Outside Since 1957. Independently Owned. Best Service. Best Gear. Best Value, Best Outdoor Store on the Planet!
U.S. Outdoor is committed to providing the best gear to everyone who sets out to discover, pursue, and live their passion in the outdoors. By selecting the best outdoor brands and gear for whatever your passion is, we strive to provide the best value possible. Visiting our iconic Portland store you’ll meet our great staff, ambassadors, long-time customers, and likely a few of our shop dogs. Stop by, give us a call, or check out our store photos and videos online. We’ve been family-owned and operated since 1957 and we are here for you!
We’ve been called a lot of things – experts, enthusiasts, gearheads, outdoor junkies, etc. Most of us spend our days in the outdoors or planning to get outdoors. It’s likely you will meet up with us in the woods, on the mountain, or in the surf. The point is, like you, we’re passionate about the outdoors. So, we are here to listen, give you honest and experienced answers on your gear, how to use it, and where to go – we understand how important your adventure is because we’ve been there.
When it comes to our gear, we want quality, performance, and value. We handpick only the top outdoor gear and apparel for you. Technology evolves and so do we; staying current with the newest and best gear without ignoring proven brands and technology is one of our core values.
The best value to us is the best gear, service, knowledge, and price we can provide. We make sure we take care of you, so when you are out there you are safe, feel great about yourself, and enjoy what you’re doing. On top of that, we offer the Simple and Easy 365 Return Policy.
We at U.S. Outdoor are a part of the communities we live, work, and play in. From the coast to the mountains, the water we drink and the air we breathe, we are committed to making a positive difference. You’ll find us chipping in, helping others, and getting involved wherever we can. From helping with trail restoration and cleaning up our waterways to helping kids and those fighting illnesses, we work to help everyone experience the healing power of nature.
Shortly after WWII, father-and-son duo, Jacob and Sam Solomon, started U.S. Army Surplus Store in Portland, Oregon. Surplus stores are the roots of many outdoor stores, (seriously, who doesn’t love paracord, folding shovels, and the durable goods designed for our hard working military). The family started selling military ski gear and winter apparel which evoloved into carrying ski and winter gear for the growing industry. In 1957, the U.S. Outdoor store was born with the goal of outfitting outdoor enthusiasts in the area.
For decades, the Solomon family ran U.S. Outdoor Store and moving into the iconic downtown Portland location in 1986, helping enthusiasts gear up and enjoy everything the outdoors have to offer. The shop’s reach went international in 1996 when USOUTDOOR.com became one of the first outdoor stores to have an online presence. Since then, we’ve been providing great outdoor gear and service across the globe.
Through several generations, U.S. Outdoor has remained committed to maintaining the in-person expertise and familiarity of a local shop. Since Ed and Carrie Ariniello bought the shop in 2017, allowing the Solomons to retire, they proudly have 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.
What you don’t like is shopping for big clothes. Outfits for the big guy – whether you’re big in height, girth or both – are difficult to find in many men’s clothing stores. The big and tall shops have them, but being a big guy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a big ‘fashion’ guy, and the sales clerks aren’t always much help beyond pointing you to the fitting room and taking your credit card.
If you’re wondering if you can still order a Figi’s Gifts Catalog, well, you may not find it in print. But, here are some similar catalogs.