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Winter Shopping for Boaters

January 9th, 2007 Robyn Suddeth

I am deeply ashamed to be admitting this, but I recently added myself to the online shopping community, and am now one of those folks going around raving about the deals you can find here on this amazing world wibe web. (Which, by the way, aparently makes me even more behind current trends than this always-chic rafting company I work for, which started promoting web specials for their trips ages ago.)

Either way, I thought that there couldn’t be a better community of boaters with which to share my discoveries than those of you out there who read this blog.  I managed to completely re-stock my long-underwear and capilene wardrobe (the majority of my old items looking the part of typical raft guide garments: thin, torn, and overall of questionable effectiveness,) for under $150 bucks! The stuff just came in the mail a few days ago (which is in and of itself a whole reason to go online shopping…packages are exciting,) and everything fits and is cute. (Guys ignore the last descriptive.)

The discovery I made was this: there are great deals to be had from really quality manufacturers on online outlet sites. Some of you who are more internet savvy than me may have already known this. But for those of you who didn’t, here are the links to two of my favorite new “stores.”:

www.backcountryoutlet.com

www.steepandcheap.com

Back Country Outlet has a really wide variety of gear and outdoor clothing, whereas Steep and Cheap advertises one deal per day, and usually sells out of items really fast. For those of you planning on coming rafting in Spring, these are some great places to stock up on layering items, but they are great sites for other outdoor gear as well. Enjoy!

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