I'm a big proponent of buying used gear. I've posted about this before so you might find my posts using search. Buying used takes time to research what you want, then looking for it on eBay or Craigslist, or local second hand shops, but it can be worth it. Used outerwear can be found sometimes at Goodwill, Salvation Army or similar shops. I'd rather buy a good bag for half price than pay retail for a cheap one. I have a very nice Marmot bag I got off Craigslist. A trip to the cleaners and it looks new. A lot of gear and clothes sells because of trips that don't happen, are a one time adventure or people just lose interest. I got my parka from someone who planned a trip to Alaska that didn't work out. It was and still is like new. I have a fairly long list. My latest find is a new (never worn as far as I could tell) Marmot ski jacket. Retail $300; I paid $50 in a shop that sold clothes from films and tv shows. My point is look around, you never know what you might find.

Edited by TomD (12/31/14 09:04 PM)
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