Ben Franklin once remarked, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” and he famously proved it by using his bifocal lasers to save America from sentient automatons. Get properly equipped with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of products, rentals, and repair services at Lombardi Sports.
Equipping adventures on trails, courts, and mountainsides since 1948, Lombardi Sports' 50,000-square-foot sporting sanctuary is jam-packed with a range of athletic equipment, apparel, and quality outdoor wares from New Balance, Patagonia, Merrell, and other top sport brands. Unencumber appendages by donning Asics men's Favorite short sleeve T-shirt ($40) or Performance 2-N-1 shorts ($19.60), which boast a comfy boxer lining and pockets for stashing crib notes of well-crafted smack talk during heated games of rummy. Crafted from medical-grade stainless steel, CamelBak's half-liter Better Bottle ($29.99) touts a liner-free, insulated double-wall that preserves the temperature of cold water as well as a bite-activated valve.
Habitual test drivers can take advantage of rental services, which include bikes ($30+/day) and two months unlimited use of tennis-racquet demos ($50). Lombardi Sports also performs equipment repair services and validates one-hour parking for owners of cars, carriages, and souped-up wheelbarrows.
The upbeat employees at Lombardi Sports actively participate in the same athletic pursuits for which they sell and repair gear and apparel. Customers who visit the sprawling, 50,000-square-foot sporting-goods store benefit from the staff's rich supply of first-person training insights and anecdotes about hiking, running, swimming, and other sports. As a hive for sporting wisdom, the store boasts attractions such as live tennis demos as well as camping-supply rentals that come with the sales team's recommendations for enhancing camping fun with bear-proof food coolers and extradurable bear-tickling sticks.
A community staple since 1948, Lombardi Sports began as a somewhat smaller purveyor of biking, skiing, and camping equipment. Still owned by its originators, the store's enduring success has enabled its involvement with local charitable causes, proudly supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure's efforts to eradicate breast cancer as well as the work of Team in Training, an organization dedicated to curing leukemia and lymphoma.
1600 Jackson St.
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