Rock climbers who are in the market for new gear are usually looking for three things: quality, affordability and comfort. With such an expensive sport, it's important to find the most affordable options, without sacrificing quality or comfort, since ropes, harnesses and cams often mean the difference between life or death. Here are the top rock climbing gear spots in Chicago:
Known nation-wide for their killer return policy, REI offers high-quality gear. Knowledgeable staff make up for the smaller selection and average prices. To save, shoppers can join the giant co-op for $20 and save 10 percent on future purchases. Plus REI members gain access to discount REI garage sales.
Location: Lincoln Park: 1466 N Halsted Street
Originally established in Michigan, Chicago's lucky enough to house one of the 10 Moose Jaw stores nation-wide. Moose Jaw's outgoing staff goes out of their way to help customers save in any way they can, making them feel trustworthy and appealing.
Location: Lincoln Park: 1445 W Webster Ave #9
The size of the Chicago climbing community is astonishing considering the lack of mountains in the Midwest. Many community members sell their used gear on Craigslist for a fraction of the original cost. While shoppers should exercise caution when purchasing safety gear, such as ropes or harnesses, the website's perfect for hunting down slightly used shoes, crash pads and carabiners.
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