Maybe it's the store's proximity to College Town, USA, but Tempe's Cowtown is the shiz when it comes to scoring the hottest skate gear. Look for limited edition and hard-to-find stuff like Sector Nine's gorgeous surf-inspired long boards, cool Royal brand skull-and-crossbones trucks, and Nike's "Lobster" shoe, complete with blue rubber band to hold the claws (toes) together. Cowtown's rep also attracts a knowledgeable staff of experienced skaters who wear board shorts year-round and carry bruises like badges of honor. They'll help you trick your truck or recommend a monster ride if you're looking to try vert skating. Don't know what that is? Better stay home. These guys can smell a poseur a mile away.