Best Sporting Goods in Boston

2011 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

Okay, the size of the shoe wall doesn’t exactly bowl us over, and the array of athletic equipment is a mite thinner than what the big boxes carry. But when…Read More

2009 Best Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Natick

City Sports has dominated this category for years, and if you’re trying to pull off athlete chic no matter the cost, it’s still a fine choice. Weekend warriors as concerned…Read More

2008 Best Sporting Goods

Hilton’s Tent City

Boston

From outdoor survivalists to weekend warriors (to those of us whose idea of camping is roasting s’mores over a portable stove), this North End hideaway has everything a walk in…Read More

2007 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Cambridge

The urban athlete is a creature who takes many forms. Thankfully, in these parts there are half a dozen City Sports locations to clothe and equip them, no matter their…Read More

2006 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

Shelves and shelves of everything from Wiffle balls to free weights to tennis racquets to jogging gear to golf tees fill the seven locations of our sports authority. Last time…Read More

2005 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

This locally based chain has the latest athletic apparel, from Adidas to Puma to Under Armour, and equipment for just about any sporty endeavor, including pedometers, snorkeling masks, and boxing

2004 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

Some sporting goods stores sell bicycles, basketball standards, and enough firearms to straighten out any quagmire. By contrast, City Sports covers fewer square feet than the superstores, but stocks things…Read More

2003 Best Sporting Goods

Thunder

Cambridge

Thunder calls itself the Sports Source. We call that truth in advertising. Trust us: This fast-growing suburban chain, which has now opened an outpost in Cambridge, has the gear you…Read More

2002 Best Sporting Goods

Brine’s Sporting Goods

Cambridge

Brine’s offers not only a varied selection, focusing on lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and baseball, but also service to match. Every month, the nation’s oldest family-run sporting goods store—founded in 1867—brings…Read More

2001 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

We’re all for supporting the little guys, but we have yet to find a neighborhood shop that can offer even half of City Sports’ selection. With one swift stop, you…Read More

2000 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

Whether you just want to buy a Wiffle ball set on your way to the park or a top-notch pair of dumbbells, City Sports carries all the athletic support you…Read More

1998 Best Sporting Goods

Thunder, the Sports Source

Wellesley

A favorite with area high school and college athletes, Thunder’s modest Wellesley storefront camouflages an endless assortment of sporting goods in a huge space. Thunder is run by a family…Read More

1997 Best Sporting Goods

Hilton’s Tent City

Boston

If you take a trip to this netherworld between the Big Dig and North Station, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. It’s kind of like that place you went…Read More

1993 Best Sporting Goods

Medford Square Sporting Goods

Medford

Tony Lucci’s store has the cluttered look of an old warehouse, but for more than 40 years he has had the goods when it comes to sporting gear, and at…Read More

1982 Best Sporting Goods

Pulse

Boston

A colorful, fun selection of headbands, sweatbands, visors, and duffel bags. Lots of color. Even in the socks…Read More

1974 Best Sporting Goods

Brine’s

Cambridge

Brine’s in Cambridge and Boston is tops for skiing, tennis, squash, as well as most other high participation sports. Eastern Mountain Sports is favored for hiking and camping equipment…Read More

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