A Consumer Reports survey of 26,000 readers rated Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sports Authority as the most popular sporting goods stores. Among department stores that sell more than just sporting goods, Walmart and Costco were among the leaders.
Outdoor stores such as REI and L.L.Bean rated high in the Consumer Reports survey, but 88 percent of those surveyed were especially pleased with local independent sporting goods stores and pro shops.
Top Ten Reviews ranked Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sports Authority first and second in their rankings with Modell’s Sporting Goods, Dunham’s Sports and Champs Sports also making the top ten. Among online retailers, Amazon, Buy.com and Online Sports received high rankings by Top Ten Reviews.