Gear Deals

See Campout Gear List for what you need.



ALPS Mountaineering
    
Good quality gear at lower costs
     http://www.alpsmountaineering.com (to see products and specifications)
     http://www.scoutdirect.com (to get 45% discount for scouts) 

REI Outlet
    
Online only discounts on REI gear
     http://www.rei.com/outlet

Sierra Trading Post
     http://www.sierratradingpost.com

GearTrade.com
    
Deals on used, closeouts and overstock
     http://www.geartrade.com

Backcountry
     http://www.backcountry.com

Campmor
     http://www.campmor.com 

CampSaver
  


What to buy

Tent
2-person dome tent. Single wall tents are not recommended due to condensation problems. A full rain fly with vestibules will keep out driving wind and rain and provide cover for backpacks and boots. The REI Half Dome is a very popular style as well as Zypher 2 or Lynx 2 from Alps Mountaineering.
If you want a high quality light weight tent, Big Agnes is a good brand for you (The price is fairly high). 

Sleeping Bag
A 20 degree bag works well for Texas winters. Mummy style is lighter and packs easier. A bag liner and thermal underwear will increase the warmth factor. An optional 50 degree warm weather bag can be smaller and lighter weight for mild conditions.

Sleeping Pad
1" to 2" self inflating or closed cell foam pad. Thermarest sells quality pads at many different price points.

Backpack
Philmont recommends a minimum size of 4,000 cubic inches (65 liter) for externals or 4,500 cu (74 liter) for internals. Externals are less expensive and allow more air flow around your back, but are bulky. They are best for open flat hiking. Internals fit closer to your body and are more maneuverable on uneven terrain and less prone to snag on tree limbs and brush. Note: REI no longer sells external frame packs. A rain cover is important. If your pack does not come with one, line the inside of your pack with a plastic trash compactor bag.

Hiking Boots
Waterproof with ankle support. Avoid heavy boots. Lightweight synthetic hiking boots are recommended. Wool or synthetic socks. Sock liners are recommended for longer treks.

Rain Gear
A lightweight waterproof hooded jacket. It can also be used as a wind breaker and an extra layer for cold weather. Rain pants aren't required, but can be handy to add extra warmth too.

Compass
A quality base plate compass from Suunto or Brunton. Avoid anything less than $10. For more information on compass recommendations Guide To Compasses.

Knife
A fixed blade or locking folding knife. Please do not bring switch blades, butterfly knives, spring assisted knives, or any knife that has a blade longer than 5" to any scout event. Fixed blades are preferred for bushcraft. Mora knives is a great company that sells affordable fixed blade knives. The Mora companion is an excellent first fixed blade knife that sells for $15.