New Stores Opening Fall 2017

 

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Yorkdale Mall, Toronto

Sporting Life Set to Open Store in Yorkdale Mall and Second Location in Calgary’s Market Mall.

December , 2016 – TORONTO – Canada’s most prestigious sporting goods, lifestyle and “fash-letics” retailer Sporting Life announces a new store at Yorkdale Mall and its second western Canadian location in Calgary as part of its continued national expansion.

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A Guide to Custom Boot Fitting

Your ski boots provide control, steering, balance and comfort. With each of these, you’ll be skiing as effectively as you possibly can! Our in-store custom boot fitting services are perfect for skiers of any level, whether this is your first or fifth pair of boots.

When a ski boot doesn’t fit properly or the shape isn’t quite right, your foot loses its battle against the boot. Our boot-fitting expert Cam compares custom boot fitting to finding the fourth leg for a 3-legged table – the goal is stability!

We’ve laid out a few common problems associated with ill-fitting ski boots. Our boot fitting technicians would be happy to sit down with you and address any issues you may have, whether they are listed here or not. Visit your nearest Sporting Life and find the perfect fit!

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Bone Spurs

Bone spurs are the result of your foot banging against the shell time and time again, causing grievances to your foot. The body builds up calcium in that area as a natural band-aid, but this can cause long term pain.

To relieve the tenderness associated with bone spurs, our technicians will often dremmel out a small crevice in the shell, and pad the area around the spur. We will also ensure that you have a properly made footbed to reduce rubbing on the spur.

Cold Feet

There are a variety of reasons that your feet could be cold while skiing…the biggest misconception is that cold feet come from a boot that touches your toes. In fact, if your toe isn’t touching the boot, there is dead air space in the boot which will reduce the overall temperature.

The best way to prevent cold feet is clean, dry socks. ONE PAIR ONLY! Two pairs of socks interferes with a proper fit, which is the best way to keep warm. Instead of choosing a chunky, padded sock that won’t wick away moisture, choose a thin sock that keeps your boot fitting properly.

Another way to keep your feet warm in your ski boot is with a heater. Heated socks and liners come in many different styles which suit different styles of skier. While a ski racer may prefer a streamlined heated sock – such as a pair by Lenz with Bluetooth capabilities- any skier would fare well with the Conformable Pro Set Remote Foot-Warming System. It may ring in at a higher price point, but your toes will thank you after a full day on the mountain!

Shin Bang

“Shin bang” is exactly that – a bruise on the shin due to banging against the boot! The most common problem is that the boot is too big, and that pressure is not evenly distributed on the leg as the boot flexes. This can also be due to a lack of proper footbed – the angle of the leg changes, causing the shin to bang against the boot.

Aside from selecting a boot in the correct size, a booster strap can often fix the problem of shin bang. This dynamic power strap replaces the existing strap on your ski boot. Not only will a booster strap prevent your shin from banging against the front of your boot, but it will also lead to better ski performance & control and better shock absorption within the boot.

Toes Falling Asleep

If your toes are falling asleep, that means your boots are too tight, right? Not necessarily!

While our technicians will check the toe box to ensure that your toes aren’t being squeezed, the typical cause of toes falling asleep is an improper footbed. With an ill-fitting foot bed, the foot’s circulation is being cut off in an area where you may not feel it (i.e. inside the ankle or near your arch).

A proper footbed is key to a well-fitted boot. Our technicians will remove your sock and measure both of your feet while sitting and standing. This will ensure that your footbed allows for the collapse of your foot arch as your ankle bends. Our go-to brand of insole is Superfeet; these insoles are low volume, thinner, and are perfect for someone skiing less than 100 days a year.

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It’s Snow Time!

It's Snow Time! Ski Tuning Services

Since 1979, we have lived and breathed the Canadian winter. We are proud to be your one-stop shop for all things winter!

Gear up for a day of family fun on the slopes and stay warm and safe while you’re at it. Shop our checklist so you don’t miss a beat this winter season…It’s Snow Time! Visit any of our stores to shop exclusive deals from your favourite winter brands.

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We’ve tuned for the pros, and we’d love to tune for you! Our staff have learned from the best when it comes to the art of tuning – have you read our blog post on tuning skis in Saas-Fee, Switzerland? Each of our locations boasts top of the line Wintersteiger machines, guaranteed to send you to the slopes in peak form.

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Since Snow Time is here…from January 10 until January 23, 2017, buy one ski or snowboard tune-up and get the second 50% off!

Want to learn more? Watch the video below, featuring our Collingwood shop expert Bill, or visit our website to learn about the specifics of each store’s tuning machines.

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3 Must-Have Winter Accessories

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Staying warm is priority #1 during Canadian winters. Once you’ve found the right coat and layering system for your lifestyle, accessories are the next step! It is crucial to keep your head, ears and fingers warm in order to have a happy and healthy winter season. We’ve rounded up the three winter accessories you need to amp up your style in the new year. Look no further for fashion & function; with a fur pom hat, earmuffs or texting gloves, you will be ready for outdoor activities AND city living!

Keep scrolling to see our picks, or shop all winter accessories on our website.

We also think that these would make excellent stocking stuffers this Christmas… (last minute shoppers, take note!) You can find other great last minute gift ideas in our under $50 gift guide!

Fur Pom Hats

Who doesn’t love a fun pom-pom? Whether real or faux, the fur pom is everywhere this season. We love a classic cableknit beanie with a big floppy pom, but there are plenty of variations available for every style and budget.

Earmuffs

Easily paired with a ponytail, a cozy hood, or on their own, earmuffs are the perfect accessory for your winter wardrobe. Shearling and fur are sure to keep your ears toasty warm, and fleecy, sportier options are available to add to your winter running arsenal.

Texting Gloves

Texting gloves are necessary for the woman on-the-go in winter. Change the song on your winter run, snap a selfie in the snow, or text your friend “Happy Holidays”; These gloves were made to keep you connected and frostbite-free!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $50

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Get gifting for the entire family! From ski essentials to outdoor apparel, athleticwear to footwear, classic gifts to the newest and greatest, we’ve got you covered from top to bottom of your list this Holiday season.

Our buyers have rounded up the best gifts for every budget; today we are sharing some of our favourite picks under $50. This price point is perfect for those last minute gifts you need to check off your list. Check out the gift guide for layering necessities, the best stocking stuffers, and gear for the superfan in your life (whether they’re Darkside or Resistance).

Shop for him or for her, and find more great gifts for everyone else at Sporting Life.

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1. Columbia Glacial™ Fleece III 1/2 Zip, $45
2. V Fraas Solid Cashmink Scarf, $19.99
3. Smartwool PhD Check Ski Sock, $32
4. GiftCraft Holiday Red Deer Pillow, $40
5. Hudson’s Bay Co. Double Wall Travel Mug, $24
6. Orage Cultus T-Shirt, $35
7. Rella Oversized Pom Beanie, $45
8. Smith Electra Snow Goggle, $49.99

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1. Herschel Supply Chapter Dopp Kit, $34.99
2. Princeton Tec Helix Backcountry Lamp, $44.99
3. Hudson’s Bay Co. Ribbed Wool-Blend Scarf, $40
4. Patagonia Live Simply® Mornings T-Shirt, $39
5. Stance Force Sock, $29
6. Herschel Supply Abbott Beanie, $22
7. adidas Originals Jersey Logo Long Sleeve T-Shirt, $45
8. Smith Electra Snow Goggle, $49.99

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Don’t Miss These W17 Burton Collaborations

Burton has truly outdone themselves this season in terms of collaborations.

Aside from the ever-popular LAMB x Burton coalition, Burton continues to create collaborations with partners that embody the playful and creative spirit of the brand. Burton has just introduced their exclusive Star Wars and South Park collaborations, and the designs are better than we could have hoped for. Superfans of the snowboarding world will be all kinds of thrilled to find these boards under the tree!

Available in-store only, these collections are guaranteed to fly off the shelves this holiday season. Which collaboration are you most excited for this season?

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Celebrate the galactic epic with this one-of-a-kind collection featuring mind-altering artwork from the original Star Wars trilogy. Will you choose the Darkside or the Resistance? The Darkside takes on the legendary shape of the Burton Custom and – whether Sith Lord or Boba Fett – brings you about as close as you can get to cruising around in the Millennium Falcon. The Resistance’s artwork features the fearless Rey and takes on the shape of the popular Lip-Stick. Ride at warp speed and keep the force on your side!

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Trash talking comes easy with this one-of-a-kind South Park collaboration celebrating the most twisted animation ever. Featuring favourite characters such as Butters, Kenny and Towelie, the limited edition South Parkitect boards won’t be available for long. Go on down to South Park (or one of our stores) and have yourself a time!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $100

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Get gifting for the entire family! From ski essentials to outdoor apparel, athleticwear to footwear, classic gifts to the newest and greatest, we’ve got you covered from top to bottom of your list this Holiday season.

Our buyers have rounded up the best gifts for every budget; today we are sharing some of our favourite picks under $100. This price point is perfect for a high quality and thoughtful yet budget-conscious present for anyone on your list. Find fun (and unisex!) pyjamas, cozy winter accessories and the best clothes to complete your friends or family’s wardrobes in our “under $100” guide!

Shop for him or for her, and find more great gifts for everyone else at Sporting Life.

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1. Original Penguin P55 Lambswool V-Neck Sweater, $98
2. Canada Goose Merino Wool Watch Cap, $55
3. Dakine Boot Pack Backpack, $69.99
4. Klean Kanteen 40oz Stainless Steel Growler Bottle, $60.99
5. Woolrich Trout Run Plaid Flannel Shirt, $70
6. BOSS Orange Taye T-Shirt, $85
7. Lacoste Ribbed Scarf, $95
8. Herschel Supply Raynor Leather Passport Holder, $54.99

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1. Nike Roshe One Shoe, $99.99
2. Hatley Plaid Trailing Behind Union Suit, $56
3. Woolrich Motif Mohair Sweater, $95
4. S’well Smokey Eye 25oz Bottle, $57.99
5. Glerups Wool Boot, $99.99
6. Herschel Supply Market Xl Tote Bag, $74.99
7. Kombi La Canadienne Mitten, $60
8. The North Face Half Dome Full-Zip Hoodie, $74.99

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $250

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Get gifting for the entire family! From ski essentials to outdoor apparel, athleticwear to footwear, classic gifts to the newest and greatest, we’ve got you covered from top to bottom of your list this Holiday season.

Our buyers have rounded up the best gifts for every budget; today we are sharing some of our favourite picks under $250. Find the perfect “wow” gift with brand name clothes, high quality winter accessories, or unique statement pieces (we’re looking at you, Herschel Velvet Backpack…)

Shop for him or for her, and find more great gifts for everyone else at Sporting Life!

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1. Sanctuary Plaid Boyfriend Shirt, $139
2. Mackage Pom Pom Toque, $165
3. UGG Dakota Moccasin, $135
4. Patagonia Better Sweater® Fleece Jacket, $169
5. Woolrich Sherpa Rough Rider Blanket, $155
6. UGG Bronte Glove, $175
7. Barbour Tartan Betty Vest, $195
8. Herschel Supply Dawson Velvet Backpack, $129.99

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1. Old Time Hockey Toronto Maple Leafs Vintage Sweater, $130
2. Tubbs Xpedition 25 Snowshoe, $249.99
3. Canada Goose Pendleton Down-Filled Wool Scarf, $225
4. BOSS Signature Leather Watch, $239.99
5. Barbour Harvard Fairisle Sweater, $245
6. The North Face Nuptse Vest, $199.99
7. Kamik William Boot, $189.99
8. Kombi Patroller Down Mitten, $150

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