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Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
New England gear shops and brands? on 04/28/2012 07:29:00 MDT Print View

I am going to be out in the MA-ME-NH-VT area for about 10 days and I was wondering if there were any gears shops, cottage makers or brands I should check out since I live in a gear desert in Illinois. Thanks.

wiiawiwb wiiawiwb
(wiiawiwb) - F
Two in Manchester VT on 04/28/2012 07:34:50 MDT Print View

EMS and the Mountain Goat. Both excellent places.

Walter Carrington
(Snowleopard) - M

Locale: Mass.
New England gear shops and brands on 04/28/2012 08:00:52 MDT Print View

Worcester: New England Backpacker, knowledgeable staff; this is where I buy when I need gear recommendations.
Boston: Hilton's tent city.
EMS: quite a few stores around New England, see EMS.com for locations. Their hq and warehouse is Peterborough, NH; they have lots of stuff online that's not in stores, but you can often pick it up in pboro if you call ahead.
REI: West Hartford, Boston, Reading (MA), Framingham (MA).

Edited by Snowleopard on 04/28/2012 09:37:14 MDT.

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
gear shops in (ice) england on 04/28/2012 08:46:33 MDT Print View

patagucci outlet/ freeport, me
arcadian shop/ lenox, ma (pricey, but if you hit it right...)
IME (international mt equipment)/ north conway, nh
ragged mt equipment/ intervale, nh
each are about 10 min drive apart.
both have nice consignment basement!
though IME more selection.
and farmway/ bradford, vt

best!

Jace Mullen
(climberslacker) - F

Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
Vermont on 04/28/2012 09:29:57 MDT Print View

Outdoor Gear Exhchange is a sweet shop in Burlington, Vt; right on church Street.

Stephan Doyle
(StephanCal)
Re: New England gear shops and brands? on 04/28/2012 10:37:50 MDT Print View

HMG has an unofficial outlet. Search around and find the shop where a bunch of protos were being sold. The thread about it was fairly recent.

If you want a pack, Randy @ CCW might take appointments. He'll make you anything, and has decades of chops.

Wild Things runs a pretty cool shop. A lot of their stuff is overbuilt for BPL, but they make everything and you might be able to swing a factory visit.

Richard Fischel
(RICKO) - F
+1 for wild things on 04/28/2012 13:00:44 MDT Print View

They often have stuff on sale, extras from short run projects that were made for *special* clients and the funky stuff they make for consumption in japan.

Charles Tufankjian
(ctufankjian)

Locale: New Hampshire
VT on 04/28/2012 13:53:49 MDT Print View

Plus one for Mountain Goat (it's a pretty real outfitter with many cottage brands western mountaineering etc.) if you're in Manchester VT, there's also an EMS there.

Charles Tufankjian
(ctufankjian)

Locale: New Hampshire
VT on 04/28/2012 13:55:21 MDT Print View

Oh and don't forget to stop by Sams in Brattleboro it's NUTS

Gerry Volpe
(gvolpe)

Locale: Vermont
N. Conway NH area/HMG on 04/28/2012 14:42:46 MDT Print View

The HMG packs were at IME in N Conway. 3 weeks ago or so they still had several. I would also add the Wild Things outlet to Leslie's gear store cluster you can often find great deals on their stuff which translates well to UL. You can't beat the Mount Washington Valley for a concentration of great gear stores and some of NE's best eye candy.

Charles Tufankjian
(ctufankjian)

Locale: New Hampshire
IME on 04/28/2012 15:10:39 MDT Print View

Totally forgot about IME and the Consignment basement!!

Gerry Volpe
(gvolpe)

Locale: Vermont
oops double post on 04/28/2012 16:08:47 MDT Print View

oops

Edited by gvolpe on 04/28/2012 16:09:53 MDT.

Jeff McWilliams
(jjmcwill) - M

Locale: Midwest
MooseJaw in Natick, MA on 04/30/2012 06:08:10 MDT Print View

The selection at the retail stores may lean a bit toward outdoor "fashion" clothing.

However, at least the one near me still has an okay selection of gear, including some climbing stuff that my local REI does not carry.

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
yet, there's more... on 04/30/2012 06:27:04 MDT Print View

ode to the goat!

there's one in han(g)over , nh as well.
same affiliation as the goat in manch. center?
anyone know?

and if you land in north conway, DO check the local thrift
(church in center of town)
i've found some s-w-e-e-t! gear there-- hit or miss of course.
get there early though...

forgot to mention kittery trading post in kittery, me.

(used to be a goodie anyways)

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
wt on 04/30/2012 16:50:16 MDT Print View

Where is the Wild Things Outlet?

Gerry Volpe
(gvolpe)

Locale: Vermont
WT on 04/30/2012 19:49:41 MDT Print View

Wild Things is on rt. sixteen, I believe it is still technically in N Conway NH(could be wrong) but it is south of the N. Conway downtown on the west side of the road(right going south from town left heading north from Conway).

Richard Fischel
(RICKO) - F
Re: WT on 05/01/2012 06:16:41 MDT Print View

when at the wild things store make sure to say hello to Leanne. she has to be one of the most helpful sales people i've ever had the pleasure of dealing with in the outdoor equipment/clothing industry.

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
wild thang! on 05/01/2012 11:06:11 MDT Print View

yup, WT is on "16". EMS just a stone's throw away and IME north on 16, about 4 or so miles from WT. ragged mt equipment another 3 miles or so north of IME.

Ben Egan
(benjammin21) - M

Locale: The Grid, Brooklyn
Hilton's tent city on 05/01/2012 11:09:51 MDT Print View

Hilton's tent city

EDIT FOR FULL DISCLOSURE: I work there.

Edited by benjammin21 on 05/01/2012 11:10:21 MDT.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
thanks on 05/03/2012 07:05:10 MDT Print View

Thanks. I am going to try to hit the Conway segment on the way to Arcadia NP and some of the easier ones.