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Decathlon Sports Store

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by Jade Jackson (subscribe)
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Published December 18th 2017
Cheap outdoor, sporting and adventure gear for everyone
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The bargains begin the moment you walk in at Decathlon. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.


Decathlon is a new membership only, sporting-goods warehouse in Tempe, open from 5am to midnight, seven days a week.

It's FREE to join, (you can sign up online or in-store) and members then have access to a huge range of apparel, accessories and sporting goods from a wide range of disciplines.

Similar to Aldi or Costco, the best prices are on their home brands like Quechua and Subea but bargain prices are also backed with substantial warranties giving peace of mind. Decathlon offers:
A 365 day returns policy
A seven day trial period (in-store only)
Extended warranty on bikes and backpacks
So cheap, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on quality.

Bargain tents and camping gear can be found at Decathlon. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.


With backpacks from $4.50, tents from $30 and kids rain jackets from $10, it looks like Santa's going to be bringing a lot of outdoor and adventure gear this year.

You'll find gear from 70 sports including:
Running
Cycling
Cricket
Swimming
Snorkelling and diving (including wetsuits and regulators)
Archery
Gymnastics
Ballet
Dancing
Tennis
Rugby
Camping and hiking
Fishing
Martial arts and Boxing
Rock climbing plus many more

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Decathlon has a try before you buy option.


Decathlon is warehouse-sized, rather than a department store, but it was pretty easy to find your way around. Aisles are grouped by sporting type, with water sports grouped together like swimming, snorkelling, surfing and diving; and team ball sports grouped together like soccer, rugby and basketball.

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There's bicycles galore at Decathlon from mountain bikes to kids bikes. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.


There was also items I'd not seen in a general sporting store such as prescription swimming goggles, horse riding gear and rock climbing equipment. All their equipment is not just cheap but also matches technical requirements of the sport. Check out their product design and testing process on their website.

Besides their cheap prices, there was a clearance section of stock that was reduced even further. What I liked about the whole shopping experience was that goods were labelled based on use, so if you're a casual tennis player, that doesn't require the same racquet that Federer or Nadal uses, then there's a whole section for you, including entry level pricing.

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Surfing equipment can be found at Decathlon. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.


If you're more of a regular user, such as a daily runner or swimmer, who requires better quality gear, then there is more advanced products, which are only marginally more expensive.

There was a good selection of products in each range and shelves were clearly labelled; for example, adults swimming goggles at the top, kids swimming goggles at the bottom, cheap, low-end user to the left, more expensive, daily user to the right. It seemed the store layout was planned, based on the user experience, rather than the product they wished to sell more of.

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There's plenty of outdoor gear for kids at Decathlon. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.


Most products seemed like reasonable quality, however their returns policy means there is no concern over quality. You have 365 days to return any item, used or unused for a refund or exchange. No other sporting goods store offers that.

I had little intention of buying anything, but walked out with a couple of shirts ($15 each), a small hiking backpack ($4.50), binoculars ($40 in a pouch) a DSLR camera bag, big enough for a camera and spare lens ($22), some diving gloves ($22) and some flippers ($18).

I'd definitely go back to look into the camping gear, wetsuits and stand-up paddle boards.

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Pick up a new hobby like fishing at Decathlon. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.


You can sign up for a free membership online or in-store (look for the large touch-screens), just be sure to have your membership activated before you get to the register, as you need to scan your barcode in order to make purchases. The self-serve checkouts have a magic system that automatically scans the product using RFD technology when you place it in the basin beneath the screen. There's also plenty of parking.

Horse riding gear at Decathlon. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
Horse riding gear at Decathlon. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.


Decathlon is perfect for those wanting to expand their gear collection or have back-ups. It works particularly well for those wanting to start a new hobby or for getting the whole family kitted out, without spending a fortune.

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Ski and snowboard gear at Decathlon. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.


Decathlon sporting goods store in Tempe. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
Decathlon sporting goods store is now open in Tempe (adjacent to IKEA). Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
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Why? Cheap sports, outdoor and adventure gear for everyone.
When: Open 5am to Midnight, seven days a week.
Phone: No phone number, use live chat on website.
Where: Corner of Princes Highway and Bellevue St, Tempe (Enter via the IKEA carpark)
Cost: Prices vary but start from $4.50 for a 10L backpack.
Your Comment
I like Decathlon such a great place for sports equipment
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 528 days ago
Awesome place
by henry (score: 0|4) 525 days ago
Decathlon is great. Good prices, good quality. And you will find whatever you are looking for...
by brlal (score: 0|2) 350 days ago
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