Shopping for Sports
Sporting goods have come a long way in the past 50 years. There are thousands of scientists worldwide working on how to make your running shoes lighter, your hockey skates faster, your tennis racquet put more spin on the ball. The equipment is becoming lighter, stronger and easier to use and it’s important for you to know how to find the best stuff for your sport at the best price.
Skate or Die
Your skill level is the first consideration you should consider when buying sports equipment. You don’t need $160 Lebrons if you can’t even touch the rim. Expensive professional gear is designed for giving advantages to players using extreme amounts of force. If you’re just learning and playing at a low performance level, there’s really no need to pay extreme prices. Be patient and wait until you’re really good at your sport before you make your parents invest lots of money in it.
Faulty sports gear is the last thing that you want to have during the big game, or an important race, or even just taking on your buddies in a epic rivalry. If your bike chain jams, your cleats fall out of your shoe, or even something worse like your helmet doesn’t protect you from a huge wipeout, you may find yourself regretting that you didn’t get the right gear. Talk to your friends, other athletes, look online for reviews, but make sure you find honest feedback. A lot of kids post articles about gear on youtube but make sure to watch out for people who don’t look like they’ve been paid to advertise!
Hunting down used sports gear that’s cheap is a great solution to avoid spending lots of money in the stores. Craigslist is an easy way to search for brand names and specific items. All you have to do is type a few keywords into the search engine and you’ll see right away if what you want is available. Make sure to compare prices to online retailers because sometimes Craigslist can be a rip-off!