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The Best Outdoor Gear You Can Find at Costco

Next time you’re stockpiling cheese crackers, consider swinging through Costco’s outdoor gear aisle. You might be surprised by what you find.


There’s just something about Costco. Few, if any, supermarkets or big-box retailers cultivate such loyalty among shoppers. Many who join the club, for one reason or another, end up swearing undying allegiance to the cult of the Costco. (Or, more specifically, Costco’s house brand, Kirkland). It becomes their one-stop shop, their sole provider of food and booze and cleaning supplies and backyard furniture.

But within Costco’s labyrinthine warehouses is a collection of lesser-known goodies: fantastically inexpensive outdoor gear, suitable for most ordinary outdoorsmen. Costco’s selection of outdoor gear will never rival that of REI’s, of course, but for most Costco shoppers, that’s perfectly OK. To help you navigate Costco’s gear aisle, we handpicked ten of our favorite pieces to buy now, either online or in-store.

Wavestorm 8′ Classic Surfboard, Tri-Color Graphic

Not long ago, The New Yorker published an amazing story about the Wavestorm Classic, a dirt-cheap surfboard that, while available only at Costco, has attained a rabid cult following. There are many interesting reasons for its popularity, and many arguments against it, but the main takeaway is this: it’s perhaps the best surfboard for beginners, ever.

Buy Now: $150

Alpen Shasta Ridge 10 x 42 Waterproof Roof Prism Binoculars

There’s a reason why 10 x 42 binoculars are so ubiquitous: they are perfectly apt for most outdoorsmen and amateur birdwatchers. This pair is waterproof, fog proof, rubberized (for comfort and shock resistance) and comes with a nylon carrying pouch.

Buy Now: $149

Yukon Charlie Pro II Snowshoe

Rigid, strong and versatile, these snowshoes are an excellent introduction to snowshoeing. They fit every size and shape of footwear (assuming you’re not snowshoeing in stilettos), pop on and off easily without the need for you to remove your gloves, feature an integrated heel-lift mechanism and even come with a pair of aluminum trekking poles.

Buy Now: $130

Head Unisex Ultrafit Touchscreen Glove

For those sorta cold winter days, these slim gloves will do just fine. They block wind, grip objects and work on touchscreen devices.

Buy Now: $10

Tidy Tent Portable Outdoor Storage

Gear sheds are luxuries that many gearheads either can’t afford or don’t have enough space for. The Tidy Tent is a great alternative. It’s collapsible, portable and weatherproof, and it takes up about as much space as a large backyard grill.

Buy Now: $75

Klymit Double V Sleeping Pad with 2 X Large Pillows

Klymit’s special V-shaped baffles, a signature feature on many of its products, are designed to be comfortable for stomach sleepers, back sleepers and every sleeper in between. This 47-inch-wide pad will fit snugly in most two-person tents. Includes two inflatable pillows.

Buy Now: $120

Klymit Static V2 Sleeping Pad with X Pillow

The V2 is virtually identical to Klymit’s two-person V, but fits one person. It’s moderately warm and packs down to about the size of a soda can. Includes one inflatable pillow.

Buy Now: $60

Nike Brasilia 7 Medium Duffel Bag

About as basic as a Nike duffel gets. And basic can be very good. It has a big main compartment, a durable bottom and a separate compartment for stinky shoes or sweat-sodden clothes.

Learn More: Here

Coleman Deluxe PerfectFlow Propane Lantern

Through years of innovation in lithium batteries, rechargeable lanterns and solar panels, the tried-and-true Coleman propane lantern has somehow lived on. Why? Maybe it’s the warm glow of a real flame; maybe it’s pure nostalgia. Or maybe it’s both. Whatever the case, it’s still a great product.

Buy Now: $43

Emotion Glide 9-Foot-8-Inch Sit-In-Kayak 2-pack

Two kayaks and two paddles, perfect for whipping around lakes and slow-moving rivers. Each kayak weighs 37 pounds, and has a comfortable, adjustable seat. All for less than what you’d pay for one high-end kayak.

Buy Now: $700

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