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Offline 10ftTall&BulletPrf

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« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2006, 09:00:01 AM »
Totally Cool, Richard. I didn't know that they opened an REI on the north side. I'm a kid in a candy store! Guess where I'm going this weekend....
"You may all go to work and I will go to Big Bend" - If Davy Crockett were alive today.

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« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2006, 09:28:58 AM »
I went to the Flagship REI store in Seattle a few years back.  Talk about the ultimate in cool.  I was in heaven.  My wife had to drag me out of there.
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2006, 10:06:13 AM »
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My youngest has a tournament in Houston this weekend, so I probably won't get to play at REI until the 19th.

Houston has two REI stores:
http://www.rei.com/stores/houston/index.html
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http://www.rei.com/stores/willowbrook/index.html

We've also got a Whole Earth:
http://www.wholeearthprovision.com/houstonmap.html



Sweet! We're staying in Sugarland, just down 59 from the first store you listed. I'm gonna have a couple hours to kill Saturday night. Now I don't have to go to visit my wife's cousin.

BRILLIANT!

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« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2006, 12:33:39 PM »
I am really going to date my old age, but I went to the Seattle REI store when it was located in a old warehouse close to downtown.  This was back in the 70's.  You had to be a member to buy stuff so I joined and purchased some thermals.

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« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2006, 01:59:26 PM »
Of course, there is always Gander Mountain somewhere off of 290, tons of Academy's, Bass Pro Shop over in Katy, and I think there is even a Cabellas somewhere?   :mrgreen:

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« Reply #35 on: February 10, 2006, 02:06:02 PM »
I toured the Cabela's store down in Buda (between San Marcos & Austin on I-35) over the Christmas break.  Place is freakin' huge.  Just about everything I saw was over-priced (e.g. a pair of Wranglers was sale-priced at almost $10 more than Academy's regular price).  Camping stuff was fairly limited and tended more towards stuff for hunting camps (expedition cots, etc).  However, if you even remotely like looking at guns, they have an extensive selection to check out.  In addition to new ones they have lots of vintage ones you can handle out on racks on the floor with no salesperson needed.

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« Reply #36 on: February 10, 2006, 04:56:47 PM »
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I have an REI Half Dome 2...great for 2 people, very light I think maybe 4 lbs. total? Up in 5 minutes and I have the matching footprint as well.


I think I saw this reviewed in "Backpacker". They loved it and it is close to my budget. They also liked a Marmot that Randell mentions.

We have a Cabela's north of Ft. Worth, but before I go back I'm going to have to buy a printing press. Make my own money. Dang, they're proud of some of that stuff. I'm a regular at the Bass Pro here, but they aren't specialized. I need someone who can tell me everything about what I'm fixin' to buy, not some purple-hair with a staub in his lip who says "Uh, yeah, uh, like me and Ricky, you know, were, like smokin' some weed in it, and like, no one could, like, smell it, you know".


Jeeeeez, I hope none of you has purple hair and a staub in yer lip.

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« Reply #37 on: February 10, 2006, 05:24:15 PM »
Headed to Sugar Land to see some hockey . That's my youngest in the pic.

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« Reply #38 on: February 10, 2006, 07:11:51 PM »
Well we're doing some shopping this weekend. There's a new store in town called Sportsman's Warehouse.....anyon e been to it? Also we're going to San Marcos to check out some stuff there too. I kinda knew Cabela's was exactly what Richard said.....more geared for hunters and overpriced.....

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« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2006, 08:24:02 PM »
There's a place called Good Sports at the SW corner of I-10 and DeZavala in San Antonio that used to have a pretty good selection and some knowledgable salespeople, but I haven't been in there in years. When I want to buy some good equipment I fight the traffic and go to REI or Austin Outdoor Gear and Guidance in Austin.
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« Reply #40 on: February 10, 2006, 08:38:21 PM »
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Sportsman's Warehouse used to be Oshman's.

Oshman's was bought out by Gart Brothers (based in Colorado).  Here in Houston it's now called The Sports Authority.  Are you sure that's the same outfit?  There's a Sportsman's Warehouse online, but they don't look the same.

Oshman's was already going downhill before Gart's bought them out.

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« Reply #41 on: February 10, 2006, 08:44:13 PM »
Sports Authority used to be in San Antonio and then left and now have merged with Oshmans and changed the signage. Very similar to Oshmans and Academy.

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« Reply #42 on: February 10, 2006, 08:50:28 PM »
Yes, RichardM and Robert, you're right.  I was confusing Sportsman's Warehouse with Sports Authority.  I'll have to go check out the new Sportsman's Warehouse here in San Antonio, but I bet it's similar to Academy.
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« Reply #43 on: February 10, 2006, 09:05:50 PM »
Everyday Car Campers = Oshmans/Sports Authority.

Serious Campers/Backpackers = REI, Campmor.

People with lots of money = Whole Earth Provision Co.
 (ok, they have stuff for regular guys, but I've never gotten a "deal" there.)

Hunters/Fishermen = Bass Pro Shop, Gander Mountain, Cabelas.
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« Reply #44 on: February 10, 2006, 09:15:58 PM »
Quote from: "Randell"
Everyday Car Campers = Oshmans/Sports Authority.
Serious Campers/Backpackers = REI, Campmor.
People with lots of money = Whole Earth Provision Co.
 (ok, they have stuff for regular guys, but I've never gotten a "deal" there.)
Hunters/Fishermen = Bass Pro Shop, Gander Mountain, Cabelas.

Sounds about right.  Looking at their website, I'd guess that Sportsman's Warehouse will fall into the latter category.

Sierra Trading Post will occasionally have some good stuff at cheap prices.  They do lots of discontinued and closeout stuff, so read the fine print.

Come to think of it, the last thing I bought at Whole Earth was my Vasque hiking boots...

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