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Best Outdoor Gear Stores In OC

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Before heading outdoors, it's always best to leave home prepared. Whether your mission is for an adventurous hiking trail or a one-on-one-with-nature experience via a camping trip, these Orange County spots offer the best in outdoor gear to have you well on your way.

Gear Co-Op
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Gear Co-op
3315 Hyland Ave., Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 902-9168

A shop in the heart of Orange County that lives up to its name, Gear Co-op ensures customers leave with the satisfaction of having scored the best climbing gear in all of Southern California. Gear Co-op is comprised of a staff of rock climbers, gear heads and outdoor enthusiasts who serve as experts in the art of climbing. You can shop the readily available outdoor gear including sturdy climbing ropes, harnesses and cliff hanger hooks. In addition to top-rate climbing essentials, Gear Co-op also carries a varied assortment of camping and hiking materials.

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The Longfin
2730 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 538-8010

Seaside adventurers will appreciate the large supply of water and scuba gear available at The Longfin. From reels to rods, The Longfin is Orange County's own fisherman's paradise. Outfitted with a wide selection of products from freshwater stream, creek and lake fishing to big game blue water fishing, The Longfin offers the best in fishing clothing. Some of the clothing options you'll find at this specialized location include rain gear, dolphin and blue marlin sandals, bib pants and parkas.

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6769 8th St.
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 522-5556

For affordable outdoor gear with the relaxed feel of personalized one-on-one shopping, Evolv is among Orange County's best bets. Evolv is not your standard outdoor gear shop. Its intimate setting gives shoppers the comfort of having access to a vast supply of outdoor gear and accessories without having to navigate through large crowds. The shop specializes in a variety of outdoor gear-centered items, namely footwear and accessories. Evolv also carries contemporary men and women's apparel for athletes and weekend warriors alike.

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Orange Army-Navy Store
131 S. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 639-7910

Don't let the name fool you. Perhaps the number one destination in Orange County for all of your outdoor gear needs, the Orange Army-Navy Store is the ultimate spot for hard-to-find outdoor gear. At this one centralized location, you can find a variety of outdoor gear for camping, climbing and kayaking in addition to outdoor gear equipment and products. There is also a ton of army and navy related gear if you're in the mood for a little patriotic shopping.

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The Grant Boys
1750 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 645-3400

Get ahold of some of the largest selection of outdoor gear around at The Grant Boys. Located in Costa Mesa, The Grant Boys carries a large selection of outdoor gear and supplies. The camping gear is among the largest selection in Orange County. This spot also has a huge stock of hunting and hiking gear, receiving inventory from well over 600 vendors. If you're in the market for an item related to popular outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and shooting, there is a high probability that The Grant Boys has it.

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Barbara Akowuah is a freelance journalist based in Southern California. As a fashion examiner who is privy to style, Barbara loves to write about fashion and how it relates to the Los Angeles scene. Barbara loves to dish out the latest trends, style tips, and inside scoop. Her work can be found on

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