Premier specialty sporting goods retailer provides rental equipment to usher in spring activities



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Love It Or Lease It: 10 Rentals To Try Before Purchasing

LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the best ways to

leap into spring is by experiencing a new sport. According to a recent

survey conducted by premier specialty sporting goods retailer Sport

Chalet, 78 percent of people are more likely to rent equipment rather

than purchasing, if they are trying a fitness activity for the first

time, and 71 percent would be more willing to try a new activity if

they had the option to rent the necessary gear. As spring nears, Sport

Chalet offers a variety of rental equipment for consumers' growing

outdoor sporting goods needs. If consumers test the gear and decide to

buy, Sport Chalet will credit two days of rental fees toward the total

cost of the purchase.

"Our ultimate goal is to provide customers with the education and

equipment they need to tackle any sport, whether they're an amateur or

experienced athlete," said Craig Levra, Chairman and CEO of Sport

Chalet. "Our Experts are readily available to answer questions about

all rental needs, from choosing the proper gear to offering a list of

the best destinations to try a new sport."

For consumers wanting to experience a new activity this spring, Levra

highlights the following must-try rental offerings:

-- Beach cruiser - Pedal new paths with a beach cruiser rental. If

visiting a coastal area, riding around on a beach cruiser is the ideal

form of transportation to and from the beach.

-- Racquet - Perfect for pairs trying out tennis or more advanced

players looking to test new equipment, both tennis and racquetball

racquets are available for rental at all Sport Chalet locations.

-- Stand up paddle board - For an intense strengthening workout, try

stand up paddle boarding. This sport isn't as easy as it looks; paddle

boarders can burn up to 800 calories in one hour while achieving a

full body workout.

-- Wakeboard - Spring is a great time to take out a boat and try

wakeboarding. Stop by a Sport Chalet store to rent wakeboarding and

knee boarding gear before heading to a local lake.

-- Kayak - Find out if paddling is a passion with a kayak rental. Be

sure to also pick up a paddle or two before hitting the water.

-- SCUBA - Dive deeper than ever with SCUBA rentals. For first-time

SCUBA divers, Sport Chalet provides a complete package that includes a

regulator with computer and octopus, buoyancy compensator, wet suit,

hood, cylinder, weight belt and weights. Additionally, free diving

lessons are available for beginners at various Sport Chalet locations.

-- Tent - Tents for camping trips with family and friends are

available in a variety of sizes to fit varying needs.

-- Sleeping bag - For differing camp site locations, both down and

fiber-fill bags are offered, along with kids' sizes. Talk to an Expert

to find out what gear is needed, depending on the destination.

-- Camping Stove - Be sure to pick up a camping stove if heading on a

backpacking trip. At the end of a long day of hiking, a hot meal will

give campers the energy required for the rest of the adventure.

For more information about Sport Chalet, or to find a nearby location,

visit www.sportchalet.com. Rentals do vary by store location, so

please contact the nearest Sport Chalet store for details on what

rentals are offered. For additional media inquiries, contact

spilsbury@formulapr.com.

About Sport Chalet

Sport Chalet (Nasdaq: SPCHA, SPCHB) is a premier, full service

specialty sporting goods retailer featuring the industry's top sports

brands in apparel, footwear, and sports equipment. Founded in 1959 by

Norbert Olberz, the company has 51 stores in Arizona, California,

Nevada and Utah; an online store at www.sportchalet.com; a Team Sales

division; and offers more than 50 specialty services for the sports

enthusiast, including online same day delivery, climbing, backcountry

skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche education, and mountain trekking

instruction, car rack installation, snowboard and ski rental and

repair, Scuba training and certification, Scuba boat charters, team

sales, gait analysis, baseball/softball glove steaming and lacing,

racquet stringing, and bicycle tune-up and repair at its store

locations. For more information, visit Sport Chalet

atwww.sportchalet.com.

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