Best Sporting Goods Stores In Boston

October 19, 2010 2:22 AM

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With four seasons of weather comes four seasons of sports. In Boston, residents and visitors can do it all – bike, swim, ski and surf – just not all at the same time.
city Best Sporting Goods Stores In Boston

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City Sports

11 Bromfield Street
Boston, MA 02108-5107
(617) 423-2015

City Sports has taken over Boston with eight different locations around the city. They’re best known for their wide variety of running, training, tennis and yoga apparel. They have a wide variety of the newest running sneakers, and if you’re savvy and patient, they offer up some great discounts and deals on sneakers and apparel.

Marathon Sports

671 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-4774

Located near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Marathon Sports has become famous among the best sporting goods stores in Boston. What makes Marathon Sports a legend and one of the best sporting goods stores in Boston is its “the right fit” shoe selection process. Every customer who walks through the doors at Marathon Sports is offered a free, personal consultation to determine how a person bears his or her weight during “the gait cycle.”


346 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 424-1776

This “hip” and “chill” store located on Newbury Street in Boston offers quality wears for each and every type of adventurer or outdoor recreationist. In addition to its trendy products, Patagonia has been selling organic cotton sportswear since 1996. So, now you can look cool and help the environment all at the same time.

lululemon athletica

776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-2030

Relatively new to the Boston sporting goods scene, lululemon athletica offers high quality “yoga-inspired” apparel. However, it’s not only these durable wears that make lululemon athletica one of the best sporting goods stores in Boston; it’s also their free yoga classes on Sunday mornings at most store locations. Many of their locations, including the store on Boylston Street in Boston, have also started a Run Club on Monday nights. Not only will lululemon athletica sell you the attire to get fit, they’ll actively help you shed those pounds as well.

New Balance Factory Store

40 Life Street
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 779-7429

Locals know where to go when they’re looking to buy sporting gear in Boston – New Balance Factory Store. Not only do you get the quality of the New Balance brand, but at this location you also get the discounted prices, which are well below retail. Be on the lookout for additional sales that happen throughout the year.


401 Park Drive
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 236-0746

REI is the quintessential store for the outdoors enthusiast. You can buy apparel, sports equipment or even get your bike fixed. But what makes REI one of the best sporting goods stores in Boston? Customer ownership; REI is the nation’s largest consumer cooperative. The customers literally have a stake in the store. For just $20 a year, members will typically receive an annual refund – “typically ten percent back on eligible purchases.” With incentives likes this, why would you shop anywhere else?

– Stephanie Geary