What's the better /out/ store, Cabela's or Bass Pro?
I've only ever been to Cabela's here in Winnipeg, and it's fucking awesome. What's Bass Pro like, going there next week.
so basically you're saying that you go into them and check out shit and then buy it online and wait and hope it feels the same as it did to you in the store?
You save a few $ but then spend that on shipping, and of course the petrol you spent to check the item out before you ordered online.
Do I have that correct?
Both are pretty cool. They will fit you for archery, walk you through picking the right pole for angling. I assume a similar experience if purchasing a firearm.
I've never felt pressured to buy at either yet there is a salesperson lurking if I need assistance.
Both are over priced as fuck as far as guns go but Cabela's has a lot of good value items for clothing, esp cold weather clothing. Cabelas has a line of cold weather compression long johns that are amazing for hiking.
I got yearly to both, normally end up just browsing and maybe getting some .22 if its on a special or something. Normally check out the food court and get something to eat. The Cabela's by me is also right by a very nice section of the AT so i'll head out for the hike, then hit Cabela's then maybe the nice "white" walmart before I head back to the city
How the fuck do you buy clothes online without trying them on first to see if they fit and are comfortable.
I can see buying books or shit like that online. But for clothes and camping stuff I want to actually see what it's like in person, not from some tiny picture on a screen.
Ehh, Gander Mountain doesn't compare.
Cabela's is sweet and has pretty much everything you need, but I think I prefer Bass Pro a little bit more. They are almost the same damn store tho. Used to have a Cabela's not too far from my house near Chicago that they opened a few years ago. And then there was a Bass Pro like a 45min drive away. Down here in FL, no more Cabelas. But I have been spending way too much money at Bass Pro lately.
>tfw Sports Authority doesn't even carry fishing equipment anymore
Dick's is ok for some stuff. But when I can drive an extra 5min for Bass Pro, I will normally just go there.
So you handcraft all your gear so you are not part of the consumer machine?
You're probably doing this on your self-sufficient farm using the leather from animals you've raised and stones and wood harvested from your land. I'm sure you made the computer you are on from twigs and berries and the power comes from your wind turbine.
You are as much a consumer faggot as anybody else.
For what it's worth, I personally do most of my shopping at mom & pop type shops vs the big box stores, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy visiting them as well.
I buy shoes online a lot because I haven't found a Size 13 that doesn't fit me fine. But they are normally ones where I have owned a similar pair, like Nikes or Adidas in a different color. I have some new work boots coming right now and I may hate them. We'll see. They were free through work so whatever.
Fishing rods and reels are a different story. I really don't like ordering them online because I like to check them out in person too. Unless I have used something similar or checked it out in a store prior. My most recent reel I bought online, and it was the first one ever. I checked it out at Bass Pro first and owned a somewhat similar reel so I went for it. $115 shipped for a reel that is $170 everywhere else.
I was curious about that when I saw this rod on clearance a few months back. Shoulda grabbed it.
When it comes to places like Bass Pro, Cabelas, and Gander Mtn, their store brands are normally manufactured in the same factories, by the same equipment, and by the same people as some of the big brands.
They're okay for some stuff, not okay for other. The one in my area sells Esee knives for twice the price. They want 95 (not included tax) for an izula 2 with no scales, were as I can buy it online from a listed dealer for 50, included SnH.
Guns are over priced too there.
You are so funny!
Yes, I have a wind generator.
Yes, I buy 850 fill down bags.
Yes, I are looking at a custom order, hand sewn 950 fill down quilt.
Yes, I do not shop at Walmart.
No, I do not shop at Cab or Bass.
Enjoy going /out/!
Any Winnipeg oldfags remember the United Army Surplus on Portage Ave? My dad would take me there when I was a kid.
I like them both. I have more stuff from Bass Pro, including my black powder rifle. Usually I go in and fondle stuff, then buy it online later if I like it and can get it cheaper that way. Gander mountain has better snacky stuff, though. That's important when you're travelling with kids.
I have no experience with bass pro. But I will tell you a story of the amazing customer service from cabela's.
I bought a hiking pack from cabela's. I left my pack unattended with food in it for only about 5 minutes while refilling water during a hike on the AT. In that time it was taken by a bear. I tracked the bear some days later based on items from my pack strewn in a linear direction, and recovered the ripped up saliva covered pack.
Without much hope, I called cable's customer service, told the truth about what happened, told them I had the receipt and just asked "is there anything you guys can do for me?". The lady told me if I brought the pack and the receipt back they'd give me a brand new one, and they did. I was surprised as fuck. It was obviously my fault the pack got ruined, but since I kept the receipt they just gave me a new one lol
I'll shop cabela's forever because of that.
I returned two $350/ea sleeping bags to REI for full store credit.
Asked, I told the cashier, "One had a dog hair on it.".
Protip, I have a dog.
You can return any item up to one year later, no rcpt, even if you don't like the color.
Fuck Cabela's and Bass Pro.
If I had to choose between the two, I would choose cabelas; they sell used guns. That is about the only difference. In my area, the Cabela's and Bass Pro Shop have almost the exact same store layout and very close pricing, except instead of an emphasis on guns, Bass Pro has a ton of tackle.
"I tracked the bear some days later based on items from my pack.."
This story is a tremendous tale of bullshit.
Have you considered becoming an author? You could write the next Moby Dick.
>I SHOP ONLINE AND MAKE PURCHASES BASED OFF OF INTERNET REVIEWS FROM PEOPLE I'VE NEVER MET.
>GOING TO A STORE AND INSPECTING GEAR IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD, THEN MAKING MY OWN OPPINIONS OF WHETHER THEY WILL FIT MY NEEDS IS STUPID
Thats what I took from this thread.
I'm getting very disappointed in the quality of new members to this board.
If you had something before that worked for you, chances are buying something similar online from the same manufacturer is going to work for you too.
Also, it isn't that hard to take your own measurements and then use their sizing chart.
They resell them at their Garage Sales to cover costs.
Deep discounts if you can stand the atmosphere. I tired Jan 2nd this year, did a once-through the store and got the F* out.
I would have to be saving hundreds ($500+) to even consider standing in that length. What I may do next time is go, hide shit I want, then come back later.
I'll agree with this but unfortunately in my life I've found that ...
... everything I love, goes away in the end.
I love cargos, I don't give a flying fuck about fashion. Mine finally died. I can't find replacements to save my life. Sucks to be me...
Cabela's does the same thing except they put it in the section of the store called the Bargain Cave. Not guaranteed to find anything you are looking for but at least its there all year and you don't have to deal with black Friday level crowds.
I hate consumerism but if your gonna buy, then support the local physical guy. Once all the shops go out of business and you can only buy online, were fucked m8.
>Also, fuck you, you piece of shit
Pretty much the only reason I go. The closest Bass Pro is next to a mall, so when my gf goes Christmas shopping I drop her off and go watch the fish and wander through the hunting and fishing areas.
That would be a bad idea here. They've had a huge-ass alligator snapping turtle in the tank for a few years now.
thx, just took a look at the images of them and I don't think they'll fit me right. Have to try in a store.
I've got really large quads but a fairly small ass so pants are a bitch. Would wear shorts year round if I could. 30 degrees here and still wearing shorts....
bass pro shops is amazing. I went yesterday to pick up some back for my fly rod so I could retie the loop at the end of my line. The guy there ended up tying the knot for me with material from the store, so I didn't need to buy a whole spool of backing just for this one knot. They are also the one place that carries this crank bait that dives about 2-5 feet and catches me pickerel almost every cast at my local lake every evening between 730-9 P.M. in the late spring. I've probably lost and replaced about ten of these over the years, it's seriously a miracle lure it's never failed to catch me fish at that specific time/season. I picked up two more of them yesterday for about ten bucks.
For most purposes the 850 down will work really well. The 950 saves weight and compresses more, but the weight and space savings is really minimal... if money is no object, sure it's technically better, but realistically you won't notice much difference.
My quilts are all synthetic. Apex Clima shield is amazing stuff and can get wet without losing loft, but it's pretty bulky. I have a 0 deg apex underquilt that's huge, but crazy warm.
The sports authority by my parent's house had an amazing fishing section until about a year ago, when it got replaced with a bigger shoe selection.
The sports authority by my apartment has a fishing section, but it's pathetic. A few pairs of pliers, a few bags of bobbers, and stray hooks lying on the ground.
Actually they say alligator snappers are pretty docile... it's the common snapping turtle that's a belligerent bastard.
We have common snapping turtles here, no alligator snappers. They are truly nasty animals that will fight anything and anyone.
Back when I still worked on our farm I was moving round bales of hay, and going down a dirt road by the farm. Snapping turtle was in the road, so I stopped in front of it as it was crossing. It turned around and stood it's ground against a huge fucking john deere tractor, hissing at me. The tractor I was in had a front bucket. I lowered the bucket and pushed him off the road so I didn't have run him over.
Hate to break it to you, but I'm the same guy as before, one less cherry in the shit is all.
the bass pro near us (the shopping aspect subtracted) feeels like a redneck won the lottery
>huge walls covered top to bottom in mounted deer heads and antlers
>taxidermy bear with a huge dick
>a bunch of bro-tier guys in the weapons department
>What's the better /out/ store, Cabela's or Bass Pro?
Cabela's is better, though for me Bass Pro (and Dunhams, Gander Mt. and now Field & Stream) is much closer.
But I've heard that Bass Pro has bought out Cabela's and supposedly they'll be revamping both stores, with Bass Pro focusing on fishing and Cabela's on hunting (with both carrying outdoor clothes and camping stuff)?
One just opened up hereabouts (John R and 14 Miles) this past spring and it's pretty good, though they have no on-line mail-order capability, so you can't search for anything and are limited to physically going to the store.
The closest REI is in Jacksonville, and I think that is the only one in FL. There is a Gander Mountain somewhere around West Palm Beach, maybe a 45min drive. I went there once and it was ok, but I prefer Bass Pro.
Bass Pro is only 15-20min away, which is nice. And there is another one like 45min away. There are 2 Dick's that are like half the distance of Bass Pro, but they take longer to get to since Bass Pro is right off of I-95 and the other ones, you have to go through a million stoplights.
I just like to make it easy and shop while I am working. I deliver to a Dick's, I was there yesterday and bought some shit. And I deliver to a hotel right next to Bass Pro, so I will just park the truck right in front and run in there.
The Dick's by where I used to live in Schaumburg, IL actually has a decent fishing selection tho. It used to be a "Galyan's" or something like that until Dick's bought it out. So it is 2 stories and the top floor has a fishing section 2-3 times the size of most other Dick's.
If everybody had that philosphy, then it would be a good idea. Unfortunately, when it comes to fishing stuff, local places don't move nearly enough merchandise to stay up to date with stuff and carry a huge selection like Cabela's or Bass Pro.
Not really related but made me think of this. There is a Columbia Fishing store in Miami. They don't sell any tackle, strictly Columbia fishing clothes and accessories.
In the Toronto area. We have Bass Pro, Sail, and Cabela's.
Sail is the smallest and usually has the cheapest stuff, also gotta support the Canadian company.
Cabela's would be second in terms of best prices and selection. Their store is beautiful too.
Bass Pro has the most expensive stuff but it's also the largest and has a pretty good selection of clothes. It's also the only large store in the GTA that isn't full of Muslims or Chinese.
That's a good distance from me. When I was at the store asking about the fishing stuff, I think they said there was one store left somewhere in Broward that still had fishing stuff. Can't remember which store. There is one right down the street from me, so it would be nice to have something better than Wal Mart that I can stop by real quick. Bass Pro is only like 20min away, but if I try to hop on I-95 after work and go there during rush hour, it will take me 45min+
It really suprised me that Sports Authority got rid of all their fishing stuff, especially in South Florida where saltwater and freshwater fishing is super popular. I guess there is more money in a larger bathing suit collection.
I still need to check out the Dick's closest to my house. I always go to the few out west because it is near some of my fishing holes. Or the one I deliver to. Dick's isn't bad, but there is a lot of saltwater which takes away from freshwater stuff. Dick's has random stuff on clearance and sale all the time too. Bass Pro rarely has good deals on stuff unless it is their store brand.
I really want to go fishing now, but I have to be up for work at 4am. Also, it is dark and raining. I will try and go early on Saturday again.
Was just in a Cabela's yesterday. Stop in once a year to try and find deals out outdoors apparel. Guns are normally 100ish over what local shops will sell me for. Guy working the counter says they list em for MSRP and it only changes during advertised sales.Their used rifle section has some deals if you know what you are looking for. They do price ammo competitively and had bulk 22 in stock for this visit
Every time I go I make sure I bring some change as the GF likes feeding the fish (hell I like feeding them too)
They got a food court upstairs, gonna be 100% honest about it, it's not great. They got things like buffalo burgers and wild boar sausage on a roll. I've never seen more then 3 people eating there at once. Maybe if your making a special trip go ahead and try it just for the experience but if your used to game meat don't bother. Plus they got a Sheetz like 5 minutes away and since I live in Philly Sheetz is a rare treat for me.
Got cold as fuck when I was leaving. Like I said before, guns are overpriced unless you find a deal on em. I got an SKS for $150 like 4 years ago from them plus the used rack is always wroth checking out. Seem some m1s in the used rack for 500 in "ok" shape. I think they got real good apparel esp cold weather stuff. I think their cold weather thermals are the best you can get and are not to bad priced.
They just opened up a bass pro shop in Atlantic City, next time I shot over to play cards i'll check it out. Being jersey though I expect their firearm prices to be high and with a mag cap limit. Still worth checking out the apparel though.
sup fellow 'pegger!
Fishing hole is the most indie and can occasionally have AMAZING deals(Got a swiss tool for $60 last year. Its ususally 2x that at canadian tire)
Since the dollar is nose diving, nows the time to buy your shit since the prices have not really reflected just how shitty it has gotten yet(It'll be very obvious in the next 2-8 weeks)