Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Shop for adventure gear

The old-timers will recall my lament about the acute lack of shops selling adventure gear in Mumbai. I had referred to one particular store from where i topped my requirements before heading to Ladakh on a winter trek. It was called Avi Industries in Matunga (West).

I have since then come across six more such shops (five in Mumbai, one in Kolkata) that you will be interested to check out.



a) Outdoor Travel Gear

This one doesn't like to mince words. Located in Bandra, it stocks exclusive motorbiking, camping, cycling, hiking and other adventure products. I found pretty decent riding jackets, water-proofing gear and really nice sacks.

They have good brands like Aquapac, Cramster, Camelbak, Gerber, Horizon Socks, Knox, Quechua, Master Lock and MotoTech. You can visit their online store at Outdoor Travel Gear or take a look at their goods in person between 10am - 8pm.

Address: Shop#3, Sun Beam Apartments, Vinayak Cross Roads, Off Carter Road, Bandra (W). T: 022-26556848


b) Wagle & Co.

With the imposing structure of St. Xavier's School on one side and Metro Cinema on the other, it is possible to miss the oldest sports store in the country. 

Wagle & Co. was started by Raghunath Wagle way back in 1865 and is well-known in sports circles. But not too many people know that they also stock mountaineering equipment. Monday to Saturday, 11.30am to 8pm; Sunday closed.

Address: Princess Street and inside Khar Gymkhana. T: 022-22087460  


c) Mountain Sports Academy Adventure Gear Shop

Mountain Sports Academy (or MSA) is a mountaineering organization established in 1999. Its aim is to promote adventure activities so they do all kinds of activities - right from school camps to individual adventure camps and even corporate workshops. Check out their Facebook page and their website
Address: B-22, Shubham, Plot No. 151, Gorai Part II, Gorai, Borivali (West)
T: 98920 42704, 98693 31490 (Mr Nandu Chavan)
E: nandu@mtsportsacademy.com, amruta@mtsportsacademy.com  


d) Decathlon

Bangalore-based Decathlon has now opened up in Thane and taken Mumbai by storm. Almost everyone i meet (who have a moderately-active lifestyle) mentions 'Decath' at least once in their conversation. 

Picture this:

Me: So... long time haan! Let's catch up over coffee.
Friend#1: Sure. Wouldn't mind a Decath.

No, but seriously. It's the place to go to for all your sports gear. You get everything, and i mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g that is even remotely related to physical activity. A friend (@NancySudheer) went shopping here before she went trekking to Hampta Pass and found everything she wanted under one roof. 


Check out their website and Facebook page. Also check this blog on Thane that reviews this place.       
Address: Big Shopping Centre, Ghodbunder Road, Kasarvadawali Gaon, Thane West. T: 96 19 297688 E: crm.thane@decathlon.in   



e) Adventure18

It claims to be a one-stop shop for adventure sports lovers. But you don't have to take their word for it. Or mine. Check out their online shop to order top brands or physically visit their outlet in Mumbai or Delhi. They also have a Facebook page with product details. But their website is more elaborate.

A friend (@Aloke Bajpai of The Explorers fame) who passed on this information to me, said that his adventure instructors who had bought some gear from here were pretty happy with it.  

Address: (MUMBAI) Shop #1, Ground floor, Boyce Building, J. Daji Lane (behind Bhatia Hospital, Grant Road (West), Mumbai. T: 022-23803102. Sundays closed.
(DELHI) 16, Satya Niketan, New Delhi T: 011-32970400, 011-26878888 E: sales@adventure18.com 



f) UBAC Mountaineering Equipment

It was started by two friends who were passionate about mountaineering but had huge difficulty getting their on appropriate and good quality gear. So what did they do? They started making the stuff themselves. 

The company also conducts other activities through its Ubac Mountaineering Association. With more than 200 members today, it conducts treks, expeditions, bird-watching trips and even food trails! Hey... for some it is an adventure.   

Address: 34, M G Road, Raja Rammohan Roy Srn, Near Sealdah, Kolkata T: 033-23543627, 9038278434 E: ubacindia@yahoo.co.in 


If you come across interesting outlets that stock adventure gear anywhere in India, do write to me at hazeljain@gmail.com and I'll share your inputs here! 

1 comment:

Aloke said...

Thanks for the useful info Hazel.