Best Sporting Goods Store
2869 N. High St., Clintonville
This locally owned outdoor shop specializes in paddle sports, but you'll also find plenty of gear for hiking, camping and climbing. We mean it - they've got everything from bug spray to backpacks.
If you don't know how to use your new stuff, owners Matt Gibson and Jonathan Barth will teach you. Free Tuesday-night classes cover topics like cooking in the outdoors, gear repair and finding an Ohio adventure. And during warmer months, the staff takes a bunch of kayaks out back to the Olentangy River so customers can find the rig that's right for them.
You won't find a better place in town to help you explore the outdoors.
Runners-up: Road Runner Sports, The Outdoor Source