Best Store for Paddle Sports Gear 

The Trail Head


Whether you’re a world-class ice and rock climber or a Gumby who wouldn’t know a jug from a nub, the folks at The Trail Head are ready to outfit you with gear and knowledge to prepare you for that dance with the headwall. What’s their secret to success? Simple: “We do the same activities as our customers,” says owner Todd Frank. The Trail Head’s cavernous store at 221 E. Front is a wonderland of top-flight gear for not only mountaineering and paddle sports, but it also sells shoes, canoes, camping equipment, sunglasses, books and maps, and tons of Patagonia and other brands of clothing. The store even has an espresso and smoothie bar if you just want to practice your crimp hold on a latte. The Trail Head: 221 E. Front St, 543-6966, trailheadmontana.net

Finalists, Best Store for Paddle Sports Gear

2. Strongwater: 612 S. Higgins, 721-2437, strongwaterkayak.com

3. REI: 3275 N. Reserve, 541-1938, rei.com

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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