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New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)

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Offline Boojum1

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New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« on: April 18, 2008, 02:14:18 PM »
Backwoods grand opening next week:

http://www.backwoods.com/locations-austin.html

I'm not sure I'd go all the way out to the HC Galleria to go shopping for gear, but it might be a good place to kill time while waiting for a concert at the Backyard.

They used to have a store in Dallas, way back before REI.  It was sort of boutique type, but they had nice stuff, kind of high end, and really good sales.  I bought my first backpack there and a couple of pairs of boots.
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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2008, 03:22:59 PM »
A lot of people moving into the Austin area are amazed at how quickly one can drive across town and from one end to the other and then be in the country.  People in Dallas or Houston think nothing of driving 45 minutes across town to shop.  The Hill County Galleria is only 20 minutes from downtown which is a hop skip and a jump in most cities.  Think I'll check it out.

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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2008, 03:31:39 PM »
A lot of people moving into the Austin area are amazed at how quickly one can drive across town and from one end to the other and then be in the country.  People in Dallas or Houston think nothing of driving 45 minutes across town to shop.  The Hill County Galleria is only 20 minutes from downtown which is a hop skip and a jump in most cities.  Think I'll check it out.
Ayup.  Growing up in Austin I considered it a long drive from our house to UT.  Google Maps says its about 5 miles.  After moving to Houston, 5 miles became nothing.

At Backwoods, we know it isn't just about the clothes or about the brand.  It's about searching for answers that are a little less than obvious.
After looking around at their site to see what they sell and only finding a measly list of brand names, I'd say they fully intend for you to come search at their store.  Maybe if I'm in the neighborhood...

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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2008, 03:46:53 PM »
Doesn't look that measly to me.

FOOTWEAR
Acorn
Ahnu
Asolo
Chaco
Five-ten
J-41
Keen
Madrock
Merrell
Montrail
Oluaki
Patagonia
Rainbow
Reef
Salomon
Vasque
Vibram Five Fingers

CLOTHING
Cloudveil
Ex Officio
Horny Toad
Icebreaker
Kuhl
Life is Good
Lole
Marmot
Mountain Hardwear
Mountain Khakis
Patagonia
Prana
Royal Robbins
Sierra Designs
Smartwool
The North Face
Tilly Endurables
Wigwam

EQUIPMENT
Big Agnes
Black Diamond
Camelback
Cascade Designs
Deuter
Eagle Creek
Golite
Gregory
Kelty
Marmot
McNett
Mountain Hardwear
Osprey
Overland Equipment
Petzl
Sterling Rope
Swiss Army
The North Face
Timbuk2
Western Mountaineering

FISHING
Fishpond
Ross Reels
Sage
Scientific Angler
Hareline Dubbin
Cloudveil
Rio
Simms
Temple Fork
Umpqua
Wapsi
Dr. Slick
Targus
Renzetti
Dyna King

MISCELLANEOUS
Adventure Medical
Cascade Designs
Garmin
Haiku
Jet Boil
Leki
McNett
Mountain Shades
Nalgene
Native Eyewear
Outdoor Research
Petzl
Sea to Summit
Suunto
Swiss Army

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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2008, 04:48:11 PM »
Doesn't look that measly to me.
Sorry, I was expecting maybe a list of actual products, preferably with at least descriptions, if not prices.  Right now their website is all hat, no cattle.  Could be they want it that way to draw you into the store.  Meh.

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2008, 04:56:40 PM »
Doesn't look that measly to me.
Sorry, I was expecting maybe a list of actual products, preferably with at least descriptions, if not prices.  Right now their website is all hat, no cattle.  Could be they want it that way to draw you into the store.  Meh.

Yeah, they appear to be brick and mortar with no internet sales.  Still, though, I'm excited this is going up down the street from me.
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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2008, 06:45:33 PM »
A lot of people moving into the Austin area are amazed at how quickly one can drive across town and from one end to the other and then be in the country.

You MUST be joking. Austin traffic is as bad as Phoenix. I'm only amazed at how quickly I CAN'T drive across town.
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Re: Backwoods
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2008, 07:16:22 PM »
   Years ago (early 90's?) I purchased a waterproof stuff sack for my sleeping bag from the Fort Worth Backwoods store.
I think it was made by Lowe, anyway after only 3 years (used it 3 times, got rained on only once) the waterproof coating
had broken down and the inside of the sack was all sticky. I tried to wash the sticky residue off of my sleeping bag without
success. I zipped up the sleeping bag inside out to become a dog bed, it was otherwise useless. I went back to the Backwoods store
expecting them to stand behind their products. The salesperson said, "It won't last forever."
All I wanted was a replacement stuff sack. I had spent at least 3 to 4 times what I would have spent at Academy thinking that I
was buying quality that would last and in return I got talk to the :eusa_hand:.
So I'm not saying don't shop there, I am saying use caution when doing so.
 Better yet, look at and touch their stuff, then order it over the internet from someone else where it is cheaper and I doubt
it will be backed any less.
Fort Worth

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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2008, 10:39:36 PM »
A lot of people moving into the Austin area are amazed at how quickly one can drive across town and from one end to the other and then be in the country.

You MUST be joking. Austin traffic is as bad as Phoenix. I'm only amazed at how quickly I CAN'T drive across town.

Actually not. Avoid I 35, take 360 to Bee Caves if you're up north or MOPAC and Southwest Parkway to 71 and you're there.  Oh, don't do it during the PM rush hour say 4 to 6 pm and you're good to go.  Trust me.  I live here.

Al

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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2008, 09:46:14 AM »
Sounds like wining to me, AUSTIN, TRAFFIC :rolling: :rolling: :rolling: Move to Houston or Dallas then you can complain. :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2008, 04:32:20 PM »
Sounds like wining to me, AUSTIN, TRAFFIC :rolling: :rolling: :rolling: Move to Houston or Dallas then you can complain. :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:

You are absolutely right. :cry:
However, Austin is already too bad without having to endure the madness  in Dallas or Houston. I prefer my rush hours to not exceed 15 minutes and where I can avoid it by just not driving during that short time rather than trying to outsmart all the other drivers by diverting all over the place.

More power to them that want to live in those cities. I guess sitting in traffic day after day is some kind of badge of honor.
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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2008, 08:39:46 PM »
There are advantages and disadvantages to living in a small town and the same can be said for a large city.

I walk to work in less than 5 minutes and am spoiled rotten and worthless . . .

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Re: New Austin Outdoor Equipment store--(not Patagonia)
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2008, 08:56:11 PM »
I walk to work in less than 5 minutes and am spoiled rotten and worthless . . .

Then you are among the lucky.
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