Today, we are going to take a quick look at how to find the best sports equipment.

Sports Zone Canada has been a part of the Kitchener – Waterloo community for over 16 years. We are committed to providing sporting enthusiasts with the highest quality sports equipment and apparel available, all at unbeatable prices - contact us today to learn more!

Whether you're into hockey, soccer, baseball, football, ringette, lacrosse, field hockey or figure staking, you deserve the best sports equipment. Let's dig in and explore how you can find it.

How To Find The Best Sports Equipment

Seek Out Independent Retailers

When looking for the best sports equipment, there are certain advantages that independent retailers have over big box stores. Here are a few, according to Yellow Pages:

Variety of choice

Basic sports gear and accessories can be found at a big-box store, but you won’t necessarily have a huge selection to choose from. Independent retailers offer different equipment in various models from all the top brands.

Quality

You want to make sure you're getting the highest quality sports equipment. Independent retailers will be well versed in the best brands and models, and be proud to offer them. Big box stores, on the other hand, may offer only the basics.

Pro tips

Owners and staff at independent retailers are often experts after years of purchasing and selling the best sports equipment. They can help you choose the best gear and will advise you on how to use and maintain it.

Sports Zone is the largest independent sports retailer in the area. We are a local leader in the sports gear industry and have approximately 15,000 square feet of inventory space filled with new and used sporting equipment.

Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major sports brands you need to play your best. The Sports Zone difference is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

Learn How To Get The Best Bang For Your Buck

You don't have to break the bank to get the best sports equipment. 

Seek out sales, buy out of season, take advantage of trade-in programs, and rely on experts to make sure it's all up to code.

"The most important thing to keep in mind when sourcing all sports equipment is the safety of the piece," reminds Active For Life. "In order to keep your child safe, all equipment must fit them properly. Hockey helmets must have a CSA (Canadian Standards Association) sticker on them and must be free from cracks, must have a functioning chin strap, and must fit snugly. For skates, ensure there are no missing or rusted rivets, rusted or cracked blades, or cut leather. For all other pieces, look for signs of wear and tear and again, most importantly, make sure they fit your child properly."

Sports Zone is a serious player in the sporting store market. Because we purchase our sports products in volume, we provide the same discount levels offered by national chains and big box retailers. Our price match promise means we won’t just match another store’s advertised price - we’ll beat it by an additional 5%!

Get Properly Sized

The best sports equipment will fit you perfectly. You, therefore, want to shop at a store that offers optimization opportunities. 

Sports Zone, for example, features a Bauer 3D skate lab for the best possible fit!

Re-imagine the feeling of a perfect fit using state-of-the-art technology and algorithms to bring your game to the next level

Sports Zone also offers custom skate sharpening and contouring, as well as a batting cage to try out the latest in bats.

We also have a state of the art CCM stick fitter, where you can handle a stick embedded with a chip and sensors that will analyze how you shoot and will then recommend proper flex and curve for you!

From the Financial Post:

"CCM Stick Fitter is designed to recommend the best stick for the individual player, bringing pro-level insights to players of all ages and abilities. Current and aspiring players across the globe will have direct access to key knowledge and information to make the overall process of selecting and purchasing a stick simpler and more efficient." 

Here's Matt Duchene of the Nashville Predators putting the CCM Stick Fitter to good use

Want The Best Sports Equipment? Come to Sports Zone!

Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best.

The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport and we can do the same for you.

Whether you need hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or baseball equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

Or you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

What Sports Zone Customers Are Saying:

"My son has special needs for his skates as his feet are very wide and curved. Vince (owner) was able to look at his feet and special order skates for him and additionally heat molded them to his feet. This changed my son's skating skating experience which is now pain free! This is the place to go for sporting specialization and knowledgeable staff." - Mary S.