Stores - Running Apparel

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Stores - Running Apparel

Postby Monk » Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:10 pm

Hey... can anyone recommend stores in their city that stock running gear, other than 'that other place'?
Anything from Winners (saw that in another thread) to somewhere that is a running only tech shop...

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Postby ultraslacker » Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:17 pm

Edmonton:

I like Winners, MEC, and Sport Chek. There are also the other sport stores (Coast Mountain, SportMart) but SportChek gives me airmiles and a huge selection!!!
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Postby wantmeback » Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:35 pm

Anywhere: MEC, Costco, and Mark's Work Wearhouse.

MEC: 'nuff said. Great stuff, good price, knowledgeable staff. I wouldn't buy something anywhere until I've comparison shopped at MEC.

Costco: you have to be lucky, but I have bought shorts, running capris, lots of tops, microfibre underwear (yes! and it's very comfy!), fleece, and even their own version of the camelback ($25 for two different sized backpacks and the bladder assembly. Love it!)

Mark's Work Wearhouse: coolmax socks, but especially winter stuff, including fleece toques, headbands and mittens. My personal favourite is the balaclava that I got there last winter.

Shoes in Edmonton: I still like the Tech Shop for shoes, but my favourite is the good old St. Albert Running Room. They really know their stuff.
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Postby lovethehills » Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:38 pm

As stated in a previous post, I am a shopaholic. I travel ALOT for my job, so have pretty well hit every running store in the Greater troonto region and South Western Ontario.

here goes:

Toronto: The Runners Shop has GREAT sales on clothes.

Toronto: Time 2 Run. 3 locations, Queens Quay, Barrie and Aurora. Nice store, knowledgable staff, will try to order you whatever they don't have. Good sales. Tri clothes.

Kitchener/Waterloo: Runners Choice. Locally owned and operated, great people, great selection of different clothing. They are also into Tri clothing. I lived here for 6 years and love these people. I buy stuff here as much as possible to support them. :lol:

Burlington: Foot Tools. GREAT people. So knowlegable and helpful. A couple whose love of running lead them to opening a store. I try to shop their whenever in the area.

Guelph: The Running Works. Again, a husband and wife team. Independant, so they can order you pretty much anything you are looking for.

London: Runners Choice. Only been in here once, but they have good selection

Paris (Ontario): The Runners Den. Small town, great people.

Georgetown: Feet in Motion. Only been here once, but lots of Sugoi clothes for women.

Markham: Running Free. 15% off to everyone HUGE store, great selection of both clothes and shoes. They have a big sale section.

Windsor: The Running Store. ALOT of Tri stuff.

OK, I'm sure you all wonder if I ever work!! Truth is, I do, but when I'm travelling I go into the LOCAL, INDEPENDANT store to ask for maps, etc. I try to stay away for the chain stores :wink: :wink: Mom and Pop are where its at!!

I really want to open my own store...can you tell?? Maybe I should pack up and head out west.....or east...hahaha
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Postby Monk » Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:48 am

lovethehills wrote:OK, I'm sure you all wonder if I ever work!! Truth is, I do, but when I'm travelling I go into the LOCAL, INDEPENDANT store to ask for maps, etc. I try to stay away for the chain stores :wink: :wink: Mom and Pop are where its at!!


ya, this is what I am all about. I really strive to support local business when I can... :)

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Postby Jo-Jo » Sat Jul 30, 2005 8:31 am

I too try and support local business..I'm self employed and I know what it's like to go out on the limb! Plus I figure supporting local business helps keep the money in the local economy.

Kingston: Runner's Choice. Located right across from the Running Room on Princess Street. Al Cantlay the owner is a wealth of knowledge (and a very fast runner)...his store has been open for 20 years. It's here that I discovered Sugoi. Yes...Sugoi is not the cheapest brand...but the quality is great...and I love the design and colourful fabric they use. Plus it's a Canadian company (from B.C.)
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Postby lovethehills » Sun Jul 31, 2005 3:32 pm

It's here that I discovered Sugoi. Yes...Sugoi is not the cheapest brand...but the quality is great...and I love the design and colourful fabric they use. Plus it's a Canadian company (from B.C.)


I think Sugoi is fantasic as well. Their sports bras are great, fit super-well with tonnes of support! Being Canadian is a plus!
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Postby Portentous » Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:11 pm

Wal-mart has wicking socks 3 pairs for $5! Can't beat that.

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Postby La » Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:10 am

In Toronto (and on-line) is Endurosport. They specialize in multi-sport clothing and gear, but a fair amount of running-specific stuff, too. Their main store is up at York Mills & Leslie (Coldwater Rd.) and they also have a small store in the Beach (Queen & Willow). www.endurosport.com

For cycling gear, Velotique is awesome. They don't sell bikes, but all things related to cycling and cross-country skiing (clothing, gear and gagets). They are on Queen St. E. near Coxwell. www.velotique.com The most fun item in the store is a plastic banana holder for $5.95.
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Postby klc » Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:36 am

Wow, lovethehills, you hit on all my favourite places!

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Postby runjanerun » Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:23 pm

See my thread on Tri & Run Sports and drop in if you are ever down in Trenton. It is locally owned by the girl who got me inspired to run.
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Sale at MEC

Postby wantmeback » Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:09 pm

Bump.

I just checked out MEC's site, and it looks like quite a few of their items are going on sale. Looks like it's time to plan that trip, Holly! :D
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Re: Sale at MEC

Postby ultraslacker » Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:12 pm

gjennifer wrote:Bump.

I just checked out MEC's site, and it looks like quite a few of their items are going on sale. Looks like it's time to plan that trip, Holly! :D


woohoo! let's do it... um... not this weekend cuz we have that thing... oh yeah, ING, lol. hey are you going to the volunteer dinner on thursday? we could meet at MEC after work and then go up to the dinner... or do MEC another day.
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Postby farmgirlinthecity » Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:06 pm

LaDeChat wrote:
For cycling gear, Velotique is awesome. They don't sell bikes, but all things related to cycling and cross-country skiing (clothing, gear and gagets). They are on Queen St. E. near Coxwell. www.velotique.com The most fun item in the store is a plastic banana holder for $5.95.


In case you are interested in alternate colours or glow in the dark...

http://www.bananaguard.com/
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Postby Irongirl » Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:08 pm

wow....what teenage girl wouldn't get made fun of for having that in her lunch?!

my mom once sent me to school with alchohol....she thought it was just "iced tea"! (my older sister was storing her long island in the family fridge).....
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Postby wantmeback » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:55 pm

irongirl wrote:my mom once sent me to school with alchohol....she thought it was just "iced tea"! (my older sister was storing her long island in the family fridge).....


ha ha ha ha ha! :lol: :lol:
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Postby Monolithic » Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:05 pm

I was in Old Navy yesterday and bought 2 long sleeved running shirts, for 17.50 each...go & check them out while still in stock....
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Postby CAW » Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:09 pm

Oromocto: (as well as other miltary bases, likely)

Canex
They carry pollypropeline - sp? (polly-pro) thermal wicking underware in regular and fleece. I think the shirts and pants are about $20 each.

They also carry running and yoga wear, tech fabrics.

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MEC (I don't know first hand, but I would assume)
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Postby MrBond » Fri Oct 07, 2005 3:46 pm

Regattasport in St. Catherines has a lot of 'non-rowing specific' technical
wear : http://www.regattasport.com/ , and they do mail order.
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Postby moof324 » Fri Oct 07, 2005 4:08 pm

Road Runner Sports in San Diego is great! They have a store and an outlet here, and also a great website, web selection, etc. And if you're a VIP member, you get free upgraded shipping plus 10% off normal rates for everything! I think they may have one or two other locations, but not sure :)

Plus, they're right across the street from REI, which I LOVE for dark side stuff (and climbing gear :P )
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Postby Lonerunner » Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:39 pm

CdnArtyWife wrote:Oromocto: (as well as other miltary bases, likely)

Canex
They carry pollypropeline - sp? (polly-pro) thermal wicking underware in regular and fleece. I think the shirts and pants are about $20 each.


Do you have to be in the military to shop at Canex? If so do you know if there is one at any of the Halifax bases?

I have a friend at the Oromocto base but don't think I'd send him to buy me underwear. :oops:
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Postby runjanerun » Mon Oct 10, 2005 3:33 pm

I think most military bases have a Canex. We have one here in Trenton but it's not all that big so doesn't have much selection of anything .... too much outside competition I guess. I have never once in 16 years been asked for my ID at the Canex here. Maybe because they know me, but I doubt it! As far as I know, they are supposed to ask for ID. When I was in Esquimalt in June we went to the Canex (it was twice the size of our Canex) and got asked there. Do they ask in Gagetown, Kara?
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Postby CeilidhOnTheRun » Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:04 pm

lonerunner wrote:
CdnArtyWife wrote:Oromocto: (as well as other miltary bases, likely)

Canex
They carry pollypropeline - sp? (polly-pro) thermal wicking underware in regular and fleece. I think the shirts and pants are about $20 each.


Do you have to be in the military to shop at Canex? If so do you know if there is one at any of the Halifax bases?

I have a friend at the Oromocto base but don't think I'd send him to buy me underwear. :oops:


As fra as I know the only CANEX left in Hfx is at Shearwater. I understand they closed down the one in Dartmouth (used to be Shannon Park/Wallace Heights, but they're not military housing anymore)
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Postby ckct » Fri Oct 14, 2005 9:57 am

MEC is a bad place to go..everytime i go...i will spend hours endlessly looking at every gadget and clothing...then come out with gears and 100 dollar less....

hmm it is the only store that can make me all giggly like a kid with a lollipop :)

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Postby Lonerunner » Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:04 pm

Just came back from Costco with 3 long sleeve AVIA coolmax shirts. Only $16.99 each. I have a few of their short sleeve shirts and love them.

Just wanted to let everyone know they were there.
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