My favorite online store for outdoor clothing

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One common question friends asked me are recommendations for online shopping for outdoor stuffs like winter jackets, sweater and rain coats. I have a handful of online stores which I frequent but my top 5 for outdoor clothes are (In order of preference)

  • Backcountry.com – Items are usually on sale for 10-20% and you get further discount for past seasons. My favorite store for Arcteryx brand and they even have some cycling jerseys. You get even better discount at 30-40% at the outlet store. The 2-days shipping is fast and sometimes free but you have to pay for return
  • Altrec.com – This is my 2nd favorite because they have better range but the discount might not be good so sign up for the newsletter and wait for 20% off discount for 1 item. You have to pay for return.
  • Sierratradingpost.com – Awesome discount for past season items but you have to pay tax and shipping. Limited size and color option but they are great for bike helmets and boots.
  • REI.com – You get better deal online especially for REI outlet and sometimes additional 20% off 1 item. Free shipping above $50 and free return at store with no questions ask. I only buy at physical store when on-sale and you get very good discount if lucky.
  • Amazon.com – Not very well known for outdoor clothing since it is usually sold by 3rd party but you can get 10-20% discount for bike jersey, socks, bib and gloves. As usual free shipping for prime and sold by Amazon and return is free for most items. The reviews are very useful.

Other physical store which is worth mentioning is Sports Basement in Sunnyvale, Campbell, Walnut creek and SF. They have awesome 10-20% discount and you can use AAA to get additional 10% discount.  Amy Mountain is also a good store but they have limited choices for color and size but their discounts are great for past seasons.