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Gear Experts: Adventure's Retail Advisory Board
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Adventure's approach to its year-end gear awards is a little different from other magazines. First we established an advisory board of the country's leading outdoor retailers. Then we asked our panel to tell us which products, in their expert opinions, were both innovative and in demand by consumers in the marketplace. Armed with the Retail Advisory Board's information, our editors made their picks.

Find an Adventure gear expert near you with our map and listings.

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WEST  |  ROCKIES  |  CENTRALEAST  |  WEST
  
ALASKA  |  HAWAII

WEST

1. REI

222 Yale Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
+1 206 223 1944
888 873 1938
www.rei.com 

2. Altrec.com
135 Lake Street South #1000
Kirkland, Washington 98033
800 369 3949
www.altrec.com

3. Mountain Gear
2002 North Division
Spokane, Washington 99207
800 829 2009
www.mountaingear.com

4. Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe
49 Southeast Clay Street
Portland, Oregon 97201
+1 503 285 1819
www.aldercreek.com

5. Wilson's Eastside Sports
224 North Main Street
Bishop, California 93514
+1 760 873 7520
www.eastsidesports.com

6. Jack's Surfboard
7575 Reynolds Circle
Huntington Beach, California 92647
888 995 2257
www.jackssurfboards.com

7. Adventure 16 Outdoor and Travel Outfitters
4620 Alvarado Canyon Road
San Diego, California 92120
+1 619 283 2374
www.adventure16.com

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ROCKIES

8. Northern Lights Trading Company
1716 West Babcock
Bozeman, Montana 59715
866 586 2225
www.northernlightstrading.com

9. The Elephant's Perch
280 East Avenue Box 178
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
+1 208 726 3497
www.elephantsperch.com

10. Skinny Skis
65 West Delony
P.O. Box 3610 Wyoming 83001
888 733 7205
+1 307 733 6094
www.skinnyskis.com

11. High Sierra Cycling and Fitness
Campus Commons
Reno, Nevada 89511
+1 777 852 8850
highsierracycling.com

12. Kirkham's Outdoor Products
3125 S. State Street
Salt Lake, Utah 84115
877 KIRKHAM
+1 801 486 4161
www.kirkhams.com

13. Backcountry.com
West Valley, Utah
800 409 4502
www.backcountry.com

14. Neptune Mountaineering
633 South Broadway Suite A
Boulder, Colorado 80305
+1 303 499 8866
www.neptunemountaineering.com

15. Ute Mountaineer
308 S. Mill Street
Aspen, Colorado 81611
+1 970 925 2849
www.utemountaineer.com

16. Alpine Sports
121 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 983 5155
www.alpinesports-santafe.com

17. Summit Hut
5045 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 85712
800 499 8696
www.summithut.com

18. Granite Sports
301 Main Street
Hill City, South Dakota 57701
+1 605 574 2121
www.granitesportsonline.com

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CENTRAL

19. Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
888 999 1077
+1 612 339 3433
www.midwestmtn.com

20. Rutabaga
220 West Broadway
Monona, Wisconsin 53716
800 I PADDLE
+1 608 223 9300
www.rutabaga.com

21. Uncle Dan's
2440 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 772 477 1918
 www.udans.com

22. Moosejaw Mountaineering
322 North Adams
Rochester, Michigan 48309
+1 248 375 5800
www.moosejaw.com

23. Alpine Shop
440 North Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63122
+1 314 962 7715
www.alpineshop.com

24. Benchmark Outfitters
9529 Kenwood Road, Suite 24
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
+1 513 791 WILD
www.benchmarkoutfitter.com

25. Nat's Outdoor Sports
1121 Wilkinson Trace
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42103
+1 270 842 6211
www.natsoutdoor.com

26. Rock Creek Outfitters
100 Tremont Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405
+1 423 265 5969
www.rockcreek.com

27. Buffalo Peak Outfitters
1200 East Northside Drive
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
+1 601 366 2557
www.buffalopeak.net

28. Whole Earth Provision Company
1014 North Lamar
Austin, Texas 78703
+1 512 478 1577
www.wholeearthprovision.com

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EAST

29.  Outdoor Gear Exchange
152 Cherry Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
888 547 4327
+1 802 860 0190
www.gearx.com

30. Kittery Trading Post
301 U.S. Route One
Kittery, Maine 03904
888 587 6246
www.kitterytradingpost.com

31. Eastern Mountain Sports
1 Vose Farm Road
Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458
+1 603 924 7231
www.ems.com

32. Arcadian Shop
91 Pittsfield Road
Lenox, Massachusetts 01240
+1 413 637 3010
www.arcadian.com

33. Rock and Snow
44 Main Street
New Paltz, New York 12561
+ 1 845 255 1311
www.rocksnow.com

34. Trailblazer
1 Shoreline Drive, Unit 7
Guilford, Connecticut 06437
+1 203 458 1639
www.trailblazerdirect.com/guilford.htm

35. Paragon Sports
867 Broadway
New York, New York 10003
800 961 3030
+1 212 255 8889
www.paragonsports.com

36. Shank's Mare Outfitters
2092 Long Level Road
Wrightsville, Pennsylvania 17368
877 554 5080
www.shanksmare.com

37. Hudson Trail Outfitters Ltd.
12085 Rockville Pike
Rockville, Maryland 20852
+1 301 881 4955
www.hudsontrail.com

38. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports
1125 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
+1 434 977 4400
www.brmsstore.com

39. Whalebone Surf Shop
2214 South Croatan Highway
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959
+1 252 441 6747
www.whalebonesurfshop.com

40. Roswell Bicycles
670 Houze Way Store A-1
Roswell, Georgia 30076
+1 770 642 4057
www.roswellbicycles.com

41. Half-Moon Outfitters
1437 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
+1 843 853 0990
www.halfmoonoutfitters.com

42. Travel Country Outdoors
1101 East Highway 436
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701
800 643 3629
+1 407 831 0777
www.travelcountry.com

43. Ron Jon Surf Shop
4151 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931
+1 321 799 8888
www.ronjons.com

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ALASKA

44. Beaver Sports
3480 College Road
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
+1 907 474 8012
www.beaversports.com

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HAWAII

45. Hawaiian South Shore
320 Ward Avenue Suite 112
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
+1 808 597 9055
www.hawaiiansouthshore.com

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