Local Shop BS
Just popped out to pick-up some J-bars from a new branch of my local shop.
As is typical of these places, you enter into the clothing section, move thru it into the equipment section before you get to the tech-type area at the back. And I'm usually a kid in a candy store looking at everything.
So a young girl who comes up to offer help in the clothing section. And although I just bought a new jacket a few days ago, maybe I'd like to see a Goretex shell. She tells me that "pretty much everything is Goretex nowadays" and starts pulling all these 5000/5000 or 10000/8000 shells down for me to try on. None of which are Goretex, but she insists that "there are all different ranges of Goretex". I'm a little bemused, but I move on.
I stop in the board section and thumb thru some. Mostly Burton, but some Libtech, some Ride, some Rome. Kid comes up and I ask him if they carry Never Summer. He says that they don't because "they're too difficult to get out of Europe and everyone is moving away from the traditional camber boards like they make" I must have looked confused because he started elaborating on the problems with European suppliers. So I asked him why they would buy NS from European suppliers when they're made in Colorado. He says they're made in Austria.
In the tech area, I ask for some J-bars. Buddy has no idea what I'm talking about. Boot-fitting pads? Nope. Heel lifts, any boot-fitting stuff at all? Does your main store carry any (I bought J-bars from them last season)? Oh, no I worked there for 5 years before I came here and we've never carried stuff like that.
Well, I tried to support my local shop, and this wasn't Sports Authority or Dick's or a chain place, but a local store in my city that has 5 locations in my City and nowhere else. And they're a ski and snowboard specialty shop.
Last edited by Bones; 01-02-2012 at 02:09 PM.