We keep it green at the Basement
You may have noticed that our logo is green, but our green-ness goes much deeper than that! Each of our stores has collection bins for you to recycle those mystery items you're not sure what to do with, from energy bar wrappers (they get turned into bags!) to climbing ropes (they get turned into leashes for rescue pups!). In fact, we recently won an award for our recycling program! Specific recycling is listed on each store page.
But being green is about reducing wast too—that's why we introduced our refillable propane program! Basementeers who buy a refillable propane canister from us can refill it for free, forever. So far, we've saved nearly 11,000 canisters from landfills!
Energy Bar Wrappers
Brian is a man of many talents, and we're not just saying that cause he's into triathlons. Growing up in a small town in New York, he spent his childhood in the Boy Scouts, eventually rising up to be an Eagle Scout. He moved to the Bay Area in 2005, started swimming races across the Bay, running a few races and riding bikes before deciding to just give in and do all three at once! A triathlete was born, and now Brian is an Ironman 5 times over, with many more to come. Beyond that, he's been on Mt. Everest, has trekked through Nepal, and he's a pilot. Is there anything this guy can't do? (We doubt it.)
Stafflete Ian Ballentine
Ian is completely amazing. He's the Marketing Director for the company, yeah, but he's so much more than that. He's Sports Basement main source of energy and enthusiasm. In fact, we're pretty sure he powers the entire Berkeley store with just the force of his personality. He runs most of our large-scale events, like packet pickups, film screenings and pro athlete panels, and seem to be friends with basically every mover and shaker in the industry. And he's a powerhouse outside of work as well!
Ian's motto is "I LIVE HARD" (yes, in all caps) and if you meet him, you'll believe it. When he's not at work, he's pushing his body as hard as he can. You'll find him running (trail & road), riding (mountain & road), swimming and dabbling in cross-fit. Only a guy as active as Ian can "dabble" in CrossFit. Outside of the Basement, he's got quite the adventuresome spirit and travels with his wife quite a bit. What’s Ian's lie? He's definitely not a hardcore vegan. In fact, he's kind of a carnivore.
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The bike team here is simply amazing. Jeff is extraordinarily helpful and honest. Nick and Aaron were super helpful too. I ended up spending less here than I would have elsewhere for a much...
Rented some camping gear for the first time and had a great experience. Booking online and picking up in the store made it pain free!
It was very easy to rent three sets of climbing gear (Boots, ice axe, crampons and helmet) the Thursday before a weekend climbing trip. The gear was high quality and not expensive compared ...