Although Minnesota is a cold-weather state, locals still make every effort to move their activities outside throughout the entire year. Whether jogging, biking or swimming the lakes in hot weather or skiing and snowshoeing through negative temperatures, the right gear makes all the difference. Specialty shops throughout the state cater to the casual adventurer or the more extreme individual. Find the right activity and then make your move to get fitted in the right gear.
Joe’s Sporting Goods
33 E. County Road B
St. Paul, MN 55117
What started in 1930 as an automotive repair business that sold live bait and fishing supplies has turned into one of the largest independent sporting goods stores in the state. Joe’s Sporting Goods carries gear and equipment for all outdoor enthusiasts. Check out its stock of hunting, fishing and camping supplies in the store or online. Joe’s also carries snow sports gear and water sports needs. With such a huge demand from locals who love to get outside, the business caters to online customers too.
5425 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Offering the best of outdoor gear and equipment, Hoigaard’s has been around for over 100 years. The staff is made up of all outdoors people and has knowledge of what you need to get the most out of your activity. Hoigaard’s sells more than apparel; it also sells bikes, skis, boards, skates and offers repair services for all your tools of the trade as well. Check out an event for a lesson on waxing your skis or pick up a map on bike trails from a store that doubles as the outdoorsman’s best resource.
Stauber Brothers Pro Shop
2541 Maple Grove Road
Duluth, MN 55811
A resource for hockey players and those who love to be on the ice, Stauber Brothers offers custom equipment and apparel for ice enthusiasts. Get fitted for the perfect skates or receive some tips on the best places to practice your game at Stauber Brothers. In the hockey state, Stauber Brothers may be the best Duluth resource for hockey and skating needs. Stauber Brothers also offers skate sharpening and tips to improve your shot.
Tyrol Ski & Sports
1923 2nd St. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55902
A favorite family business in southern Minnesota, Tyrol Ski & Sports works hard to establish a loyal customer base and friends of the business. The staff and management team are avid outdoor lovers and know firsthand what gear and guidance a person needs to fully enjoy themselves outside in Minnesota. With ski and snowshoe advice and rentals during the winter and water sports knowledge during the summer, Tyrol is a great place to shop for outdoor gear.
2312 W. 50th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Quite often called the best place for outdoor running and walking gear in Minnesota, Marathon Sports will help outfit you for exercising outside in any weather. Get fitted for the right shoes and even have two weeks to try them out if you need it. Marathon Sports even has a guest podiatrist visit the shop weekly to help with recommendations on footwear and form. Check out its run club and meet other runners and walkers in your area as well. A frequent customer program is offered for discounts to loyal shoppers as an added bonus.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.