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About the U.S. Outdoor Store


Discover. Pursue. Live Your Passion.
Outside Since 1957. Independently Owned. Best Gear. Best Service. Best Value
We come alive outside. I mean, we’re not zombies the rest of the time, obviously, but we transcend when we’re outside. (Dibs on ‘Zombie Shop’ for a new store name, though.) So whether we’re unwinding on the river, earning our turns, or facing harsh backcountry conditions, we’re passionate about the outdoors.

We promise to help you discover and pursue that same passion by outfitting you with the best-quality outdoor gear and apparel. You’ll meet in-the-know staff and expert techs at our iconic store in downtown Portland, Oregon, where we’ve been family-owned and operated since 1957 - six decades now!

And we get that both seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and newcomers still appreciate a classic, one-on-one experience at a familiar, welcoming shop, so we provide just that. Count on our expertise to guide you. Come into our shop or browse our fully stocked site and we’ll outfit you for an amazing outdoor experience!


Best Gear

We don’t want our gear crapping out on us any more than you do, because we rely on it in the backcountry too. So we handpick only top-shelf outdoor gear and apparel to sell to you. And because technology evolves, so do we, staying current with the newest and best gear without ignoring proven brands and technology.

Best Service

We’ve been called a lot of names - enthusiasts, gearheads, outdoor junkies, etc. The point is, like you, we’re passionate about the outdoors. So we’ll give you honest, experienced answers to your gear and outdoor questions - questions we understand, because we’ve been there.

Best Value

Good gear ain’t cheap, but not everyone’s on that Pablo Escobar how-many-pet-jaguars-is-too-many level. We get that. So we price our gear and apparel with everyday folks in mind. We also offer alternative payment options like Blispay financing, allowing you to spread out your purchase (so you’re not forced to splash your entire next paycheck on that new board) as well as our No Hassle 365 Return Policy if you need to return your purchase.


We’ve focused on quality gear since we started, shortly after WWII, when father-and-son duo Jacob and Sam Solomon started U.S. Army Surplus Store in Portland, Oregon. Surplus stores are awesome (seriously, who doesn’t love paracord and ammo cans?), but the family soon started carrying ski gear and outdoor apparel, becoming U.S. Outdoor Store in 1957 with the goal of outfitting outdoor enthusiasts in the area. (Goodbye, ammo cans.)

For decades, the Solomon’s ran U.S. Outdoor Store, moving into the iconic downtown Portland location in 1986, helping enthusiasts gear up and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer. The shop’s reach went international in 1996 when USOUTDOOR.com became the first online presence by an outdoor shop. (Our online paracord sales may be limited, but we’ve still got all the other outdoor gear you need.)

Through several generations of Solomons and a huge online expansion, U.S. Outdoor has remained committed to maintaining the in-person expertise and familiarity of a local shop. When Ed and Carrie Ariniello bought the shop from Rob Solomon in 2017, allowing him to retire, they proudly maintained the locally-owned and family-run culture that has distinguished U.S. Outdoor for over six decades, bringing their own lifetime of outdoor passion and expertise to the shop.
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