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Where to Shop For an Outdoorsy Vacation

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Welcome to Racked's first annual Travel Week, where roughly half of our content will be devoted to everything you need to know about traveling to and from New York City—whether you're entertaining out-of-towners, killing time at the airport, or planning the ultimate staycation.


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To love New York City is to leave New York City, if for a moment. Some people do that by appropriating "weekend" as a verb in the Hamptons, and others tote their friends/spouse/children to the wilderness. The later group has recently gained a plethora of stores catering to their mountain air habit, from an impressive REI outpost in Soho to a handful of smaller-scale businesses including Hatchet Supply Co., Best Made Co., and Aether.

After the jump, we've broken down which stores to hit for your outdoor hobby, including where to find climbing, camping, and hiking gear.


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A Good Old Fashioned Camping Trip
The North Face store sells more than just a rainbow of fleeces—pick up sleeping bags and tents at their Upper West Side or Soho stores. The self-explanatory Tents and Trails in the Financial District is another solid bet for camping essentials. Gear To Go in Brooklyn is equally useful as an all-purpose camping trip stock up stop, with everything from navigational tools to portable chairs. For al fresco dining that's equal parts stylish and sturdy, stop by Best Made Co. in Tribeca and have a look at their enamelware.


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For the Sportsman
Hunting and fishing needs can be sated at Frank's Sports Shop in the Bronx. Manhattanites can head to Capitol Fishing Tackle Company on 36th Street for rods, reels, and other fish-catching conveniences. In Greenpoint, Dream Fishing Tackle should do the trick.


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Scaling the Aggro Crag
Are sleeping bags essentially glamping in your book? A firepit some kind of grotesque display of civilization? For an outdoors adventure that's a little more advanced, look to Eastern Mountain Sports for snow shoe rentals, or head to REI to have your trail bike tuned up for some off-road careening.


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But What Am I Going To Wear?
Patagonia is Soho has a huge selection of performance wear for snow sports, climbing, and more. Aether, also in Soho, recently opened to fill the void of apparel that stands up to the elements but also looks cool on the streets. Hatchet Supply Co. on Atlantic Avenue carries a selection that "ranges from legit utilitarian to those just looking to dress the part."
· All Travel Week 2013 posts [Racked NY]
· Twelve Stores to Shop For Your Weekend Camping Trip [Racked NY]