City Sports Ardmore Visit

by Sara on July 24, 2014

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A few weeks ago I got an email about an blogger event promoting the opening of City Sports in Westfield New Jersey.  While I was really excited about the opportunity, Westfield is pretty far away and it would be a long drive to make after work.  So I was even more excited when they arranged for me to visit a store closer to me and see what it was all about.  I have heard of City Sports, there is one in center city Philadelphia that I used to walk by quite frequently, and now that I think about it, that’s probably where I purchased my first ever running watch.  {Yes it was pink.  But it wasn’t GPS.}  It’s been a while since I’ve set foot in one though

There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to running gear out here in farm country {aka south New Jersey}.  We have a great local running store with a really knowledgeable staff, but they don’t have a very extensive selection.  Then there’s the bigger more generic sporting goods store, they have a much bigger selection but I have never felt like they the sales associates knew as much as at the small local place.  I had always been under the impression that City Sports was more of the latter, but it turns out I was {really} wrong and they are a combination of the best of both.

When I first walked into the store I was immediately drawn to their shoe display like a moth to a flame.  Hello friends I think you should all come home with me.

PhotographerI know I just did a whole post all about shoes, but I am always looking to learn more and I was really interested to see what their fit experts had to say.  Let me just say that these guys knew their stuff.  They started off with the traditional gait analysis and asked a few questions about what I run in, and how many miles a week I run.  They told me what I already knew, I over-pronate and agreed with my shoe of choice, I however wanted to know more.  I had about 1000 questions about different brands, heel/toe drop, weight of the shoe, form, etc. and the amount of information and product knowledge they have to know is insane and really impressive.

Initially I thought I would just end up buying a new pair of  GT-2000s, since they got slightly lighter since the model I have but it turns out its only a 0.3oz difference and I wasn’t that impressed.  After that I tried on Newtons (which felt strange but I get the concept they are going for) and Sauconys.  Never in a million years did I ever think I would try on a pair of shoes and like them just as much as my beloved Asics but the Guide 7’s had me hooked.  I felt like I was cheating on my shoes – is that weird?  They felt lighter and softer than the GT-2000s but with a wider toe box which I liked.  I was almost sold.  But then they brought me out the Kinvara 5’s and I was in-love.  I have been slowly transitioning to lighter shoes {more on that next week} and based on all the things we had talked about they suggested the Kinvara’s as a good lightweight, low drop shoe that still had a decent amount of cushion in the sole for the higher mileage that I run.

About an hour later I finally looked up from shoe la-la land and went to explore the rest of the store.

DSC02272[3]It’s a real wonder I didn’t max out my credit card completely,  I can be pretty dangerous in any sporting goods store and this was no exception.  Running clothes, equipment like weights, foam rollers, med balls, swim gear/suits, I could go on and on.  I browsed through the women’s section while Ralph did the same with the mens and we both ended up with quite the handful of things to take to the dressing room.  City Sports hooked us each up with a top and bottom from their CS line to wear test {review coming soon} and on top of that Ralph and I each bought a pair of shorts,  Under Armor charged cotton tank to add to my collection, and a new water bottle {since I indirectly broke one of ours}, and the new shoes.  Not too bad.I was so busy being all-consumed my shoes and clothes I hadn’t even noticed a whole corner of the store devoted to sunglasses {so many styles} and watches {uh, duh Sara you got your first watch there remember…} but it’s probably for the better because I really didn’t need to be spending more.

I couldn’t believe I had spend the past 2+ hours looking at and talking about running gear.  Oh wait yes I can.

Thanks again Grace and to the wonderful staff at City Sports Ardmore, we had a great time and I’ll definitely be back.

As soon as my bank account recovers.

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