The surplus store suffers from an image problem. The average non-military enthusiast who passes one on the street probably thinks its racks are covered in

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Best Surplus Store

The surplus store suffers from an image problem. The average non-military enthusiast who passes one on the street probably thinks its racks are covered in camouflage. Worse yet, actual military enthusiasts have something of a creepy rep; if someone is way into war, it's logical to assume this person might want to see about starting one, militia-style. But the best surplus stores are more akin to Filson than First Blood, and we'll be damned if Belltown's bright, durable Federal Army & Navy Surplus doesn't offer more to the outdoor enthusiast—to say nothing of the Armed Forces—than Patagonia next door. MIKE SEELY 2112 First Ave., 443-1818, gr8gear.com

 
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