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Old 04-11-2012, 06:20 PM   #61
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I go to REI once in a while, usually with a friend who still shops there, but I can't remember the last time I actually bought anything.

The prices and the yuppification are the two reasons I don't like it there. I get the same feeling when I walk into an Apple Store.

Next time I visit my local MalWart I'm going to have to spend a little more time looking around their sporting goods section.
The one thing I have going for REI is that I have their credit card that accumulates towards my dividend. No annual fee and I pay it off every month. So my typical dividend in a year is a little over $ 100. $ 100 in free money to spend at REI is not too bad. If nothing else, I can get things for my bicycles.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:23 PM   #62
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I've got a sleeping bag, tent, and pad that I bought from Target. The weather usually isn't cold enough to warrant any "real" gear whenever I go camping, so stuff from a big-box store works for me.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:23 PM   #63
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I took the straps off and used elastic cord to attach to the seat of my XR. It's attached to the seat but comes off pretty easy.
I did the same thing. I also cut off the big ugly plastic buckles and used two 'D' rings on each loop and wrapped them around helmet buckle style. Much cleaner.

Also the bi-focal sun glasses in the fishing department are excellent.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:28 PM   #64
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Dollar Store....Hell,yeah!!

I have bought a 2 pack of wide flat bungee cords with a wide flat hook,just like they sell at Aerostirch.....but for a dollar. A 4 back of fabric elastic strech bands with velcro at each end....a dollar. A 4 pack of velcro hook and loop closeures that loop around each other....a buck.

silver emergengy blankets.....a tiny silicone spatula......oh1 THe Best.....a folding tripod stool that people are amazed I bought at the dollar store. It fits right in my topbox,along the very back edge of my 41 litre,even came with a velcro wrap to snug it tight. Takes up no room at all. Superlight as well. It's friggin' brilliant!

I use my velcro/hook and loop straps usually as compression aids but I have also used them for years as a method of attaching my soft luggage to various points on my CBR 600. Non- scratch and adjustable.

Petsmart has a 10 pack of plastic covers for those prong collars for dogs, I use them as spare covers for the end of the bungee cords when they come off, and they always come off. The end covers are way longer and cover more of the pointy end and snick on nice and tight.

Wait, one last one I just remembered, plastic fruit containers, like for your bananas ect. You know, the yellow plastic banana shaped thingy so you don't end up with a black smushy mess. I think they sell those at Aerostitch as well....but not for a dollar......
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:06 AM   #65
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and for the DARKSIDERS...Walmart will mount your rear tire for $7.50.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:46 AM   #66
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Two things I can think of that haven't been mentioned:
1. The slime air compressor which for my needs has been bombproof.

2. The clear rolldown vacuum bags for my clothes. Really packs them down and they're water proof to boot.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:24 AM   #67
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I got my compressor at MalWart for $10. It's not the Slime model, but it works great. My only regret/concern is that in an attempt to save space, I removed the "guts" from the plastic housing, so now the moving parts are exposed. It also gets a little hot and is hard to hold onto.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:12 PM   #68
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I have some aqua socks from Walmart that I use around campsites.

They pack down super small.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:24 PM   #69
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I have some aqua socks from Walmart that I use around campsites.

They pack down super small.
Can you post a link? Searching Walmart for aqua socks brings up nothing.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:32 PM   #70
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Can you post a link? Searching Walmart for aqua socks brings up nothing.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Op-Men-s-D...Shoes/17772307

I have older ones that are thinner. Mine are kinda like the ones at REI...but..wait...that's for another thread. hahaha
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:56 AM   #71
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I go to REI once in a while, usually with a friend who still shops there, but I can't remember the last time I actually bought anything.
I just bought an overstock Kelty Light Year 20 degree down/ripstop sleeping bag from the online "outlet". Using the current 20% off the outlet price and a $29 dividend we had from a pair of boots I bought last year (the only other thing I have bought there in 20 years) and free shipping, it was only $86 delivered. I got it as a replacement for an old synthetic bag I never really liked that we've had a long time. I can live with a deal like that for a good back-up bag or one that FatWife can use when she wants to camp. I very rarely buy anything there, but if you shop the sales and outlet items you can occasionally get some good deals...
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:16 PM   #72
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I picked up a Kelty Zenith tent at Target on clearance for around 40 bucks this winter. After doing a little research online, I found out that the same Kelty tent is sold for 160$ as a Kelty Salida. The only difference is the Salida has lighter weight poles. :)
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:26 PM   #73
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The "Peak One Mirco Butane Stove" stove itself is a variant of the Campingaz stove that's been around since the early seventies or before. It doesn't have the panache of some of the mountaineering stoves, but it is inexpensive and boils water just as hot.

Anyone know if there is a jetboil-style cup that would work with this? I mean one wrapped in neoprene or whatever that material is you'd see on a jb cup.
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:06 PM   #74
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Coleman coated fabric rain gear. About $20 and keeps me dryer than my $100+ motorcylcle rain suit!
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:38 PM   #75
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$15 Walmart Tents

Looks good! Price has gone up a few bucks though. I just bought one because it fits in my pannier with room to spare. Try out next week.
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