Well known for its wide selection and its incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff, REI is always fully stocked with the latest and greatest in outdoor gear. This is a great spot to buy anything pricy that you’d like to test out, since the store has a no-questions-asked return policy if you’re not satisfied with your purchase. Plus, a lifetime REI membership is just $20 — and the membership benefits can’t be beat. The store hosts a series of workshops covering a wide range of topics, from Backpacking Basics to Get To Know Your GoPro, most of which are 100% free. The SF location has some equipment available for rental, too.
REI, 840 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 934 1938
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Last Minute Gear
Last Minute Gear offers San Franciscans the perfect way to stock up for all of the spontaneous adventures they may not be prepared for. The site has a wide selection of gear at extremely affordable prices — all of which are available to rent in as little as one hour. Shoppers can browse the selection online, choose what they need, and either pick it up at the brick and mortar location on Post Street or have it delivered to their home while they finish packing.
Last Minute Gear, 640 Post Street, San Francisco, CA +1 415 813 1881
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Rainbow Grocery is a worker-owned cooperative with a focus on locally-sourced, organic, healthy, and sustainable foods. This market is famous for its huge selection of dried foods, making it a valuable resource for backpackers looking to lighten their loads. Here you can stock up for your next trip and get educated about the health and sustainability of the foods you’re buying. Stop by this beloved grocery store in the Mission to learn what all the fuss is about.
Rainbow Grocery, 1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 863 0620
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Sports Basement is a warehouse sporting goods store located only in the Bay Area. This is a great spot to browse for great sales; however, with a rotating selection, it may not be your best bet if you’re looking for something specific. There are two San Francisco locations that offer a wider selection of rental equipment than the San Francisco REI. Sports Basement supports the Bay Area adventuring community by offering free workshops as well as a huge variety of community events to help you get to know your neighbors while doing something active.
Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 575 3000
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Alite Outpost is the only in-person location shop for Alite Designs, an outdoor clothing company that specializes in design-centered gear. The store’s intimate location in the Mission is a much more personal alternative to the many warehouse-style outdoor goods chains around the city. Shop the ‘Made in California’ selection for pieces that are made on site out of materials sourced from the surrounding neighborhood. The store shares its space with a coffee shop, so sip on a cappuccino while you browse the sleek designs.
Alite Outpost, 3376 18th St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 626 1526
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The North Face
The North Face is a popular chain with a convenient location in Downtown San Francisco. You can take comfort in its helpful staff always ready to assist you with their massive selection. While you’re in the neighborhood you should also drop by the Marmot across the street — it’s one of only a handful of Marmot flagship stores. The North Face tends to get a bit pricey at face value, so check out the North Face Outlet in Berkeley to find some great discounts.
The North Face, 180 Post St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 433 3223
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A popular and iconic brand for outdoor clothing and gear, Patagonia promises quality products with great warranties and a satisfaction guarantee. These goods are on the expensive side, however, if you’re looking for quality then they’re worth the price. Patagonia prides itself not only on providing the best product but also on supporting environmental efforts on the way. Stop by the San Francisco location located on the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf and Russian Hill to feel good about the work your purchases are supporting.
Patagonia, 770 North Point St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 771 2050
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