PDX Lovers of the Outdoors: It’s Gear Mecca Here
Whether you are an extreme ski bum or just looking to chase a few waterfalls, Portland is an amazing city for nature lovers and adventurers – perhaps most importantly, because it’s an amazing place where you can stock up on quality gear to keep the good times rolling. These ten outdoor gear brands in (or near!) Portland will help you stay stylish and prepared to brave the elements.
Yukio Yamai founded Snow Peak with a mission to embody his relationship with the sea, mountains, and rivers of his home in Sanjo City, Japan. As a result, he has brought his style to the deep roots of Pacific Northwest forests and mountains, creating a perfect hybrid. Snow Peak combines quality products, mindful manufacturing, and a sleek aesthetic so that you can enjoy the beauty of nature with the aid of quality outdoor products.
Pendleton Woolen Mills offers timeless patterns, quality textiles, and western comfort in the form of trademark blankets, socks, and leather products. Whether you’re looking for a thick camp blanket or a colorful poncho, Pendleton’s durable wool will keep you cozy and stylish as you sit around the campfire.
With Poler, you don’t have to choose between looking fly and feeling well equipped in the backcountry. Zip into a floral patterned tent or a “napsack,” Poler’s sleeping bag-jacket hybrid, for classic Portland camp vibes and durable fabrics. Poler carries casual and loungewear as well as gear, so you can express your camp vibes on and off the trail.
Columbia Sportswear has been a household name for outdoorsy folks and nature lovers for years, but a lot of people don’t realize that it’s based in Portland. With Columbia Sportswear’s flagship store located in downtown Portland, it’s a great spot to hit up before hitting the trails outside of the city.
The Clymb combines four core values – authenticity, respect, excellence, and growth – to create quality products made to enhance your outdoor experiences and help you reach peak performance. The Clymb caters to most outdoor mediums, offering gear for all walks of adventurers, including cyclists, climbers, surfers, yogis, campers, snow bunnies, and adrenaline junkies.
Danner boots began in Wisconsin, but moved to Portland in the 50s because the heavy-duty boots were perfect for logging. Today, Danner sells hiking boots, work boots, hunting boots, and boots for pretty much every occasion you could ever need boots for. Danner has three Portland locations, with a new location in Beaverton, so you’re never far finding from the boot of your dreams.
Dakine sells all kinds of adventure apparel and gear from wind surfing harnesses to bike socks. But what sets Dakine apart from other outdoor brands in the Pacific Northwest is their commitment to making quality products out of experience, rather than out of a lab. They believe that “the best way to find the gear that people need is to get out on the mountain and in the water yourself.” Dakine also carries an expansive line of backpacks and luggage so you can hit the road with your gear. Located in Hood River, Oregon, it’s worth the manageable drive from Portland through the scenic Columbia Gorge to get there.
Over at Keen, the mantra is “HybridLife,” which has to do with finding sustainable solutions in business, creating quality footwear, and impacting the community positively. Keen primarily embodies this mantra by selling hybrid water shoes with enough support to help you keep your footing on the trail as well as in the water. Keen also sells hiking boots and casual footwear, which you can find at the Keen Garage in Northwest Portland.
Filson was founded in Seattle, but its flagship store is located in Portland. Loaded with flannel shirts and base layer options, it’s a great place to stock up on warm garb for the winter months. Filson also has a collection of quality leather dog collars and leashes, so be sure to pick up something for your four-legged friend while you’re in the store!
Leatherman Tools has been providing locally sourced pocket knives and multi purpose-tools to the world for 30 years, using American pride and commitment to craftsmanship to deliver lasting gadgets. Leatherman harnesses the classic Oregonian pioneering spirit in each and every tool.
Hit the Trails, Portlanders!
Before you hit the trails and slopes, make sure you are prepared for the extreme conditions of Pacific Northwest wilderness. The amazing outdoor gear brands from PDX will keep you warm, dry, and having fun on all your exploits!