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REI rents tents, bags and stoves. You can buy excellent gear there and if you dont like it you can return it any time even years after purchase. I like that about them. Ive done a lot of climbing and camping and I like to bring stuff back if it is not right. You get a dividend so in the end its not more expensive than anywhere else. They have REI outlet.com if you are looking for bargains.
Short answer: REI. Slightly longer answer: depends on your camping needs.
If you're not gonna be camping much or camping right out of your car, I wouldn't pay large sums for great equipment. REI sells solid equipment, and even their cheapest is better than the crap sold elsewhere.
If you really want to get into it or just like good equipment, consider buying second hand. There's alway somebody out there who bought a really nice tent then decided they don't like camping. Camping stuff is one of those things that you can sensibly buy used, even sleeping bags and the like (which you can launder). If you can find any MSR stuff used, buy it - outstanding tents and bags. If you're new to camping, make sure you buy a sleeping pad. You'd be surprised how many folks don't buy one given how comfortably they'll make your experience.
I love camping! Thinking about buying a truck and tow behind camper because tents with small children ain't ao fun anymore. Does anyone have any experience with buying one? Best places to find one locally?
If you look on CL, ebay, or Facebook market place you can find great equipment that has been used but a few times, and then the owner decided camping was not their thing.
Always inspect carefully before buying. Vintage used/NOS American made equipment is your best choice. Decide the type of equipment best suit your needs, and be patient to find the best deals. I find my best deals in the winter months.
Ongoing process Wrote:
> You can buy new if that is your thing - BUT
> If you look on CL, ebay, or Facebook market place
> you can find great equipment that has been used
> but a few times, and then the owner decided
> camping was not their thing.
> Always inspect carefully before buying. Vintage
> used/NOS American made equipment is your best
> choice. Decide the type of equipment best suit
> your needs, and be patient to find the best deals.
> I find my best deals in the winter months.
> Good luck.
How does one "inspect carefully" something being sold on CL, eBay or Facebook?
I wait for woman jogger on rock creek to sex her.
Maybe she like maybe she don’t like Spanish me.
I get camp gear with her credit card.
Gringo Condit get in trouble for what me do.
I have nice sleep bag from target(Colombia hite)
Good day. In fact, there are a lot of places now where you can buy camping gear. For example, I recently bought a great backpacking hammock that I really liked. It's very easy to install, it took me less than five minutes.