Hiking Gear Stores Manchester NH

Local guide for your hiking gear needs in Manchester. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide outdoors stores, hiking apparel, hiking gear, hiking boots, hiking backpacks, hiking GPS and all other hiking equipment, as well as advice on hiking checklist, hiking trips and outdoors adventures.

Modell's Sporting Goods
(603) 627-3377
1111 South Willow Street
Manchester, NH
Hours
9:00AM - 9:30PM MONDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

Country Canoeists
(603) 774-7888
1005 School St.
Dunbarton, NH
 
Sports Authority
(603) 594-3041
Across from Lowes Plaza on 101A in Amherst, 123 Route 101A, Suite A
Amherst, NH
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Simulator, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Phatty Kayaks
(603) 673-1711
8 Berry Court
Milford, NH
 
Sports Authority
(603) 891-1174
Royal Ridge Mall, 213 Daniel Webster Highway
Nashua, NH
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Simulator, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sports Authority
(603) 624-6200
1051 S. Willow Street
Manchester, NH
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Amherst Kayak & Canoe
(603) 882-2600
114 Route 101 A
Amherst, NH
 
Mountain Road Trading Post
(603) 895-3501
68 Mtn Rd. P.O.Box 57
Raymond, NH
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(603) 888-7171
258 Daniel Webster Highway
Nashua, NH
Hours
9:30AM - 9:00PM MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 9:30PM FRIDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

Sports Authority
290 S Broadway
Salem, NH
 

Gear Treasure Hunting: Day 3 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

Lots of good stuff in our day 3 roundup: a 2.4-ounce day pack, a new integrated canister fuel cooking system, new 3-pound internal frame backpacks, and 11-ounce mid-height hikers, to mention a few.

by Will Rietveld | 2009-07-24 00:10:00-06

Editor's Note: This article was opened to the public on July 22, 2010. To subscribe and see Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010 articles as they are published, click here .

Thursday, July 23, 2009

We finished another full day at the trade show and came up with another batch of interesting gear and technologies. Its much akin to a treasure hunt - we need to know where to look and be able recognize something interesting or truly innovative when we see it. There is something of interest to most everyone here, and as usual, we present it in no particular order. All items are new for spring 2010 unless stated otherwise.

Gear Treasure Hunting: Day 3 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) - 1
The GoLite booth is always a good place to look for lightweight, exciting new gear, and the good folks there came through as expected. GoLite will add a second quilt called the Ultralite 1+ Season Quilt (left, 20 ounces, three lengths, $200-$240) to their Ultralite sleeping bag line. It's insulated with 800-fill down and rated at 40F. The current quilt will be packed with a little more down to drop its rating to 20F and will be renamed the Ultralight 3-Season Quilt (right, 25 ounces, three lengths, $255-$295).

Gear Treasure Hunting: Day 3 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) - 2
GoLite will also be adding the Peak Backpack (2318 cubic inches for size M, 27 oz, $125) to their Ultralite backpack series. The new Peak is a smaller version of the Jam (2857 cubic inches, 31 oz, $150), and both packs feature a new recycled nylon fabric (still with Dyneema gridstop), revised padding in the backpanel, and a new hipbelt that wraps around the hips better. Note it will be called the Jam, rather than the Jam2. With the new Peak, the frameless Ultralite pack series will offer three pack sizes (Pinnacle, Jam, Peak) to meet the needs of most hikers.

Gear Treasure Hunting: Day 3 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) - 3
At this OR, we decided to concentrate more on really lightweight mid-height footwear for a possible future article for Backpacking Light. Salomon has several shoes in this category. We reported on the Salomon 3D Fastpacker Mid GTX (left, 15.2 oz/shoe, $150) in our coverage of summer 2008 Outdoor Retailer. This time we found the new Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid GTX Ultra (center, 13.2 oz/shoe, $160) and the Salomon Wings Sky GTX (right, 18.7 oz/shoe, $200). The latter appears heavy, but the weight is actually not bad for a full-height boot. All of these shoes are based on trail running platforms to minimize weight while adding cushioning and support. Salomon knows that many buyers prefer Gore-Tex shoes so their feet won't get wet (!), but we would prefer a more breathable shoe rather than a waterproof one that traps moisture inside. Many footwear manufacturers (including Salomon) offer two versions f...

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Simblissity BotSpot

Weighed On Our Scales » .98 oz (28 g)

Simblissity BotSpot

A shoulder strap-mounted pouch for keeping a water bottle easily accessible.

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Simblissity Botspot
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Simblissity Botspot
Cinched close (rear view)

Simblissity Botspot
Cinched close (side view)

Overview

Enhance your water hauling capabilities with the BotSpot, an ultralight bottle holder that attaches securely to your backpack's shoulder strap. BotSpot will hold a wide range of bottle sizes, including quart and liter bottles∗, yet it won't bounce or wobble around - even with a full load of water. Removal and replacement of your bottle is quick and easy too, so now you can drink freely without having to stop and remove your backpack to get at those oh-so-pesky side pockets!

Carrying water on the shoulder straps of a backpack isn't a new idea. For those who don't use water bladders and hydration tubes, carrying bottles on the shoulders offers easy access to your beverage of choice without having to:

  1. Stop
  2. Remove your backpack
  3. Remove bottles from the side pockets or wherever, drink, and replace
  4. Put the backpack on again
  5. Go
  6. Repeat steps 1 - 5 every time you desire a drink

What's more, shoulder-carried water can be in addition to water stored elsewhere on the backpack, allowing you to haul larger volumes of water without storing all of it behind you. In this way, the "shoulder carry" can help to balance the backpack's load. Carried well, that front-mounted water can feel comparitively weightless, too, since it isn't contributing to the total load on your back. Alas - truth be told - the bottle-on-a-shoulder-strap method has often been poorly executed, giving the whole idea a bad name in the minds of some. The innovative BotSpot bottle holder aims to return that name to good standing.

The BotSpot offers superior load control, so your bottle won't bounce up and down or wobble side to side appreciably as you move. It holds onto its contents securely, too, meaning your water bottle won't go rolling down the mountain side (unless, by some misfortune, you do). Removing and replacing a bottle is quick and easy while on the move. Perhaps best of all, the BotSpot's position is fully adjustable up or down the shoulder strap while you're wearing your pack, so it's easy to dial in just the right height for varying sizes of bottles. Multiple mounting options make the BotSpot compatible with a wide variety of packs and shoulder straps. (No disassembly of the shoulder strap is required for installation.)

Features:

  • Made in USA of US textiles
  • ∗Holds cylindrical bottles up to 10.5" in circumference (~3" diameter), for example AquaFina® liter bottles. (Bottle not included.)
  • Installation and usage instructions included.

Specifications:

  • Proven 70D silicone-coated nylon and polyester mesh durable construction
  • 7.2...

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To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?

Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Jim Bailey.

by Jim Bailey | 2008-07-15 00:00:00-06

Essentials Bailey - 1

During a discussion with an Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) backcountry caretaker (a worker who supervises tent platforms and composting operation at remote tent sites scattered throughout New Hampshire and Maine), this individual mentioned he had witnessed a packing style which he referred to SUL, or Stupid Ultra Light.

The reason for this slanderous term involved two northbound Appalachian Trail thru-hikers who, once they arrived in Hanover, New Hampshire, had decided that they were going to carry a bare minimum in pack weight in order to hike in a fast and light style through the Whites and Maine, on to their final destination of Mt. Katahdin.

The disconnect came when the pair chose to ditch their sleeping bags and insulated clothing, since they were traveling in the "summer" month of August. By the time the two had arrived after dark at the Imp campsite, they were hypothermic and in dire need of assistance from the caretaker mentioned above. The AMC employee ending up staying up all night brewing tea and letting them borrow any spare clothing and insulated items he had on hand to stay warm. Unfortunately, this left the AMC worker with a bit of a sore spot regarding UL/SUL because of these two hikers' irresponsible actions.

Understanding his point of view, we both agreed that insulation and clothing systems were something to take very seriously, depending on the region and time of year a person might be trekking.

Each year, I have run into a small number of backpackers going out for an overnight trip, and at the last minute they decide against bringing a sleeping bag. Their logic is that it was warm where they drove up from, and they will be housed in a warm tent...therefore, a blanket should be all that they might need. Unfortunately, this seems to be a common theme with hikers unaccustomed to summer months in the northeastern mountains. The outcome is usually the same: a cold and sleepless night spent shivering, leaving the hiker with a miserable hike out.

The proper clothing, combined with a sleep system to get one through a twenty-four-hour period, factoring in the nighttime low temperatures for the specific area one would be traveling through, are my most essential items.

You can read more essentials commentary from Backpacking Light Publisher, Ryan Jordan , and from readers Allison Miller and Mark Henley .

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