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Great Deals on Gently-Used Outdoor Gear

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If you’re looking for great deals on outdoor gear and like to give new life to lightly used outdoor recreation gear and clothing, pay a visit to Spokane’s new outdoor gear consignment store, Northwest Outdoors, in the old Wintersport building ...

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Bear Bowl by Bear Minimum

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Every ounce and square inch counts when you’re backpacking or bikepacking. With that in mind, Spokane startup Bear Minimum has created the Bear Bowl, a small cook bowl that comfortably holds 32 ounces of food or liquid and then wipes ...

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Osprey Duro/Dyna Series Trail Running Hydration Vestpacks

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Not just for ultra runners, these hydration vestpacks provide light weight, comfortable hydration and compact gear storage solutions for trail runners tackling any distance where aid stations are few and far between or non-existent. Capacity ranges from 15 liters of ...

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Switchblade SUP, Kayak, Canoe Paddle in One

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The outdoor industry comes up with a lot of gear “innovations” that, in my opinion, are not all that innovative. Switchblade Paddles is an example of a new piece of gear that solves problems, makes paddling more fun and easy, ...

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National Geographic Montana Trail Illustrated Maps

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Planning an epic summer road trip to Big Sky Country will be a snap with National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated topographic maps for Montana.  With waterproof and tear-resistant maps covering areas like Yellowstone National Park; Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks; ...

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Trail Running Gear Essentials

Let me start by saying, you DON’T need special gear for trail running. All you need is a trail, some shoes, and the desire to enjoy the trail. But if you are addicted to gear like I am, you are ...

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Wrangler Active/Outdoor Wear

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I have long been fond of Wrangler’s signature pearl-snap button cowboy shirts for everyday use and for warm-season hiking and mountain biking because of the ease with which you can snap open a couple buttons and ventilate while on the ...

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Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX Hiking Shoes

If you’re looking for a low-cut, relatively light hiking and backpacking shoe with the stability and stiffness of a more burly boot, Garmont’s Dragontail MNT GTX is worth checking out. Breaking them in on trails around town, I was impressed ...

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Pettet Endurance Project Running Shirts

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Taking its name from the Spokane street that many runners know thanks to Doomsday Hill, western Washington-based Pettet Endurance Project makes high-quality, sustainably-sourced Merino wool running apparel right here in the U.S. While PEP prides itself in creating tough, well-designed ...

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GSI Outdoors Enamelware

Nothing beats starting the day at your favorite camp spot with the sound of an old-school percolating coffee pot bubbling away while sitting in your camp chair enjoying morning bird song with the smell of steamy java wafting through the ...

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