I actually just bought some long underwear that was on sale there. They have great sales regardless of stock or season. This was an odd one because they had a sale on new winter 2011 stock. I don't think I've ever seen that anywhere before.
Shipping is free and FAST for anything above $49 which is like most of what they sell.
Unlike Mountain Gear that took 10-12 days to ship from Wash to NYC, Bentgate shipped with in 3 days from Colorado to NY (actually it was more like 2 days because I paid on Thursday afternoon and got the items on Monday morning).
They also sell clothing items and gear that you don't see elsewhere online and the take Paypal and usually let you know up front what is in stock and what is not.
I noticed a few new sites that popped up this summer.
Trailedge, Campsaver and Trekkin. All seem to offer sweet deals on big name items as well as rare hard to find items.
I did call Trailedge
to ask for assistance on finding out if an item was in stock because their website is hard to use (it doesn't specify what is in stock and what color or size you are buying until after you pay). The operator obviously was not a climber/outdoors person and didn't even know how to say Mammut nor did she know what windstopper was. LOL. At any rate she did her best to help me.Trekkin
seems to be a European website with prices in Euros, Dollars and Pounds but their phone number is to a Brooklyn site and I was told they ship from both Brooklyn and sites in Europe. They do not offer free shipping since some of what you may order will ship from Germany or Ukraine and not within the USA. In fact you pay a flat rate of $15 for DHL shipping anywhere, but they do take PayPal.Campsaver
seems to be on the same Magnitude as Backcountry. They literally sell everything you could be looking for. They also sell alot of European brands like Rab, Millet, Mammut, Montane, etc...
They don't seem to keep big inventory stocked but they do have sale regardless of season and stock and they take paypal. Only thing is their website looks like a big Ad pop up.