Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours frolicking through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sporting goods, outdoor gear, apparel, and more at Next Adventure, located on SE Grand Avenue. In addition to regularly priced merchandise, this Groupon is valid with sale and closeout items. It is not valid for online purchases.
Founded in 1997 as a used-outdoor-gear shop, Next Adventure prides itself on supplying Portland nature lovers with new, used, and closeout equipment. Backed by rugged brands such as Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sierra Designs, and Cloudveil, Next Adventure is fully stocked with apparel for campers, hikers, birdwatchers, and skyhearers alike. Stay dry with the Red Ledge Thunderlight rain jacket ($44.99), shade yourself while on a UV spree with the festive Kavu Chillba sun hat ($34.99), or combine both concepts for an arid sun shield with the American Outback Sunshirt with UPF 30+ ($24.99).
Next Adventure clients can lug around their cargo with a High Sierra hydration backpack ($29.99), a helpful aid in toting purchases made from the more than 3,300 disc-golf discs kept from free-range flying on the store's shelves. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist shoppers in selecting the proper equipment for any outdoor activity, be it watery, terrestrial, or philosophical in nature.
Though Next Adventure arms adventurers with a range of outdoor gear, from standup paddleboards to alpine-ski gear for the winter months, the kayak is its specialty. Beyond the shop's sale and rental inventory of sit-on-top, whitewater, sea, and touring styles, instructors impart the ins and outs of paddling in the Next Adventure Kayak School. Their classes cover topics such as sea and whitewater kayaking, basic strokes, and techniques for rolling the vessel upright when it's overturned at the top of a grassy hill. Guides also lead regular trips across the water to local landmarks such as Sauvie Island and Rooster Rock.