The staff of ABQ Running Shop draws on more than 50 years of combined experience to fit each patron with shoes suited to their lifestyle, from casual walkers all the way to triathletes. Kicks designed by Asics, Mizuno, and other major brands cradle feet in flexible sheaths, providing traction and cushioning the impact of each stride. Shoppers can also find running apparel engineered to absorb sweat or pure Gatorade from pores, and accessories such as water bottles and high-energy snacks. In addition to explaining each product's features, the shop's specialists will give advice on various running topics, including how to train for a marathon. Patrons can put these tips into action alongside the staff during group training sessions.
Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. In its stores, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson—shines in displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports such as soccer and golf as well as noncompetitive sportspeople who just want to fill golf carts with soccer balls for fun. Patrons can also trade in or sell their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new gear.
Golf Etc. of Albuquerque provides performance-enhancing club fittings to equip golfers with gear from industry-expert brands such as Titleist, Nike, Cleveland/Srixon, and Bridgestone. Practiced golfers receive custom club fittings, which tailor to individual golfers based on the owner's grip size, and height. The process begins with an interview by a certified golf performance fitter, who will evaluate the client's swing with a simulator and launch monitor, creating a profile of the duffer's unique swing mechanics. This precise data is then used to compile the most effective club combinations of shafts, heads, and grips. Golfers will have a better understanding of specific drivers that produce the best distance, irons that place the most accurate shots, and hybrids that get the best fuel economy. The technician also records each ball's spin rate, launch angle, and speed, and uses these statistics to pick out the best ball for the player.
Since 1988, the New Mexico Scuba Center has prepared southwestern land-dwellers for underwater excursions. Submerged in the comfort of a family-friendly atmosphere, the facility provides divers with an opportunity to get their feet wet before cannonballing headfirst into underwater fight clubs. Owners Si and Stacey Minton aspire to produce competent, self-assured divers with a range of scuba classes built for all skill levels. The introductory Try Scuba class initiates anywhere from 5 to 20 newcomers with a pool session in which SSI–certified scuba instructors educate students on the proper use of equipment, safe-diving techniques, and determining the most favorable betting odds for sea horse races. All required scuba gear is included in the session, so divers have to bring only their doggy-paddling skills.
The spoke-tightening gurus at Santa Fe Mountain Sports guarantee safe travels by helping to maintain snow- and terrain-traversing gear with snowboard- and ski-waxing sessions and bicycle tune-ups. Riders can bring home a new snowboard from Atomic, a new two-wheeled steed from Kona or Intense Cycles, or rent outdoor equipment and camp out in the backyard while their home’s crocodile infestation is being taken care of. In addition to transportation devices, a large selection of mountain-scaling apparel and accessories from Roxy, Armada, and Eurosocks equips adventurers for alfresco treks.
The certified binding technicians and knowledgeable staff at Ski Tech understand that on clear days with fresh layers of powdery snow, few things can keep skiers from the slopes. With this in mind, they developed their signature ski butler program, for which they deliver to surrounding hotels and residences in the Santa Fe area. For those who can stop by the shop, they rent three levels of ski and snowboard packages along with snowshoes, bibs, and ski pants.