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Props to REI

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Offline dprather

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2018, 03:16:02 PM »
" I have to question how many outdoor people actually live in that area unless you count folks that require Patagonia and North Face gear to shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. OK that was snarky :). "

LOL. This is an entire demographic in Austin, TX.  :icon_lol:

Truth!  You should see my "hipster" neighborhood.  When I'm out walking I always have my backpack on.  People have offered me money, food coupons, etc. thinking I'm a homeless person.  :icon_lol:

If this is true, then you should make it work for you!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2018, 03:17:35 PM »
That reminds me, I have a $50 Xmas gift card I need to spend.
I need to improve my camp kitchen set up.
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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2018, 05:29:26 PM »
I loved the old store on Broadway but the new one left me cold and after a few trips and them totally ignoring customers you could tell they wouldn't be for long. I'd guess their lease/rent was 4-6 times the old location which I loved.

If you shopped there you might be familiar with Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence. They're going strong, still my main source for gear. Great shop.

I grew up in midtown, my early stops in Backwoods were usually side trips walking home from high school. Mostly those were look and dream trips as I didnít have a lot of money, but one day I walked home with brand new Alpenlite frame pack, my first backpack. I generally agree on the move to Johnson County not being great, but midtown had become a tough market, too. 

Itís been awhile since Iíve been out to Sunflower, but itís a great shop thatís been around forever. The owner Dan has a good head for the outdoor business.

Midtown KCMO has always been a dicey area and it hasn't changed much since I've been around the city in the early 80s. You're correct, and I get why they moved but it ended up killing them and that was a shame. There's a store called Moosejaw on the Plaza that sells Patagonia, North Face, Marmot, etc. but it's a very small boutique store and I think most of the gear leaving there never sees a park or trail. Lets face it, some of that stuff is just pretty nice. I mean I sit around in long and short-sleeve Ibex wool t-shirts doing web development all day and I'm rarely not wearing wool REI socks. Disclaimer: I *did* do a 10 mile hike this afternoon.

But yea, that first time you see some burb mom popping out of a Jeep Hummer at the mall wearing LL Bean Boots, Patagonia fleece holding a Starbucks in one hand and a Coach purse in the other is jarring.

Dan is a great guy at Sunflower. Monster off-road biker and the crew at Sunflower is really knowledgeable. Best bike geeks in the region I think, and they have a far better backpack selection than REI, lots of other good hiking stuff too.

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2018, 02:17:26 PM »
Backwoods was a great outfit. If you've read my recent contributions to the Hiking Boots thread, you know I bought my very first pair of "real" hiking boots at the Backwoods store near my then-home in Fort Worth, Texas.

When I bought those boots in 1978 (from the old Backwoods store on Camp Bowie in Fort Worth, Texas), I went in specifically looking for heavy-duty Norwegian-welted mountaineering boots. I'd read a number of articles in Backpacker Magazine detailing the differences in welting methods and I knew what I wanted.  Backwoods was a good store with good staff and I quickly settled on the Montanas.

Backwoods began in 1973 in Wichita, Kansas, where my cousins lived, but they quickly branched out with stores throughout the south. The excellent staff at that Fort Worth store helped me buy my very first real pair of hiking boots (Vasque Montanas), my very first real sleeping bag (a North Face Blue Kazoo, IIRC, nope I think it was a Cat's Meow), my very first real backpack (a Kelty), and my very first real backpacking rain gear (a Helly Hansen cagoule). I can still remember the smell of that store. After returning from Europe in 1980, I relocated to Dallas and switched my patronage to Mountain Hideout and Whole Earth Provision Company, two more small, high-quality outfits which were both a lot closer to where I lived. I didn't start patronizing REI until they opened up a store in Dallas a few years later. When they did, they were like a giant mom-and-pop store. I soon got to know almost every employee in the backpacking and climbing departments. Sadly, that is no longer the case. REI is now mostly a clothing store. And Backwoods went bankrupt.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/article113904373.html



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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #34 on: February 01, 2018, 09:27:28 PM »
Backwoods was a great outfit. If you've read my recent contributions to the Hiking Boots thread, you know I bought my very first pair of "real" hiking boots at the Backwoods store near my then-home in Fort Worth, Texas.

+1.  I worked in 3 outdoor shops in Dallas in the mid-late 70s.  Backwoods was by far the best.
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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2018, 04:05:00 PM »
Looks like REI added a leading zero at some point; i joined in early 80s and it's 01489***
Same thing State of TExas did when they added a leading zero to my DL #.

One thing i like about modern REI is their ship-to-store functionality.

Also, no way will i put Patagonia in a group with TNF. TNF has been bought and my last few products from them (bought at bargain basement prices) have seemed substandard. Patagonia OTOH has made the sturdiest longest lasting functional gear I've ever owned bar none. The cold weather gear i bought in the mid 1980s still works, just somehow the dimensions shrank over the past 30 years.  :icon_wink:
 
Whole Earth in Austin *used* to be good if you got the right employee. I bought my early sleeping bags and Gregory Cassin pack at those stores in teh 80s. But they went a different direction about 20 years ago.

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2018, 07:55:10 PM »
REI quit selling all products supplied by Vista Outdoors

Stupid...

I'll buy my products elsewhere
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Offline dprather

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2018, 09:05:28 PM »
REI quit selling all products supplied by Vista Outdoors

Stupid...

I'll buy my products elsewhere

They just couldn't help themelves
« Last Edit: March 08, 2018, 09:24:31 PM by dprather »
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2018, 09:08:42 PM »
REI quit selling all products supplied by Vista Outdoors

Stupid...

I'll buy my products elsewhere

https://www.outdoorlife.com/think-before-you-boycott-guns-public-land-and-vista-outdoor


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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2018, 10:31:15 PM »
I wrote them to let them know I had read the press release and was disappointed in the decision to not carry Vista Outdoor products. Their response, a link to the press release I told them I had read. Theyíve lost my business. I love my rei brand products but Iím not going to give money to a company that pushes corparate fascism and doesnít want me as a customer.

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #40 on: March 12, 2018, 03:56:51 PM »
REI quit selling all products supplied by Vista Outdoors

Stupid...

I'll buy my products elsewhere

https://www.outdoorlife.com/think-before-you-boycott-guns-public-land-and-vista-outdoor

Thanks for the link, Jalco. Thatís a thoughtful and well-written article. Iím still an REI customer (got my rebate yesterday) though it is not quite the company it was when I first became a co-op member.


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