The city’s recognized leader for everything outdoors, City Sports (480 Boylston St., 617/267-3900, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; noon–6 p.m. Sun., www.citysports.com ) has active clothing and sports equipment.
Straight from the four-time winner of the Boston Marathon , the Bill Rodgers Running Center (North Market Bldg., Quincy Marketplace, 617/723-5612, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., www.billrodgers.com ) will suit you up in sweats, sneaks, and advice from its runners turned sales staff.
Perfect for stocking up before venturing to Great North Woods , Joe Jones Wilderness House (1048 Commonwealth Ave., 617/277-5858, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily) carries skis, fishing rods, tents, crampons, and anything else you could need to tackle the elements.