Specializing in more than one thing isn't always such a great idea, but Lenny's has been making it work for nearly forty years, providing not only top-notch golf gear and expert repair, but also nailing ski and snowboard rentals and sales alongside stellar customer service from a staff that knows its snow sports. Tucked away in a plaza, the dual-purpose shop offers high-quality gear, including ski jackets and pants, for rent or purchase, as well as great seasonal rental rates for kids and end-of-season deals on demos. No appointment is necessary for repairs or tuning, either, and if you call ahead, Lenny's will try to put a rush on it — but more often than not you'll get same-day service, getting you back on the slopes sooner.

Readers' Choice: Christy Sports

It's not hard to miss Berkeley Park Running Company: Located in a tiny house on Tennyson, the shop's street-facing wall is emblazoned with a Colorado flag-based mural featuring a jackalope silhouette jumping across the C. Inside, the two-story space is packed with shoes, clothing, accessories, nutritional supplements, sunglasses, hydration packs, you name it — much of it from local vendors. Oriented primarily toward trail and ultrarunning, the shop nonetheless attracts a fair number of road runners looking for gear advice and camaraderie. In addition, this community-oriented store sponsors group runs and several area races, hosts guest speakers and parties celebrating all things running — and offers a sweet discount if you drop off your old shoes for charity.

Readers' Choice: Runners Roost

Adventure gear can get a bit spendy, which makes Outdoors Geek such a find for its philosophy of trying before buying. This family-owned Park Hill store rents pretty much everything you might need for camping, backpacking, snowshoeing and more — and if you love it, you can make it your own for a reasonable price made even cheaper when the rental cost is applied. Passionate staff members love to share their favorite gear and hacks, and they're just as eager to sell you the gently used items available as they are the new stuff from top brands such as the North Face, Marmot, Big Agnes and Gregory. Heading out of town for your nature-based funfest? Outdoors Geek will ship what you need.

Readers' Choice: REI

Enter through the right side of the unassuming building off West Eleventh Avenue and Kalamath Street, and you'll find Scum of the Earth Church. Walk through the doors on the left, however, and you'll find yourself surrounded by walls covered floor to ceiling with glitter-covered quad skates. Death and Glory Skate Shop specializes in derby, park and quad skating gear, with an indoor ramp so that customers can try on skates and test them out. Death and Glory, which officially opened in January, has quickly grown in popularity with the Denver roller derby community, supporting local teams as a partner and sponsor of Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. Lace up, Denver!

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