Tpunk suggested gear. - TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards!



Go Back   TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards! > Members Lounge > General Travel Tips, Education, Advice > Budget Travel Gear

Budget Travel Gear Yo Nellie, which backpack should I git? Questions and answers on gear related topics (i.e. backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, hiking boots, stoves, etc.).

Raileurope.com: See Europe by train
Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-16-2005, 10:26 AM   #1
***** gear guru
 
kingcrazylegs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 6,328
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Send a message via ICQ to kingcrazylegs Send a message via AIM to kingcrazylegs Send a message via MSN to kingcrazylegs Send a message via Yahoo to kingcrazylegs
Default

Updated 9.22.06

Everyone wants to know what the best gear is and where the cheapest place to buy it is. The following posts are meant to be suggestions of where to research and/or purchase quality gear.

Personally, I am of the mind set of finding gear by researching the manufacturers, and then once you have chosen the product, finding it for a good price through good retailers.

These are JUST suggestions and are not advertisements for any certain company. If you have other suggestions for gear Manufacturers or retailers, please PM me.
(check back at this post for updates - I add stuff all the time)

Gear Manufacturers:
(US, Canada, & Europe)

Cascade Designs
www.cascadedesigns.com
Parent comany of MSR, Therm-a-rest, Platypus, & SEAline. See info on MSR below. Therm-a-rest is the leading edge in sleeping pads. Platypus in one of two major water "bladder" makers (see Camelbak below). SEAline makes water proof storage cells (dry sacks).

MSR Corporation
www.msrcorp.com
MSR makes tents, stoves, Pak Towel, and other gear. Trust this brand.

Sierra Designs
www.sierradesigns.com
Sierra Designs are primarily makers of sleeping bags and tents, as well as clothing. Their expeditioning and 4 season tents are world renound. If you want a great tent look no further.

The North Face
www.thenorthface.com
North Face are makers of tents, packs, sleeping bags, and other accesories. They are most well known for their clothing, which they truly make as gear.

Marmot
www.marmot.com
Marmot has quickly become the leading US pack maker as well as a top sleeping bag maker. They were recently fully merged (under the parent K2) with Dana Design; by combining the two pack tecnologies, these have become the packs to trust on your back for design, durability, comfort, etc. Also clothing and other gear. (Dana Designs www.danadesigns.com)

Snow Peak
www.snowpeak.com
Stoves, cook wear, and other accessories.

Vango
www.amg-outdoor.co.uk/vango
Under the parent company of AMG, who also make Teva (see above) as well as others. VANGO make amazing lit wieght sleeping bags, as well as packs, tents and other gear.

Vaude
www.vaude.de
Leading European mountian sports company, they make everything: tents, packs, sleeping bags, bivys, stoves, clothing, biking accessories, ect.

Kelty
www.kelty.com
Tents, packs, sleeping bags, etc.

Mountain Hard Wear
www.mountainhardwear.com
Packs, tents and more.

Eagle Creek
www.eaglecreek.com
Eagle Creek makes packs, travel accesories, toiletry units, etc.

Gregory Backpacks
www.gregorypacks.com
Gregory is makes primarily packs.

Coghlan's
www.coghlans.com
Think accesories!

Sea to Summit
www.seatosummitusa.com
Gear accessories such as pack towls, sleeping bag liners, Dry sacks, etc.

Camelbak
www.camelbak.com
Camelbak is the leading makers of water storage commanly know as "baddlers".

Gerber
www.gerbergear.com
Gerber creates blades, pack axes, saws, headlights, flashlights and other such accessories.

Katadyn
www.katadyn.com
Make water purifing systems (also see MSR for the same).

Lewis N. Clark
www.lewisnclark.com
Travel Accessories from clothes lines to packable pillows and alarm clocks.

Teva Footwear
www.teva.com
Teva is known for versitile sandals. These things can go anywhere!

Lowa boots
www.lowaboots.com
Top of the line hiking boots and shoes.

Merrell Footwear
www.merrell.com
Some of the best hiking boots, all-terrain sandals and shoes around

PacSafe
www.pac-safe.com
Concerned about security? These are the guys that make that wire mesh net for your pack, as well as slash-proof gear for traveling.

Any suggestions? PM me!
__________________

all that is not given is lost
kingcrazylegs is offline  
Old 02-09-2006, 01:41 AM   #2
You want fries with that?
 
Joker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Maryland... yeah, i know it sucks.
Posts: 2,250
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

CAUTION
Be careful buying anything name-brand on any of the Auction Sites (EBay included). In many cases there have been tons of look-alike products of inferior quality being made in China and being sold as the actual brand (The North Face comes to mind). It'd be an awful thing if the killer deal you got on your pack turns into a disaster on your trip! Buyer beware!

Retailers/Etailer, US and Canada:

EBags
www.ebags.com
EBags sells a variety of manufacturers of anything travel-related from bags to security products. And they often offer free shipping!

REI
www.rei.com
REI is one of the largest retailers/etailers of outdoor gear in the US. Pay the $15 to become a member and get up to 10% back each year in a check. I'm getting over $50 back this year alone!

REI's Outlet
www.rei-outlet.com
Discontinued and overstock items from REI- great way to save some dough!

LL Bean
www.llbean.com
LL Bean is one of the oldest outdoor outfitters in the US. Though they don't carry as much as an REI does, their stuff is top-quality.

Campmor
www.campmor.com
Discount outdoor outfitter- tons of stuff really cheap!

Sierra Trading Post
www.sierratradingpost.com/
Outdoor gear and more!

Moosejaw
www.moosejaw.com
Outdoor gear and an entirely irreverant website. It's right up my alley!

MEC- Mountain Equipment Co-Op (Canada)
www.mec.ca
Canadian Outdoor Outfitter

EMS- Eastern Mountain Sports
www.ems.com
EMS has a ton of B&M stores throughout the Eastern US. They have by far the best customer service I've ever seen.

Hudson Trail Outfitters
www.hudsontrail.com
Centered in Maryland, these are my local store, and I prefer them over REI any day of the week. They ship nationally.

Cabela's
www.cabelas.com
Primarily a hunting/fishing store, you'd be surprised what you can get here!

Bass Pro Shops
www.basspro.com
Again, just like Cabela's, they cater to hunters and fishing sports, but you'd be surprised. Plus the prices are killer.
__________________
Misadventures of a Crazed Kitchen Pirate

"Steve is the prototypical cool American male. Y'know, I'm talking about Steve McGarrett, alright? Steve Austin, Steve McQueen. Y'know, he's the guy on his horse, the guy alone. He has his own code of honor, his own code of ethics, his own rules of living, man. He never, ever tries to impress the women but he always gets the girl."


Joker is offline  
Closed Thread






Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Suggested Routes for Thailand?? Jen Post Your Itinerary 3 05-30-2006 10:54 AM
TPunk gear? Joker General Discussions 9 05-30-2005 10:05 AM
Got My Gear Canadian Dude General Discussions 7 01-19-2004 12:09 AM
suggested hubs for the UK atarinox Europe: Western 1 10-22-2003 05:47 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:21 AM.



 

SEO by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121