Extreme Outfitters roots originated as "Extreme Sports" with its first store opening in 1997 just outside of the main gate at Little Creek Naval Amphibious base in Virginia Beach, VA. From the beginning Extreme Outfitters exemplified a particular passion to deliver what was needed to a military operator in need while offering a unique `pay-back’ commitment to his military community. Realizing early-on that much of the operational equipment our nation’s finest warriors were operating with had roots in the outdoor community, the founder whose operational experience influenced his strategy decided to build a hybrid business model combining cutting edge tactical gear and high performance outdoor equipment, hence the name `Extreme Outfitters’.
In the years that followed, Extreme Outfitters evolved and grew in reputation, with the help and assistance of many fine Law Enforcement, Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, Marines and Coast Guard professionals. Working closely with many of today’s leading manufacturers and military test agencies Extreme contributed directly to the test, evaluation, and feedback that served to influence the future development of many types, makes and models of mission essential equipment supporting our national security initiatives. Extreme Outfitters early cutting edge efforts contributed to an influx of more sophisticated and suitable equipment, and the technological advances necessary for our special operations forces to operate successfully and meet the demands and rigors of operating under extreme conditions worldwide.
In 1999, after repeated requests from U.S. Marine and Marine Recon forces to open up a similar Extreme Outfitters activity in the vicinity of their bases, Extreme’s Founder jumped at the idea. Choosing Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, home of the East Coast Marine Expeditionary Force in Readiness, the founder expanded Extreme’s footprint in the military community. Holding true to their promise, the Marines lent their assistance in early renovations and expansion during their off duty time that helped to establish our presence within the marine corps family.
In September 2009, running out of space in the original store, Extreme Outfitters took over the nearly 20,000 sq ft building next to the original more than doubling the original space and dubbing the original store as the "Tactical Side" hosting products from knives, to holsters, and various tactical nylon gear. The new location known as the "Outdoor Side" keeps such items as tents, camping supplies and all apparel and footwear.
In April 2011, a new Extreme Outfitters in a 20,000 sq ft facility in Columbus, GA was born. This facility supported the self-sustaining 120,000 military family community of FT. Benning, home of US Army Armor and Infantry Schools, the 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Brigade – 3rd Infantry Division, in addition to other tenant commands. Once again military members stationed at Ft.Benning volunteered in their off-time to help build upon the Extreme tradition establishing another retailer presence in a military community. Replicating on the earlier model of ‘giving back’ Extreme Outfitters dedicated much time and effort and sponsored numerous events including Best Ranger and Tough Mudder all in an effort to help raise awareness and essential funding for our nations wounded heroes.
In the years that followed leading up to present day Extreme Outfitters has been blessed to work closely with many great organizations and individuals having a similar vision. Some of those include but are not limited to: Anysoldier.com, Moms4RMarines, Team X.T.R.E.M.E, Citadel Bulldog Challenge, Tough Mudder, to name a few. Despite market challenges we remain an influential source in the development of cutting edge equipment with our partners whose logos surround this write-up. Further, we continue to lend our sponsorship toward numerous other veteran and wounded warrior events throughout the year donating hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment and non-profit services in appreciation and support to you, our customers. In this fast moving media driven environment, Extreme Outfitter also routinely does events. As in everything that we do as a company a sizeable portion of our proceeds is dedicated to the many events and charities that Extreme Outfitters sponsors and participates, not only in our locations worldwide in a variety of venues but with the help of our sponsors and partners.
Extreme Outfitters would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you, our tens of thousands of worldwide customers and confidants who have supported us throughout the years. Of equal note, we would like to thank our many vendors, manufacturers, and military partners who have helped us and continue to support our cause and mission. Extreme Outfitters’ mantra is clear and simple - deliver the very best equipment, the best services, and the best post-sale commitment to our customers regardless of your challenges and geographical location.
At Extreme Outfitters we have always believed in giving back to our military and associated local communities who have positively influenced our growth. Taking care of our own is our commitment to you! Rest assure when you lend your trust in us you are supporting those who defend the freedom of our great nation. So in the future we hope you continue to choose Extreme!