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The Rocky Mountain Gear Guide

The Rocky Mountain Gear Guide: Have Niche Outdoor Interests? Shop at These Local Purveyors

From fly-fishing to snowshoeing, Colorado has a gear maker for your special interest.


Cycling: In Cherry Creek, Alchemy Bicycles makes an array of high-end bikes; Pearl Izumi produces quality cycling apparel in Louisville for pros and novices alike.

Fly-fishing: Try Denver’s Fishpond for vests, nets, gear bags, and more; Ross Reels makes award-winning reels in Montrose.

Mountain biking: Guerrilla Gravity in Jefferson Park sells made-in-America carbon fiber bikes; Reeb Cycles in Longmont offers an assortment of bikes (and was started by Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis).

Packrafting: Find Denver-born Kokopelli’s rafts at Confluence Kayaks in Jefferson Park; Alpacka’s boats are made to order in Mancos.

Rock climbing: Lafayette’s Great Trango Holdings has all the ropes, carabiners, harnesses, and helmets you require; Italy-born CAMP—whose North American headquarters are in Golden—is renowned for its ultralight climbing (and ski mountaineering) gear.

Skiing: Head to Golden for Icelantic Skis’ handcrafted, extremely durable backcountry, freeride, and all-mountain skis; Overland’s Meier Skis are created from Centennial State wood; and Boulder-born Spyder has been selling world-class ski jackets, pants, and bibs since 1978.

Snowboarding: Never Summer’s boards are all handmade in Denver; Minturn’s Weston offers a slew of ready-to-shred boards and accessories; and Venture Snowboards are handcrafted by fellow boarders in Silverton.

Snowshoeing: Crescent Moon Snowshoes in Boulder purveys foam and aluminum pairs for your next winter wonderland walk.

Stand-up paddleboarding: Check out Steamboat Springs’ Hala Gear for SUP boards built for a variety of speeds, from white-water surfing to yoga.

Trail running: Pound packed dirt in colorful kicks from Boulder’s Newton Running Company; Broomfield’s Xero Shoes are meant to mimic the feeling of running barefoot.

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