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post #136 of (permalink) Old 01-16-2012, 09:33 AM
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Couldn't wade through the whole thread but my quick 2 cents on Arcteryx is this.

1. Their customer service sucks. Trying to get a return call, even on a bulk order, is painful. For this reason alone our SAR group almost walked away from ever doing business with them.

2. I own a pair of their Theta AR pants and a Bora 80 pack. The pants are so well made, relatively compact and multifunctional that I smile every time I put them on. They have over 100 hard bush wacking days on them and still clean up almost new. The pack has yet to be fully tested but I am pretty confident I will be happy with it.

3. The retail price for Arcteryx is ridiculous. I am on the pro-plan and it barely makes the prices competitive with MHW and other brands I have had positive experiences with. Without the discount there is no way I could justify it. MHW is doing great stuff for great prices.

Finally, one more plug for the Theta pants....truly exceptional!
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post #137 of (permalink) Old 01-19-2012, 07:04 PM
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Outside of Vancouver, the average person doesn't even know what the hell Arc'teryx is.
Three years ago, I spent a week walking around Manhattan just before Christmas and was surprised / shocked at how many people were wearing Arc'Teryx jackets. I've also noticed their clothing prominently displayed (i.e. a product placement deal) in more than one Hollywood movie and being worn by celebrities in magazines and on talk shows. I'd say their marketing department has been working pretty hard to make sure LOTS of people outside Vancouver know about them.

I'm happy with my various A'T jackets, sweaters, and packs, but I'd never have paid full retail price for them. It's all been bought at the factory sale over the years. I'm still using some retired "Rock Solid Manufacturing" quickdraws to hang stuff up in my gear closet.

I haven't read every post in this thread, so this may have been posted already:
http://notesfromtheneve.com/2012/01/...s-of-arcteryx/
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post #138 of (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 09:51 AM
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I like arcteryx because I find the jackets fit me well. I've got a soft shell and hard shell from them - both from the outlet, both a very good deal ($90 and $260)

When it comes to jackets I also like the fit from: RAB, Mountain Hardware, Montane (http://goo.gl/KvIdV).
I hate the fit from: montbell, patagonia, marmot, OR.
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post #139 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2012, 08:56 PM
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Long but interesting discussion...well in this case you can have your cake and eat it too. I love arcteryx stuff but I've never paid full price for it other than touques or packs. You can get great deals (at prices in line with MEC brand) by:
1. Buying used. I tried on a theta ar today and liked it. Was in the outlet Store in north van for $340. Went home and found a 4 year old one on ebay for $135 and pulled the trigger.
2. Oulet store. Sizing selection can be spotty though.
3. Biannual tent sale. A crazy experience. Lines around the block but you will walk out with something.
4. Check the US retailers for sales. Backcountry, altrec, moosejaw...

Bottom line don't complain about the full retail price of Arc clothes only an idiot pays FULL price..
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Long but interesting discussion...well in this case you can have your cake and eat it too. I love arcteryx stuff but I've never paid full price for it other than touques or packs. You can get great deals (at prices in line with mec brand) by:
1. Buying used. I tried on a theta are today and liked it. Was in the outlet Store in north van for $340. Went home and found a 4 year old one on ebay for $135 and pulled the trigger.
2. Oulet store. Sizing selection can be spotty though.
3. Biannual tent sale. A crazy experience. Lines around the block but you will walk out with something.
4. Check the US retailers for sales. Backcountry, altrec, moosejaw...

Bottom line don't complain about the full retail price of Arc clothes only an idiot pays FULL price..
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4. Check the US retailers for sales. Backcountry, altrec, moosejaw...

Bottom line don't complain about the full retail price of Arc clothes only an idiot pays FULL price..
US retailers (online too) won't ship ArcTeryx to Canada.
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4. Check the US retailers for sales. Backcountry, altrec, moosejaw...

Bottom line don't complain about the full retail price of Arc clothes only an idiot pays FULL price..
US retailers (online too) won't ship ArcTeryx to Canada.
No but for us out on the coast, they'll ship to Point Roberts
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4. Check the US retailers for sales. Backcountry, altrec, moosejaw...

Bottom line don't complain about the full retail price of Arc clothes only an idiot pays FULL price..
US retailers (online too) won't ship ArcTeryx to Canada.
I'll probably feel guilty about this but I will let you in on a secret: a nexus card and a mailbox at TSB Shipping in point Roberts is how you can score your name brand outdoor gear at MEC prices. Since they never make you pay any tax at the border you are already 12% ahead.
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4. Check the US retailers for sales. Backcountry, altrec, moosejaw...

Bottom line don't complain about the full retail price of Arc clothes only an idiot pays FULL price..
US retailers (online too) won't ship ArcTeryx to Canada.
I'll probably feel guilty about this but I will let you in on a secret: a nexus card and a mailbox at TSB Shipping in point Roberts is how you can score your name brand outdoor gear at MEC prices. Since they never make you pay any tax at the border you are already 12% ahead.
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4. Check the US retailers for sales. Backcountry, altrec, moosejaw...

Bottom line don't complain about the full retail price of Arc clothes only an idiot pays FULL price..
US retailers (online too) won't ship ArcTeryx to Canada.
I'll probably feel guilty about this but I will let you in on a secret: a nexus card and a mailbox at TSB Shipping in point Roberts is how you can score your name brand outdoor gear at MEC prices. Since they never make you pay any tax at the border you are already 12% ahead.
What's your secret for not getting dinged with taxes at the border???
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post #147 of (permalink) Old 03-27-2012, 06:38 AM
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quote:... Since they never make you pay any tax at the border you are already 12% ahead.
What's your secret for not getting dinged with taxes at the border???
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There is no secret. Border officers will never make you pay if you don't declare it. Same thing other people do with purchases from 202 warehouses. But if they want, they can make you pay. I think they worry about drugs and guns more then about carabiners or Scarpa boots.

Some go to Mt. Baker or Cascades in summer, pick up new rope, bag, backpack etc. and then come back next day.

BTW, you can't get 12% ahead already. WA tax is 8.4% for each item, sometimes you pay shipping to postal office and you pay fee of 2-3$ for each box.

I found MEC cheaper for some items, and if you add their warranty. However, I like to shop on-line for majority of my gear. Some items I have, are not available at our Co-op.

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I understood it was a labor dispute, they are not collecting under 200$
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post #149 of (permalink) Old 03-28-2012, 01:45 PM
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In the last six months I have, on multiple occasions, declared as much as $400 in merchandise ordered online and picked up at the receiving service I use in Sumas (literally spending less than 10 minutes in the US), and the border agent hasn't even blinked while waving me through. As long as you don't have hard liquor or tobacco, they seem pretty lenient lately.
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quote:... Since they never make you pay any tax at the border you are already 12% ahead.
What's your secret for not getting dinged with taxes at the border???
There is no secret. Border officers will never make you pay if you don't declare it.
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You may pay the price of your integrity. I certainly admit it's a temptation though in the end though, it isn't any different than being a tax cheat, or a thief.
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