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Old 05-15-2005, 05:18 PM   #1
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Following is a list of great websites to purchase your supplies online. Feel free to add your own!
Sierra Trading Post
Campmor
REI
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Eagle Creek
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I'm finding it hard to come across non-American sites. I've left everything to the last minute and I don't know if they can get stuff over to Ireland quick enough.

I found this place active travel apparel in the UK that sell very few eagle creak packs. I wanted to get the Kelty Crestone tent but can't find a supplyer in Europe.

Amazon UK don't seem to do packs.
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Old 07-29-2005, 08:38 AM   #3
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I'm finding it hard to come across non-American sites. I've left everything to the last minute and I don't know if they can get stuff over to Ireland quick enough.

I found this place active travel apparel in the UK that sell very few eagle creak packs. I wanted to get the Kelty Crestone tent but can't find a supplyer in Europe.
try: gear-zone or sports warehouse for gear searches in the UK.

Also, try Vaude (in Germany) and Vango (UK) for gear companies. We use Vango sleeping bags and love them!

Here are a few more sites you might try:
www.goodyearsoutdoors.co.uk

www.swindonweb.com/in-tents/

www.olympic-as.dk

www.greatoutdoors.ie

www.outdooradventure.ie

www.charlescamping.com

www.towsure.co.uk



Hope these help.
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Did do. gear-zone looks good cheers!

But I will be comming back with a list of stuff and depending on ye to show me whats crap, cause I haven't a clue what I'm doing.
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Bergans has top of the line gear as they’ve been around for almost a hundred years. http://www.bergans.no/sider_eng/start.htm And they really and truly test their equipment.
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I would advise caution when using gear-zone.

I had a bad experience just recently.

Firstly they recieved the wrong payment details by mistake (my fault I admit). But when the payment didn't go through they did not contact me to see what was happening instead it took a phone call 4 days from me to see what was wrong their end. The above was partially my fault I admit, still that highlighted a small problem in the whole order process when I wasn't contacted at all.

As I was soon travelling I could not afford another hold up with the MAX of 5 days delivery time. Spoke to one guy, he told me that it would be sent that night should recieve Wednesday. Also recieved an email that said the items had already been sent, might arrive Tuesday. So which was correct?

2 days later (Tuesday) phoned up again just to check that the item had shipped, no it hadn't it turns out, it would be sent out tonight. So now I was cutting it really close.

Another day later I phone up and apparently it had shipped and delivery had been attempted a few hours earlier. How was this possible, I was home the whole time and no one had come at all. Alarm bells were going off at this point, I thought I may have been had.

Next day with quite a few phone calls found out the courier company and yes it should arrive today (Thursday now). I should already be on the bus for my holiday, another days delay. It arrived at 4 PM, finally.

Got the package inside opened it up and the final insult hit, I had ordered two items and only one of them had been sent. Yet I had been charged for two. REALLY PISSED OFF at this point.



So thats was my experience, yours may be better, but take care, don't expect anything to happen quickly. And check you package to make sure everything is their. I was most anoyed because the number of phone calls I made to get things fixed cost like 6 pounds and the amount of my time wasted would have cost me more than the items I ordered.


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What's the best pack (or place to get one) that fits most airline carry-on size requirements?
That's spacious (maybe ~4000 cu in), has an internal (sheet?) frame and no wheels or towing handle (that take up space)?

Here's a few...any others?

Columbia Europacker™
Columbia Pak Mandu™
Eagle Creek's Women’s Fit Continental Journey
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Just figured I would toss in one that I use and have had good experiences with,

http://www.northernmountain.com

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I have heard great things about Eagle creek and have looked at their products and have to admit they seem pretty nice. I am going to europe for a month this summer, maybe 3 weeks, maybe 5. but i was wondering which pack was right for me size wize. anybody know what will best suit my needs for that amount of time. ultimate explorer, transcontinenal or continental journey packs?

also if youve had one let me know what you thought of it. thanks
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