Academy Sports

Academy Sports + Outdoors

 3.9/5 (368 reviews)

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About Academy Sports + Outdoors

Academy Sports and Outdoors is an athletic apparel and sports equipment retailer with more than 290 locations across the U.S. Customers can browse a user-friendly website or visit a physical location and purchase discounted outdoor and fitness equipment and clothing, shoes, athletic accessories, gift cards and other health and fitness products.

Pros & Cons


  • Fast shipping
  • Discounted prices
  • Name-brand items


  • Does not ship to AK, CA or HI

Bottom Line

Academy Sports and Outdoors is a large sports and fitness retailer that offers clothing, equipment, accessories and shoes. The company has physical locations as well as an online shopping experience.

Top Academy Sports Reviews

Rated with 5 stars

Academy Sports is unmatchable. I am obsessed with them to where I even shop online for running gear during this whole pandemic. I love the pricing points. They're so much cheaper ...

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Rated with 5 stars

If you're looking for fishing gear, tennis equipment or just a hat, they have it. Awesome store. Our granddaughter need a pair of shoes for cheerleading, they were the only people...

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What is Academy Sports and Outdoors?

Academy Sports and Outdoors’ inventory features popular home accessories, sporting goods and outdoor equipment such as:

  • School uniforms
  • Outdoor games
  • Firearms
  • Hunting equipment
  • Fishing and camping equipment
  • Bikes
  • Sports equipment
  • Electronics
  • Coolers and drinkware

Along with a wide selection of sports equipment and fitness gear, Academy Sports and Outdoors offers multiple other services.

Hunting and fishing licenses
Fees for hunting and fishing licenses vary by state and type of license. There is an easy-to-use chart on Academy’s website to help you determine the cost associated with these licenses in your state.
Line spooling
When you buy fishing gear from Academy Sports and Outdoors, employees spool the reel with up to 300 yards of line from the store’s bulk spools free of charge. If you bring your own line, employees will spool it for you.
Propane exchange
Academy Sports and Outdoors makes it easy and convenient to replace your propane tanks for your grill, RV and heater. You can purchase or exchange a 20-pound propane tank at any of its locations.
Scope mounting
When you purchase a firearm from Academy Sports and Outdoors, bore sighting and scope mounting are complementary. If you bring your own gun that wasn't purchased there, you can still have bore sighting and scope mounting done for a small fee.
Delivery and assembly
If you buy large or bulky items such as a treadmill, elliptical or grill, Academy Sports and Outdoors can arrange to have it delivered to your house and help you assemble it.

Academy Sports and Outdoors brands

Academy Sports and Outdoors offers fitness apparel and equipment for men, women and children from popular brands such as Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and Brooks.

Along with top brands in the running and fitness industries, Academy also has a wide selection of clothing and accessories for the active worksite from brands like Carhartt and leisure and outdoor wear and accessories name brands such as NorthFace, Yeti and Magellan Outdoors.

Academy Sports and Outdoor also offers high-quality swimwear from O’Rageous, casual, everyday shoes from brands like Vans and Crocs, athletic wear from BCG and home gym equipment from leading fitness retailer Marcy. Customers can shop by category or by brand and explore a wide selection of outdoor, camping, fitness and wellness products on its website.

Other popular brands include:

  • Asics
  • CAT Footwear
  • Champion
  • Coleman
  • Columbia
  • Dickies
  • French Toast
  • Fitbit
  • Garmin
  • Jansport
  • Levis
  • New Balance
  • Nikon
  • Puma

Academy prices

Academy offers a wide range of products from outdoor, worksite and fitness brands at discounted rates. Some discounted products are only available online, and the company offers a low-price guarantee that matches any competitor’s price on an identical product.

All prices are clearly listed on the Academy website. Below, we’ve listed a few examples of Academy’s most popular outdoor and fitness items' costs.

ProductRegular PriceAcademy Price
Nike Men's Air Max Torch 4 Running Shoes$84.99$63.74
Brooks Women's Ghost 12 Running Shoes$129.99$109.99
Schwinn 810 Treadmill$1,299$999
Spot Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger$149.99$99

Academy Sports and Outdoors offers deals and discounts on a variety of products directly on its website. Customers can check the clearance section for discounted men's and women's clothing, kids’ clothing, shoes, home accessories, lawn tools, health and fitness equipment, sports gear and NFL-themed fan apparel.

Even items that aren't in the clearance section or on sale are typically priced lower than retail prices. Customers can browse the website by category, price, brand and delivery/pickup options. Academy Sports and Outdoors offers free in-store pickup and free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

Academy Sports and Outdoors FAQ

Who owns Academy Sports and Outdoors?
Academy Sports and Outdoors is owned by KKR, a global investment firm.
Who does Academy Sports ship through?
Academy uses FedEx, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service or a freight trucking company that delivers orders to every U.S. state except Alaska, California and Hawaii.
How long does Academy Sports take to ship?
Most items ship in three to five business days
What forms of payments does Academy Sports accept?
Academy accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Is Academy Sports and Outdoors legit?

Academy Sports and Outdoors is a legitimate discount retailer that offers a wide selection of fitness and outdoor products for discounted rates, but reviews are mixed about available inventory and customer service. If you’re looking for athletic apparel or sporting goods at discount prices but don’t have a specific product in mind, it’s worth shopping at Academy to see if you can find a good value.

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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: May 17, 2023

I purchased a firearm online from Academy Sports last week. I thought I was purchasing a new firearm, come to find out that it was a Display Firearm. When I picked the gun up I never saw anything stating Display which was on the side of the box. The manager nor the salesperson never said anything about the gun being a DISPLAY. The manager handed me the gun, asked me to read the serial number to her, I did, she took the gun back, put it in the box it came in and put it in a plastic bag, gave it to the salesperson who walked me out the store. I DID NOT WANT A DISPLAY GUN. I was told by Academy Sports there is a NO REFUND policy on firearms and I would have to contact the manufacturer to get this problem fixed. What a DUMB answer to give to a customer. Instead of Academy Sports trying to fix the problem, they now have lost a customer, going to get a bad review and word of mouth is going to be their worst advertiser.

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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: May 16, 2023

Purchased a pair of work boots on 5/13/23 and wore the boots to work on 5/15/23. After one day of wear the boots were falling apart. Took the boots to the store In which they were purchased who informed me they could not accept the boots since they were not in resale condition. I stated that the boots were defective and showed the store that a fingernail could take a chunk out of the leather. I was then told that I had to contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer states that since the boots were purchased at Academy, that academy must do the refund since “they accepted the tender”. After calling academy customer service I was informed that the stores do not actually have to follow the posted return policy, and if they choose not to the customer does not have any other recourse than to accept the loss. According to BBB academy has developed a pattern of this behavior.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: April 4, 2023

    the store offers perks to sign up for a credit card, DON'T DO IT! The worst credit service, they have so many fees and multiple interest fees per month even when you've made a payment but their system didn't take it. That $12 merchandise charge is now upwards of doubling because they don't communicate properly with you when you're trying to fix the situation. The fees just keep adding up!!! So don't waste your time and money over a few dollars in perks!

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: March 18, 2023

    I went to a register with a light ON to check out, waited 10 minutes, multiple workers walked by, no one told me register was closed. Then worker came and turned light off and told me to go to only other register open- customer service- to check out

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Feb. 26, 2023

    I ordered a pair of shoes online almost a month ago. I ordered a size 12 in men's. But got sent a 12 in woman's. When I called them to get it fixed. She told me they didn't even have a size 12 in men's in stock. Which it says they do online. So I proceeded to do the whole refund process. Since we didn't have any nearby stores. We had to do our return through fedex. We sent them back.

    It has been almost 2 weeks and still no refund. So I reach out to them to see what the heck is going on. She says they received the shoes back almost 5 days ago. But it could take up to a week for my refund to process then another 24 hours for it to actually be put back on my card. I ask if I could receive a store credit instead so we didn't have to keep waiting. She did even try to help just told me we'd have to keep waiting. I would advise everyone to NOT use their online services. Because when they mess it all up, they're not even willing to help accommodate their customers. I told them I'd go buy my hundred dollar shoes elsewhere. I'd advise others to do the same.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Feb. 14, 2023

    I bought a Magellan 35 qt. cooler a couple years ago and the T-Rex rubber latches have broke. Now Academy Sports say they can't get replacement latches so basically I have a expensive cooler that I can't even use anymore. Had I known this would happen I would have never done business with them and probably never will again.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Jan. 30, 2023

    I ordered a pair of men's sweatpants online a month ago, it took a while to come in and when it finally did, it was the wrong size. I ordered a small and they sent me a XXL. I took it to the store to hopefully exchange it and they said there was nothing they could do because they were out of stock. I waited for it to come back into stock as the employee in the store said they stock up very frequently. I eventually ordered again and within a few days, they completely canceled my order. I guess they are advertising products as in stock when they really don't have any available. Very frustrating.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Jan. 16, 2023

    Academy Sports should have never sold an item they didn't have in stock. What a poor business model! When the baseball bat wasn't shipped I called 2 weeks later and Academy stated it had been sold while not being in stock - even though the website clearly showed the bat as being in stock. During the phone call the Academy representative stated it would be shipped in 2 weeks. Of course it never was shipped. I called again in 6 weeks and asked where my bat was and the representative UNBELIEVABLY stated that the order had been cancelled right after the first phone call, even though at the time the customer service representative told me it would be shipped in 2 weeks. I never got a notice that the item was cancelled.

    The Academy representative stated that Wilson was supposed to have emailed the cancel notice. BUT, I bought from Academy, why am I looking for a Wilson email? Academy should have emailed the cancel notice. All the while I could have bought the bat from other sellers at the same cost. The worst customer service ever!! Please take your business elsewhere. I will never buy from Academy Sports again and suggest you don't either!!

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Dec. 19, 2022

    I was never updated on the item I never received, when I tried calling the store no one picked up. Just bad service all around, what is the point of having shipping if it’s not going to happen. I need a refund too.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Dec. 16, 2022

    Academy Sports has terrible online support. We ordered shoes for pick up in store. We were given the wrong color with no tags. We called online support and they only offered an in store exchange, but the store didn’t have the correct style. We called and ordered again, and they sent the wrong size. They cannot resend the correct shoes without charging with a new order.

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