Show & Tell Day: Touch, Try, & Ask About Hiking Gear!

October 30th is Show and Tell Day

We are excited to invite you to a Show & Tell event on Thursday, October 30th, in all five locations. This all-day event will highlight and demo different gear in each store!


What’s In Your Water? Free Lessons In Water Filtration and Purification
All water filters & purification methods will be out on display for attendees to try & learn about the following:

  • Filtration and purification
  • Katadyn, Steripen, MSR
  • Aquamira, iodine, and more!

Downtown Roanoke 

We’re Down With That”: Expert Advice on How To Layer For The Cold Weather Season & Bundling Basics
The do’s and don’ts of protecting yourself:

  • Fabrics for outdoor adventure
  • Baselayers
  • Insulation – down vs. synthetic
  • Outer shell – protection from elements

Valley View Mall

“Home Is Where Your Tent Is” : How To Pitch a Tent, Care & Repair
1, 2 and 3-person tents will be set-up throughout the store. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How-to pitch a tent
  • Water and solar proofing techniques
  • Tent care and repair


A Good Night’s Sleep: A Complete Discussion of Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Pads
All you need to know about:

  • Self-inflating or not?
  • Insulation – down vs. synthetic
  • Temperature ratings
  • Care and repair


A Taste of The Trail: Live Cooking Demonstrations and Food Samples
Time to cook, taste, and learn:

  • Difference between compressed gas and liquid fuel
  • Jetboil and MSR stove demos
  • Taste free samples of Backpacker’s Pantry

Come visit us at any of our locations for this fun, hands-on opportunity to touch, try, and ask about gear!

7 Summits and Beyond: Walkabout After Hours

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
7:00 – 8:30pm
4822 J Valley View Blvd NW, Roanoke, VA
Cost: FREE!

Now is your time to ask questions of Walkabout Staff and outdoor adventure instructors from City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation about the ins and outs of gear. There are a ton of options out there–what ones are right for you? Is your pack even the right size or type for what you need? Try the gear, ask questions, and prepare to conquer Roanoke’s 7 Summits!

Hope to see you there!

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Introducing the Walkabout Outfitter Forums!


The Walkabout Outfitter Forum is now LIVE!

The forums will be a place where people from all “Hikes (walks) of life” can get together and discuss everything outdoor related.  Walkabout Employees will be monitoring the site and will offer help on anything from equipment related questions to local hikes that are worth checking out.  If you have something you have always been wanting to ask about the outdoors then this is the place to do it!  We can’t wait to interact with you and spread our knowledge and love of the outdoors to as many of you as we can!

Forum sections currently include:

  • Exciting Adventures
  • General Questions
  • Outdoor Activities
    • Biking
    • Hiking
    • Water Sports
  • Outdoor Equipment
    • Apparel
    • Backpacks
    • Cooking
    • Shoes
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Tents
    • Water Purification

If you would like to check out the forums you can sign up HERE! If you already have an account just click HERE!

We will see you there!

– The Walkabout Family

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7 Peaks. 7 Weeks. Free Hiking Classes in partnership with Roanoke 7 Summits

Free Hiking Classes

The Roanoke 7 Summits is for everyone: beginner and expert hikers alike. From Mill Mountain to McAfee Knob and every peak in between, these introductory level classes will cover the basics of what you’ll need to get the most out of your next hike.

Class #1: 7 Summits and Beyond: An Introduction to Hiking

Thursday, October 9, 2014
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
4822-J Valley View Blvd NW, Roanoke, VA
Cost: FREE!

In partnership with the Roanoke 7 Summits series, we are excited to offer FREE hiking and backpacking classes. From McAfee Knob to Mill Mountain and every peak in between, these introductory level classes will cover the basics of what you’ll need to get the most out of your next hike. Topics in the first course will range from trail maps and first aid to water filtration and footwear. Be prepared for your 7 Summits journey and gear up locally!

Class #2: 7 Summits and Beyond: Walkabout After Hours

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
7:00 – 8:30pm
4822-J Valley View Blvd NW, Roanoke, VA
Cost: FREE!

Now is your time to ask questions of Walkabout Staff and outdoor adventure instructors from City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation about the ins and outs of gear. There are a ton of options out there–what ones are right for you? Is your pack even the right size or type for what you need? Try the gear, ask questions, and prepare to conquer Roanoke’s 7 Summits!

Class #3: 7 Summits and Beyond: Summit Celebration

Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:00 – 8:30pm
Stop by anytime to pick up your t-shirt!
4822-J Valley View Blvd NW, Roanoke, VA
Cost: FREE!

You’ve conquered Roanoke’s 7 Summits! Time to celebrate with your fellow Summiteers! Be ready to be recognized if you hiked all 7 peaks in 7 weeks, enjoy some light snacks and refreshments and stick around for our closing ceremony.


Celebrate the Great Outdoors
October 17-19, 2014

The Anthem Go Outside Festival in Roanoke, VA is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor recreation. By combining the things outdoor enthusiasts love – camping, music, gear, races, and demos, and a beautiful outdoor setting – GO Fest is a celebration of everything outdoors.

This isn’t your ordinary sit-in-your seat kind of event – you’re encouraged to get involved. Walk around, touch gear, try stuff out, and above all, have fun.

Come visit us! We’ll be there with the Klean Kanteen water station, demo LEKI hiking poles, Ruffwear Performance Dog Gear for the adventure dog and much more!

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Honey Stinger placed in Camp Food Hall of Fame by Backpacker Magazine!

Honey Stinger

Honey Stinger placed in Camp Food Hall of Fame by Backpacker Magazine!

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What’s the difference between a MSR PocketRocket and a MicroRocket stove?

MSR designed the MicroRocket stove for those who are serious about moving through the backcountry with the absolute lightest and smallest pack possible.

The MicroRocket is MSR’s smallest and lightest stove, weighing about 14% less than the PocketRocket stove, without sacrificing boil performance. In addition, the MicroRocket stove features improved pot stability. And it comes with a handheld MSR Piezo Igniter.

The MicroRocket’s improved stability and smaller packed size are thanks largely to its ingenious redesigned pot supports. Creative engineering allowed us to shorten them, increasing their rigidity for a stable platform for cookware. It also allowed for a folding design that’s key to the MicroRocket’s streamlined, ultra-compact form.

MicroRocket stove packed (left) PocketRocket stove packed (right)

The WindClip™ windscreen on the burner head is present on both stoves. With the burner surface separated into three areas, wind can blow one or even two sectors, and the stove will remain lit, minimizing wasted fuel.

MicroRocket (Left) PocketRocket (Right)

Here’s a side-by-side spec comparison of the stoves:


In short, the PocketRocket is one of the most popular backpacking stoves on the market still today. It’s reliable, fast and compact. With the MicroRocket, MSR simply took a proven design and made it even better, engineering the ultimate solution for thru-hikers and anyone truly moving as fast and light as possible.

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Vibram Five Finger Video

Vibram Five Finger Information Video

Vibram is the world leader in high performance rubber soles, targeted to the outdoor, work, recreation, fashion, repair and orthopedic markets.

For more than 70 years, the famous yellow octagon that identifies our brand has been synonymous with quality, performance, safety, innovation and design. Since revolutionizing the sport with the creation of the first rubber sole for mountain climbing in the ’30s, Vibram has positioned itself as the market standard. Vibram soles, created with a desire to increase safety and protection levels, are the result of a constant commitment to research and development. They proved to be irreplaceable companions during many extreme expeditions, conquering Everest, K2 and almost all the highest peaks in the world, distinguishing themselves in competitions and transoceanic regattas like the America’s Cup and the Vendée Globe Challenge and taking innovative design concepts into fashion and recreation.

Each new Vibram product is designed using only the latest designs and the best compounds for its specific use. New soles are always produced with three objectives: to guarantee the best performance, the maximum level of comfort and quality over time. These objectives are realized by the stringent tests that are executed in the laboratory and in the field by the Vibram Tester Team.

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When you say Smartwool, you’ve said it all.

 Okay, yes, I’m a Smartwool fan. I may be obsessed.  I just bought a new pair of the lifestyle socks today and I cannot wait to put them on.  There’s something special about them.  With the cool weather, I can’t wait to wear my Smartwool long underwear either.  I am a user of Smartwool in every day life.  This could include hiking, Backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, going to work, lounging in front of the fire pit or snuggled up with my dogs watching a good movie.  (Shout out to Jackson and Foster!)  Do you know all that Smartwool can do for you?  Wool is a natural fiber.  It has 3 main properties: breathable, vapor wicking and climate control.  Wool and synthetics have the ability to wick, but only wool has the ability to wick moisture in its vapor state, before it turns into sweat.  So, your skin doesn’t get all wrinkly and weak, thus it helps to avoid blisters.  My favorite of all, since wool doesn’t hold moisture, it doesn’t hold odor!  Less stinky feet and less stinky body when I’m outside playing!  Sounds like a win to me.  And, just when you thought Smartwool has done it all, they now have toe socks!  Lastly, it’s the highest quality of wool.  So forget about that itchy old sweater that you think of when you hear the word ‘wool.’  This is not your old school wool. ~Wendy

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ARC’TERYX was named for ARCHAEOPTERYX LITHOGRAPHICA, the first reptile to develop the feather for flight, freeing itself from the constraints of the horizontal world.

At Walkabout we want to provide many options for our various customers, fans and adventurers.  We were drawn to Arc’teryx, their philosophy and their product.  Arc’teryx is a Canadian company, and all of their product design, R&D, and production development is done in-house at their head office in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We hope that you will come check it out and try it on. It’s just one of our great options.

We are carrying various pieces by Arc’teryx, but we wanted to highlight the jackets.  For men, we carry the Alpha SL.

  • Gore-Tex® PacLite® is durably waterproof and highly breathable
  • The lightest, most packable fabric from Gore-Tex, PacLite uses a durable, unlined membrane to keep you dry in the wettest conditions
  • Micro seam allowances are sealed with narrow Gore seam tape
  • Underarm zippers allow ventilation and have WaterTight™ zippers that eliminate the need for zipper flaps
  • Helmet-compatible laminated hood includes a one-hand-adjustable cinch system for easy fitting
  • Includes a hem drawcord, a quick-dry chin guard and laminated, die-cut rip-and-stick closures on cuffs
  • Features two hand pockets placed so they won’t interfere with pack straps
  • Includes laminated WaterTight front and pocket zippers
  • Features no-lift gusseted underarms and a hip-length cut

 For women, we carry the Beta LS.

  • 2.5-layer Gore-Tex® PacLite® is engineered specifically to be light, packable and more breathable than other 2- or 3-layer Gore-Tex fabrics
  • A waterproof membrane is laminated to the shell fabric and then covered by a thin, durable protective coating made of an oleophobic (oil-hating) substance
  • Lack of need for a separate liner allows fabric to be light and compact; combines durable wind- and waterproofness with exceptional breathability
  • Micro seam allowances increase breathability and suppleness, and save weight; all seams are sealed for complete protection
  • Laminated, watertight front zipper features an inner laminated draft flap; chin guard protects skin
  • Features watertight laminated pocket zippers, laminated hem drawcord tunnel and laminated, die-cut rip-and-stick wrist closures
  • Gusseted underarms ensure unhindered movement and let jacket remain in place when arms are raised
  • Droptail hemline is higher in front for mobility and a bit longer in back for extra coverage and protection




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