Best Outdoor Recreation Store

Summit Hut

Readers Pick

Think Eastwood in The Eiger Sanction. Think Belushi in Continental Divide. Whether you fumble around in the woods like most of us or need the latest high-tech climbing gear, Summit Hut has been fulfilling Tucson's need for high-quality outdoor gear since way back in 1967. There's an old newspaper photo that shows the two grinning 15-year-old kids who actually started the business out of their bedrooms. The business has grown a bit since then, boasting two huge stores and an Internet presence shipping goodies across the country and around the world. Summit Hut is one of the few home-grown Tucson businesses that's managed to hang in there and thrive rather than getting eaten by some huge national chain, and there's something to be said for that.

Runners up:

2. Popular Outdoor Outfitters, 2820 N. Campbell Ave., 326-2520; 6314 N. Oracle Road, 575-1044; 6315 E. Broadway Blvd., 290-1644

3. Big 5 Sporting Goods, 4901 N. Stone Ave., 292-2778; 5695 E. Speedway Blvd., 296-3326; 6441 S. Midvale Park Road, 573-4135

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