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neils · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 20

I am in the US. Anyone ever bought from this European vendor? barrabes.world/ They have some boots for good prices even with shipping and VAT to the US, etc. It's still a good price. I have bought some gear from a UK vendor in the past for good prices and had a good experience.

This seems to be a reputable vendor but wanted some thoughts. Any experience? Why is the gear so cheap...i.e. La Sportiva, Scarpa, Arcteryx boots? Is it due to the manufacturer location, trade regulations etc? I am just always skeptical when something seems "too good"

Jim Titt · · Germany · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 490
neils wrote:I am in the US. Anyone ever bought from this European vendor? barrabes.world/ They have some boots for good prices even with shipping and VAT to the US, etc. It's still a good price. I have bought some gear from a UK vendor in the past for good prices and had a good experience. This seems to be a reputable vendor but wanted some thoughts. Any experience? Why is the gear so cheap...i.e. La Sportiva, Scarpa, Arcteryx boots? Is it due to the manufacturer location, trade regulations etc? I am just always skeptical when something seems "too good"
Can´t say I´ve ever bought anything from them but reputable they sure are, probably Europe´s biggest online equipment supplier. Not exactly a local store, they employ a couple of hundred people and turn over around $50m.
Only caution about shipping to the US, the estimated delivery times DON´t include getting through US customs which is normally around 2 weeks more.
Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,785

I bought a bunch from them years ago when the dollar was strong against the Euro. Shipping is a lot so you don't want to shop there for a few biners. I bought 3 ropes and a pair of shoes, basically got one of the ropes for free with the money I saved. That was a long tome ago; I have no idea about exchange rates and other fees currently. Do your homework and buy with confidence.

Eric and Lucie · · Boulder, CO · Joined Oct 2004 · Points: 140

Bought AT boots from them 15 years ago or so... so they've been around. I was very pleased back then; I still remember I received the boots in less than 5 days, and shipping costs were very reasonable.

neils · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 20

thanks for the replies

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,785

Just clicking around their site... $95 for a 60m rope, $66 to ship it. No thanks.

neils · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 20
Gunkiemike wrote:Just clicking around their site... $95 for a 60m rope, $66 to ship it. No thanks.
yeah i as looking at double boots like phantom 6000, or g2sm. but if the fit isn't exactly right or a return needs to be made I know it will be a PIA - also, on further investigation I don't think they have my size in stock anyway ;)

but good to know they are out there and legit
Gavin W · · Surrey, BC · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 183

I just bought a pair of AT ski boots from them. Arrived today, less than a week after I ordered them. Shipping was $50, which worked out to less than what I would have paid in sales tax on the boots at full price, so all told I ended up saving ~$300.

David Burton · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 0

Great service and lowest price on a set of Salomon skis - shipped to UK - all perfect

mountainhick · · Black Hawk, CO · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 120

Nice store, friendly staff, parking in that area of Barcelona is a PITA. They have the Lleida climbs guidebook.

Mike Keiter · · Unknown Hometown · Joined 16 days ago · Points: 0

Hi all,

I just ran across this post doing a search and thought I would weigh in. It's great to hear you found good deals at Barrabes. I can assure you that it's a legit shop. Barrabes has been around for three generations, has seven stores around Spain (including one in Barcelona and two in Madrid), and is one of the top outdoor retailers in the country. Part of the explanation of why our prices are so competitive in the US market is that purchases made outside of the EU are exempt of Spain's 21% value added tax, and imports into the US under $800 are also tax exempt. So anything you buy on our website for delivery to the US is basically tax free as long as it's under $800. And while shipping from Spain can be steep for heavy or bulky items like skis or hardware for climbing and mountaineering, for items like clothing or footwear the shipping costs are more than offset by the savings in taxes. It's as simple as that. Everything we sell is genuine, new and unused, and comes from authorized European distributors only.

Neils is right about returns. We have 30 day returns policy, but it is correct that as a buyer you would be responsible for return postage back to Spain. Again, for bulkier items that can get expensive, but for more lightweight items like technical clothing or down jackets, it's worth it.

Feel free to contact our customer service center if you have any further questions.

http://www.barrabes.world/shop/help/contact.asp

Thanks for the positive feedback, and I hope you'll keep shopping and finding great deals on top gear at Barrabes.com.

Best,

Michael Keiter

Barrabes International Customer Service Director

#GoExploringNow

Nick B · · Anchorage, Alaska · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 58

Don't buy more than 799$ at once or you will get burned by tariffs..... A nice huge bill before they will deliver you package.......   Learned the hard way.... 

Otherwise some great deals to be had at places like snowinn and barrabes etc

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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