We’ve focused on quality gear since we started, shortly after WWII, when father-and-son duo Jacob and Sam Solomon started U.S. Army Surplus Store in Portland, Oregon. Surplus stores are awesome (seriously, who doesn’t love paracord and ammo cans?), but the family soon started carrying ski gear and outdoor apparel, becoming U.S. Outdoor Store in 1957 with the goal of outfitting outdoor enthusiasts in the area. (Goodbye, ammo cans.)
For decades, the Solomon’s ran U.S. Outdoor Store, moving into the iconic downtown Portland location in 1986, helping enthusiasts gear up and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer. The shop’s reach went international in 1996 when USOUTDOOR.com became the first online presence by an outdoor shop. (Our online paracord sales may be limited, but we’ve still got all the other outdoor gear you need.)
Through several generations of Solomons and a huge online expansion, U.S. Outdoor has remained committed to maintaining the in-person expertise and familiarity of a local shop. When Ed and Carrie Ariniello bought the shop from Rob Solomon in 2017, allowing him to retire, they proudly maintained the locally-owned and family-run culture that has distinguished U.S. Outdoor for over six decades, bringing their own lifetime of outdoor passion and expertise to the shop.