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Unread 02-26-2011, 07:19 PM
danger danger is offline
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Join Date: Feb 2011
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Possibly the cheapest way to get gear - REI.com

Hey guys,

Ever since I got here I've been trying to find good places to get gear. The situation as I understand it seems to be:

Shoes seem to be surprisingly regularly priced -- generally comparable to US prices at least for certain brands such as Five Ten.

Trad/Sport Climbing specific gear like carabiners, belay devices, rope is marked up somewhere from 20% to 50% from US retail prices, which is tolerable.

Bouldering pads are horrifically priced -- marked up anywhere from 50% to 100%.

If you're getting a crash pad or investing in a bulk purchase of climbing gear, consider going the online route at REI.com. It can end up being significantly cheaper than buying locally. For instance, right now, shipping for a $140 Metolious pad is $60, bringing it to $200 total, much cheaper than buying the equivalent pad locally.

I've tried other retailers but REI seems to be the only one that ships internationally and for a reasonable price.

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Unread 02-26-2011, 09:11 PM
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Location: Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
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i don't know if you're involved with a climbing gym, but i bought a single-fold (4x6 ft) madrock pad through my gym owner a few years ago for 107,000. he got it shipped from china.
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Unread 04-26-2011, 08:50 PM
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Just an update on this since i finally pulled the trigger.

Just found out that you can't buy Black diamond or Petzl T_T, so this option is more limited than i expected =( . If you are ok buying other brands though, you can save some money.

Shipping is thus:
Order Amount Shipping
0-$50 $21
$50.01-$100 $33
$100.01-$200 $60
$200.01-$300 $75
$300.01-$400 $90
$400.01-$500 $100

I find that usually even with shipping the prices are significantly lower than regular korea prices for many items. Quickdraws and biners in particular.

Dusty also brings up a good point that you should ask you local climbing gym if they can get you gear since they sometimes can get a hold of a dealer discount.
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