13 June, 2008

Fitness Apparel

Today I visited a wonderful store for fitness gear named REI in Seattle. It is very unique in its approach, merchandise, quality, d├ęcor and standards. It is actually REi Co op. Their policy is that at the end of the year, they share profit with their members.
The building can be seen from I 5 and is located at

222 Yale Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

The store has equipment for Camping, Climbing, Cycling, Paddling, Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Travel, Men's Clothing, Women's Clothing, Kids' Clothing, Footwear, Books and Maps.
The store also has one of the tallest freestanding indoor climbing walls in the world!

History & Today

REI's thriving spirit was born in the 1930s when Pacific Northwest mountaineer Lloyd Anderson began his search for an ice axe. Lloyd wanted a reliable tool at a reasonable price but had no success in finding one locally. He eventually found a high-quality model in an Austrian alpine gear catalog for a mere $3.50, shipping included. Word about his find quickly spread among Seattle's climbing community, which led Lloyd and his wife, Mary, to convene with 21 fellow climbers to establish an outdoor gear co-op in 1938.
REI has been a trusted retailer of outdoor gear ever since and is now the nation's largest consumer co-op, continuing to return the majority of profits to their members through annual member refunds based on their purchases. Since the beginning, REI has been committed to helping people enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest-from weekend family camping trips to Mt. Everest expeditions—by offering innovative, high-quality outdoor gear and apparel.

Serving Seattleites since 1944, more than a store, they rank among the Emerald City's top sightseeing attractions. Here you'll find the motherlode of gear—plus a mountain bike test trail, gear-testing stations, a 65-foot climbing wall and more hands-on fun.

Some very unique brands that store merchandises are-

0. REI
0. Novara
0. Arc'Teryx
0. Burton
0. CamelBak
0. Chaco
0. Chariot Carriers
0. Columbia Sportswear
0. Crocs
0. Dansko
0. Eagle Creek
0. Garmin
0. Gregory
0. Jetboil
0. Keen
0. Kelty
0. Life is good
0. Marmot
0. Merrell
0. Mountain Hardwear
0. MSR
0. Nalgene
0. Novara
0. The North Face
0. Oakley
0. Osprey
0. Patagonia
0. prAna
0. REI
0. Salomon
0. SmartWool
0. Teva
0. Therm-a-Rest
0. Thule
0. Timbuk2
0. Under Armour
0. Yakima

The apparel is priced slightly on the higher side but still worth it. If you like something, you can pick it up since brands like The North Face rarely go on Sale.

Besides providing a convenient and seamless shopping experience, they also offer adventure trips in the outdoors. Annually, REI dedicates a portion of its operating profits to help protect and restore the environment, increase access to outdoor activities, and encourage involvement in responsible outdoor recreation.

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