When it comes to tackling the great outdoors, there are loads of places in Leeds to get geared up.
If you want to get out and about at the weekend, Leeds has a huge selection of outdoor shops for you to choose from. Whether you’re starting small with a brisk hike or taking the plunge with an all-out skiing adventure, you need the kit to match – and these stores will be happy to help. From personalised advice to testing facilities and even full boot fittings, they’ve got it all.
As the UK’s biggest retailer of outdoor gear, one of Blacks’ biggest selling points is choice. Hundreds of brands pack out the store, covering everything from hiking and running equipment to cycling and camping gear – which means you’ll never be short of options. The company’s been around since 1963, and their staff are trained to answer your outdoorsy questions. Just pop in and test them out.
Blacks, The Core Shopping Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JE.
One of Leeds’ best stocked outdoor stops, Go Outdoors has an enormous range of gear and equipment. From tents to bicycles, they have it all. If you’re stocking up for a trip, they have a free rucksack fitting service to ease the strain on your shoulders. Found a better price elsewhere? They’ll not only match it, but beat it by 10% with their Price Match Plus system.
GO Outdoors Leeds, York Road, Osmondthorpe, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 9AA.
Snow + Rock
As you might have guessed, Snow + Rock specialise in two types of outdoor sports, those that involve snow and those that involve rock, so if you need the latest gear for skiing, snowboarding or climbing, head to Albion Place. Their biggest claim to fame is their custom ski boot fitting clinic, which is the first in the UK. With 30 years experience, your feet will be measured, tested and moulded to ensure a perfect fit – or you’ll get your money back.
Snow + Rock, 11 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LD.
Agoora Outdoor Gear
Specialising in light but hard-wearing clothing, Agoora Outdoor Gear has something for almost every body part. Trousers, jacket, gloves and socks – you name it, there’s a good chance they stock it. But it’s not just clothing in-store, you can find a range of outdoor equipment too, whether it’s a sleeping bag for camping or high-vis lights for running. Got a question? Pop in and ask, they’ll be only too happy to help.
Agoora Outdoor Gear, 1 Well Garth View, Whitecote, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 1EE.
Founded in 1974, experience is what truly sets Cotswold Outdoor apart from the other outdoor shops in Leeds. Their staff tend to also be outdoor fans, with runners, cyclists and even skiiers in their midst, so along with any equipment or clothing you might need, you’re also free to pop down to the Leeds store and ask those burning questions about what to buy and how it all works.
Cotswold Outdoor, The Core Shopping Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AW.
If you want a little bit of everything, Trespass is the place to go. They have an eclectic selection that ranges from skiwear to festival accessories and wetsuits. There’s even outdoor clothing and equipment for your dog too, with their Trespaws range. Both Leeds stores have spacious layouts and helpful staff on hand to make sure you can find exactly what you need.
Trespass Kirkstall, Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BL & Trespass Leeds, 15 Commercial Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AL.
The North Face
Right in the heart of Leeds, The North Face stocks all the standard tents, jackets and boots you could want. But they also have a range of cutting-edge equipment, with Thermoball insulated clothing, Fuseform seam-less clothing and protective camo clothing. Whether you’re a hiker or an extreme skier, they can sort you out with new gear any day of the week.
The North Face, Victoria Quarter, 5 King Edward Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AX.
At Jack Wolfskin’s outdoor store, the focus is firmly on adventure clothing. They mix high performance technology with practical designs you’ll actually want to wear. Their stuff might be on the peg at other shops around Leeds, butyou can find the full range all together at this dedicated store. If you’re environmentally-conscious, rest assured their gear is fully Bluesign-certified.
Jack Wolfskin, 58-63 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
Most famous for their iconic jackets and bags, Rohan Travel has branched out into a wide range of outdoor gear, from base layers to rucksacks, all designed in-house. Their Thorntons Arcade store stocks the full range of adventure clothing, as well as accessories and luggage to match every season. If you’re a keen hiker, their trained staff offer custom boot fittings in store too.
Rohan Travel, 10-12 Thornton’s Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ.
Keen camper? Winfields Outdoors has Yorkshire’s biggest range of outdoor tents, from pop-ups to polycottons and inflatables. You won’t be short of accessories either, as they also stock a huge range of camping equipment and hiking gear. Pop along for a top-of-the-range Vango, Outwell or Kampa tent and stock up on pegs, camping stoves and a comfy sleeping bag to make sure your next trip’s a success.
Winfields Outdoors, Selby Road, Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 2AQ.