Start Your Trek: 7 Unbeatable Hiking Retailers in Indiana

By Gabby Davis

Start Your Trek: 7 Unbeatable Hiking Retailers in Indiana

The proper footwear, outerwear, and water bottle, will make all the difference on a hike. If you’re looking to head out for a trek, whether it’s five miles or 15, you’ll need the appropriate gear to be comfortable. From the best brands in hydration systems to comfortable jackets for all types of weather, here are seven high-quality hiking retailers in Indiana. 

1. Earth Adventures Unlimited, Ft. Wayne, IN

Located in northeast Indiana, Earth Adventures Unlimited carries a wide selection of outdoor equipment for the novice and the most experienced hiker. Moving into the winter season won’t deter many hardy enthusiasts and with their selection of clothing and outerwear, it will be sure to keep out the chill of fall and winter. One brand carried is Mountain Hardwear outerwear among other top-notch selections. Here you will find a wide variety of clothes for men and women that are perfect for hiking and guaranteed to keep the chill out.

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2. JL Waters, Bloomington, IN

Indiana’s oldest and most complete outdoor store, JL Waters has all your essential hiking needs covered with their wide selection of products. When hiking, having the proper footwear is important. Solid soles and more importantly, comfort. Favorite brands that are guaranteed to keep your feet warm and also dry are Gore-Tex and Merrell.

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3. DICK's Sporting Goods, Multiple locations

Another great store for all your hiking needs is DICK's Sporting Goods. Carrying brands such as Timberland and Keen, you can always rely on DICK's to have everything you could possibly need for a day in the wilderness. From comfortable footwear, to breathable outwear, stock up on all your hiking essentials at DICK's Sporting Goods. 

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4. REI, Indianapolis, IN

The well-loved REI in Indianapolis is the place go for all your hiking gear. With a wide variety of backpacks, water treatments, and footwear to choose from, you can’t go wrong with REI. Inventory includes Osprey hydration packs, which are perfect to have when hiking because of their comfortable contouring fit, as well as breathable Patagonia outwear for all temperatures. 

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5. GEAR UP, Evansville, IN

Opened since 1995, GEAR UP has been providing hiking enthusiasts with a wide variety of high-quality equipment and outerwear. What makes this store unique is not only the products that they sell, but GEAR UP also provides their customers with a personal gear consultant. These consultants understand that each person is built differently and that some items such as boots and backpacks require a fitting before buying. They match the person with the right gear that fits them. All of GEAR UP’s items come with lifetime warranties. Carrying brands such as Mountain Hardwear and Birkenstock, there is something for everyone here. 

6. Rusted Moon Outfitters, Indianapolis, IN

Rusted Moon Outfitters in Indianapolis, Indiana, believes in providing their customers with the right gear, the right brands, fair pricing, and a great experience every time. They carry the best of the best in hiking products, whether it be outerwear, boots, backpacks, and more. They have brands such as Camelbak, which makes the most amazing water bottles and travel mugs. Another great brand for all your water needs is Platypus,which makes bottles and other storage containers, water filtration systems, and hydration systems. No matter your hiking needs, Rusted Moon Outfitters will meet them all!

7. Cabelaโ€™s, Hammond and Noblesville, IN

One thing to always make sure you have with you when hiking is a good rain jacket. Cabela’s is the perfect place to go for a great rain jacket. Cabela’s carries brands such as Carhartt, Frogg Toggs, and Under Armour, perfect for keeping out the cold and the rain as you venture through the wilderness. 

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