Deals & Promos
Since I am reviewing some pretty cool gear I wanted to give a place where people could find some of it. All of these stores I have an affiliate relationship with and enough experience with to trust them. They all have solid selections and have been good experiences when I have dealt with them. For each store, I will give a quick summary of the business in case you have not dealt with them before. Feel free to click on the banners to be directed to their storefronts. Check back as the promotions will update often.
Amazon.com is the giant of the internet. Even so, they still do not have every brand but through their store relationships almost anything is available. When buying on Amazon you are often not going to be purchasing from them but rather one of their partners. Amazon is best if you are a Prime Member as you will receive faster shipping. Non Prime customers seem to get pushed to the back.
Backcountry.com is the largest of the online gear websites. They are located in Park City, Utah. the site was originally founded to serve the hardcore skiers of the Wasatch Mountains. The site has since grown to carry several hundred brands and most products you are looking for. They also have several deal sites as well as sites tailored to different activities. Backcountry has quick shipping and excellent social atmosphere on their site.
If there ever was a store on the internet that had great eye candy, it is this one. Competitive Cyclist does an outstanding job with their imagery. Everything looks so good you just have to have it. They are a high end site that will give you high end service. Worth checking out just for the bikes!
Gear Trade is a site that focuses on selling new and used gear. Not only do they sell some of their own stuff but they allow users to sell their gear as well. All you have to do is sign up, which is free, and then sell your item. They handle all the payment stuff and just send you the money when it is over. I personally have not sold anything on their site but I have purchased several items and each time was a good experience.
REI has been around a long time now. They are a co-op that was founded in Seattle many years ago. Their primary focus has been their physical store locations, but everything and more is also available on the internet. I have always been a fan of their stores and they have one of the best return policies in the business. I have spent way too much at the REI in Seattle. With REI it is best if you are a member as you will get a portion of your purchases back as a reward at the end of the year.
The Clymb is a newer site located out of Portland, Oregon. They have taken the bulk buying and closeout buying to the nth degree to acquire some great deals from the manufacturers. They then in turn offer these deals to their members. While their selection will not be as robust as retailers that specialize in in-season goods, there are some great deals to be had. You do have to be a member of the Clymb and signing up is easy if you are referred. If you click through the banner below it will help you get going.