Pyrrhic Paintball derives its name from an ancient Greek dance, one whose motions were intended to mimic the death struggle of two knife fighters. Like those dancers, the players on this dusty, urban-warfare field play-act modern battles, ducking out from behind particle-board barricades to get a bead on the opponents. But there's a second, better-known meaning to pyrrhic: victory achieved at great cost. Whether attempting to capture a flag, protect a VIP, or defend a base, anyone may be called to sacrifice themselves to a splattering of paint in order to ensure the completion of a team's objective.
As an offshoot of Sierra Trading Post, Derailed.com holds fast to the same business model as its parent company: bargaining with top brands to procure overstocks at heavily discounted prices. But like a youngest sibling taking up juggling cats, it strives to differentiate itself from its older counterparts. It stands out with a youthful vibe thanks to skate, surf, and SUP apparel and the staff's laid-back attitude. They'll happily answer questions and make recommendations on their throngs of camping gear, running shoes, collegiate attire, and bicycle accessories from brands including Hurely, Billabong, and Teva. Though their merchandise boasts an average discount of 48% off the retail value, shoppers can save even more—customers receive a $10 coupon when they sign up for emails, and clients of the Give & Go Referral program get a $20 egiftcard when the friend they referred uses their own $10 email coupon.
With Alpenglow's one-day Call in Sick kayak- or stand-up-paddle-rental package, river riders traverse down the Boise River with a variety of down-river equipment, kayaks, and rafts. The package gives floaters the option of turning on a dime with any one-person flat-water kayak, stand-up paddle board, or enjoying the portability of an inflatable kayak. Although Alpenglow's rentals include paddles (for kayaks and rafts) and life vests, customers can opt to rent other equipment such as helmets, wetsuits, and repair kits for when the kayak gets a little scratch and asks for its mommy.
Situated in the heart of Boise and just steps away from the state capitol's glistening dome, McU Sports has served the outdoor outfitting needs of Boiseans for more than 30 years. The bike service gurus help extend the life of your pedaled carriage, improving performance on the trail and helping you outrace foot mobiles and shoelace-hunting hounds. The bike check includes a bolt check as well as an adjustment of your brakes and gear shifters. For McU's basic tune-up, bicycle beauticians will perform a bolt check, shifter and brake adjustment, and a cleaning of the drivetrain to prep your bicycle for its upcoming polygraph test with an earnest and thorough wheel truing. Prep for an afternoon on the asphalt jungle or off-road trails with today's deal and mount aerial antics with newfound confidence and well-lubed glee.
Run by a crack-team of skaters and snowboarders, Newt & Harold's stocks a one-stop shop with all manner of skating gear, from designer apparel and shoes to premium snowboards and longboards. Jeans from Volcom, Altamont, and Krew ($44.99+) and Vans slip-on shoes ($39.99) give skaters the sartorial maneuverability to ollie over chairs, grind along rails, or outskate roving bands of adolescent fighting turtles. Back-to-schoolers can browse tees ($19.99+) from brands such as Analog, Matix, and Element or stash textbooks in a Burton Emphasis backpack ($39.99).
Play It Again Sports overhauls lockers with high-quality gear and rescues gently used athletic equipment from untimely retirement. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up an all-star lineup across each store's shelves, which are replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding and lacrosse. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. To ensure its stock remains robust, Play It Again Sports encourages athletes to collect their lightly used gear?including bicycles?and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.