Feb 23, 2008 at 6:54 am #1227454
@fperkinsLocale: North East
Can anyone recommend a gear store in the North East that sells GoLite, Montbell, Smartwool, OR, WM, etc brands? Most of the stores by me either sell their own brand [EMS brand] or North face.
I'm looking for a good gear store like backcountrygear that has a diverse list of brands.
I have been to my nearest REI, but they seem to have the EMS problem where they stock more REI brand equipment than others.Feb 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm #1421735
Pure heaven. Northern NJ. Closed Sundays. Ramsey Outdoor is just down the road too.Feb 23, 2008 at 6:50 pm #1421761
Campmor has an EMS right next door to it, which is surprising. What is Ramsey Outdoor like?Feb 23, 2008 at 7:11 pm #1421764
Years back, Nestor's in Allentown was a great shop, lots of good stuff, and a knowledgable staff (yes I used to work there.) but last time I was there, they had shrunk in size and variety, but who knows, maybe they've recovered?
I apologize for any thread drift I may be contributing to, I am avoiding writing a paper.Feb 23, 2008 at 7:14 pm #1421765
AFeb 23, 2008 at 7:57 pm #1421775
It's been years since I've been up to Ramsey. I have no idea what they're like now. I think that they're not as big as Campmor, but they fill in some gaps.
They closed the Nestors by me in Quakertown. I'm somewhat disappointed, but they didn't have much for UL or specialty stuff. They were good for getting some f-d meals before a trip, or picking up a USGS topo. I miss the other departments that they provided (ski, bike).
I think Bucks County Outfitters in Doylestown is good too.Feb 23, 2008 at 8:14 pm #1421781
@luisramosLocale: MarylandFeb 23, 2008 at 9:06 pm #1421786
The Quaketown location of Nestors is closed and the Allentown location is just a shell of what it once was. If you enjoy BPL, you won't want to waste time going to Nestors. Disappointing because I got my first tent, backpack, and basic (heavy) gear there years ago.Feb 24, 2008 at 3:57 am #1421803
@garkjrLocale: Southwestern Ohio
When my son lived in Massachusetts, I used to visit the Arcadian Shop (Acadian Shop? I can't remember the spelling.) It's located just outside Pittsfield, Massachusetts, along the main connector highway to the interstate. (PJ – if you still follow this website, can you help me out with route numbers?) They carried Patagonia, Granite Gear, MSR, Snow Peak (I think) – I do remember I always came out with a sack in my hand. My son left Pittsfield for South Carolina about 4 years ago, so I don't know what the store's like now.Feb 24, 2008 at 5:29 am #1421808
There are two Ramsey Outdoor Stores near Campmor and Eastern Mountain Sports. One is in Paramus, south of Campmor and the other is in Ramsey, about 8 miles north. All three stores give a 10% discount to New York – New Jersey Trail Conference members. See: http://www.nynjtc.org/commerce/discount.htmlFeb 24, 2008 at 8:38 am #1421819
I'm not sure about the rest of you, but most of my specialty gear comes from the cottage industry at this point anyway (BPL, ULA, MLD, JRB). Yes, the larger stores have their place for incidentals, but most of our stuff is from the small mail-order guy nowadays.
BTW, remember to support the locally-owned store!Feb 24, 2008 at 9:44 am #1421826
I also buy most of my stuff on the web now, particularly from the cottage industry. Why not go straight to tthose companies' website to order what you want? However, it is nice to try on clothing for fit since it's a hassle to return items. For example, I find the SmartWool shirts to have an unusual fit for the stated size.Feb 24, 2008 at 3:58 pm #1421885
@fperkinsLocale: North East
Thanks for the info all, but I still don't think they match a backcountry, backcountrygear, prolitegear or a moosejaw. Looks like I need a business trip out west.
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