Monday, April 15, 2013

Vermont Gear Swap to Benefit the VYCC

Join us at the 2nd Annual Vermont Gear Swap and Sale at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps' Monitor Barn on Saturday May 4th --Green Up Vermont Day-- from 9am -3pm.  20% of ALL SALES goes to benefit the VYCC and the Burlington Sunrise Rotary.  The VYCC has a busy summer ahead with more work planned to restore Vermont's trails in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.   We'll bring along some great deals for hikers, campers, and backpackers and you should too!  SIGN UP HERE to bring in your gear on consignment. 

The 2013 Vermont Gear Swap and Sale will feature live music and hot food for a great celebration of spring!  Come support the work of the VYCC and the Rotary and pick up a deal for yourself.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Get Your Gregory! At 20% Off....

There's no better time than spring to get that new Gregory Pack you've been eyeing.  Save 20% at our Spring Gregory backpack sale!  Experience backpacking comfort and organization at its best.  As an authorized Gregory Dealer we can help you choose the ideal pack for you next trip and make sure you get the right fit. 

A good place to start your search is with the Gregory Baltoro 65 or 75, the king of the backpacking hill so-to-speak.  This pack has got it all and couldn't be more comfortable.  If you need less space or want less weight check out the Gregory Savants and their Z-series packs. You'll find them all on sale in our Gregory Backpack Sale

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

External Pitch: Sierra Designs Gets it Right

The innovative external pitch tent design of Sierra Designs' Flash 2 Tent won accolades from reviewers at Backpacker Magazine like it's older sister the Mojo 2 tent (pictured above on a tent platform in Vermont's Camel's Hump State Park).  Like the Mojo, the Sierra Designs Flash 2 tent combines single and double wall features to shave weight and provide ventilation while also being a cinch to set up.  Unlike the Mojo, the Flash 2 brought home a 2013 Backpacker Editor's Choice Award

Why?  About the Flash 2 on  the Backpacker editors' explain "Score a tent that has it all:  low weight and impressive durability plus ample living space and solid storm protection."(p. 26)  While the Mojo 2 tent is a practical minimalist machine, the Flash 2 tent (and the Flash 3) offer the most of the same benefits AND enough room for two (or three) people to who are out to have fun on a backpacking trip.  At least that's my sense of the bent of the average Backpacker reader who is unlike the lightweight minimalist seeking physical and emotional challenge on some existential quest. Think drinking and playing cards at night versus passing out from exhaustion. 

If you ever get the chance to set up an external pitch tent you see just how much easier it is to set up as there is no separate fly to deal with.  And this means that if you have to set up in the rain, the inside of your tent is not getting wet!  With 39 inches of headroom at its peak and near vertical walls this is a tent built for romance...or getting some distance from the stench of your backpacking buddy.