With your date from the archery range now buried in a shallow grave, you'll need a new man. For the outdoor girl, going to Marmot Mountain Works in Berkeley is something like a trip to Alaska: The odds are good, and the goods are odd. But if odd is your thing, then this is your place to pick up men. Maybe it's the leaky roof that sprinkles a little cabin-fever charm through the shop. Or perhaps it's the row of sleeping bags hanging from the wall in the back that makes you think of cuddling up with a mountain man. But it comes down to this: These boys know of that which they sell. And unlike their green-vested cohorts up San Pablo Avenue a ways, they're bound to spend a little more time sharing their secrets with you. So when your Marmot Man is cradling your foot just so as you slide into a pair of Garmont SynerG tele boots, be sure to ask about his favorite backcountry locale. But remember, as with good gear, it's best to field-test a guy before you take him home.
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