HOT PICK: CITY SPORTS
Whether you're looking for swimming goggles, beer-pong paddles, Rollerblade wheels or boxing gloves, you'll find it at City Sports. Of course, City Sports has baseballs, weights and water bottles, too. The extensive sportswear collection includes such specialty items as hiking socks, microfiber clothing and sweat-reducing apparel. The prices are similar to those at other sports stores, but City Sports has good deals during offseasons and on the sale racks. A final bonus: 10 percent off with a student ID. Mon.-Wed., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Atlantic Station, 261 19th St. 404-541-1100. www.citysports.com.
AMERICAN APPAREL Hip and minimalist sportswear basics for men and women. Yoga pants, running shorts, knee-high socks, headbands, gym bags, T-shirts, leggings and more. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Georgia Tech, 66 Fifth St. 404-733-0443. www.americanapparel.net.
DICK'S A catch-all sporting-goods store with low prices and an enormous merchandise selection. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 3535 Peachtree Road. 404-267-0200. www.dickssportinggoods.com.
I PLAY TENNIS Tennis shop with stringing services and a generous offering of competitively priced racquets, shoes and clothing. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Ansley Mall, 1544 Piedmont Ave. 404-347-7881. www.iplayatlanta.com.
REI Quality clothing doesn't always come cheap, but with REI's frequent storewide sales it is possible to score high-quality goods for prices that won't empty the bank account. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 1800 Northeast Expressway. 404-633-6508. www.rei.com.
TARGET Low-priced, effective and surprisingly attractive performance and active wear. Women's options have a greater range of colors and styles than the men's. Various Atlanta area locations. 1-800-591-3869. www.target.com.