The 10 Best Sporting Goods Stores in Vermont!

Here in Vermont, we’re an active bunch. You’ve got your hockey players, skiers and snowboarders when the weather is chilly, and then the hikers and mountain bikers when the weather is nice. Year-round, Vermonters are engaged in some form of physical activity. When you’re looking for the greatest variety of gear and the best brands, head over to one of these 10 excellent local sporting goods stores in the state. 

1. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, VT

Snow sports, climbing, camping, biking, paddling, clothing, pack & bags, and roof racks are all categories of inventory that you will find at Outdoor Gear Exchange. Selling great gear at great prices is kind of what they do, and, with almost 20 years in the outdoor gear industry, including experience with hiking & backpacking, mountaineering, and telemark skiing, you will find what you need at OGE. What’s more, they run their website on a green server, use post-consumer recyclables in their packaging, and promote only environmentally-responsible companies and products, so that there will be a planet to explore for years to come.  

2. Vermont Field Sports, Middlebury, VT

The self-promoted largest outdoor store in Addison County's, Vermont Field Sports offers sporting firearms & ammunition, archery equipment, fishing gear, outdoor clothing, and footwear. From fly fishing to angling for brook trout or lake fishing landlocked salmon, and from new and used firearms to tree stands, you will find it at Vermont Field Sports. And you will find many popular brands, like Johnson, Columbia, Woolrich, Herman, Rocky, Sorel, LaCrosse, and many more. And they are also a Vermont Fish & Wildlife official weighing station.

3. Village Sports Shop, Lyndonville, VT

John Hibshman established Village Sports Shop in 1978 to offer a vast selection of sporting goods sold by a knowledgeable staff with a first-hand experience with the products. The store motto, “We are there after the sale” is indicative of John’s commitment to his customers. In addition, Village Sports Shop, also specializes in outdoor equipment rentals for the vast Kingdom Trails. Specializing in bike, snow gear, hunting & fishing equipment, clothing & footwear, watersports, and more, Village Sports Shop is your one-stop-shop for sporting goods in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont 

4. Orvis, Manchester, VT

In 1856, Charles F. Orvis founded the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont.  The idea was to offer superior fly-fishing equipment based on customer satisfaction and service. From these humble beginnings and or more than a century-and-a-half Orvis has explored, outfitted for, and conserved the great outdoors. While fly-fishing is still their flagship product, they also leaders in a wide assortment of men’s and women’s sportswear, luggage & travel accessories, and pet products. 

5. North Star Sports, Burlington, VT

Founded in 1985 by Patricia Miller, one of 100 women in the country who own bike shops (we are told by her website), North Star started out with a strong emphasis on women’s biking products.  While women’s products are still promoted, the shop also offers outdoor gear, sports gear, Smartwool, men’s bikes, women's bikes, mountain bikes, road bike, Giant bikes, and more. 

6. Waterbury Sports, Waterbury, VT

Waterbury Sports opened in 2015 and is owned by Caleb Magoon, Chuck Hughson, and Ryan McGuire, who specialize in winter sports, bikes, and team sports. They offer items like skis (cross-country and alpine), snowboards, snowshoes, and bikes. Located within a 30-minute drive to the major ski destinations of Bolton Valley, Stowe, Mad River Glen, and Sugarbush, they have got a lot of clientele to service. And, speaking of services, they have a ski and bike service department, too. 

7. Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, Brattleboro, VT

At Sam's they promote a relaxed and mellow atmosphere featuring a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Specialties include gear for running, hiking, kayaking, camping, and winter sports, and they carry name-brand gear in clothing, footwear (including hiking and specialized boots), and hunting & fishing categories. 

8. Kevin Smith Sports, South Burlington, VT

With a combined over 100 years of staff experience in sporting gear, apparel, and uniform industries, Kevin Smith Sports provides retail and team sports clothing, uniforms, equipment, and footwear. Offering stock and custom uniforms and equipment for high school, college, and private school teams, the mission has always been selling high quality gear at fair prices.  

9. J&H Hardware, Bellows Falls, VT

J&H Hardware is family owned and operated by the Haskins Family. Since 2007, the Haskins have more than doubled the size of the store and, in 2010, they added 2,400 square-feet for a sporting goods department, featuring women’s and kids’ clothing and a vast line of hiking and work boots. 

10. Woodstock Sports, Woodstock, VT

Featuring fine and outerwear, as well as bikes and accessories, Woodstock Sports is a family-owned business that offers brands like, Arcteryx, Dale of Norway, Bogner, Kjus, Mountain Force, Ecco, Salomon, Smartwool, BOGS Icebreaker, and more. Offer clothing and foot ware isn’t all they do, though, as their bike shop specializes in brands like Scott and Fuji, and you can even rent mountain or fat bikes.

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