The competition was heated in this category. If there's one thing the Twin Cities does right, it's supplying those who love the outdoors with the best gear. But Midwest Mountaineering wins by a nose, with full-service offerings that include clothes, canoes, and kayaks. The staff is enthusiastic and experienced, and its repair service is regarded as the best in town. It also operates Thrifty Outfitters, where the peasant woodsman and -woman can score closeouts and samples at discounted prices. Last but not least, Midwest plays host to the best outdoors show in Minnesota, the Outdoor Adventure Expo.