Sport Schuster The Outdoor Retail Scene in Munich Part 1 2014/01/28

Ember Survival popped over to Munich to check out Ispo. However the first couple of days were spent exploring the city of Munich and surrounding areas. Bavaria has this really relaxed feel to it with great food and fantastic public transport but it's also an outdoor hub. This is the first in a series of posts outlining the outdoor scene in Munich. Firstly we will look at Sport Schuster in Munich.

Part 2 HERE

Sport Schuster


In between sampling locally brewed wheat beer, of which Paulaner was a particular favourite.  Tasting sauerkraut and various sausages we managed to find time to go into a couple of the outdoor shops in Munich. First on the list was Sport Schuster.

Sport Schuster

From the outside it was like nothing we had seen before, multiple floors covering 5000 square metres. A truly massive store. We started on the ground floor and made our way up looking at each department as we moved through. The shop is rather seasonal so it did concentrate on winter sports such as skiing. It had an amazing range of boots, skis, poles and helmets for both mountain skiing as well as speciality styles such as nordic. Didn't see any snowboarding gear however... There is a ski workshop for waxing and edging with a dedicated collection point. Moving upstairs towards the hiking department revealed an impressive selection of footwear. Sport Schuster uses an interesting display technique for the footwear, instead of just one model on display they sometimes have multiple pairs of the same model on show.

Sport Schuster

Outdoor Department

The mountain boots in the hiking department had some epics such as the Sportiva Olympus Mons. Sadly no Scarpa Manta Pro or SL Active both favourites of the Ember Survival staff. Boots could be tested on one of the most elaborate slopes in a shop we have ever seen. Upstairs again for climbing, mountaineering and rucksacks. Such a wide selection of ropes, ice axes (including a retro Grivel Mont Blanc) and harnesses. The karabiners had to have 2 stands to fit them all on! Running up the side of the shop till the top floor is a climbing wall with a Via Ferrata route on it too. For bushcraft there are some cracking brands on show here, Fjällräven has a great selection for clothes as well as backpacks. We saw almost every Thermarest mat for sale and a good selection of stoves for camping. A knife cabinet in the camping section housed some styles that are seen back in mainstream outdoor shops in the UK, such as Gerber and Victorinox.  Wide range of sleeping bags, tents and gear for wild camping.

Sport Schuster
The shop caters for niche groups too, with even a yoga section!

Overall, the most equipped high street outdoor shop we had ever been in to. The place was busy, pretty tidy, well stocked and most of the staff spoke perfect English. We left feeling amazed that such a shop existed, however at this point we had no idea what we would walk into tomorrow, something that would change our idea as to what's possible in the outdoor market...

Part 2 HERE


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