feral Mountain Co.
In a time when many retail stores are closing their doors, Feral Mountain Co. recently opened a second location in nearby Idaho Springs, 30 miles west of Denver. The unique shop, set in a cozy cottage, houses new and used gear and apparel, along with Feral-branded apparel. Come see what all the buzz is about here—the store has 17,000 followers on Instagram and a five-star review on Yelp and Facebook.
4320 Tennyson St., Denver, about 4 miles away from the Convention Center
Powder7 owners Jordan Jones and Amy Dannwolf say it is 50 percent ski shop and 50 percent tech startup. The Golden shop has touch-screen computers to assist customers in finding the perfect pair of skis. The choices aren’t only the skis on the wall, but spans their entire warehouse. “I think ski shops and the ski industry were just stagnant and stuck to the older ways, where as we’ve been pushing to see how we can use technology to make selling skis better,” Dannwolf said.
880 Brickyard Cir., Golden, about 18 miles from the Convention Center
The walls of Neptune Mountaineering are inspired by climbing routes in Eldorado Canyon and the iconic Flatirons. The store has been a staple for the avid climbing community in Boulder since the 1970s and recently went through a dramatic transformation. Grab a coffee, and check out the in-store climbing museum, which features climbing gear, notes of famous climbers, and photos dating back to the 1800s.
633 S. Broadway, Boulder, 25 miles from the Convention Center