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  • #3714265
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    I have both a Cerium LT (size L, 11.3 oz) and a Ghost Whisperer (Size M, 7.8 oz, older version with 800 fill Q-shield down). The Cerium is a few ounces heavier but significantly warmer. I tend to use the Cerium anytime I expect temps to get below freezing, and the GW for warmer weather or as a second puffy in winter when I’m using an active insulation layer like a Nano-Air or Proton LT. I have no experience with the Eos.

    IMO the ghost whisperer is not warm enough for stationary use in temperatures below freezing. If you want one puffy to use as your primary warm layer into the 20’s I’d rule it out – to me it’s a 1-2 season jacket unless layered with a warm fleece and/or another puffy, in which case you gain some versatility but lose the weight advantage. The Cerium is a good choice for your use case, the Eos is likely a good choice as well. Outdoor gear lab has a good comparo, i’m sure other sites do as well.

    The Cerium LT does run a bit small so you may want to size up if you choose that one. I wear medium in just about everything but found the medium too small and the large just right.

    #3714006
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    This is NOT a supply issue. It is a MAP issue, related to the 20% coupon.

    I called the REI 800# about this the other day, and the rep told me that most Hokas were removed from the website because Hoka is one of the manufacturers who enforce a “Minimum Advertised Price” on all their retailers. Basically REI cannot advertise them at lower price than the MAP – and apparently someone decided that having them on the website when the 20% coupon could be used on them would violate the MAP policy, so they removed them for the duration of the sale. The rep assured me that REI has plenty of stock in the model I was asking about at least (Speedgoats, not sure about other models) and they would all be restored to the site after the sale is over. There are a couple clearance Hokas still there, presumably because MAP does not apply to clearance models.

    #3710355
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    #3710313
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Also should make it clear that this BD Spot from about 2015 is actually 130 or 200 lumens – depending which site you believe or perhaps when it was made – not 330. The current model BD Spot is 350 Lumens, and the slightly older 300 lumen model is on sale right now for about $30 at Backcountry.com, so you may have trouble getting your asking price for this one. The newer models also have a more robust/durable casing and closing mechanism for the battery compartment – my old one quit working after a 2-3 years but my newer ones are still going strong after 5 years.

    Spot at Backcountry.com

    #3708043
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Looks like an older version of the Spot – I have one just like this.

    The Revolt is rechargeable, the Spot is not. But you can use rechargeable AAA batteries in it.

    #3705927
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    In 2019, REI CEO compensation was $3.284 Million, and 3 other executives made over $1 million. They did take big pay cuts in 2020 but it will likely go right back up in 2021. They do have a more long term planning mindset than many publicly owned (or hedge fund owned) corporations which has helped keep them thriving and surviving, and will likely continue to do so for years to come.

    REI executive compensation report for 2019: https://www.rei.com/assets/about-rei/executive-compensation/rei_executive-compensation_cda-for-2018-results/live.pdf

     

    #3705885
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Regarding long term REI employees being “gone” and replaced by new faces: many of the long-term employees are older and at higher risk for Covid-19. Many of them are also retired from other professions, or have another gig that pays better, or a spouse that makes more at another job/pension etc…so they don’t really need the work, they do it because they enjoy it, for a bit of extra income, and for the discounts & prodeals which can be substantial. Covid-19 changed that calculation for many, who either quit, or took a leave of absence in an effort to reduce their exposure at work and protect their health and that of their loved ones.  Newer, younger employees tend not to worry about Covid as much and are happy to take their jobs for minimum wage + discounts. REI has high turnover in normal times like most retail businesses – they tend to hire a new crop of employees in each store 3-4 times a year most years, and many of them stay less than a year. What changed with Covid is a significant percentage of the older/long time employees decided they weren’t willing to risk their life/health or that of a loved one for a low paying retail job. And some store managers likely used it as an opportunity to get rid of some of the more crusty/stubborn/set in their ways employees who drove up payroll and maybe resisted some of the constant changes/initiatives that come and go in retail all the time with each new manager who wants to make their mark.

    Meanwhile, once stores reopened, many customers stayed home or ordered online for curbside pickup. On top of this, stores had to restrict the # of customers to a fraction of capacity, which means in store sales numbers went down a lot, and they needed fewer employees on the floor. Old timers are paid more than new hires, sometimes substantially more. So in some stores the bean counters decided to let a bunch of old timers go to save money on payroll.

    At the same time, supply chain issues caused major inventory shortages which also reduced sales. Online sales made up for a lot of this but that doesn’t pay for employees on the floor so payroll gets cut.

    Lots of long time customers haven’t gone into the stores nearly as much as they used to. The ones that do come in are disproportionately not concerned about covid, not compliant with wearing masks and distancing, etc. This results in lower sales, lower payroll, lower inventory, unhappy and stressed out employees, managers, etc. Given limited inventory, REI has to send their limited inventory to wherever the algorithm decides it is most needed or most profitable, and it may not be your local store.

    REI also figured out a long time ago that each new member spends something like $1500-$2000 in their first year of membership, and it then drops off significantly after that, once they are all geared up for their new hobby, and discover they can comparison shop and read reviews online instead of relying on random REI employees for advice. As a result they decided to focus heavily on acquiring new members (who tend to be young and new to camping/backpacking/etc) as that’s where a large chunk of their revenue comes from.  The $20 membership fee from each new member is also pure profit and contributes a lot to the bottom line, as do all the dividends that are never spent and expire after 2 years.

    The BPL membership average demographics are likely very different from the REI membership average demographics – while many if not most BPLers are REI members, they are not spending nearly as much on average at REI as REI’s newer, younger members are in their first 1-2 years. They already have a lot of gear and tend to upgrade to UL/Cottage stuff that REI may not carry. As noted above they may buy consumables at REI since it is convenient, but the big purchases are already made or made elsewhere in many cases.

    If you are reading this, you are not REI’s target demographic. They would love to keep you as a customer, but their focus is elsewhere.

    #3705881
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Added a couple items to the for sale list (and photo album):

    MLD rain mitts size L and Osprey women’s ski pack.

    #3704338
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    All Belts, MHW fleece, REI running top, Berghaus top all sold.  thanks

    #3703924
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    HMG pack and Zpacks ditty bags are SOLD and shipped. List and photo album updated to reflect what is left.

     

    #3703015
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Big Agnes Pad, sleeping bag liner and Marmot base layer are sold. List is updated and many prices reduced. Will consider offers especially for multiple items.

    #3702933
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Zimmerbuilt pouches and the XL kids 1/4 zip microfleece are SOLD thanks

    #3702901
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Items at the above links are still available.

    #3699251
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Zpacks hiking staff SOLD

    OR Gaiters and black belt SOLD

    thanks

     

    #3697558
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Nike shorts sold to Matty B – Thanks!

    #3697367
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Zpacks Mitts and Smartwool socks SOLD thanks

    #3697186
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Bunch of stuff sold to David S. List and photo album updated to reflect what remains.

    #3697131
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    The rain mitts are size Large. thanks

    #3697112
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Sony Camera is sold. Scott, I sent you a PM – need your zip code to calculate shipping cost. thanks

    #3696543
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    North face UL wind shell for sale, see pics here:

    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPFwxwTgRRP5GiPqrdQ2kHTPA-pvG-fvfFqMrmPJZyXaNm3PSecyWbUo5Fd8S0r6Q?key=dENpa1hnV0l3eTMya1ptbEhGZHpMVW9kY21BM3B3

    no idea what the CFM is but likely not super high.

    #3696506
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Wow, I had forgotten all about this 6 year old thread. I never saw the question posed in response to my post above where I said the following:

    “Seeing your dog as a ‘little-furry-human’ isn’t necessarily wrong,” says Roland, who is a proponent of positive relationships between people and their pets. “But it is a failure to accurately see them as what they are… what they want, and what they need.”

    This quote isn’t necessarily wrong, it is just complete nonsense.

    whoisthisguy then said:

    “Not sure I get you Allen. How is it nonsense that seeing them for what they aren’t is a failure to see them for what they are?”

    The reason this quote is nonsense is that he first states “Seeing your dog as a ‘little-furry-human’ isn’t necessarily wrong,” and then goes on to say that “But it is a failure to accurately see them as what they are… what they want, and what they need.” – which is another way of saying that it IS ABSOLUTELY, NECESSARILY, WRONG.

    In other words, I think we can all agree that dogs are NOT little furry humans, so seeing them as that IS necessarily wrong, and this author is spouting nonsense when he says it is not. That’s all I was saying.

     

     

    #3696293
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Black Zpacks jacket and Scarpa boots SOLD thanks

    #3696185
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Patagonia Nano air SOLD

     

    #3696136
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    SOLD: Altra Timps, BD Ice Tools, Snopeak mini lantern.

    Accepting offers on remaining items…

    #3696082
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    Altra Timps are sold. And Max is a really good guy so I’m going to vouch for him.

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