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    Default Your favourite place to buy gear?

    Like a lot of people i am always keen to buy gear, whether it is for canoeing or camping. I sometimes see great stuff available in America or the Far East but rarely have a go to shop/website in the uk or europe.
    Interested to know where you shop, love to hear of new places to spend.

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    Mark,
    Not so straightforward for me but I have regular places.

    My favourites are Tamarack and Alpkit.
    Cotswold outdoors and Go-outdoors for consumables such as gas plus I get to use my 20% Scout leader discount so it makes sense to go there.
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    Pretty much the same as Rob above.

    Got a lot of Alpkit stuff, most of it great. Tamarack for more bushcrafty type things. Cotswold or Go Outdoors depending on what camping bits and bobs I need.

    A lot of my baselayers and trousers come from Decathlon, excellent value and seem to last for ages, especially they're mountaineering trousers which are a sort of stretchy softshell material that is excellent for canoeing and camping.

    I've bought a few bits off Backpackinglight, good service if you're after that sort of ultralite stuff.
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    Often use Tamarack and Decathlon. Rarely use Cotswold. Alpkit is a new one to me.

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    Been following this company on instagram , they have some great gear. Trouble is they are in Japan.

    https://cross-orange.business.site/?hl=ja


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    I use Cabela's, an American outfitter for my camping stuff. If they don't have it you don't need it. I still have a camouflaged hunting suit that I ordered 20 years ago. It is fleece outside, thinsulate inside, and gore tex in between. The jacket is getting thread bare now after 20 years of daily wear during winter, but it is still warm and waterproof and I wear it when it snows. Their selection of canoes is poor, but they are aimed at hunting, fishing, and camping. Look them up on line and be amazed.
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    Aliexpress or Amazon also works

    Caveat re Aliexpress:

    China is known as a hotbed of counterfeit production, and AliExpress is no exception. You can get all sorts of counterfeit items there, from electronics to clothing. Some sellers have also been known to defraud buyers by tricking them into paying before they receive an item and then disappearing with the money.

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    For basic outdoor stuff, Aldi or Lidl provide a price/performance ratio that is really hard to beat.

    See also banggood.com
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    Because it is nice to go and see stuff up close before making a decision, I try to support retailers with proper shops.

    Tiso is the most convenient of these for me these days although I tend to drop into the Perth branch on the way to or from the river more often than the Glasgow branch which I pass close to every week. I also use Decathlon, although arranging to pass it when it is open and I am not in a hurry is more difficult! Hawkshead can be useful too, but to be honest I have had trouble finding trousers in my leg length in any of the above stores (Decathlons own brands seem to suit exceptionally long legged people, and the sizing is unfathomable) so recently started buying trousers from Blacks online - I never go into the city centre anymore to visit the shop, but when I know exactly what I want (because you have been wearing the same style for years) online is OK. Since having trouble with my achilles tendon several years ago I cannot buy shoes online because I need to check that they don't grip the heel too tight, if they do I'm crippled within a week!

    When I am in the states I tend to find myself in REI adding bits and bobs I normally don't see here.

    For canoe/kayak specific stuff it gets quite difficult with the sparse distribution of shops. Border Kayaks (whom I have never actually visited) have been attending a variety of events over the last few years including bringing their demo fleet to club nights and similar - they are maybe as of today, or next Monday, becoming a mobile shop only and giving up their premises. I really hope this works out for them and given that I have bought stuff from their stands but never in the shop I suspect it will. For slalom equipment I mainly use Hydrasport in Stafford, principly because they import the boats I like best, I have been to their premises a few times despite the distance, although I have probably bought more small items from their stall at events, and boat purchase itself is a more complex affair involving agreeing a specification and price, paying a deposit (all of which can be done by email/phone), and then collecting the boat a few months later after it has been custom built to spec and shipped to the UK.
    Online shops I use include PeakUK (for custom kit in club colours, otherwise would buy it from a retailer, support the retailers!), Desperate Measures (also visit sometimes), Up and Under, AS Watersports and Endless River simply because they have tended to be the places that stock the things I have needed, or at least, the places that list the things I need online.

    How hard can it be?

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    I forgot to say, I do almost all my actual canoe equipment buying in store with my local store, Whitewater Shepperton, or online with Canoe & Kayak store (Gloucs). We need to support the likes of these specialist retailers, and in doing so I have always received great service and fair prices.
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    I live close to a Decathlon and Cotswold Outdoors, so often shop at those, we also have a Mountain Warehouse who seem to work on the principle of saying an item is normally 100 but on sale at 50, when in fact it's only worth 50, I do buy the occasional item from them though.

    Decathlon are hard to beat for value for money, waterproof overtrousers for less than a tenner!

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    Where ever has the best price. Before customes started wising up back when the internet was new ish, I bought from America, Norway, Far east amongst others. Now tends to be UK companies mainly.
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    Tamarack, Aguille Alpine, Windermere Canoe Kayak are my first ports of call.
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