Whether you're looking to hike, bike, paddle, ski or board, these four local shops have the gear, and most important, the knowledgeable staff to get you going.
Hikers, yogis, boarders and skiers will find all the high-quality, high-tech clothes they need to stay active at Escape Outdoors in Coeur d'Alene's bustling Riverstone development. While this boutique sportswear shop doesn't boast the square footage of big-box stores, the selection of apparel by North Face, Patagonia, Lucy, Arc'teryx and other top brands is carefully curated for quality and style. Flaunt your local pride by purchasing some of their locally designed and produced shirts or trucker hats featuring Idaho landmarks, like topographical maps of Tubbs Hill. 2028 Main St., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho • 208-664-6602
Named after a burly Scotsman who ran many of the first trading posts in this region, Finan McDonald caters to adventurers who want to explore the Inland Northwest's trails, mountains, and lakes, and look good doing so. Shop here for Chacos to hike Tubbs Hill, Prana tops for paddleboard yoga classes on the lake and Patagonia fleece for snowboarding Silver Mountain. The Coeur d'Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho • 208-765-4349 • 301 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-3622
While the brick-and-mortar shop in Spokane is just the tip of the retail iceberg known as Mountain Gear, it's worth visiting. Yes, Mountain Gear has a huge national online following. But why order online when you, lucky Inland Northwest resident, can actually visit the mothership and pepper their knowledgeable staff with all the questions you'd like. 2002 N. Division St., Spokane • 325-9000
Sandpoint's Outdoor Experience is a tourist destination in its own right, thanks to its exceptional assortment of gear, bikes, outerwear, clothing and footwear. Not to mention OE's stellar staff, who will happily share intel about their favorite local hikes, single-track trails and brewpubs, as they help you find the perfect trail runners, bike helmet, Kavu bag or solar-powered collapsible lantern. 314 N. First St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-6028