Jul 18, 2013 at 9:24 am #1305537
From Canada, travelling to NY City and Washington in August. Does anyone local to these areas know of any good gear shops, besides REI of course.
DerrickJul 18, 2013 at 9:30 am #2007351
In the DC area, we have Hudson Trail Outfitters and EMS – both are very much like REI. There are a couple of North Face stores in the area. Some Bass Pro Shops in the area as well. The only non-chain store I know of is Casual Adventure in DC – but it only carries big name brand stuff.Jul 18, 2013 at 9:45 am #2007356
Hey. Harpers Ferry is a reasonable drive from DC and there used to be a good shop there. Its on the AT.Jul 18, 2013 at 10:47 am #2007376
in Manhattan, there're 3 patagonia stores in various locations, paragon sports in union square, and down south on Park Pl there is probably the best of the bunch tents and trails.Jul 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm #2007392
@skomaeLocale: northeastern US
Outdoors Gear Shops in NYC proper:
Tent & Trails
21 Park Place, New York · (212) 227-1760
867 Broadway, New York · (212) 255-8889
303 Lafayette St, New York · (212) 680-1938
530 Broadway, New York · (212) 966-8730
2152 Broadway, New York · ( 212) 873-4001
There's also a few Patagonia stores (the Meatpacking Patagonia store is climber/UL-oriented, the other two are more general).
SoHo is a good place for your gear shopping. REI, EMS, Patagonia, The North Face, Victorinox, Icebreaker, Uniqlo, Oakley, Crumpler Bags, Chrome Industries are all right near each other. Uniqlo got some chatter here for some very inexpensive ultralight down jackets a few years ago, not sure if they'll be stocked in August though.
There are also a bunch of cool shops in the outer boroughs like Kamp NY in Flushing, Queens and Gear to Go Outfitters in Park Slope, Brooklyn.Jul 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm #2007393
If you're driving then hitting Campmor can be a lot of fun. It's only 12 miles from the NJ side of the George Washington Bridge.Jul 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm #2007427
My vote is Campmor as well, but it's not in Manhattan.
You can find all your chain stores, EMS, REI, Paragon, … and some are pretty good, but Campmor is the best.
The REI on Houston is pretty good. Paragon on Union Square is good as well.Jul 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm #2007478
is the one store in manhattan you shouldn't miss. they always have some interesting closeouts. if your traveling with your wife/gifrfriend/significant other and they aren't into camping gear you can send them over to century 21. paragon is pretty good too. you'll find things that you wouldn't find in your typical mall store.Jul 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm #2007526
@namelesswayLocale: Mid Atlantic
Are you looking for anything specific?Jul 19, 2013 at 5:25 am #2007558
I saw the down ultralights for sale at Uniqlo in the Yonkers store last week, so my guess is they have it in the Manhattan stores as well. The one I saw was strinkingly similar to the Montbell alpine line. The down feels high quality. For $69 you cant go wrong.
Im also recently smitten with their airism underwear and shirts. It's cheap, fast drying, very light weight, compact packing, and perfect in hot weather.Jul 19, 2013 at 6:40 am #2007571
Thanks everyone for the great info.
Besides general shopping I am looking for a UL down jacket, specifically the MH Ghostwhisperer, but am open to other options, and note the Uniqlo gear recommended above.
I am also hoping to find a store with a good variety of shock chord, fasteners and bear bag size linerope.
DerrickJul 19, 2013 at 6:54 am #2007578
Various types of shockcord can be had at Campmor, I don't know about the others though.Jul 19, 2013 at 6:59 am #2007579
@moxtrLocale: The piney woods
My vote goes to Tent and Trails in Manhattan (great selection and prices) and Campmor in NJ -20 to 25 minutes from Manhattan.Jul 19, 2013 at 7:23 am #2007582
I won't have a car and am flying into La Guardia, not Newark, but I expect I will be finding my way to Campmor, one way or another.Jul 19, 2013 at 7:25 am #2007583
And then you're flying down to DC? What airport? On business, I assume?Jul 19, 2013 at 7:32 am #2007585
for what it's worth, I would not go way out of my way to go to campmor. Even if I had a car it's not something worth wasting a half day travelling to – it's not 20 to 25 minutes from most spots in Manhattan, it'll take that long just to get to the GWB, and it's big mileage so a cab will cost you dearly. it's really not that spectacular. you have to cross the GWB and it's often significantly delayed.
you can't walk there. you can't really even ride a bike very easily there. and mass transit would take forever. it's a concrete jungle with dividers all the way there.Jul 19, 2013 at 7:32 am #2007586
Campmor is not that easy to reach by public transportation.
I did it once and if I remember correctly, it was a bus and a long walk.
That was a long time ago and the routes may have changed.Jul 19, 2013 at 7:37 am #2007587
I agree with Sean, no place is worth that commute.
I rarely actually go to Campmor as their online sales are good. So I almost always shop online.
The exception is for shoes and things that have to be tried on.
In fact I usually receive anything ordered from them the next day.Jul 19, 2013 at 7:45 am #2007589
Thanks guys for the advice. I only have 4 days there and if it is half a day time commitment it is too much. By what others have posted there are plenty of spots to check out in Manhattan.Jul 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm #2007691
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
If it's still in business go to Tents and Trails in lower Manhattan. Chock full of good stuff that's always discounted.Aug 20, 2013 at 10:36 am #2016917
Thanks for all the suggestions. Time was limited so I was only able to go to REI SoHo, EMS and Tents and Trails. I enjoyed all stores but T&T is awesome. I my the S2S nano bug nets at EMS and while none of the stores has the MH GhostWhisperer jacket, EMS and T&T had the WM Flash Jacket. I bought it first at EMS for $290, but later found it at only $240 at T&T plus a further 5% off if you paid in cash. So I returned the EMS one. I could have spent a lot of time in T&T. They have all the brand name gear at great prices.
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