Best Sporting Goods

Big 5 Sporting Goods

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Big 5 Sporting Goods continues to bat 1.000 when it comes to a grand selection of cool goods at even cooler prices. Add in sales associates who actually make eye contact when you want it—and leave you alone when you don't—and you've got yourself an all-around winner. Their shops are just the right size—big enough, yet not so overwhelmingly large that you're bombarded with too many unnecessary choices. The size also ensures that the stores nestle nicely into convenient locations, like those horrible strip malls that you pretend to hate yet continue to frequent. This means you can easily pop in to replace your pedometer or buy a new pair of water shoes the next time you're out on your usual errand run.

Runners up:

2. Summit Hut

5045 E. Speedway Blvd.

325-1554

605 E. Wetmore Road

888-1000

3. REI

160 W. Wetmore Road

887-1938

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