Sports stores: The best in British Columbia

Looking for a sports store in B.C. to pick up the latest gear for your kids? We've got a directory of the best sports stores in British Columbia.

By Fina Scroppo & Hilary Carter
Sports stores: The best in British Columbia

Yes, you can get cheap skates here, but there’s a whole range of other discounted sporting goods and equipment at this specialized consignment shop. Bring in your gear, set a price and make some cash, or drop in to make a purchase. Hockey and soccer equipment and racquets are accepted all year-long. 3644 16th Ave. W., Vancouver . 604-222-1125

Cyclone Taylor Sports
This hockey superstore has been in business since 1957, and they know a few things about Canada’s favourite sport. Aside from competitive prices for a full range of junior and youth equipment (including skates, composite sticks, protective gear and accessories), they o ffer skate sharpening and custom radius/contouring and repairs. Lacrosse equipment and gear are also well-stocked. If you can’t make it to one of their four locations, purchases can be made online. 4 Locations in B.C.

Your aspiring Mike Weir will find everything he needs to get on the course here. Players as young as six can be fitted with sets of clubs and brand name products from Ping, Wilson, Recise, Tour Mission and Tour Edge, including junior shoes and gloves from Footjoy. While there, you and your kids can test your swing on one of the outlet’s full-swing high definition simulators. Fore! 1619 B Valleyview Dr., Kamloops.

MVP Athletic Supplies
This store specializes in high-quali ty soft ball, baseball and football equipment. With almost 40 years of experience, the retailer promises one-on-one support for all your shopping and fitting needs. Parents who’ve signed up as coaches will appreciate the training aids, like pitching machines and training bats, as well as accessories and logo-imprint services for balls and uniforms. Watch for frequent online specials on high-performance brands like Mizuno, Easton, Wilson, Rawlings and Worth. 2 LOCATIONS: #110 - 5898 Trapp Ave., Burnaby. 604-525-8833; Unit #10 - 8948 - 202 St., Langley. 604-513-8817.

Sports Replay
Stay on budget while getting a choice between new premium sports equipment and used gear selling for up to 90 percent off the original price. The large space features 4,000 square feet of hockey equipment — for on and off the ice — including 700 pairs of used skates. There are also tons of bicycles, skis, snowboards, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis and balls for all sizes and levels of skill. You can also visit their website to shop online. 20560 Langley by-pass (#10 HWY), Langley. 604-533-2221, (toll free) 855-533-2221.

Sports Traders
For the superstars that dabble in a range of sports, you’ll find all their gear needs here, both new and used. They have used hockey and figure skates (2,000 to 4,000 pairs) in great condition, a huge inventory of new sticks, as well as a large section of ski and snowboard equipment. Beginner golfers like the trade-in program, while moms and dads can load up on fitness gear like weights, yoga mats and machinery. Smaller departments include baseball, soccer and racquet sports equipment. Several locations throughout B.C. (also one location in Manitoba), 800-792-3111, Victoria location:

This article was originally published on Aug 17, 2012

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