The Water Cooler – What’s the Best Sports Store in Claycord

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm · 33 comments

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Today’s question:

Give us your opinion….what’s the best sports store in Claycord?

Talk about it….

Molto July 31, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Sports basement without a doubt! Ill never go anywhere else as long as they are around!

Dick's Sporting goods July 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Big variety and helpful employees.

Doug July 31, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Dick’s Sporting goods! It looks so much better than the eyesore Dome Theater.

Anon777 July 31, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I like Big 5 because they are close and usually have what I need.

anonanonagain July 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I like Sports Basement and REI……

Marianne July 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Sports Basement or REI

MrDioji July 31, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Dick’s is huge, but it’s mostly open space. It’s not like their selection is much bigger than the more intimate shops.

Tom July 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I’m very athletic. Any store that has what I’m looking for. I don’t have a preference.

TraumaRx July 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Dicks it’s HUGE..!

JW July 31, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Big 5 on Contra Costa Blvd in Pleasant Hill. They have a friendly staff and have always been really helpful to me.

Concordejet July 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM


Depends what you're looking for July 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I go to them all for different things.

For a water bottle, or backpack, I’d check Sports Basement first.

If I want some cross-training shoes or running/walking or water shoes, I like to go to Sports Basement or Sports Authority because I need to try on a lot of different shoes and that way I don’t have to get a clerk to wait on me and I won’t feel bad making someone bring out and put away lots of different ones.

If I want hiking boots, I’d check Sports Basement and REI to see who has the best price for the particular boot I want. If I am unsure about the fit or how well it will do on steep, slippery slopes, I’d get it from REI for the return policy.

For hockey gear, I’d check Big 5 first.

If I want fishing stuff, and don’t want to go out of my way, I go to Big 5 or Sports Authority. If I want a bigger selection of fishing stuff and have extra time, I’d go to Dick’s.

If I want Smart Wool products, I’d check Sports Basement first because they probably have the best price, if they have the item I want. Then if they don’t have it, I’d go to REI.

If I have a bicycle maintenance need, I’d go to REI, or maybe Sports Basement.

If I want to investigate a specialty tool, or specialty equipment hiking/backpacking/camping equipment, I’d go to REI.

If I want to buy a gift and don’t have a specific thing in mind, I’d go to Dick’s or Sports Basement.

Each store is great for a different purpose. REI has high-quality stuff for personal sports. And excellent maintenance for bicycles. REI & Sports Basement have good ski equipment. Big 5 and Sports Authority have standard-quality stuff and stuff for team sports, standard camping, hunting and fishing. Sports Basement has a big selection of shoes and you don’t have to have a salesperson find them for you.


Fumunda July 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM

My wife loves Dicks . Always says ” you can’t beat Dicks selection ” , it’s so big ! Is that the old sofa king store? :)))

Mr.Wonderful July 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

#12 summed it up

Debbie July 31, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Road Runner for all of my running gear and Heads Up for my fan gear.

Concord Guy July 31, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Dick’s is very impressive with a huge selection.

Killjoy July 31, 2014 at 3:51 PM

The only store that has any real selection of archery gear is Dick’s.
Oh, and they have other things too. 😉

mason July 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM
so basically the living room of my house where I shop

Marissa July 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM


@TraumaRx July 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Not all Dick’s are HUGE. Just saying…
Although the one in PH is.

Ctown July 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Would have to be big 5. They are always very friendly,helpful, and seem to have what i need.

green July 31, 2014 at 4:48 PM

tie between dicks and sports authority. rei is too exensive. big 5 does not have enough selection. for price nothing beats walmart.

Atticus Thraxx July 31, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Big 5. Guns.

@ #20 July 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

cute. 🙂

Fritzhugh Ludlow July 31, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Another vote for Big 5 on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill/Pacheco!

funnyclown July 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

@ traumaRX and #20

SKS July 31, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Secrets Boutique in Pleasant Hill.

@ fumunda July 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

That was a real cheesy comment.

Ítsme! July 31, 2014 at 11:37 PM

REI is the best in my opinion it’s soo inexpensive and have a wide variety of stuff I also like sports authority there both really cheap I wanted a hiking backpack and I found mine at REI for just $159.99 and at some places there more there waterbottles are a steal!

White Boy Fresh August 1, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Women love that new huge dick’s sporting goods store/Men what ever store is the close’s & has what they need!!!!!

John Locker August 1, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Before I left Concord in the 1990’s, Sports 4 All on Clayton Road was my go-to place for all things football and baseball. Their inventory was higher quality than any other place in the area. I always found Big 5 to be all about quantity, not quality. And Dicks Sporting Goods is anti-2A, so they don’t get my dollars. But maybe I should check-out Sports Basement the next time I’m in town.

The Mamba August 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Sports Basement, it seems to have everything I’m looking for and more at a reasonable price…

Silva August 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Never heard of Sports Basement.

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