What’s your 2015 resolution?

We’re resolving to make 2015 a gazillion times better than 2014. Let us help you get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution and give the gift of a more exciting year to your loved ones while you’re at it.


1. “I will get infinite miles to the gallon.” New Giro commuter wear actually looks street savvy, and the gift of a bike fender or a bike light encourages the budding bike commuter in your life (that could totally be you!) to tackle every kind of weather.

2. “I will swing for the fences.” Great deals on Rawlings gloves, bats of all shapes and sizes and tons of other baseball gear will make the 2015 season that much more thrilling.

3. “I will Go be a Pro.” Pair a GoPro Hero4 with that board she’s been eyeing and let her know that her New Year’s Resolution is to hit the slopes harder than ever.

4. “I will earn my six pack.” Take your TRX workout back home (or on the road, or wherever your workout takes you) with the TRX Home Kit, so you’ll never have a reason not to work out.

5. “I will put a bird on it.” ‘Cause who doesn’t love Portlandia? Embrace your inner Fred Armisen with a flannel-tastic Pendleton blanket and matching National Park themed travel mug, and tour the Cascades in style.

6. “I will give a darn.” ‘Tis the season to give back! Keep that trend going throughout 2015, and start by buying gifts that give a little more, like TOMS shoes. TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair you buy.

7. “I will lighten up.” Maybe literally, maybe not. Either way, lighten up your life with these gorgeous new solid state LED candle lanterns.

8. “I will rep the Bay Area.” You can eat like a locavore and still open packages with San Francisco’s TCHO chocolate, or Berkeley’s The Cookie Department.

9. “I will have a 5 star experience.” Resolve to give people experiences instead of stuff in 2015: give the gift of an SBO adventure. Our in-store gift boxes are super cool, but you can also get an online gift certificate for any trip as well.

10. “I will get my life together.” Whatever that means to you! To us, it means getting organized with these awesome new uKonserve glass food containers.

The 2015 Ibis Mojo HD: We rode it, we loved it, and we’re taking pre-orders!

2015 Ibis Mojo HDToday Ibis announced the upcoming release of the 2015 Mojo HD and along with the rest of the MTB universe, we’re pretty excited about it. Four of our staffers were able to demo the bike and they were so impressed they ran out of superlatives. Bike buyer Philip’s exact words were, “It blew our minds! Chunks of brains are still on the trail.”

Some other impressions from Rex (SB Walnut Creek), Erik, Nick (both SB Presidio) and Philip:
“To say the new HD3 inspires confidence is an understatement.”
“The bike felt buttery smooth as I hucked myself off drop after drop.”
“In a market that is inundated with enduro-style bikes of similar angles and travel, the HD3 shines through as the best of the bunch.”
“The HD just feels right in every aspect of riding.”
“When a bike does everything right that translates to A LOT OF FUN!”

We will have demos of the HD3 and we’re now taking pre-orders for the February/March 2015 release. If you want in on this, call your nearest SB bike shop for more details!

Read on for more of what our test riders had to say about the HD3. Read the rest of this entry »

Six regret-free Halloween costumes!


Halloween is on Friday, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve been far too busy celebrating Orange October to remember the other reason for the season. Well, we care about you and want you to succeed, so we put together a few costume ideas using stuff that won’t just take up space in your closet after the 31st. You’re welcome.



Fairy Princess & Luchador 

On either side of our daily uniform (middle) is a stunning fairy princess (why yes those ARE two kites forming her glittering wings!) and a luchador (yep, that’s a swim cap, and yep, we sell ‘em).

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SnowFest 2014 is coming!

We know they’ve only barely started selling pumpkin spice lattes, but we just couldn’t wait any longer! Winter is coming, it’s coming up so quick it’s nearly here, and we’re celebrating the Sports Basement way! Snowfest 2014 is coming to a Sports Basement near you, so be sure to save the date and join us as we call forth that glorious frozen rain we hold so dear.

RSVP online for your Snowfest of choice:

Campbell Snowfest: Friday, November 14, 4pm-8pm

Berkeley Snowfest: Saturday, November 15, 10am-4pm

SF Presidio Snowfest: Sunday, November 16, 2pm-6pm


Meet the Amazing Basementeers


It’s an Ironman, it’s a pro triathlete, it’s… a Basementeer! There’s a lot going on behind those green aprons, we’ll have you know. Our Sports Basement staffers are top-notch in every way, from their smiling faces to their rock-climbing toes. So if you have a question, or are looking for an expert opinion, look no further than your closest Basementeer – chances are she’s got the expertise you need.

Check out the photo to the right: there’s Ian Ballentine, marketer at our Bryant St. store and soon to be marketer at our new Berkeley store. She’s also a top age-group triathlete, racing with the Oakland Tri Club.

Next to her is Anthony Biolatto, our SB Outdoors General Manager. He’s a certified rock climbing instructor as well as a Wilderness First Responder.

Next is Annie Underdown, a store manager whom you’ve probably met if you’ve ever been to our Presidio store. She recently completed her first marathon, and is excited for her next.

Next we have Andrew Bauer, one of our buyers. He’s also a pro triathlete, which comes in handy since he orders much of our swim gear and sports nutrition.

Next to him is Eden Slezin, General Manager of our Bryant Street store and professional backpacking guide. He also designs his own clothing line.

On the far right is Tom Trauger, our Director of Finance. He’s a national Ironman 70.3 age group champion, and cannot be seen without a tee from a race he’s competed in (and probably won).

And they’re just the beginning! Click on the image below for stats on our entire company, as well as more incredible Basementeers.




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