Shopping for Sports Gear and Outfitters
For sports gear, there’s no better place to be than Central Oregon. For skis and snowboards, Powder House has a large demo and rental center in Bend and offers a full-service repair shop, including overnight waxing and repair. Or hit Gravity Sports @ Mt. Bachelor, which is rated as a Gold Medal Shop by SKI Magazine and has an ultra-convenient slope-side location.
Headed out on the water? Find what you need at Stillwater Fly Shop, whose experts want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, so they offer a full refund, credit or exchange within 30 days of a purchase. So, you know that fly-fishing reel or rod you have your eye on, or those SIMMs waders? Go ahead and get them – risk free. Or head to Deschutes River Outfitters, The Fly Fisher’s Place and Fly & Field Outfitters, where you’ll get guidance on local tactics and fishing reports along with superb customer service.
For family paddling, floating and whitewater adventures, Sun Country Tours is one of the largest and most respected river outfitters in the Northwest. They are ambassadors to the natural world of Central Oregon for families who want to create great lasting memories. This 35-year-old company is best known for professionally guided whitewater adventures, and also offers Standup Paddle Boarding tours and lessons and Float the River tube rentals.
And right on the banks of the Deschutes River, just downstream from the Old Mill District, is Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. Sign up for classes, take a full-day river tour, or browse the large selection of kayaks, canoes, paddles, and rafting gear in Central Oregon. Go here or to StandUp Paddle Bend for stand-up paddle boards because Central Oregon is one of the best places in the world to paddle on flat water.
How about combining waterfalls with bikes? On The Paulina Plunge Downhill Waterfall Mountain Bike Tour, gravity will be your friend as you descend through spectacular Oregon backcountry alongside a half dozen shimmering waterfalls. Discover the grandeur of the Paulina mountains and learn the legends of the ancient indigenous peoples and the saga of Chief Paulina. Coast down 2,500 vertical feet on a smooth dirt forest trail. The trip is divided into four 1.5-mile biking segments to each waterfall stop.
Experience the natural beauty in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation area with N8TV Adventures with safe, fun and relaxing outdoors trips. You will likely see osprey and bald eagles soaring overhead as you enjoy the tranquility of lake kayaking or the excitement of river rafting with experienced, certified guides.
Back on land, you will want to go biking, and we’ve got plenty of shops to assist you. Among others, Hutch’s Bicycles has an eastside and a westside location in Bend and one in Redmond. Or rent a bike with Life Cycle Bikes, and they will bring it right to your door anywhere in Bend. For alternative wheeled outings, check out Let It Ride Electric Bikes. The Bend Tour Company SEGWAY Tours or Wheel Fun Rentals, offers a lively, multi-passenger surrey-with-a-fringe-on-top cycle and other specialty bikes.
must-have: Fun, fun, fun and more fun.