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Old 09-25-2010, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all

A few friends and I are currently living in Vancouver but want to plan a road trip through the northern US states to pick up all of our gear.

Can anyone please recommend some big retailers in Washington State and possibly Oregon that would be good to grab a whole lot of stuff (boards, boots, bindings, all clothing). We don't mind driving over the whole state(s) for the best shops.

We are hoping to find a place that has a huge sh*tload of boots and clothing that we can try on, including Burton, so any recommendations would be appreciated.

Also, I have to pick up a set of skis for my wife so any ski places as well would be great.

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Old 09-25-2010, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you want an enormous selection of gear via big box stores, REI and Sports Authority tend to do pretty well in that department. Just be aware that what they try and sell you might not be what you actually want.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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In Seattle: Evo & Snowboard Connection. Both great snowboard specific shops with lots of inventory, huge selection, and knowledgeable staff.
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In Portland:

Daddie's Board Shop: Longboard Skateboards From Sector 9, Arbor, Loaded and More.
US Outdoor Store: North Face Jackets - Burton Snowboards - Arcteryx Skiing Camping Hiking & Backpacking Gear
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Triple8 already mentioned Evo and SnoCon, but I would like to throw in REI and Northwest Snowboards as well.
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Thanks for the comments everyone. I've made a list of Seattle shops to hit and if we can't find everything we'll swing down to Portland afterwards.
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no sales tax in OR...
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Really? Excuse my ignorance, but does that mean everything is cheaper, or does it mean that you actually pay the sticker price, or is it something different?
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no sales tax in OR...
That's news to me, I had no idea Oregon didn't have sales tax. MickyG, Sales tax is a percentage charged on your total of buying any goods. In Idaho it's like 6%, which means if I buy a $100 item I have to pay 6$ in tax, in Washington it's higher, around 7-8%. So if you spent $1000 in Washington at 8% sales tax, thats an extra $80 more then you would have paid in Oregon. Assuming item prices are the same.
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