The 15 Greatest Outside Retailers to Store in 2022: Backcountry, Patagonia, REI, and Extra

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It doesn’t matter if you’re preparing to go glamping, replacing a tattered rain jacket or stocking up on socks – there’s a world of outdoor retailers to fit your needs. Outdoor enthusiasts know how difficult it can be to find the right gear for their activity of choice, whether you’re shopping for hiking gear for your outdoor hike or looking for camping gear for your next backpacking trip. From hiking boots to climbing harnesses to snowboards, the outdoor market can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to know where to find quality products from trusted outdoor brands, both online and in brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

Shopping for IRL at outdoor stores like LLBean and REI is a great first step if you are just getting into outdoor activities and want to get a feel for the clothing and gear that goes with it. Plus, it’s easier to know what size kayak, mountain bike, paddleboard, or humble rock climbing shoe you need when you look at them in person.

On the other hand, you should not disregard online shopping for expensive items like tents and other essential camping gear, especially if you want to avoid paying full price. From backpacking to water sports, outdoor gear can get expensive fast, so browsing discount sites like Steep and Cheap, Sierra Trading Post, and the outlet section of REI Co-op is a great way to save.

Below we’ve listed some of the best outdoor treats to buy, whether you want in-store pickup or the convenience of having your goodies delivered to your door. From sporting goods supermarkets like Dick’s to the outdoor gear experts you’ll find at Backcountry and REI, you’ll find the new gear you need for another amazing season in the outdoors.

From camping essentials to high-end picks for experienced hikers, Backcountry has what you’re looking for. This Utah-based company has been outfitting outdoor types since 1996, featuring regular sales from exclusive brands and big names like The North Face alike. Also, the brand’s customer service team, affectionately known as Gearheads, is available via online chat or phone to discuss your orders or help you choose the right items.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Amazon, the online shopping behemoth that it is, actually has a relatively robust selection of outdoor gear and hiking gear, with plenty of customer reviews to help you in your search.

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Merrell Hydro Moc water shoes

Amazon

Teva Ember Waterproof Commuter Boots

Olive Marchway Ultra Light Folding Camp Chair

Amazon

Marchway Ultra Light Folding Camping Chair

Brown Carhartt knitted beanie with cuffs

Amazon

Carhartt knitted beanie with cuffs

Eddie Bauer dates back to 1920 – so if you’re looking for outerwear, apparel, gear, footwear and more that draws on 100 years of expertise in their designs, look no further than this stalwart outdoor industry. We especially love the layering options you can find at Eddie Bauer and the travel towel pictured below is antibacterial and quick drying.

Eddie Bauer Travelon antibacterial travel towel in grey

Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer Travelon Antibacterial Travel Towel

While you might think of running gear, gym equipment, or yoga essentials when you think of Dick’s Sporting Goods, it also offers plenty of must-haves for exploring the great outdoors. From trekking poles to sleeping bags, items found at Dick’s will upgrade your next camping trip from sunrise to sunset.

Fans of outdoor recreation, gather. Instagram favorite brand Outdoor Voices doesn’t just make clothing that looks and feels good – they also continue to expand their outdoor line of performance apparel like the BreakLite windbreaker shorts and Rectrek zip-off pants.

At REI, outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes will find both trailer-tested and new products that they simply must have. Come for the branded merchandise, stay for the REI branded gear, which consistently earns five star reviews. And REI Co-op members enjoy a lifetime membership packed with perks like discounts on rentals and shop services, and special pricing on REI adventure travel for a $30 activation fee.

LifeStraw Peak water filter straw in blue

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LifeStraw Peak water filter straw

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks in Green and Charcoal

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Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks

The model is wearing a multicolored Cotopaxi x Teva Teca Calido Insulated Jacket with color blocking

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Cotopaxi x Teva Teak Warm Insulation Jacket

Shopping on a budget? Backcountry’s outlet arm, Steep and Cheap, has some of the absolute best deals on outdoor gear. As is often the case when browsing heavily discounted merchandise, size availability can vary, so don’t hesitate to add these boots to your basket as soon as you find them in your size.

Made for and by people who deeply love the outdoors and outdoor activities, Patagonia makes clothing, bags and accessories to last a lifetime. And if something does expire, the brand offers repair services (and advice for the do-it-yourselfers out there) for a fee. Those who enjoy reusing and recycling should also check out Patagonia’s Worn Wear section, which sells used gear, usually at a discounted price.

Blue Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole mini hip pack

Patagonia

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack

The model is wearing a Patagonia one-piece swimsuit with long sleeves and seeker in blue with a floral print

Patagonia

Patagonia Long Sleeve Swell Seeker One Piece Swimsuit

If you want to get back to nature in style, Huckberry should be your go-to place. In addition to their well-made clothing and homewares, this brand offers a wide range of outdoor items to keep you prepared and stylish for your next adventure.

Orange Zippo 12 hour refillable hand warmer

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Zippo 12 hour refillable hand warmer

The outdoor division of one of our favorite athletic brands, Adidas Terrex blends the sleek sensibilities we love about the three-stripe brand with the rugged functionality we’ve come to expect from outdoor footwear and apparel. Trailer runners, hikers and climbers in particular should spend some time browsing the selection here.

Adidas Terrex Cyprex Ulta DLX sandals in white on a light gray background

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Adidas Terrex Cyprex Ulta DLX sandals

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 GORE-TEX Hiking Shoes in Grey/Black/Blue

Adidas

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 GORE-TEX hiking shoes

Model wears Adidas Terrex Multi tights in black

Adidas

Adidas Terrex Multi Tights

Model wears Adidas Helionic relaxed fit down jacket in black

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Adidas Helionic relaxed fit down jacket

Are you going somewhere humid, cold, windy, or all together? Don’t pack your back without spotting Marmot. With ever-evolving technology (like featherless insulation and breathable – but totally waterproof – coating) and a limited lifetime warranty on its merchandise, Marmot’s gear is innovative and reliable at the same time.

With frequent special offers, discounts, and category promotions, Moosejaw is a great retailer to look for understated, incredible deals on outdoor gear. Even if you’re not looking for anything specific, this brand also has online resources on all things outdoor, whether you’re curious about the latest product tested first hand or need some camp cooking inspiration.

Smartwool Classic Hike Full Cushion Crew Sock in chestnut colour

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Smartwool Classic Hike round sock with full cushion

Another excellent option for discounted gear is Sierra, the outdoor sister brand of bargain hunter favorites Marshalls and TJ Maxx. And, similar to those stores, one look at Sierra might make you realize that while you only came for a new yoga mat, you actually need a dozen or two other items, which are just well discounted at this retailer.

Navy Jade Yoga Travel Yoga Mat

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Jade Yoga Travel yoga mat

Model wears Mountain Hardwear Kentro corduroys in brown

Sierra

Mountain Hardwear Kentro Corduroy Pants

CamelBak Ratchet hydration pack in blue

Sierra

CamelBak Ratchet hydration pack

Free People Movement Wave Rider leggings in blue-grey color

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Free People Movement Wave Rider Leggings

The North Face walks the line between technical performance apparel and streetwear with breathtaking finesse, resulting in clothing, jackets and shoes that keep you comfortable on the trail and stylish in the city. And the Tekware Fleece Pants pictured below just won a SELF Activewear Award for Best Hiking Pants.

The North Face VECTIV Exploris Mid FUTURELIGHT Leather Shoes in Dark Gray

The North Face

The North Face VECTIV Exploris Mid FUTURELIGHT leather shoes

LL Bean’s trusted staples, from the signature canvas bags to the oh-so-warm, lined flannel shirts, were made for chilly hikes and long days of picnics in the park. And if you’re in Freeport, Maine, stop by the brand’s flagship store for a photo op with the giant Bean Boot.

LLBean Rugged Wellie Chelsea Boots in Green and Black

LLBean

LLBean Rugged Wellie Chelsea Boots

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