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 get all your gear from. Whether you’re starting small with a brisk hike or taking the plunge with an all-out 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 everything you need.
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 so they know their stuff and their team are trained to answer any outdoorsy questions you may have. Just pop in and test them out.
Blacks, The Core Shopping Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JE.
Go Outdoors is one of the best outdoor shops in Leeds and offers an enormous range of gear and equipment. From tents to bicycles, fishing rods and horse riding, they have it all. If you’re stocking up on gear for a big 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.
Decathlon is a globally-renowned outdoor shop and they’ve just opened a huge flagship store at Trinity Leeds. There are two floors jam-packed with kit and equipment for every activity you can imagine. Camping, horse riding, skiing, fishing, bodyboarding – you name it, they’ve got the gear for it. Expect top-quality brands used by the pros, including Quechua, Newfeel and Wedze. The staff are extremely knowledgable on all things outdoors, so if you don’t know where to start, give them a shout.
Decathlon, Trinity Leeds, 49 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EL.
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 their city centre shop. Alongside all the clothing and equipment they sell, one of their biggest selling points is their custom ski boot fitting clinic, which is one of the first in the UK. Based on their 30 years’ experience in the industry, 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 top quality clothing and equipment, Agoora Outdoor Gear has something for almost every person and excursion. Trousers, jackets, 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 are outdoor experts, 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 in Leeds. Their Kirkstall shop boasts 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. The store has a spacious layout and helpful staff are on hand to make sure you can find exactly what you need.
Trespass, Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BL.
The North Face
The North Face is one of the leading brands when it comes to outdoor gear. They stock all the essential clothing, tents and boots you could want. But they also have a range of cutting-edge equipment, with Thermoball-insulated clothing, seamless sportswear and sturdy hiking boots. Whether you’re a runner or an extreme skier, they can sort you out with all the new kit you desire.
The North Face, 76 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LH.
Mountain Warehouse is one of the largest outdoor retailers in the UK and you can find all the gear you’re looking for at their massive shop at The Springs Retail Park. The thing that them apart is the fact that the majority of the products they sell are exclusive to them. From Adventurer walking boots to Pakka waterproofs, you can’t get it anywhere else. Whether you’re going skiing, camping or running, they have loads of top quality kit for you to choose from.
Mountain Warehouse, Unit 13a, The Springs Retail Park, Thorpe Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8GB.
Silverfox Travel & Outdoors
Silverfox is a little bit different to other outdoor shops in Leeds. Rather than clothes and boots, they specialise in outdoor equipment and it’s a 100% online operation. You’ll find everything from ultralight sleeping bags to insect repellants, waterproof rucksacks and first aid kits. They work with some of the biggest brands in the industry too, stocking essential items from Vango, Lowe Alpine and Osprey. Don’t know where to start? Their staff are outdoor experts, so give them a ring and they’ll be happy to help.
Silverfox Travel & Outdoors, Unit C1, Burley Hill Trading Estate, Burley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2PU.
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.
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, but you can find the full range all together at this dedicated store on Boar Lane. If you’re environmentally-conscious, rest assured their gear is fully Bluesign-certified.
Jack Wolfskin, 58-63 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.