Best Place for Paddle Sports Gear

TRAIL HEAD

July 09, 2009

Ping-pong paddles, paddleball paddles, "Animal House"-style hazing paddles—the Trail Head has it all. Wait, strike that. With the Trail Head, we're talking the best in canoe, kayak and rafting equipment. The store's expert staff specializes in inflatable whitewater boats to help you rip the many rapids around Missoula. If you're just looking to experiment before plunking down cash for a boat of your own, the Trail Head offers rentals for fearless weekend warriors. Either way, our readers suggest you stop in here before you put in. Trail Head: 221 E. Front; 543-6966; trailheadmontana.net

FINALISTS:

2. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com

3. Pipestone Mountaineering: 129 W. Front; 721-1670; pipestonemountaineering.com

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