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Inside Track on Outdoors Deals

November 10, 2000|GERI COOK | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Very few things in the life of a bargain hunter can be more of a turn-on than a real, genuine, honest-to-God outlet store. This is even more of a kick when it's an operation like Sports Chalet.

Yes, they have an outlet where the inventory is made up of last year's merchandise, discontinued items, some special purchases and a few irregulars in apparel. Needless to say, the prices are terrific, starting at 30% off, but most of the merchandise was 50% or more off the original cost.

We found several items that should spur you to make the drive to Montclair: a Pacific Extreme sleeping bag that retailed for $189.95 tagged at $99.50; a North Face women's jacket for $109.95, $110 less than the original retail; and some Air Jordan athletic shoes at $79.96, which usually sell for $149.99. The day we checked, New Balance men's basketball shoes were going for a dynamite price of $19.96 instead of $59.99.

Skis and snowboards are in demand right now and there are some excellent deals. A Sims cd144 snowboard usually retails for $279.99, but here you can get one for $169.96. And some Salomon K-2 152 cm skis for $259.96 are an excellent deal when you know that the retail price is $399.

We saw a good selection of apparel with the Patagonia label and quite a few pieces from Columbia. There's also equipment for camping, climbing, swimming, fishing, tennis and scuba, as well as bicycles and exercise equipment.

All of this plus a knowledgeable sales staff.

Sports Chalet Outlet Store, 5057 S. Plaza Lane, Montclair. Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Major credit cards. (909) 624-1372.

Weekend Supersale: Saturday, for one day only, it's the annual Snowboard and Ski Swap at eight Sports Chalet locations. Hundreds of used snowboards, skis, boots, bindings and poles have been placed on consignment and will be selling at giveaway prices. All the big names in ski and snowboard equipment (and clothing) will be offered at the Swap at several Chalets.

Sports Chalet, 6701 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills (818) 710-0999; 920 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge (818) 790-9800; 1885 Ventura Blvd., Oxnard (805) 485-5322. Other locations in Brea, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Torrance and Point Loma.

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