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Mountain Equipment Coop People

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by I-Drop, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. I-Drop

    I-Drop TRIBE Member

    Why does anyone need a keychain that can bear 2000lb?

    Dont you realize that those $500 psycho-oakleys look stupid?

    Your telling me that people will actually pay $400 for a backpack?

    How the hell did Nalgen water bottles get trendy?

    Its down town toronto, why the fuck are you wearing mountain climbing boots?

    Need some extra room for your sleeping bag and your textbooks in that pack 2x the size of you?

    Why pay $1000 for gear thats 10lb lighter when you could just loose 10lb and save the money dumbass?

    Explain Gortex underwear?

    You invented the wool socks with sandals thing, most stupid trend EVAH.
  2. kerouacdude

    kerouacdude TRIBE Member

    brilliant work! If that was stream of consciousness and not prepared, i'm doubly impressed.
  3. feisty boy

    feisty boy TRIBE Member

    it's not a keychain, it's a biner.
    mountain climbing boots are comfy (and waterproof for those of us who like to walk places)
    as for the rest - some of us actually like to leave the city and go camping, and surprise surprise, huge packs come in mighty handy.
    and if you've ever portaged your gear across a 2 mile trail, with a canoe, you'll quickly realize how a $400 pack pays for itself.

    of course if you're just refering to the people who dress outdoorsy just to scream "look at me, i'm outdoorsy", i'm with you %100
  4. I-Drop

    I-Drop TRIBE Member

    Why use a biner for a keychain, when you could just use a keychain, unless you have 2000lb keys?

    Other boots are also comfy, and not $300.

    How many people have actually portaged a 2 mile trail?

    How many people dress ala M E C.

    Why do I have to pay $5 to shop at the stupid store anyway?
  5. kennyboy

    kennyboy TRIBE Member

    Don't like the $5. Don't shop there. Simple as that.

    When MEC originally opened it was more in the tradition of a co-op. Lower prices than say, Joe's Outdoor World. Over the years I think MEC has gotten away from that feel, which was bound to happen.

    As for the $300 boots or the 2 mile portage. I would say that at least 50% of my friends that live in the city go camping on a fairly regular basis, or at the very least get out of the city once a month. A lot of them also travel a fair bit and generally don't stay in 5 star resorts but rather prefer the backpacking lifestyle.

    There's a whole other world out there, don't be afraid to explore it.
  6. teknikal

    teknikal TRIBE Member

    Why do you have to pay $5 to get into the store???
  7. Karim

    Karim TRIBE Member

    Listen to the Crocodile Hunter and wear Timberlands. He swears by them.

    and as for Oakley products, bunch of friggen bull. I purchased a pair of Oakely shoes, slip ons, and they all talk about performance. I got them as a size 13, my foot is a size 14. They are short, but they still fall off if I do intensive running. Plus they started to fall apart 3 months after owning them.

    Their shades are fucking weak when it comes to style.

    And fucking look at this:

    Oakley sucks.

    :cool: <---- Wearing Salvatore Ferragamo's
  8. mcbee

    mcbee TRIBE Member

    i have, many a time. and every single time i was damn glad to have the equipment that i did.

    my packs from MEC have lasted years and have withstood much travel, abuse and use. (and mine are on the low end of their pricepoints)

    however, while in the city i wear my city attire.

  9. Jeffsus

    Jeffsus TRIBE Member


    I picked up one of those packs.
    It is one of the best things I ever ended up buying.

  10. SneakyPete

    SneakyPete TRIBE Member

    I have to admit those backpacks ARE comfortable and works great in all situations. I got them awhile ago so I don't know how much they are now. As for people who use them downtown, well, they may use it for other purposes as well, so why not have one bag for all purposes instead of paying $200 bag for one bag and another $200 for another bag.

    and those 'keychains' you speak of...I don't own one but I can see how it can be convenient. They can be easily clipped on to your waist and you can remove the keys from the 'keychain' fairly easily (I do that a lot). I don't know how much they are, but I can't see them to be too expensive.

  11. BottledCaps

    BottledCaps TRIBE Member

    i like their back packs, i picked up one about 4 years ago and it still in very good condition. Prior to that, i used to wear out the back packs about every 7 months, and they weren't cheap ones either. So i definetly saved money buy getting a single higher quality backpack from mec, and plus, they are more comfortable than the other ones.
  12. joey

    joey TRIBE Member

    to each their own....
    I-drop what are you into?
    i bet outdoorsey people arent into it...

    if i could afford that stuff i would buy it

    i used to have a carabiner as a keychain (it saved my life when i was climbing..)
    but they wouldnt let me bring it into a party (it was in my bag and had keys on it)
    at the docks....
    the girl said she would hold on to it fro me..

    she didnt :(
  13. MalGlo

    MalGlo TRIBE Member

    I have... a couple times..

    MEC is a great store... its like going to ikea for some people..its an adventure.. i can never walk in there without spendin at least a hundred bucks....

    Usually what Jay(rev) and I do is go through with a basket... pick out all the things we want..then we meet up at the end and pull out the things we absolutely don't need :)... its a walk through a candy store!



    P.S. Biners (beaners?) are fantastic.... especially used with a pully system as we usually setup... easy to keep your food up in the trees and get down with no probs....

    p.p.s. if you want to bug jayrev about something... he used to go to mec specifically to get rope for his glowsticks (he was a glo-numbchucker!) :)
  14. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    I have the new slip on hiking timberland's; very comfortable and under a bill on sale...I also use a biner as a key chain so my keys can be attached to my belt loop (don't like keys in my pocket). Not sure if mine would support 2000lbs though; hell, it only cost me $5.


  15. swenard

    swenard TRIBE Member

    I'm not much of an outdoors person, even though I wish I was, But I use to have a thingy (biner?) for my keys because it was handy to connect to my belt when I used to deliver equipment for a company and was getting in and out of my truck every 5 minutes!!!
  16. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member

    while i would consider a 3.2Km (2 mile) portage to be quite long, i have done that. and certainly way more than that total in a day. my last camping trip we went a leeeetle bit to far on the second day and finished our last portage (2.2km) well after dark. thank god from that point we just had to follow the shoreline to get back to our campsite.

    not me. unless i'm in the woods where i need it. it's good gear and well worth the cash. i paid $62 for my Aquanaut II rain pants, 4 years ago. they still work perfectly (despite me ripping the knees out wrestling on a dirt road - i need to patch them) and to buy that same pair now would cost me $70.

    it's more of a tradition, and i think actually being a co-op puts them in a different tax bracket. the $5 (once) gets you a catalogue full of sweet gear every season and the priviledge of voting for the board of directors every year, you actually own a share in the company and can act that way.

    <--- loves MEC, even if they are more expensive.
  17. defazman

    defazman TRIBE Member

    All I know is that I spent $45 on a backpack there in 1991, and it is still in great condition. I had to spend $2 for a new compression strap buckle last summer, and that's it. That backpack carried me a whole lot of engineering text books, and them aren't light.

    Yeah MEC
  18. HC_P

    HC_P TRIBE Member

    Plus the free shipping, for a purchase under a certain amount, is pretty sweet as well :D

    Albert. --> has had the same MEC backpack, for school, for nine years without anything problems.
  19. feisty boy

    feisty boy TRIBE Member

    same thing happened to me - i questioned the bouncer, so he showed me how i could use it like brass knuckles.... come on.
    i like having my keys on my belt - no chance of them ever falling out of your pocket, and good when you're biking around the city - fast key access :)

    as for the co-op thing - i always thought it made the prices lower... but then i was looking for a snowboard bag, and the guy told me "don't get it here - our prices are higher, since we're a co-op"
    i'm not too sure of the logistics.
  20. kennyboy

    kennyboy TRIBE Member

    I think the co-op concept and the lower prices was true when they first started out, but that was years ago.

    MEC was a very small store when it first started in BC I think. I know when I lived there 10 years ago it was much different than it is today. Call it progress, changing with the times, or whatever. The co-op thing is more of a marketing tool than anything else nowadays.

    Still a great store for alll your outdoor needs.
  21. rejenerate

    rejenerate TRIBE Member

    You only pay the first time...it's a co-op so you're buying a membership. You end up on their mailing list so you get catalogues, the chance to vote for co-op administration etc.

    I agree, their stuff is great quality. And I have one of the smaller knapsacks that I use on a regular basis if I have a lot to do during the day and have to carry a sweater, umbrella etc. But...I absolutely hate going to a concert and standing behind some 14-year-old with a MEC bag bigger than she is and continually getting jostled by it. I always wonder what people carrying bags that big have in them!


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