Get your gear on, whether you’re a hiker, biker or hunter, with these five great Pittsburgh outdoor gear stores. Renting is your best bet if you’re not looking to make a huge financial commitment without first trying a variety of different items to find your perfect fit.
Thrifty Ski Rental
3772 State Route 31
Donegal, PA 15628
Any place that beats the resort’s private ski rental is A-OK. Close enough to transport your newly rented equipment to the slopes, Thrifty Ski Rental is your place to go before trekking to Seven Springs, Hidden Valley or Kooser State Park. Conveniently located in the heart of Donegal, Thrifty Ski Rental is super affordable and the best place to go whether you’re a newbie or novice snow-sport enthusiast. If you’re ready to move beyond Thrifty’s thrifty rental prices but aren’t yet ready to buy your own gear, look into its time- and money-saving lease program that’ll affordably suit you up for the entire season.
Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting and Biking
103 Garrett St.
Ohiopyle, PA 15470
With a host of available gear for rent, plus world-class instruction and tons of outdoor programs to keep you occupied all year long, Wilderness Voyageurs is your one-stop shop for all things outdoors. Enjoy your favorite pastime, then try something new for an unbelievable experience unlike any other.
A to Z Rental Center
4351 Old William Penn Highway
Monroeville, PA 15146
Whether you need camping gear, outdoor equipment or sports paraphernalia, A to Z has you totally covered. Be sure to call ahead or stop in. While this business carries a multitude of equipment, some items may need to be specially ordered, so allot yourself plenty of time between your lease agreement and the date of your adventure. Even look to these super professionals for all of your party-planning necessities. The name says it all – A to Z Rental Center, conveniently located in Monroeville – has it all.
Golden Triangle Bike Rental
600 1st Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The only business on this list that closes for the season, Golden Triangle Bike Rental will reopen in spring 2015. One of the most preeminent spots to rent solid biking equipment, you’ll be happy that you made an advanced reservation. Fortuitously, doing so nets you a discounted full day rate, and guarantees that your bike is in-store and ready to go when you arrive. Please note that whole reservations are appreciated, but they are by no means required. With tons of bikes to choose from, you’ll be hard-pressed to narrow your decision down to one, so check out the website thoroughly before making your final selection.
3732 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
If there’s one thing that golfers know, it’s that this hobby is one of the most expensive pastimes that a person can enjoy. Therefore, for the golfer on a budget, golf equipment rental is critical. Enjoy your favorite game thanks to Golf Specialtees’ extremely affordable packages. Don’t buy and lug when you can simply show up at this gorgeous green, located in the heart of South Hills, and enjoy a few rounds without toting all of your own gear to and fro. Allow the experts at Golf Specialtees to custom-fit your grip – and when you are finally ready to buy, you’ll know exactly where to go.
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