Alaskans love outdoor sports almost as much as they love hockey. From biking and boarding to baseball and belaying, folks from the Last Frontier embrace all seasons and types of sports. The one thing that all sports in Alaska have in common is that you need the right gear to perform. Here are our favorite places to get outfitted in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Since 1955, B&J Sporting Goods has been supplying outdoor enthusiasts in Anchorage with all they need to fish, hunt, hike, boat, camp, run, or pretty much anything else you can do outside. Chances are you’ll find whatever you need at B&J Sporting Goods, as well.
Located in Fairbanks, gateway to Alaska’s interior, Goldstream Sports is all about keeping you moving and exploring the gorgeous Alaskan landscape, whether on wheels, snow, or your own feet. They specialize in bikes and accessories, as well as running and cross-country (Nordic) skiing equipment. So, if you’re on the go, go to Goldstream Sports.
Nugget Alaskan Outfitters is one of Juneau’s premier destinations for outdoors enthusiasts. They stock just about anything you need to get outside. From work and technical clothing to adventurous footwear and water bottles and filters, along with a whole lot of other camping necessitites, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter will get you in gear.
If you’re outfitting for outdoor adventure on the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll need to make a stop at Wilderness Way to grab the gear you’re gonna need. They carry hunting, fishing, skiing, and paddling equipment, as well as clothing, emergency essentials, and gear for pets.
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If you find youself in need of sporting goods (or an Alaska-made souvenir) in the deep southeastern part of the state, head over to Tongass Trading Company in Ketchikan. The stock and ship clothing, footwear, and outerwear, as well as fishing, backpacking, and camping gear.
Mountain View Sports has locations in both Seward and Anchorage, and although they carry a wide range of clothing and gear, they specialize in outfitting for fly fishing. They can also hook you up with the gear you’ll need camp, hunt, or fish with spinning or casting equipment.
If you’re in the capital city area and you need skis and their attendant gear, activewear, camping equipment, or climbing essentials, Foggy Mountain Shop should be at the top of your list. They were Southeast Alaska’s first full-service backpacking, mountaineering, and Nordic ski outfitter, and have been serving the area for more than four decades.
Folks on the Kenai Peninsula who need gear for team sports—from hockey to basketball—a bike, or ski equipment can find what they’re looking for at Beemun’s Variety in Soldotna. They even carry a complete selection of discs for disc golf enthusiasts.
Barney’s Sports Chalet has been outfitting folks for Alaskan hunting excursions since 1963. They stock the gear you’ll need for whatever part of the state you’re stalking and whatever game you’re targeting. From camping and optics to their own exclusive brand of outdoor gear, the experts at Barney’s Sports Chalet will make sure you’re outfitted right.
Folks in Haines—the “Adventure Capital of Alaska”—get their gear at Olerud’s Alaska Sports Shop. No matter your flavor of adventure, whether fishing for Pacific Salmon, hunting, or backpacking into the mountains for a few days of solitude, Olerud’s has got the gear. They also sell marine gear and tackle if you’re heading out into the Inside Passage.