Hey Slim have you ever checked out the "garage sale" at REI? (it might have another name, but it is along those lines). It is all the returned items and other left over crap. They have it about once a month and the deals are amazing. They had a lot of good backpacks and sleeping gear when I was in there last. Worth a look.
Not sure. The Seattle flagship does have a basement department full of returns though, available any time. Right now they have a lot of sleeping pads, and ski boots. I checked it out.
I love some of the notes on the returns. Thermarest sleeping pad 6 foot. Marked down to 17.99. Why? "Too$hort".
Quote:BTW the REI in Seattle is next level. They have a damn kayak test run if memory serves.
I'm not sure about that, they have a mountain bike test track, and the 65 foot climbing pinnacle. I don't recall seeing a kayak run, though I wouldn't be surprised if they had some sort of regular testing day where you could try out a bunch of them on Lake Union. They are only a few blocks away.
Yesterday there was a PowerBar rep there who was super hot.