M2 Sports supplies adrenaline seekers the skills and gear to temper waves, powder, or concrete. M2's snowboarding division carries name-brand planks from brands such as Forum and Lib Tech, as well as all colors and styles of snow-ready gear. A Smith Holt men's snow helmet ($89.99) protects the brain’s ever-expanding library of memorized zip codes, and Volcom Believer men's snow gloves ($109.99) keep hands from making skin-to-snow contact. Skate enthusiasts can peruse an exhaustive array of decks, long boards, and protective gear, tuning out chatty crossing guards with Skullcandy’s iCon 2 on-ear headphones ($29.95), whose headbands are lined with rubber grips to prevent slips midride. M2 also equips wakeboarders with name-brand gear from Ronix and Hyperlite, and fosters future enthusiasts through lessons and summer wake camp held at a private lake.
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Texadelphia's menu of cheesy, steaky, 100%-Angus-beefy goodness kicks off any meal with a bang. Order some chips and guac ($5.49–$5.99) and chicken tenders ($6.49–$6.99) before tearing into the Founder's Favorite, the cheesesteak that started it all (Angus beef or thin-sliced chicken breast, cheese, mushrooms, and jalapeños, $6.89–$6.99). Branch out along southern lines with the Texican, a beef or chicken cheesesteak with all the trimmings and a side of chili con queso for topping or spooning ($6.89–$6.99), or the Hickory, laden with house-recipe hickory barbecue sauce and manned by a crew of mouth-pleasing cherry peppers ($6.89–$6.99). Items of non-Philly origin also dot the menu, such as the grilled-chicken sandwich on a toasted wheat bun ($6.29–$6.59) and the smoked turkey and guacamole salad ($6.79). Prices and menu offerings vary slightly between the two locations.
The footwear aficionados at Fleet Feet Houston's four locations outfit runners, walkers, and other exercisers with the proper kicks according to specific gaits and foot biomechanics. Paired with a knowledgeable clerk, customers select sneakers from an inventory of shoes tailored to male or female arches better than pumice stones shaped like respective gender symbols. Masculine triathletes don the colorful Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 6, a racing flat that shirks socks in lieu of breathable open mesh and a perforated sock liner. Lady joggers experience the freedom of barefoot frolicking with lightweight Vibram FiveFingers Jaya shoes, snugly fitted sneakers that promote balance and maintain biannual pedicures by sequestering toes in separate sections.
Tennis Express's knowledgeable staff helps equip tennis players with the right racquet, outfit, or accessory from a large stock of men's and women's gear. A men's tennis polo ($40) dresses players in Dri-FIT technology that wicks moisture and opponents' intimidating grunts from the body, and the women's Nike tennis skirt ($50) boasts stretch fabric and hem vents for added mobility. Athletes keep perfectly feathered coifs away from eyes with Lacoste headbands ($9) and blisters off feet wearing Adidas full-cushioned, no-show tennis socks ($20). Customers can tote newly acquired gear in the Wilson tennis backpack ($50), which is large enough to hold two racquets, shoes, extra clothes, and an inflatable partner for spontaneous doubles matches.
Blanketed in wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky High Sports delights barefoot fun-seekers with springy terrain and an exclusive court for jumpers 8 and younger. Guests can hone front flips, back flips, and belly flops during intense free-bounce sessions. Each trampoline comes equipped with a specially designed spring-loaded frame and thick, 2-inch safety pads that grant patrons a landing cushier than a corner office at a marshmallow factory. Stuffed with blocks of spongy, body-molding material, a foam pit dares treasure-seekers to fling themselves in or scour its depths for the lost contents of bygone pockets. Pintsize aerialist posses can safely practice their synchronized Salchows on 360 degrees of trampoline walls while court supervisors watch from the sidelines and award hard-earned praise with oversize scorecards.
Sky High also offers AIRobics fitness classes and monthly dodge-ball tournaments to help jumpers explore the outermost stratospheres of trampoline possibilities.