Buying your Outdoor Winter Gear Online
Friday, December 20, 2013
Winter is the time of the year when you need to buy skis, snow mobiles, warm waterproof jackets, winter sports helmets and so on. If you want to do this shopping online, there are several things to keep in mind.
- Before finding a site with good prices, it is useful to find out what other outdoor enthusiasts recommend. Outside Magazine is online with tons of advice on outdoor gear, and not only from its journalists, but also from its readers. It provides a winter's buying guide with the best buys for the season.
- Like almost everything else, Amazon sells a good collection of winter outdoor gear. But why not give the specialists a chance?
- USOutdoor is not only an offline retailer, but also has an online presence at http://www.usoutdoor.com from which it sells almost any winter outdoor gear you can imagine. It covers backpacking, mountain climbing, skiing and snowboarding. It sells clothes and equipment from all the biggest brand names like Arcteryx, Marmot, The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Designs, Armada Bonfire, Lib Tech, and many more. Since its warehouse is in the United States, shipping is simple and quick, and even free if you order enough.
- Backcountry is similar to USOutdoor and has an equally large collection of mainstream brand names. It also stocks hard-to-find brands like Norrona and Stoic. Its online community is lively with customers that review their purchases and advise others.
- If you want to buy from a manufacturer, rather than from retailers, type the name into a search engine. Most of the big brand names have websites where you can order at rock bottom prices.
- If you want to buy from Canadians, one of the most popular sites is Mountain Equipment Co-op at http://www.mec.ca. http://www.sportinglife.ca and http://sportsjunkies.com are also highly rated.
- If you cannot afford new clothing or equipment, you can always buy it second-hand from fellow enthusiasts and sell or swap your winter gear. Both Sportsjunkies and Mountain Equipment Co-op have sections for second-hand equipment.
Grab your winter gear as soon as possible so you can hit the slopes.