Making Space for Every Body in the Outdoor Industry

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At Outdoor Gear Exchange, when we say that everybody deserves to experience the outdoors, we truly mean every BODY. Including historically excluded groups—and ensuring the outdoor industry is making an effort to do the same—is a big part of who we are. We are committed to supporting companies that are making strides in fostering inclusivity. We are thrilled to see more bodies of different shapes and sizes getting out there.… Read more >>

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Published:October 15, 2022 View Post

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6 Kid-Friendly Vermont Fall Adventures

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Fall is here! Exploring nature in all four seasons is exactly why we love living in New England. From September to October, the leaves start to change, the air feels crisp, and everyone starts chatting about apple picking, corn mazes and foliage. Here we break down places to explore with kids in the fall, whether it’s by hiking, biking, birding, or kayaking. As usual, remember plenty of snacks, water, and … Read more >>

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Published:October 12, 2022 View Post

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Our Favorite Skis & Boards For Winter ’23

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We love skis and snowboards. Really love them.

It can be tough to pick favorites, but these are the ones we love this season. Skis and boards for every shredder in the family, from every category. OGE Ski
Department Head Dan and Snowboard Department Head Hayes tell it like it is.

All-Mountain Skis: Line Pandora 94 Women’s Skis

Light and nimble ski for all day fun, the Pandoras offer an … Read more >>

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Published:October 5, 2022 View Post

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Vermont Destinations for First-Time Canoe Camping

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If you haven’t fallen in love with canoe camping yet, this summer might be the time. It’s usually pretty hard to get into something new – especially in the outdoor field. The thing about canoe camping is that it’s so accessible. Families, friends, solo canoeists, dogs, kids, young and old can go on these trips. In this article, we’re going to help you get started.

How to Rent Gear

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Published:July 18, 2022 View Post

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10 Camping Hacks to Try on Your Next Trip

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A hack can be really anything that makes life easier, simpler, or a task take less time. Outdoor hacks are no different. Take them with you outside, or leave them in the gear closet, these might just make being outside that little bit more awesome.

1. Garbage Bag Pack Liners for Backpacking

Typically, your overnight pack isn’t waterproof. Tangentially: in the Northeast, if you don’t like the weather, just wait … Read more >>

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Published:May 3, 2022 View Post

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Three Ways to Bike Across VT

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Find Happiness on Lesser-Known Vermont Bike Routes

Spring is here. Finally. And with it, the buzz is growing to get outside again—to push our winter bodies out of our comfort zone. From lofty goals of multi-day self-supported tours to sub-24 hour overnight trips, from single day centuries to picnic day trips, we celebrate all two-wheeled adventures as equally joyous and valid.

1. Lamoille Valley Rail Trail // For riders of Read more >>

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Published:April 1, 2022 View Post

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Ode to Mud Season

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A Month Called ‘Mud’

‘Mud’ is an entire season unto itself in Vermont. A woefully underrated time of year, mud season features massive swings in temperature, frequent flooding, skunk cabbage pushing up through the snow, and the delightfully ubiquitous chorus of spring peeper frogs filling the evening air. As messy as it can be, this time of year means spring is here—and with it, all forms of strange, busy, beautiful … Read more >>

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Published:April 1, 2022 View Post

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Bikes We Love This Spring

Bikes we love this spring

Spring is just about here and the roads and trails are calling. Our OGExpert bike nerds, enthusiastic as ever in their pursuit of two-wheeled locomotion, share their fervor for their favorite new bikes this year:

Hot New Thing: SCOR 4060

The 4060 is the first bike being offered by the Swiss brand Scor. Built with either 160mm or 140mm travel, it can be switched at any time to give you … Read more >>

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Published:March 27, 2022 View Post

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2021 Year in Review

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*insert pun about the new year here*

Puns (or lack thereof) notwithstanding, and despite the challenges and uncertainties that 2021 presented us, here at OGE we did our best to stay true to our mission and values of empowering folks to enjoy the outdoors. Between donations to outdoor-minded nonprofits, lots of in-store happenings, and countless outdoor adventures, we are both focusing on the good that came out of this year … Read more >>

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Published:December 28, 2021 View Post

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Where to Cross-Country Ski in Vermont

Two women ski in a snow-covered field with Lake Champlain and mountains in the background

It’s winter in Vermont – the local favorite season.

Snow-covered fields are framed by stark leafless maple trees and white mountains, creating an irresistible landscape to wander through. The best way to enjoy this winter scenery, get exercise, and spend time with friends?

Cross-country skiing!

Also known as nordic skiing, this sport is loved by many and we in Vermont are fortunate enough to have tons of places to go. … Read more >>

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Published:October 21, 2021 View Post

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