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By Lucas W
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.


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By Ian Stewart
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.


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By Brendan Blanchard
From Strafford, NH
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...


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By Jon H
From Boulder
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 www.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.


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By Jaime M
From Chattanooga, TN
May 2, 2013
Much love for the rock

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.


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By NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
May 2, 2013
tanuki

Pro deal at REI.

Just kidding...


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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
May 2, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination Rock

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


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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
May 2, 2013
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.

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.


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By ZackB
From Littleton, CO
May 2, 2013

Coloradocrackgear.com is having a sale right now through May 6th.


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
May 2, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on

Make sure to check steepandcheap.com often, as well!


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By Avi Katz
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


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By Greg Pouliot
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.


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By Lance S
From Maryville, TN
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.


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By Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
May 2, 2013
Flaming Pumpkin

Always check steepandcheap and Department of Goods before you buy anywhere. You could be missing out.


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By Lance S
From Maryville, TN
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.


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By Larry S
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.


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By kovacs69
From Dallas, TX
May 2, 2013

Gear Express

Check out their "Blowouts" section for good deals.


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By Larry S
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 - https://www.eastridgeoutfitters.com/home.html]]https://www.e>>>


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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
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 wildyx.com


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By 419
From Denver
May 2, 2013
JR Token

Another vote for:

coloradocrackgear.com

Check out the Spring sale going on now!

-Jonathan


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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
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?


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By Allen Corneau
From Houston, TX
May 2, 2013

In addition to what has already been mentioned...

www.geartrade.com/

It's used by regular sellers and it's the dumping ground for Backcountry's returns department.


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By Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
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.


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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
May 2, 2013
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.

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".


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By Larry S
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.


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By Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
May 2, 2013
Heading up the best pitches of the route. Perfect rock at a nice relaxed angle!

+1 for ColoradoCrackGear.com.


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