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by MScholes » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:47 pm

KristoriaBlack wrote:I'm interested in this as well...

I've seen some good things at REI Outlet and Sierra Trading Post...but not the stuff I need at the moment.

My specific concern, not to draw attention away from the original post, but if people could comment on this as well is how to get stuff on line with having to pay an arm and a leg for duty (for Canadians)... are there any good stores in Canada besides MEC?? I know that UPS always gouges me with duty and brokerage fees, but when I boughts stuff from EMS it was much more reasonable (Zilch)... I don't know if the same would hold true on big ticket items...

For stores located in Canada, it's not easy finding something, and even more difficult finding it at a good price but there is more then just MEC.


There's also more that I can't think of at this moment.

I've used all and had great experiences with all, BUT be warned, escaperoute.ca charges a HUGE amount for shipping. I tried to order some OR Stormtracker gloves from them recently for $85, the shipping was 76$ for the gloves which pack down to nothing and weigh nothing - havn't ordered from them since.

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by Alpinist » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:34 pm

There are quite a few online retail stores that sell outdoor gear. Most of them are pretty good. If you take the time to shop, you can almost always find a sale somewhere.

I posted a list of about 100 stores in the US & Canada here.

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by ExcitableBoy » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:58 pm

I have had very good experiences with

Sierra Trading Post
Prolite Gear

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by Brad Marshall » Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:49 pm

Canadian buyers purchasing items from the US would get the best shipping cost using USPS International. Their broker fees are only $5. It's also much cheaper to have items shipped to a nearby hotel in the US if you're travelling there and then declare them on the way back.

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by RokIzGud » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:30 pm

steepandcheap.com has a new sale every 20 minutes or so. They have a bit of junk but they really do have some great stuff. All there sales are atleast 50% off. [/i]

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by Snowy » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:47 pm

This is my favorite; the gear, expertise, and service are as good as I've seen:

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by Alex Wood » Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:24 pm

Spadout ---> http://www.spadout.com/ (I think this the best tool for finding cheap gear)

Steep and Cheap -->http://www.steepandcheap.com/?CMP_ID=ODAL_FFP5001&mv_pc=r239

Moosejaw -->http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/home

Acme Climbing --> http://www.acmeclimbing.com/

East Oregon Mountain Community (e-OMC) --> http://www.e-omc.com/catalog/index.php

O2 Gear Shop --> http://www.o2gearshop.com

GearX --> http://gearx.com/

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by connollyck » Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:07 am

i'd order from 02 gear shop as a last resort. see my post

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