Cold weather workout gear has to perform as well as you do. On the streets or the slopes, if you choose the wrong stuff, your winter wonderland workout will become a frigid, soggy mess. The right garments, footwear and equipment keep you toasty and safe, so if you don’t want to get benched by shoddy sports gear, do your shopping at these five New York City shops.
Westside Skate And Stick
174-76 Fifth Ave., Suite 504
New York, NY 10010
If you live to skate, Westside Skate and Stick is your kind of heaven. From hockey skates and sticks to figure skates and specialty blades, this shop has everything. Hockey team uniforms, competitive boots for men, women, children and tots, plus skating accessories are also available in abundance. Westside is also the perfect place to fix or replace broken equipment.
New York, NY 10003
There isn’t a winter sport imaginable that you can’t gear up for at Paragon. From head-to-toe cold weather running duds to snowboarding supplies and winter camping equipment, Paragon is a one-stop shop for every kind of athlete and other outdoor types. No need to leave the kids at home when the winter sports bug strikes. Name brand infant and toddler wear for even the tiniest athletes keeps them cozy in the great outdoors.
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Emilio’s Ski Shop
112-28 Queens Blvd.
Forest Hills, NY 11375
This Queens institution has been selling, renting and servicing skis and snowboards since 1958. A highly-professional, well-trained staff provides expert boot fitting and guidance, plus all skis come with a lifetime guarantee. Emilio’s also runs bus trips to ski resorts throughout the northeast, like Mount Snow, Stratton and Hunter Mountain.
9213 Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Skis, snowboards, poles and accessories from locks and socks to gloves and goggles can be found in this family-owned and operated store, plus every brand of ski duds and cold weather running apparel. Car rack systems that get your gear from here to there, from Thule and Inno, are competitively priced. If you’re still in the flirting-with-it stage, you can also rent skis, poles and other equipment from the knowledgeable, friendly staff.
New York Running Company
1051 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10019
If your feet are cold, your workout is over, but at New York Running Company, it doesn’t stop there. This store’s staff is better trained than some doctors, continually attending clinics to learn about new shoe designs and foot care needs. Take a spin on an in-store treadmill, and a staff member will analyze your gait and pronation before recommending the right running shoe. Cold weather gear and accessories, from hats to socks, are also available.
Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.