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May 2, 2013
At Ice Cream Parlor
Hey i've just started getting into rock climbing and decided it's time to buy my own gear. I'm wondering where the best place to buy gear is (preferably online sites/stores). I'm looking for good reliable gear that's resonably priced, and it doesn't have to be the newest model or most expensive since i'm just a poor college student. Also this might be off topic but i'm also looking for some good guidebooks (i'm talking about paperbooks not downloadable books/apps since I don't have a smartphone). Any recomendations or thoughts for any of the above is greatly appreciated. Lucas W
Joined Apr 30, 2013
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May 2, 2013
moosejaw.com price matches and gives reward points even on price-matched items.

Backcountry has phenomenal service, will usually price match even though they don't advertise it, and they don't charge tax in CO (which is why I usually use them).

Aside from that, all online stores are pretty much the same.

As for the guidebooks, you'll need to specify WHERE you're wanting to climb.
Ian Stewart
Joined May 17, 2010
166 points
May 2, 2013
Obi Wan Ryobi - Darth Vader Crag, Rumney NH
Check mountain project's "Dirtbag Deals" on the right side of the home screen for starters. Google shopping will help you look as well.

For names, I'll start the list. Basically, go with whatever is cheapest.

backcountry.com
ems.com
rei.com
altrec.com
alssports.com
backcountrygear.com
e-omc.com
campsaver.com
usoutdoor.com

I'm obviously forgetting some, but these are some I've personally ordered from. At any time you can usually get 15-20% off any given climbing item. Best case, you'll get ~30% off.

EMS and REI have big seasonal sales that give around 30% off if you get lucky. Always have an eye open. If you're in the NE, in EMS stores they give a 15% student discount on full priced items, all the time.

Good luck picking up gear, and beware, it's an addiction...
Brendan Blanchard
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2010
309 points
May 2, 2013
At the matching crux
Just use the Buy&Sell board right here on mountainproject. You can pick up everything gently used at prices better than even steep online discounts.

Additionally, MP user whittlesticks runs the website coloradocrackgear.com and he is running their spring sale which amounts to roughly 20% off just about everything in the store. Good deals are to be had there as well.
Jon H
From Boulder
Joined Nov 24, 2009
98 points
May 2, 2013
WASP at HP 40
Moosejaw and Backcountry are both good.

Rock/Creek is having their annual 5.10 Days of May sale right now--15-20% off a lot of climbing gear.
Jaime M
From Chattanooga, TN
Joined Jan 8, 2013
60 points
May 2, 2013
tanuki
Pro deal at REI.

Just kidding...
NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Joined Dec 6, 2009
121 points
May 2, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination R...
e-omc puts their whole store on sale every few months.. mega deals can be had

I went in there (they have a storefront here in Oregon, but do most of their sales online) looking for ski wax, and walked out with three brand new packs, recently
Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Joined Jun 24, 2011
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May 2, 2013
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
Online. Or with a member coupon from *gasp* REI. Spring and fall are the best times to buy gear. Usually online retailers, many that have already been mentioned give a 20% or more discount around those times. Example: bentgate.com has a 20% off everything sale right now. Incidentally, they just started stocking the new BD X4s for those of you that have been salivating over them for a while. $55 right now. Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
997 points
May 2, 2013
coloradocrackgear.com is having a sale right now through May 6th. ZackB
From Littleton, CO
Joined Aug 29, 2012
4 points
May 2, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
Make sure to check steepandcheap.com often, as well! Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Joined May 4, 2011
700 points
May 2, 2013
Lucas-
If you check the ForSale forum on this site there are some really good deals. Buying used gear can be intimidating but don't hesitate to call me if you want a second opinion on something you've found. I've bought and sold lots of gear on here and with one exception have had really good results.
All the retails sites listed above are reliable as well. I've "google shopping" searched for some items and found them even cheaper on sites like Zappos or whatnot.
Best of luck
Avi Katz
Joined Sep 8, 2010
203 points
May 2, 2013
o2gearshop.com has some pretty killer deals sometimes. It's hit or miss though. As it's already been said, Backcountry and moosejaw kick serious ass. Greg Pouliot
Joined Jul 23, 2012
7 points
May 2, 2013
On top of the first pitch of the Nose
Just as a heads up, stay away from o2gearshop. They have very limited climbing gear posted right now anyways, but the customer service from that place is abysmal. True they have some good prices, but it is a total crap shoot as to if you actually receive your order or if it shows up in any sort of timely fashion. If you do find something priced low on o2gearshop, just get moosejaw or backcountry to price match. Lance S
From Maryville, TN
Joined Jul 22, 2012
10 points
May 2, 2013
Flaming Pumpkin
Always check steepandcheap and Department of Goods before you buy anywhere. You could be missing out. Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
Joined Dec 10, 2010
145 points
May 2, 2013
On top of the first pitch of the Nose
Greg Pouliot wrote:
o2gearshop.com has some pretty killer deals sometimes. It's hit or miss though. As it's already been said, Backcountry and moosejaw kick serious ass.


Haha, sorry Greg I was writing as you were posting. No offense to any o2gearshop fans, I personally have just had some pretty terrible transactions. I ordered some climbing shoes and after about 6 weeks of back and forth with customer service, I ended up canceling. Major headaches for me personally.
Lance S
From Maryville, TN
Joined Jul 22, 2012
10 points
May 2, 2013
The wife and I road-trippin on the Connie.
I just ordered some shoes from The Gear Co-Op. Got a great price, free shipping, ordered late Monday night, had the shoes on my feet Wednesday evening. Larry S
Joined May 28, 2010
918 points
May 2, 2013
Gear Express

Check out their "Blowouts" section for good deals.
kovacs69
From Dallas, TX
Joined Apr 1, 2011
1,062 points
May 2, 2013
The wife and I road-trippin on the Connie.
Check out your local shop too if you have one nearby, some of them will price match. I try to buy from mine unless it's something they don't carry. Plug for my local shop - They're climber owned - eastridgeoutfitters.com/home.h... Larry S
Joined May 28, 2010
918 points
May 2, 2013
Avi Katz wrote:
I've "google shopping" searched for some items and found them even cheaper on Zappos or whatnot.


That's some solid advice. I've also found soft goods and such at steep discounts on non-climbing sites. Pretty sure I saved about 60% on my Sprotiva BoulderX mids, and my buddy got a deep deal on Katanas, both from zappos!

suprised nobody mentioned mountaingear.com and ildyx.com
Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Joined Sep 29, 2011
14 points
May 2, 2013
JR Token
Another vote for:

coloradocrackgear.com

Check out the Spring sale going on now!

-Jonathan
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From Denver
Joined May 26, 2010
705 points
May 2, 2013
Jake Jones wrote:
Online. Incidentally, they just started stocking the new BD X4s for those of you that have been salivating over them for a while. $55 right now.


STFU Jake Jones! That 20% off CAN'T APPLY to those! I'm fucking calling them right now!

Who's got the number for Bent Gate?
Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Joined Sep 29, 2011
14 points
May 2, 2013
In addition to what has already been mentioned...

geartrade.com/

It's used by regular sellers and it's the dumping ground for Backcountry's returns department.
Allen Corneau
From Houston, TX
Joined May 6, 2008
91 points
May 2, 2013
Flaming Pumpkin
Avi Katz wrote:
I've "google shopping" searched for some items and found them even cheaper on sites like Zappos or whatnot. Best of luck


That's because google shopping has changed to advertising. Companies now have to bid for a position in the google shopping search results.
Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
Joined Dec 10, 2010
145 points
Administrator
May 2, 2013
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
Sir Wanksalot wrote:
STFU Jake Jones! That 20% off CAN'T APPLY to those! I'm fucking calling them right now! Who's got the number for Bent Gate?


LOL! Good heavens. Sorry I didn't investigate a little further. I foolishly assumed "storewide" meant "everything in the store".
Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
997 points
May 2, 2013
The wife and I road-trippin on the Connie.
If you open the product page, they are listed at $55, but you have to call the store to order. Larry S
Joined May 28, 2010
918 points
May 2, 2013
Heading up the best pitches of the route. Perfect ...
+1 for coloradocrackgear.com. Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 10, 2012
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