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Postby optimist » Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:51 pm

Has anyone tried out the equipment from ALPS Mountaineering? They give a substantial discount to Scout troops. I need a new tent and theirs looks pretty good. With the discount (45%), the price looks pretty good too.

Here's a link to their Scout pricing pages:

http://www.scoutdirect.com/
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Re: ALPS Mountaineering

Postby Rick Tyler » Sun Oct 17, 2004 6:51 pm

optimist wrote:Has anyone tried out the equipment from ALPS Mountaineering?


Tons. Our old troop has purchased 15 tents (Alps Taurus-2AL and Taurus-4AL) and 12 backpacks (Red Tail). Individual scouts and scouters have bought packs, tents, sleeping bags, and cots. We've never had a complaint, and never a disappointment. For the money, you can't get better gear anywhere. The Taurus AL tents, for example, are the same layout and materials as the REI Half-Dome Plus 2, which cost almost twice as much. The Taurus 2's weigh a pound or two more than the best 2-man backpacking tents (Sierra Designs, Marmot, &c.), but cost 60-80% less. The Red Tail backpacks are perfect for 11-13 year-old boys, and include a built-in raincover (which we discovered in a little zippered compartment in the bottom of the pack).

All of this gear has gone backpacking. Several of the 2-man tents have made two trips to Philmont.

I'm a believer, and I don't own stock in the company.
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Postby Guneukitschik » Mon Oct 18, 2004 9:23 am

I checked out their website and it seems that they have some really good deals for scouts! Thanks for the link!
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Postby RWSmith » Tue Oct 19, 2004 8:41 am

DID YOU SAY 45 PERCENT ??? !!!
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Postby Rick Tyler » Tue Oct 19, 2004 10:11 am

RWSmith wrote:DID YOU SAY 45 PERCENT ??? !!!


Their gear is described at http://www.alpsmountaineering.com, and their Scout purchase program at http://www.scoutdirect.com.

For the first troop leader purchase from your unit, you can actually buy some gear at 60% off.

No, I don't work there or own the company.
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Postby optimist » Tue Oct 19, 2004 1:18 pm

I ordered my 60% off tent yesterday. I'm expecting it by Friday this week :)
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