Here are a few of the fantastic gear shops you can find around your local Fairbanks area!
Beaver is one of the larger outdoor specific gear retailers in Fairbanks . They have great clothes and gear for traditional sports as well as outdoor activities such as backpacking, climbing, water sports, biking, snowboarding, and skiing. Many of their employees are highly knowledgeable about the area and their technical gear is tailored to Alaska . Their prices are pretty standard for quality technical gear and they are pretty good at having seasonal sales throughout the year.
3480 College Rd.
Since 1938, they have been your local outdoor co-op, working to help you experience the transformational power of nature. They bring you top-quality gear and apparel, expert advice, rental equipment, inspiring stories of life outside and outdoor experiences to enjoy alone or share with your friends and family. REI came to Fairbanks in 2012.
Trax Outdoor Center is a great local source for nordic skis, paddleboards and outdoor clothing. They also are the home of Trax Yoga, have rental equipment and teach a variety of lesson for paddleboarding and XC skiing.
Canoe Alaska is a locally owned seasonal shop which carries kayaks, canoes (for rental and purchase), rental bikes and a little climbing gear. They are very helpful and they carry top of the line equipment but they are only open in the summer.
1101 Pegar Rd
Fairbanks , AK
Apocalypse is a local custom clothing and gear shop. They have been around forever and make gear especially for the challenges of Alaska ’s climate. Most of their clothing is designed for extreme conditions so it isn’t as packable as the commercial gear but it is warm. They also make custom gear, but be prepared for higher prices and super quality.
201 Minnie St
Fairbanks , AK
Big Ray's is a local sporting goods store with a decent selection of basic winter wear and a large boot selection. Their technical outdoor clothing is mainly Columbia brand which has a good spread of high and low end clothing. Big Rays also has a good selection of camping equipment mainly geared toward hunting and car camping. They also have an outlet store on Airport Road.
Big Rays Store
507 2nd Ave
Fairbanks , AK
Play It Again Sports is a used sporting gear shop which sells used and generic gear for low prices. They have equipment for most traditional sports (especially hockey) and a selection for skiing, biking, and snowboarding. Their selection is fickle but the price can’t be beat for entry level gear.
Play It Again Sports
160 Old Stesse Hwy
The Prospector is a clothing store with some basic camping peripherals but no tents. They have good winter gear and are starting to carry more technical clothing. They have great customer service and a rewards program worth signing up for (they send you a card on your birthday with a coupon).
1512 S Cushman St
Test the Waters is a locally owned water oriented shop with some decent winter gear. They have kayaks, canoes, rafts, water sports gear, and scuba gear. They also have classes and certifications in scuba diving. They sell products at retail, rent equipment, and offer guided excursions.
Test the Waters Adventure Sports & Dive Center
1511 Richardson Hwy
North Pole, AK
Value Village is a used clothing store which doesn’t have any real outdoor gear selection but they are great for getting cheap fleece and other cold weather wear and sometimes you can find a decent pair of skis. Bunny boots have been known hop in and out too!
3027 Airport Way