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I've always heard to stay away from big box chains but...

I was always told when I first started snowboarding to stay away from stores like sports authority and dicks because they carried shit brands like lamar and others of the like.
But I have to stay, after stepping into a local sports authority for the first time in probably 5 years I was pretty surprised to see some of the brands they carried.
I seen some Rides, Rome, some pretty pricey K2's, Burtons Capitas, and even a GNU. (mostly park and all mountain)
Even their bindings were mid to high priced rides, burtons, and even a set of flows.

I'm curious if this is a new thing? Or if it varies by region, because it sure would have helped to know instead of ordering shit online and never knowing how it would feel. Especially since my area only has a couple shops that dedicated to snow and skate, and most of the time they are extremely partial to one or two brands. The only other place that has this varied of a collection in my town is zumiez...
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It's not necessarily the quality of product in big chain stores, they generally have a decent range of product. The issue is the lack of quality salespeople to help you find the correct gear. The vast majority of "shop kids" working at REI, Any Mountain, Sports Chalet/Authority are clueless and the main reason to avoid stores like that in favor of smaller shops that pride themselves on customer service and being knowledgable.


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support you're local shops, my local small chain place (they have 4 stores) had to close the shop closest to me, to many people buying stuff online... I was super sad to see they closed it!
The guys that work at this place know the shit their selling, they don't push you to buy something because the aren't commissioned to sell it.
What I'm saying is, shop local shops! You'll be supporting a local store and you won't be pressured into buying something you don't want.
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I try to support local shops when I can but they always seem to carry one or two brands when it comes to bindings or boards, and they will always talk bad about every other brand other than the ones in their shop. At least the ones here. I will say that yes, they are loads more knowledgeable than your average salesmen at say sports authority but sometimes when they only carry one or two brands its hard not to question whether or not they believe what they are preaching. I do however buy my shades, goggles, jackets and such exclusively through local shops.

Oh and I second your REI comment. I remember going into REI a couple years back looking for some new pants, and I asked the gal who was trying to assist me, what the waterproof rating was of a certain pant, because it was missing a tag, and she looked at me and said. "I'm not sure. Wait, what do you mean by waterproof rating?" smh..

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You must not have a very good shop near you, my local shop has probably 50 bindings to pick from, ton's of board, a decent selection of boots, ton's of gloves and a good amount of jackets and pants to pick from
And yes, rei has a lot more stuff.... But i'd rather keep the dudes at my local shop employed than shop at a place that gets way more business.

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I try to support local shops when I can but they always seem to carry one or two brands when it comes to bindings or boards, and they will always talk bad about every other brand other than the ones in their shop. At least the ones here. I will say that yes, they are loads more knowledgeable than your average salesmen at say sports authority but sometimes when they only carry one or two brands its hard not to question whether or not they believe what they are preaching. I do however buy my shades, goggles, jackets and such exclusively through local shops.
Sounds like a terrible shop, not much better than your average chain store.

Where do you live?


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Grand Junction. It's on the western slope of Colorado. Pop. is about 100,000 and still only one or two board shops. Our closest resort is shit so a lot of people end up making a 2 hour drive to Snowmass.
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I try to shop local as much as I can, even more so with snow shops. I would much rather support a rider owned and rider employing business than throwing profits to some massive corporation. You'd be surprised what happens to the prices at your local shop when you become a regular customer too. Especially the tune prices.
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Around here the high end stuff is generally not available from big boxes, corperate rei being fairly close...its rather sad that their inventory is rather limited...however they have stiff competition from some local core shops...and Z's is sad entertainment...but at least they shut up, hang their head and walk away when they realize you are an informed consumer.


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