REI of College Park was the resounding winner in this week's Readers' Choice poll, even if it was with an un-resounding number of votes.
Monday through Friday morning, Patch readers of College Park, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Riverdale Park and University Park voted for the best store in the area to buy sporting goods.
Apparently, athletics are akin with mud and campfire smell for many Patch readers. REI earned nine of 10 votes. The member-based co-op offers shoes and gear for camping, hiking, climbing, fitness and travel.
"REI is hands down the best place to go on your list," wrote one commenter. "They are pricier than the others but the selection and quality of goods is FAR superior. When I need actual sporting goods, I find Modell's has limited stock and usually head over to Sports Authority in Bowie."
Champs Sports in Hyattsville won the remaining vote.