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Paragon Sports

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867 Broadway (at 18th Street)
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This sports superstore offers a broad selection.

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Paragon has been justly praised as offering a great selection and is one of the biggest sporting stores in NYC. Unfortunately, in the past couple of years the service in particul...

This store is enormous 5/4/2011

This store is enormous. And when I say enormous, I mean enormous. You should come here even if you have no interest in buying something... just to see all the different kinds of sporting goods that exist, and the amazing way its all crammed into a Manhattan space. I ended up here on a quest for Tevas (water shoes). I had gone to 3 stores, at least (Macy's, Shoemania, DSW) before arriving here. No one had them but Paragon. more

Great Place, Thanks For Everything 4/28/2011

Went there on Saturday, for a pair of running shoes... Omar A helped me. He was a complete rockstar. He started by welcoming to the store with in a few feet then asked how could he help me then he walked me to some treadmill to analysis or fig out overpronate (I do REAL BAD..). Then helped me realize why I have pain in certain areas and explain how arch support is not need it because bridges are supported by the front n back... Then taught me all sorts of neat tricks (like the ankle lock on most sneakers). Showed me some stretches with a foam roller.. I should probably add that my last trip there was horrible: I couldn't get anyone to help me and the girl that help me told me something like Kayano's are like a nimbus but better.. Omar apologize for her which he didn't have to he told me next time to speak or ask to a running specialist they are ID but the running wall.. if you're lucky enough to get Omar's help, you'll have an amazing experience, he is more concern about your needs than the sale.. Paragon He is a KEEPER.. He even gave me a little card for there running group.. more

Great Shop 4/27/2011

"Paragon is the most complete sporting goods store in the City. For those of you transplants who are used to the mega-sporting goods stores in the 'Burbs - the one-stop-shop kind of store - this is the closet thing you will find in any of the boroughs. While the staff can be spotty at best, if you actually need to put your hands on a piece of gear or try something on rather than buying off the web, this is your spot. Everything from skate boarding to running, hiking, mountain climbing, swimming, tennis, camping - you name it, this store has it all. more

headache free shopping is worth every penny 4/26/2011

I've been shopping here for years and this place is consistently excellent when it comes to selection and knowledgeable staff. There really is no other sporting goods store like Paragon anywhere. From the time I picked up a Rangers jersey to root them onto the Cup in '94, to today when I picked up a new tennis racket from an incredibly friendly and up to speed salesman, the place is just top notch. Not the cheapest, although they will match prices, but the surprisingly headache free shopping is worth every penny. more

THANK YOU !!!! 4/26/2011

Many many thanks to Natalie O. and Kiva!!! I had purchased a Nike running jacket 2+ months ago online from Paragon. I loved this jacket for all of its bells and whistles, and being a GREAT water/windproof option for cold/wet weather in NYC. Unfortunately, the toggles on the inside part of the jacket rubbed up against and destroyed my running tights and shirt, neither of which I had bought at Paragon. I asked Natalie (a store manager, I believe) what options I had, and she was IMMENSELY helpful! I had the option of either replacing the jacket or getting a store credit towards another jacket...or even having them send it back to Nike for me. Kiva (in the women's running apparel department) helped me find another running jacket (made by Gore), running tights to replace the destroyed ones (even though I hadn't bought those at Paragon), as well as a shirt to replace to destroyed one. They didn't have the exact shirt, so they gave me 20% off another shirt (similar to the one that was ruined). Not only was Natalie so helpful with logistics (I didn't have the receipt, and she found my purchase in the computer anyway, with my credit card number) but Kiva was also very helpful with finding many options with which I would be happy, and sizes that worked for me. THANK YOU AGAIN to Natalie and Kiva! more

I was very happy with Paragon Sports. 4/26/2011

I was very happy with Paragon Sports. I love winter sports like downhill skiing and ice skating. I had plans to go ice skating last evening but didn't want to rent skates. When I lived abroad, I went ice skating a lot, so I know that it would be worth it just to buy my own pair of ice skates. Paragon and a maybe a couple of other stores are the only places in the area where you can go and buy a pair of skates. The other retailers have moved that to online only. That would be fine if we're talking about shoes, but you need to know that your skates fit well. I found a pair I wanted online and called them. They confirmed that they had that pair in my size. I tried them on and that was that: sold. Then I learned that you get free blade sharpening for the lifetime of the skates. It's limited to 3 skate sharpenings per year, but that's awesome because that's not cheap or free. If you look at it from either side, the $5 to 20 a pop to sharpen blades ($20 at CitiPond at Bryant Park, just so you know) or the rental fees required to rent ice skates and I already know buying a pair is worth it. (Of course, that means I have to use them, but I will.) The guy who helped me wasn't the most chipper but this is NYC and almost no one here is chipper. He did his job, laughed at my jokes and got me out of the store with what I needed. That's all good. It was my first time at the store and other employees were nice too. Granted, for most stuff, I'll probably order online just due to cost. The store isn't cheap, but when I need sports gear NOW? I know I'll start here from now on. more

Amazing. 4/20/2011

This store is awesome... It has a lot of merchandise. From bikes, darts, basketball to hockey. This place has it all. They always have an end of season event where they have 1/2 the store filled with awesome deals. Winter gear, wide selection on shoes according to size. I go here to get some winter gear for cheap. more

Thank You All ! 4/15/2011

Seriously, the nicest staff i have ever encountered in a retail store. really knowledgable, they walk you through the store and make sure you get everything you need for whatever trip/excursion your doing. Huge selection of stuff too (i had some really specific things i needed and they had it and then some) more

I was very happy with Paragon Sports. 4/7/2011

I was very happy with Paragon Sports. I love winter sports like downhill skiing and ice skating. I had plans to go ice skating last evening but didn't want to rent skates. When I lived abroad, I went ice skating a lot, so I know that it would be worth it just to buy my own pair of ice skates. Paragon and a maybe a couple of other stores are the only places in the area where you can go and buy a pair of skates. The other retailers have moved that to online only. That would be fine if we're talking about shoes, but you need to know that your skates fit well. I found a pair I wanted online and called them. They confirmed that they had that pair in my size. I tried them on and that was that: sold. Then I learned that you get free blade sharpening for the lifetime of the skates. It's limited to 3 skate sharpenings per year, but that's awesome because that's not cheap or free. If you look at it from either side, the $5 to 20 a pop to sharpen blades ($20 at CitiPond at Bryant Park, just so you know) or the rental fees required to rent ice skates and I already know buying a pair is worth it. (Of course, that means I have to use them, but I will.) The guy who helped me wasn't the most chipper but this is NYC and almost no one here is chipper. He did his job, laughed at my jokes and got me out of the store with what I needed. That's all good. It was my first time at the store and other employees were nice too. Granted, for most stuff, I'll probably order online just due to cost. The store isn't cheap, but when I need sports gear NOW? I know I'll start here from now on. more

The sales were amazing and I would definitely recommend hitting this place up for great deals! 4/6/2011

What a steal? The selection is amazing. I stopped by Union Square on my way back to Boston this past weekend and went into Paragon Sports for some winter deals. I needed a deck for Spring Boarding in Vail. I'm headed out there in two weeks and expecting some great weather. I'm a Burton fanatic and I found myself a brand new deck for $350. The sales were amazing and I would definitely recommend hitting this place up for great deals! more

if you need something sportsy, you will have no problem finding it here. 4/6/2011

Paragon is in pretty ideal location and if you need something sportsy, you will have no problem finding it here. However, since it really does supply stuff for a large variety of sports, that stuff isn't always a huge selection. I generally go upstairs to the camping section. I can find what I need, but it might not be what I want. For example, their camping food selection is horrendous, as is their selection of like, 8 sleeping bags. I mean, yeah, if I'm desperate I have options, but they're not always the best options. On a happy note though, they do have a lot of clothes, which is cool, and they carry some really good outdoor brands. Sometimes, they're even on sale. more

it is in a class of its own. 4/4/2011

One of the best stores in New York. In comparison to a store like Best Buy, it is in a class of its own. Last year, I asked the manager coordinating the traffic flow at the checkout line if he knew who the owner was. It was the owner whom I was speaking to. I related to him the fantastic service I had just received by one of his staff who actually accompanied me to different departments to find me a suitable set of knee pads. Paragon is a class act, and is nothing less than a New York "institution." more

will always come back 3/29/2011

will always come back here for the service (snowboard dept) - sure, their prices aren't the lowest, but if you can find a reputable dealer out there selling the same items, they'll beat it by 15%. I managed to get a ridiculous deal on my Burton board, boots and binding last year thanks to that guarantee. Also, their boarding staff is extremely knowledgeable and down to earth - I knew they were really into snowboarding, but didn't realize that Paragon actually makes them take courses to learn more about their trade. Lastly, an interesting tidbit for the snow folks - they have a boot fit guarantee. I thought my boots from last year were too tight, and I was trying to buy a new pair, but the sales rep convinced me that it would be better to heat mold the older boot to fit rather than blow money on a new pair...how often does that happen? more

one stop shop 3/25/2011

"Its late in the season to get ski stuff but at least most of them were on sale! I stood at the goggles section but there was no salesman there to help me figure out which ones would fit my face. Finally, a guy came and I told him that I needed something for women. I tried on a few pairs and he helped me pick out a pair of Oakleys that were for women and that had an asian fit (asian fit has more cushioning around the nose area... the others left too much gap between my nose and the goggles). I also found ski pants and the salesman was able to look at me and tell my exact size, I was impressed. He also knew that I needed the length to be short instead of the regular length and was able to show me where it was. It was so sad that the discounted pants only included regular length. They were about $180 but after the 30% discount, my normal priced $140 pants cost more! Oh well. Overall, this is not the cheapest place to buy stuff in Manhattan but you get what you need at one stop. If you are really busy, and don't do too much online shopping (I don't like to buy clothes online cuz you can't try them on), then go here." more

Thanks! 3/25/2011

I didn't have any issues with selection, I went there looking for a pair of boxing gloves and they had a pretty large selection to choose from. Prices are fair, maybe $5 more expensive than some of the larger retailers out in the suburbs, but that's a premium I was willing to pay. Customer service was also good, a really old guy was in charge of my section but he was quick to get stuff out of the back for me! I also explored their running section and they have a huge amount of apparel and socks. I think this is a great spot for your sporting needs unless you need something super specialized. more

Great place 3/22/2011

A NYC institution. it's the best place for sports gear in the city, period. I have bought stuff here for skiing, rollerblading, hockey, swimming, backpacking, camping, hiking, weight training, squash, running, and the list goes on. The prices are fair *and* they price match online retailers, which is amazing. If you display the online retailer's page on your phone, one of the managers will usually print it out for you so you can get the price match. The one downside is that with the scale of this place, it can get disorganized and there can be longish waits to get help. Otherwise, I'm a huge fan. more

Paragon is the place for you 3/15/2011

When I moved to NYC, I figured I would have to schlep out to NJ to find a place to get real outdoors gear, get my snowboard tuned, etc. and that bummed me out, man... Enter Paragon Sports. This place is the real deal. They have a great snowboard / ski shop for whatever you need from tune-ups to getting fitted for ski boots / purchasing a snowboard-bindings-boots package. They also have tons of ski and snowboard apparel as well. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. I am an avid snowboarder, so I never really ventured beyond the first floor (ski/snowboard shop) until recently. Whoa. Paragon is like an REI sliced into 4 pieces and stacked up. This place has 4 floors of everything from running shoes to tennis racquets to ice-climbing crampons to bicycles to MMA fighting stuff. The selection is simply staggering. They even have branded mini-shops, kinda like Macy's for brands like Arcteryx, Marmot, and Patagonia. If you are in need of a North Face fleece or some serious mountain climbing gear, Paragon is the place for you. more

Helpful and friendly 3/15/2011

Something about one stop sports stores that makes me happy. The customer service here is A+. Everyone is helpful and friendly. The tall blond bearded man that works in the snowboarding department is in love with me. He always flirts with me,asks me to go to parties in Williamsburg and I can never remember his name. Haha The prices are fairly reasonable. I tried to order a Zuca bag for my best friend, but they were sold out of the color I needed. A manager in that dept was nice enough to look it up in the computer, and informed me that he could order it for me. I've also bought a couple pairs of gym shoes here. I believe they price match? more

Amazing Shop 3/1/2011

I have come to Paragon for everything from rain boots to buying a bike. They have a wide selection of just about everything and the staff is always very helpful. It's not the cheapest place but the prices aren't bad, and the quality, variety, and customer service are great. more

Poor Website 7/24/2007

I purchased a backpack off their website for $25, but I received a messenger back instead. When I questioned Paragon Sports why, the director of customer services told me that their website had been "coded wrong", and even though there was a picture and full description of the backpack beside the $25 price line, the backpack was not available at that price. He suggested I return the messenger bags and offered to sell me the backpack for "his cost" of $45! Paragon Sports wouldn't even honor their own website! more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    A more fitting moniker there could not be: This gargantuan, three-story space proves itself the model Manhattan sports shop by covering all the bases. Exercise machines, hiking...

  • 2/27/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Sat 10am-8pm Sun 11am-7pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, Diner's Club, Discover, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Flatiron District, Midtown, Union Square