Paddleboard Rentals in Denver: What SUP?

Where do I start? If you're a SUP newbie it’s not always clear which board best suits your needs and skill level. There are three main things to consider when choosing the perfect paddleboard rentals in Denver, or anywhere for that matter. Determine the hull type Choose an inflatable or solid board Refine with your height and weight Planing vs Displacement Hull There are two types of SUP hulls: The planing hull and the displacement hull. A planing hull closely resembles a large surfboard in that it is shaped thinner from top to bottom, and wider from side to side. The tip of the board will also have a slight rise to keep you on top of the water and create less drag. Their wider dimensions also offer more stability for beginners. We would recommend a planing hull for activities like leisure paddling and SUP yoga. It also makes...

Five Outdoor Summer Activities You Don’t Want To Miss!

Summer; the snow melts away, rivers flow, lakes fill and nature shows the bright side of its beauty. With all of that beauty comes summer activities. Here are five outdoor summer activities to enjoy the weather, views and get the most out of summer. 1) Hiking Hiking is the most barebones summer activity. It is the perfect way to see landscapes from new perspectives, all while getting great exercise. One of the best parts is there are hikes for enthusiasts of all skill levels. There are flat and easy hikes for families with kids or steep ascents up a 14,000-foot summit on the 14ers in Colorado. There are plenty of ways to find the best hikes for you; All Trails is a great resource that you can use to find the perfect hike for your next day off!  2) Camping What could be better than ending your hike with a starry night sky? Camping...

Five Great Surf Breaks in Southern California

Five Great Surf Breaks in Southern California
1) Huntington Beach, Orange County, CA Huntington Beach, aka Surf City USA, is definitely a break to keep your eye on if you are looking for good waves in Southern California. The South side of the pier has become the home of the annual US Surfing Open Competition where pro's from around the world gather to compete. You're in for a treat if there is a west southwest swell, which occasionally produces overhead waves or higher at this break.   2) Rincon Point, Santa Barbara, CA Rincon Point consists of three breaks along a naturally occurring break point along Santa Barbara. The three breaks are dubbed The Cove, Indicator, and Rivermouth. The Indicator is on the outside tip of the point so it picks up waves from most swells. However, the waves here are not always smooth, the wind is known to produce some chop. The Rivermouth break is...

Camping in Colorado State Parks

There is nothing quite like sleeping under the stars. Colorado is one of the best spots in the country for camping, and many of these camping spots are near Denver. No matter if you are looking for an intense backcountry getaway or a relaxing weekend at the campground, there is a place for every type of camper. Camping in Colorado state parks is a great way to experience this beautiful state. We are here to help you find the perfect destination for your next camping trip!   Boyd Lake State Park Less than an hour and a half north of Denver, Boyd Lake State Park is the perfect location for a weekend camping trip. The lake itself has over 1,700 square miles of water to explore via all types of watercrafts. Their 148 campsites at Cottonwood Campground are first class. With completely paved pull-through spots that can accommodate vehicles up...

Top Reasons to Rent Gear Instead of Buying It

Let’s be real – gear is expensive. It’s big, bulky and can be a huge hassle to store. But without it, you wouldn’t be able to do a vast majority of the outdoor activities you love. That's why renting outdoor gear is a great alternative to purchasing it. Check out these reasons to rent gear! Cost: Once you've brought home the bacon, it can be tempting to run out and snag that shiny equipment you've been eyeing. But here's the bottom line: buying outdoor gear is not cheap. Renting, however, significantly lowers the upfront cost. Plus, it's a great way to try out high-quality gear without breaking the bank. For instance, a new paddleboard can cost upwards of $600 but renting one starts around $20. Additionally, keeping your gear in its best condition can come at a high cost. Outdoor gear rentals are maintained to ensure its quality and...

Skiing 101

There is nothing like a day on the slopes. As you get ready for your next skiing adventure, finding the right gear can be intimidating. There is a lot to consider. We are here to help you find the right pair of skis to improve your experience in the snow. Here is our Skiing 101 to help you find the perfect skiing adventure.   Step 1: What kind of skier are you? The basic breakdown of ability levels consists of beginner, intermediate, and expert.    Beginner: This ranges from first timers to confident novices. These skiers tend to stay on the bunny hills and green rated runs. Terms like ‘pizza’, ‘snowplow’, and ‘french fries’ are frequently used and most of your focus is on stopping. Never be afraid to admit to being a beginner. Everyone starts as a beginner and it’s better to get the basics down in a comfortable...

Gearo Retailer Spotlight: Altitude Paddleboards

Get to know the Gearo retailer community. This month we are getting to know Altitude Paddleboards, a SUP retailer, established in 2012. Located in Littleton, CO; Altitude Paddleboards was the first stand up paddleboard-dedicated retailer to open in Colorado and their business has been expanding ever since! Meet JB and Nancy; husband and wife and Co-Founders of Altitude Paddleboards! About the owners: John and Nancy enjoy being outdoors during all seasons. They are active in whitewater river sports, standup paddle boarding, and skiing. They enjoyed living the island lifestyle on Oahu for over a decade and then decided to move to Colorado in 2003.  Since moving to Littleton, Nancy and John have been exploring the local mountains and rivers as well as spending more time at their family cabin in Montana. What...