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Backpacking in the desert: A guide to gear and preparation

Backpacking in the desert: A guide to gear and preparation

by Chase LaCroix July 15, 2024 4 min read

Easy ways to stretch the camping season

The desert, with its expansive landscapes, towering red rock formations, and intricate slot canyons, is a backpacker's paradise. This unique environment, however, requires careful planning and the right gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what you need for desert and canyon backpacking.

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truck bed open ready for car camping with mountain bike on side

How to car camp in style: A comprehensive guide

by Chase LaCroix July 01, 2024 4 min read

Car camping offers the perfect blend of adventure and comfort, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature without sacrificing the conveniences of modern life. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a newbie, car camping in style can enhance your outdoor experience.

The fall desert season is not far away, and now is the time to start hunting for the right gear to dial in your camp. Here's a guide to help you elevate your car camping game.

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What to look for when buying a used mountain bike?

by Chase LaCroix June 15, 2024 3 min read

You can save big by buying used–this cheat sheet will help make sure you get the best value

We all love our mountain bikes, but here’s a fact: High-end mountain bikes can depreciate faster than a Maserati. Just like with that used supercar, it can make a lot of sense to buy your mountain bike used and let someone else swallow the depreciation.

But not all used mountain bikes are the same—knowing what you want and what are the most critical features can help smooth the used bike-buying process and ensure you get a bike that keeps a smile on your face for years to come.

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Family car camping: The essential gear checklist

Family car camping: The essential gear checklist

by Chase LaCroix June 01, 2024 3 min read

Used gear hits the sweet spot for quality, performance, and cost

Taking the fam car camping is almost a guaranteed good time—you can light out to the wilds but bring most of the comforts of home with you. Favorite pillow? Check. Bluetooth speaker? Check. G&T with ice? Check check check.

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Trail running shoes and running vests: Gear you need to run further

Trail running shoes and running vests: Gear you need to run further

by Chase LaCroix May 15, 2024 4 min read

Read this blog to understand what types of trail running shoes and accessories you need for running on trails in and around Durango. Durango Outdoor Exchange has used and almost-new trail running gear you can try on in the store.

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Hiking in Durango? Here’s what to pack!

Hiking in Durango? Here’s what to pack!

by Chase LaCroix May 01, 2024 3 min read

Make sure you have a great day hiking in Durango. Durango Outdoor Exchange has used gear that can make sure your hike is safe and memorable.

The Durango area has hundreds of miles of trails open to hiking, leading you everywhere from quiet in-town riverside trails to 13,000-foot peaks–all of which can be done as a day hike.

The scenery may be memorable, but make sure you are prepared before you lock your car door and hit the trail. Packing a few essentials will ensure you are safe, warm (or cool), and happy. Here’s a list of items to consider when packing to hike in Durango.

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