I get stuff from BQ once in a while.

I bought my 5.11 reinforced nylon canvas pants there. Best, toughest hiking pants I'v ever owned.

Some things, like their "wristover" synthetic wrist/hand-back warmers can only be found there.

Their SoftieSnugpack tops & bottoms insulating layers are VERY warm, light and packable. I much prefer them to my 300 wt. Polarfleece garments. But ya gotta like black or O.D. green. And the prices are reasonable compared with "The Usual Brands" prices for shelled synthetic insulating layers.

Want good canoeing boots? The higher priced Jungle boots from BQ can't be beat for use in rough, wet, boggy and slippery Canadian portages. The one thing you learn on wilderness canoe trips is you can never keep your feet dry so why not get good wet weather boots that drain well?

"There are no comfortable backpacks. Some are just less uncomfortable than others."