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Marmot Mtn Works in Berkeley sale and closing
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Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
Marmot Mtn Works in Berkeley sale and closing on 01/13/2012 13:17:16 MST Print View

the Marmot Mountain Works Berkeley, California store is having a sale, 30-40% off many items. Unfortunately, they have just announced that they will be closing in March. This is one of those real outfitters that carries Western Mountaineering and the like. If you're in the Bay Area, stop in before they call it quits.

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Edited by squark on 01/13/2012 17:38:06 MST.

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
Marmot Mountain Works Closing? on 01/13/2012 15:03:54 MST Print View

Wow, Sharon, thanks for the news. That's great about the sale, but completely overshadowed by the fact that they'll be closing up shop. That's where I've gotten my AT boots fitted and a few pieces of clothing. It's a great shop for sure!

In addition to WM, they usually carry MontBell and Rab, which are equally hard to find in store. Of course they have the usual assortment of companies like Arc Teryx, Black Diamond, Marmot, etc.

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Re; Marmot Mtn Works in Berkeley sale and closing on 01/13/2012 15:42:34 MST Print View

Sad to see them go. I wonder at what point the stores and corporate "Marmot" separated. I have a Marmot jacket circa 1985 that has the logo shown on the Berkeley store website.

Marmot the clothing company doesn't have much detail on other than mention of the opening in 1974 of "Marmot Mountain Works" store in Colorado.

The Berkeley store website disavows any connection:
" Please note that our company, Marmot Mountain Works, is not associated or affiliated in any other way with Marmot Mountain, LLC. "

Edited by jimqpublic on 01/13/2012 15:48:20 MST.

Ben F
(tekhna) - F
Marmot on 01/13/2012 22:10:59 MST Print View

There doesn't seem to be much there actually on sale. But it's a shame to see it go.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Marmot Mtn Works in Berkeley sale and closing on 01/13/2012 23:28:50 MST Print View

That's a shame. It was a small, friendly shop for serious gear. I went in there off and on in the 80's and 90's. It was opened in 1976 and was in a funky, stone-faced bulding. On the one hand, they probably made it go and last that long because it was in Berkeley. On the other hand, REI, Royal Robbins and Northface outlets, and umpteen other stores PLUS, now, on-line sales, and it's a tough, tough place and time to be in retail. And yet, when you need just a toothpick for your Swarmy knife, someone to troubleshoot your stove, or to grab something Friday 4:45 pm on your way to the mountains, that neighborhood store increasingly won't be there.

Is their Bellevue, WA store staying open?

Matt Allen
(zeroforhire) - MLife
... on 01/14/2012 11:15:25 MST Print View

From what I gather, the Bellevue store will stay open.

scott Nelson
(nlsscott) - MLife

Locale: So. Calif.
Alas... on 01/14/2012 19:21:40 MST Print View

Alas, the way to make a small fortune in outdoor retailing is to start with a large one...

James Kirk

Locale: Big Sur
More price drops on Monday... on 02/04/2012 09:54:46 MST Print View

I went in there yesterday It's 20% off everything, some things 30-40% off. The clerk told me they are having another round of across-the-board price drops on Monday (I imagine they'll bmp it up to 30% off, but am uncertain).

Sadly, even at a discount, I can't really afford to buy anything right now.

Adam Cline
(glocklynn) - F

Locale: Washington
Got Lucky on 02/08/2012 13:42:40 MST Print View

I called on Saturday and they had a WM ultralite 20% off but due to the tip i waited until Monday and got it at 30% off. Brand new. WM Ultralite for $280.00 Free shipping. Thanks for the Tip guys

Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
Re: Marmot Mtn Works in Berkeley sale and closing on 02/08/2012 14:10:49 MST Print View

Bummer- I remember many VW Van biyys in their parking lot.

James Kirk

Locale: Big Sur
It's 40% off right now... on 02/24/2012 18:06:10 MST Print View

Just dropped by a couple of hours ago. They've marked everything down by 40%!

WM Bags are gone it seems, but they still have a couple of vests. They still had a Marmot Plasma 30 (retail $440) for $264. If I didn't already have a Revelation X quilt on order from Tim, I'd have snatched it up in a heartbeat.

Being unemployed kinda sucks.

Christopher Chupka

Locale: NTX
WHAt! on 02/24/2012 18:35:11 MST Print View

Any size 47 insulated climbing boots or Integral Designs or BD winter tents?

James Kirk

Locale: Big Sur
Tent selection on 02/24/2012 18:57:39 MST Print View

Tent selection was dwindling for sure. I can't speak to the boots.

peter vacco

Locale: no. california
Re: Marmot Mtn Works in Berkeley sale and closing on 02/24/2012 20:12:48 MST Print View

i remember the front door...

"push, for best results"

or such like that.
i also recall that one time there was a hippie bus parked in the marmot lot, and some love child was getting into it wearing, i could not remember the correct name of shoes (was sandals). in the midst of one of my better post-aryian rants, i christened them "'seditious footwear".
now.. even if given a bit of time, one probably could not conceive of a time and place they could actually deploy that little ditty, but it did occur in central texas (but .. where else ? ), where i was gifted with the opportunity to use "seditious footwear" in a coherent sentence and proper context, with deadpan presentation, and an all knowing of deep understanding nod of the head.

a good delivery of such lines is often key to having a really good night on the town.


Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
Re: Marmot Mtn Works in Berkeley sale and closing on 02/28/2012 17:25:11 MST Print View

Per their facebook page

"March 18th is the final day of Marmot...

We plan to send the old lady out in style, We'll be tapping the keg around 11 am, I've got the guys from the 5th string next door to play bluegrass, Dave Knopp will be making some mean bbq- and then the real fun will start after closing. I plan on having Lock literally drive the final nail in the coffin at midnight. ALL alumni are invited as well as anyone y'all know of that was connected...reps, customers, industry hanger-on's...spread the word far and wide and let's do justice to this institution!!! "