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Trusted brands/ advice when buying online?

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dhammer · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 0

Hey guys, I've never purchased climbing stuff online before so I'm looking for some advice. What are some trusted brands for gear like cams and nuts? Also, what's a good way to tell if they're in decent shape? Im seeing a lot of cams and nuts that seem to be in decent shape but I'm not sure if there are any signs to look for that tell if its in bad shape.


FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

Are you talking about buying used gear from private parties?

I've never bought used gear before, but I think Caveat Emptor is appropriate. Whatever that means!

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Bought plenty of goods on the for sale forum here!

Backcountry or steep and cheep, gearx, gearexpress, and campsaver are my go to online shops.

Assuming you were asking about websites.

If not....cams and nuts BD, Metolius, wild country.

Best of luck.

SRB25 · · Woodside, ca · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 5

If you buy used gear be sure to check the websites that listed above as often you will find for an extra $5-$10 you will get a brand new piece. It's up to you to take the time to do the research.

Kent Richards · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2009 · Points: 83
Buying new gear

The most important thing is your trust in the merchant. Since there are reports of worthless Chinese fakes on biners, ascenders, and other gear -- and you don't want to end up with those -- you need to trust that the merchant is selling you authentic gear.

Buying used gear

For metal parts, look closely for damage. If you can see damage, run away.

For soft goods (ropes, slings, harnesses, slings on cams, slings on hexes, and anything else made of cloth): Be wary and proceed with caution. Chemical damage like that caused by sulfuric acid is usually invisible, so the gear may look fine and still be worthless (and dangerous).
Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 190

Here's an idea: maybe the first batch of life-saving equipment you buy should be new and from a store. There are many reputable climbing brands, but they're not all the same and some might not work as well for you. Find experienced people to climb with, practice with their gear, and see what you like.

Robert Michael · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 156

DMM gear, especially pro, is absolutely bomber and, in my opinion, the best that's out there whether it's stoppers, hexes, or cams. It costs more, but it's a good investment. Some don't like the extendable slings and the lack of thumb loops on the cams, but I have no issues with that.

I'm also a big fan of Metolius.

As for websites, I'll echo what someone else already said about and However, if you are an REI member, you can turn your dividend into climbing gear every spring.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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