Mainers love their sports. And we’re not just talking about football, hockey, and baseball. Most Mainers live in Maine because they love the great outdoors. On the weekends, they can be found hiking the mountains, surfing the waves, or kayaking on one of Maine’s many rivers or lakes. Here are the 10 best sporting goods stores in the state.
L.L. Bean is the ultimate sporting goods store in Maine. Founded and headquartered in Freeport, Mainers love their L.L. Bean gear. From backpacks to clothing to hunting and fishing gear, you can pretty much find everything you need at L.L. Bean. Their lifetime guarantee doesn’t hurt either. Over the years, L.L. Bean has expanded to carry bikes, kayaks, camping and even running gear making it the one-stop shop for everything outdoors.
Gee & Bee Sports, Inc. is a locally owned and operated sporting goods store in Auburn. Gee & Bee Sports is part of Sports Inc., which is one of the largest sporting goods buying groups in the world, meaning they can get just about anything you need at competitive prices. You can find all the top sports brands at Gee & Bees Sports for soccer, tennis, football, hockey, and more.
Johnson’s Sporting Goods store is one of Maine’s premier outlets for outdoor gear and equipment. Johnson’s is family owned and operated, and carries the best products for fishing, hunting, camping, and scuba diving. In addition to service and repairs, they offer archery and scuba classes throughout the year.
Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport and Camden is the premier outdoor gear destination of Maine’s coast. With over 30 years of experience, the staff is very knowledgeable about the products they sell and the store only carries the best gear, clothing, and footwear for all your outdoor needs. You’ll find gear for kayaking, camping, biking, and fishing. The shops also offer rentals and guided trips.
Formerly known as the Maine Running Company, Fleet Feet Sports is a locally owned and operated running store carrying all your running needs. The staff is knowledgeable in running footwear and clothing, and you’ll find one the biggest selections in running shoes in Maine. Fleet Feet Sports also runs community classes and local races throughout the year.
With two locations in Maine, Play It Again Sports is a locally owned and operated franchise selling new and used sporting goods. Both shops specialize in hockey, baseball, lacrosse, football, and soccer gear for youth and adults. They will even buy your gently used equipment.
Shaker Hill Outdoors is your go to store for paddle sports, power sports, and fishing. During the summer months, you’ll find a wide range of kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards along with all the accessories you need. The year-round tackle shop carries everything you need for fishing during the summer and winter. Shaker Hill Outdoors also sells snowmobiles and ATVs.
Kittery Trading Post has been selling outdoor gear since 1938. With two levels of outdoor gear, you’ll find everything from clothing and footwear to bikes, skis, and canoes. The Trading Post is also home to one of the most extensive shooting sports department in all of New England. Fishing lovers will be in heaven on the downstairs fishing floor that carries rods, reels, lines, and all the fly fishing gear you need.
Sun Sports Maine is Maine’s top watersports retailer celebrating over 20 years on the Naples Causeway on Long Lake. Sun Sports carries all the hottest watersports brands including apparel and sunglasses. Not ready to buy? They also have a rental program. You can also take waterskiing and wakeboarding lessons, too!
Wight’s Sporting Goods has been selling sporting goods since 1914. The shop has products for every sport, season, and player. They only carry quality name brands and their staff is extremely knowledgeable about all the gear they carry in the store. Wright’s also offers screen printing and embroidery services.