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Title: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: SA Bill on November 11, 2008, 07:07:26 PM
Anyone familiar with this store in San Antonio?

http://www.moontrail.com/home.php (http://www.moontrail.com/home.php)

I ran across them today while doing some looking around on line. Pretty good list of available equipment and manufacturers on line but I was a little surprised to discover that they have a store in San Antonio. It's over on Bandera Road not too far from where I work so I'll take a trip over there tomorrow or Thursday to check them out. It would be nice to have another "camping" store to frequent here in SA.

Just curious if anyone knew anything about them.
  Bill
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Joe on November 11, 2008, 07:14:02 PM
Not familiar with them - let us know what you find.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: SA Bill on November 11, 2008, 07:20:58 PM
Will do!
Welcome back!!  :eusa_dance:
   Bill
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: chisos_muse on November 11, 2008, 08:55:41 PM
Not familiar with them - let us know what you find.


Ditto! Let us know, Bill!  :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: BigBendHiker on November 11, 2008, 09:04:41 PM
Thanks, SABill!


BBH
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Joe on November 11, 2008, 09:48:59 PM
Welcome back!! 

Thanks, Bill!
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: rauburg on November 12, 2008, 06:29:51 AM
I stumbled across this site the other day too. I was looking at tents and the thing I really like is that they had addtional pictures of their own of many of the tents. Instead of using manufacturers pictures like so many sites do, Moon Trail has gone to the trouble to set up tents and show exterior and interior pictures with a model for reference. They tell you the model's height for extra help.

I have not ordered from them but I will give them strong consideration. They had lots of items on sale and the prices looked good.

http://www.moontrail.com/home.php (http://www.moontrail.com/home.php)

I hope that they are a good company and that they do well.

Randy
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Boot Canyon 1 Cougar on November 12, 2008, 11:24:50 AM
Bill, they are a top notch place.

I've been to their store a couple of times.  It is inside Bandera Road off of 410, in an office park.

I think they do mostly a mail order business, but they also have a neat showroom, and are very helpful.

Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: SA Bill on November 12, 2008, 07:01:29 PM
Thanks BC1C!
I was going to go by at lunch today but wasn't able to. Might be this weekend before I can go. Glad to hear that they are worth checking out. Lot's of stuff on the web site...will be interesting to see what they have in the store.
  Bill
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: SA Bill on November 19, 2008, 08:10:14 PM
I made it to Moon Trail's "store" today. It's really just a little place in an industrial park with some basics on the walls and a few clothes on racks. I spent a few minutes talking with the very nice young man who greeted me when I entered and he explained what I already knew; most of their business is via the web but they can get anything out of the warehouse if you want it there. He mentioned that they can get any tent they have out and assemble it in the store if you want to see it up close and personal. I asked about shopping on line and then picking stuff up there instead of waiting for it to be mailed and he said that's no problem. I think I'll do my shopping with them that way since they are pretty close to where I work. Always, nice to give some business to the local outfits if possible. I agree with Randy, I hope they do well!
  Bill  
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Joe on November 19, 2008, 09:17:51 PM
Thanks for the report, Bill. Last month I went to the TPWD Expo in Austin, and REI had a booth there. The rep told me that REI is thinking about opening a store in San Antonio...someday.  :icon_frown:
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: SA Bill on November 19, 2008, 09:49:06 PM
I've been waiting so long for that to happen that I've given up Joe!  :icon_cry: There used to be a couple of small camping oriented store in SA but one by one they died off. We have Whole Earth Provision now and they seem to be solid. I enjoy shopping there. With Moon Trail, we have access to some stuff not carried by REI or WEP. I for one would love to have an REI here. I always thought REI could do well in SA if they located in the right place. Maybe they never found the "right" place to put a store.
  Bill
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Burn Ban on November 19, 2008, 10:16:24 PM
yeah, isn't that weird?...no rei in s.a.; yet there are three in austin.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: mule ears on November 20, 2008, 06:46:53 AM
Anyone know about Good Sports off I-10 and De Zavala Rd.? I need a place to pick up some MSR gas canisters on my way to the park from the SA airport and this looked like it was right on the way.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: SA Bill on November 20, 2008, 07:00:45 AM
Good Sports has good stuff mule ears. Best to call them and see if they have MSR fuel. They probably do.
  Bill
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Joe on November 20, 2008, 10:17:03 AM
Anyone know about Good Sports off I-10 and De Zavala Rd.? I need a place to pick up some MSR gas canisters on my way to the park from the SA airport and this looked like it was right on the way.

Yeah, like Bill says they have good stuff. I got a great deal on a sleeping bag there last year during their Spring sale. You can get just about anything you need for your trip in this area - there's an HEB grocery store on one corner, a big Wal-Mart on another, and a Home Depot on yet another. The traffic can be pretty bad, though.

If you take Highway 90 to West Texas instead of I-10, then Whole Earth Provision Company is on the way.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Robert on November 20, 2008, 10:55:03 AM
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If you take Highway 90 to West Texas instead of I-10, then Whole Earth Provision Company is on the way.

Only if you come down 281 to 90. I think most people would just go west around 410 to 90 to avoid having to take 281 downtown. That being said Whole Earth is only a couple of miles from the airport so wouldn't be an inconvenience either way.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Joe on November 20, 2008, 11:37:18 AM
Only if you come down 281 to 90. I think most people would just go west around 410 to 90 to avoid having to take 281 downtown. That being said Whole Earth is only a couple of miles from the airport so wouldn't be an inconvenience either way.

I prefer 281 over Loop 410, but I live in Monte Vista and used to work downtown so I'm used to it. But you're right, from the airport to Highway 90 either way works.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Desertwalker on December 09, 2008, 10:38:51 PM
Back to Moontrail, I've purchased items online and at the store. They are always very helpful. If buying a sleeping bag at the store, you can crawl into as many as you like.

I don't believe they are open on the weekends and they don't stay open too late in the evenings. I think they close at 6 pm.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: catz on December 15, 2008, 11:37:05 AM
I've been waiting so long for that to happen that I've given up Joe!  :icon_cry: There used to be a couple of small camping oriented store in SA but one by one they died off. We have Whole Earth Provision now and they seem to be solid. I enjoy shopping there. With Moon Trail, we have access to some stuff not carried by REI or WEP. I for one would love to have an REI here. I always thought REI could do well in SA if they located in the right place. Maybe they never found the "right" place to put a store.
  Bill

REI is overrated.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on December 15, 2008, 11:45:34 AM
REI is overrated.

Which stores do you believe are better?
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: catz on December 15, 2008, 11:52:48 AM
I like Whole Earth, myself.  I also like the internet.  Haven't tried Cabrelas.

I'm not saying REI is bad, just that I don't think it's as great as some people think it is.  But, believe me, I have dropped more than a few dollars at REI.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on December 15, 2008, 12:18:47 PM
I like Whole Earth, myself.  I also like the internet.  Haven't tried Cabrelas.

I'm not saying REI is bad, just that I don't think it's as great as some people think it is.  But, believe me, I have dropped more than a few dollars at REI.

Believe me...I've got complaints about REI, but I also have complaints about Whole Earth.  Here in Austin we have two REI's (and a third on the way?) and three Whole Earth's.  We also have a Backwoods, which also caters to backpackers (actually, it's in Bee Caves).  Regardless of all my complaining about REI, it's still the place where you find the best deal...IMHO.

P.S.  Is it cats cats or cat scats?   :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: badknees on December 15, 2008, 12:22:25 PM
Anyone know about Good Sports off I-10 and De Zavala Rd.? I need a place to pick up some MSR gas canisters on my way to the park from the SA airport and this looked like it was right on the way.

Coleman 220 gram are the same thread as MSR. Although these are larger, they will fit and can sometimes be found at Academy or Wal-Mart
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: dkerr24 on December 15, 2008, 12:25:16 PM
I've been waiting so long for that to happen that I've given up Joe!  :icon_cry: There used to be a couple of small camping oriented store in SA but one by one they died off. We have Whole Earth Provision now and they seem to be solid. I enjoy shopping there. With Moon Trail, we have access to some stuff not carried by REI or WEP. I for one would love to have an REI here. I always thought REI could do well in SA if they located in the right place. Maybe they never found the "right" place to put a store.
  Bill

REI is overrated.

REI is sure a lot better than the choices we have in Okla City.  All we have is a lame BassPro (which caters almost exclusively to hunting/fishing/boating - heck half the floorspace there is devoted to boat displays), and an Academy Sports.  I'd love to have a REI here.
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: catz on December 15, 2008, 01:01:51 PM
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P.S.  Is it cats cats or cat scats?   :icon_lol:
LOL!!!  I've been using that handle for three years on various sites and this is the first time I've been asked that--or that I've even noticed myself!
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: RichardM on December 15, 2008, 01:52:00 PM
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P.S.  Is it cats cats or cat scats?   :icon_lol:
LOL!!!  I've been using that handle for three years on various sites and this is the first time I've been asked that--or that I've even noticed myself!
I had the same question when I first saw your username. So which is it?
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: catz on December 15, 2008, 02:19:37 PM
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I had the same question when I first saw your username. So which is it?

Cats Cats.  But I'm liking Cat scats more and more.

Moderator note: careful when trimming your quotes....gotta make sure each ending tag has a beginning and vice-versa...
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on December 15, 2008, 02:32:05 PM
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Cats Cats.  But I'm liking Cat scats more and more. 

Be careful!  Cat scats has duel meanings. 

Examples:
a) When my dog enters the room, the cat scats.

b) My dog likes to eat cat scats.

See what I mean?

Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: catz on December 15, 2008, 05:29:21 PM
Yeah; (b) is what I was thinking.

Your dog does??
Title: Re: Moon Trail Backcountry Equipment
Post by: bdann on December 15, 2008, 05:44:05 PM
I've been waiting so long for that to happen that I've given up Joe!  :icon_cry: There used to be a couple of small camping oriented store in SA but one by one they died off. We have Whole Earth Provision now and they seem to be solid. I enjoy shopping there. With Moon Trail, we have access to some stuff not carried by REI or WEP. I for one would love to have an REI here. I always thought REI could do well in SA if they located in the right place. Maybe they never found the "right" place to put a store.
  Bill

REI is overrated.

REI is sure a lot better than the choices we have in Okla City.  All we have is a lame BassPro (which caters almost exclusively to hunting/fishing/boating - heck half the floorspace there is devoted to boat displays), and an Academy Sports.  I'd love to have a REI here.

No REI, but there is a Backwoods (http://www.backwoods.com/).

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/general-outdoor-stuff-camping-equipment/new-backwoods-location-open-in-fort-worth-t6231.0.html (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/general-outdoor-stuff-camping-equipment/new-backwoods-location-open-in-fort-worth-t6231.0.html)

There's one in Norman and one in OKC.