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Best Sporting Goods Store St. Louis 2012 - Old Mountains Gear Exchange

Old Mountains Gear Exchange

747 Marshall Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63119


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Greg Echelmeier, the owner of Old Mountains Gear Exchange and a lifelong outdoorsman, swears by his brown leather Vasque hiking boots — the same ones he's had for nearly 22 years. He opened his outdoor and climbing gear shop in March hoping to offer a cheap, neighborhood alternative to megastores that pedal pricey, low-quality goods. The result is this one-man shop on a sleepy residential street in Webster Groves where you can find high-quality consignment climbing and camping gear as well as new apparel made by boutique, American designers. "This might be a St. Louis thing, but people tend to hoard things here. People have boots they wore once or expensive kayaks they never use in their garages. Consignment is a good business model," Echelmeier explains, adding that a $100 kayak might get someone in the water for the first time, where a $2,000 investment might lead them out to the parking lot empty-handed. "And if you try it and decide you don't like what you bought, you can sell it right back." For climbers, the shop is heaven: chalk in bulk, $6 boar's hair cleaning brushes, buckets of shoes, Verve gear and an owner who is as generous with his time and extensive knowledge as he is with his prices.

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If you are in the market for gear at least give this guy a chance, you just might find just what you are looking for, but if not he will guide you in the right direction. My only complaint would be that he isn't open on Monday. 


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