Best Outdoor Gear Stores in Washington, D.C.

March 25, 2014 9:00 AM

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With parks for running, hiking, cycling and camping, D.C. is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors. To do so in comfort, you’ll need to grab the right gear. While the Best Sporting Goods Stores In Washington DC will get you started, here are some others that focus on specialties like cycling.

Bicycle SPACE
1019 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 962-0123

From retro to modern and everything in between, Bicycle SPACE is the place to go for all of your cycling needs. This modern shop next to the Convention Center has retro bikes to compact and road bikes as well. If you’re looking for a casual ride around town to pick up some sundries, try a cruiser with the classic wicker basket. For those looking to be stylish, check out the selection of Bern helmets and other accessories that will keep you safe and moving in the urban landscape. If you need repairs, the shop with expert repairmen will help you with whatever you may need.

Casual Adventure
3451 N. Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 527-0600

Casual Adventure is a locally owned outdoor gear store to help you with everything you need to get outside and go camping, hiking or backpacking. It offers gear specifically for military or the boy and girl scouts for the little adventurer. For those who believe getting out into the green is all about being green as well, check out the eco-friendly gear. Casual Adventure carries all of your favorite brands like Columbia and North Face in its outerwear, backpacks, clothing, footwear and camping gear. Don’t forget your necessary tools like knives, first aid kits and compasses.

City Bikes
2501 Champlain St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1564

Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, City Bikes is more than just bikes for the urban lifestyle. Though you can find road bikes and comfort bikes or the hybrid for those that who the best of both worlds, check out the wide selection of mountain bikes to handle the mountains and trails that surround the DC area. Depending on whether you’ll be bumping down a rocky trail or just rolling through the smoother paths of the C&O Canal, you can choose from full suspension to the more rigid and fixies. Grab clothing and accessories, including anti-theft locks and options, to keep your bike secured.

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Potomac Paddlesports
9812 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 881-2628

With the Potomac River and the Cheseapeake Bay nearby, there’s plenty of water to get out and paddle around in. From rapids to estuaries, Potomac Paddlesports is the place to go to find all of your water gear. It offers both touring and whitewater kayaks and paddleboards. You can find what you need to get your heart racing or a casual movement across the river. It also has a wide range of spray skirts, paddles, life vests, helmets and all of the accessories. If you’re just breaking into the sport, you can rent or buy one of its used inventory items.

Ranger Surplus
811 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 424-1125

For camping or hiking gear, Ranger Surplus is the place to go for equipment at bargain prices. It specializes in military goods, so while you won’t find the most stylish of equipment, it’ll be utilitarian and not as pricey for your basic gear. With many different types of packs, bags, camping gear and canvas purses, you can find everything you need to camp in comfort and navigate your way around the great outdoors. There’s also plenty of knives to choose from and clothing to keep you warm.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at