Christmas and the holiday season is coming and T125 would like to make our newer members aware of a discount outlet for scout camping gear. "Hiker Direct" is an outlet for ALPS brands camping gear that's made available to scouting organizations. It's not affiliated with the national BSA in any way, but it's nice that they offer some deals on sturdy, scout-overnight-worthy camping gear that can be found on their website. All you need to do is register your email to receive an infrequent email on gear deals.
I have personally purchased gear through this outlet and was satisfied with the results. Sometimes the items are new, but the deep discounts are on manufacturers samples and gear that has been shown in trade shows and the like. So, quantities are sometimes small and you might need to call a rep at the warehouse to order your gear and pay with a check... but discounts are deep. Here's more info if you are interested:
Hiker Direct is a program that offers discount camping and backpacking gear such as tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and other great camping products to members of various scouting organizations in the United States. If you are a member of such an organization, you can register for our program to browse the camping gear that we offer at discounted prices exclusive to scouts. If you are a scout, scout parent, scout leader, or have any affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of the USA, or any other scouting organization in the United States, you are eligible for Hiker Direct pricing.
To join and order from Hiker Direct there are a couple simple things you must do to get started…
1. Register at hikerdirect.com. After registering at hikerdirect.com you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on everything you need to do to start placing orders through the Hiker Direct program.
2. Browse our “Clearance Items” page on HikerDirect.com Our “Clearance Items” page includes single items that are being sold at clearance pricing for a variety of reasons (factory samples, display items or items that were used for photography). All clearance items will need to be ordered over the phone (1.888.908.2044.) and paid for via personal checks, money orders or with a cashier’s check.
3. Join our Hiker Direct group on Facebook! There we will announce upcoming sales and promotions, give sneek peeks at new products, post how-to and tutorial videos and more! Be a part of the community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/HDirect/