One of my favorite outdoor gear retailers is called The Sportman's Guide. If you are at all familiar with them, it's probably because you've had their black-and-white catalogs laying around the coffee table, near the fireplace to be used to start the evening's fire, or more likely, in a little basket next to the john. Well, they have always been a reputable, inexpensive retailer, but remained small, because, well, they're catalogs were about as colorful and interesting as toilet paper.
Until the internet came along, that is. Oh don't worry, they still publish that catalog, but now, everything is also online, and get this . . . .their pictures are in color!! So, they are still cheap, but you have a much better idea of what you are getting. Now, with the intro out of the way, here is a great deal I found early this morning: A 4-in-1 Waterproof Jacket with Zip-off sleeves For $29.97. The original list price was $100, making this 70% off. It is on clearance, and so only comes in three colors: Clover (AKA muted forest green), Moonlight (a nice blue that isn't too bright), and Khaki (self explanatory).
Here is the info from the main page:
From mild to wild...this Jacket handles it all! A Jacket for all seasons, you can use it 4 ways. 1. External Waterproof Shell for rain protection. 2. Add the Internal Vest for lightweight warmth. 3. Zip off the sleeves for high mobility and element protection. 4. Wear Shell, Insulating Vest and Sleeves together for maximum extreme weather comfort. Get yours for LESS!
Solve any temp.:
- Waterproof, 100% ripstop nylon shell with waterproof backing
- 100% polyester mesh lining
- Zip-out 100% polyester vest lining with inset pocket
- Zip-off 2-Pc. hood with elastic cord and toggle lock
- Stand-up collar
- Full zipper front with hook-and-loop closure storm flap
- Left-handed zipper
- Zip-off sleeves
- Elastic / hook-and-loop cuffs keep out wind and debris
- Handwarmer pockets with taped zipper
- Napoleon inset pocket with taped zipper
- Removable cell phone pocket.
- Machine wash / tumble dry. Imported.
It looks like shipping will be about $8.50, which seems a little high, but you're still getting a really good deal. You may see two prices listed, one for members (10% less), and one for non-members. If you buy outdoor gear on a semi-regular basis, I would suggest getting their membership ($29.99), and let me explain why.
First, you get free shipping for your current order ($8.50). Second, you get two $10 off certificates for your next two purchases (no minimum purchase), so right there you just paid for your membership. They are running a special right now where they are doubling your discount as well. So, for example,the jacket is $30, members get it for $27 (10% off). You would get another 10% off as well ($24). So, if you pay the $30 for the membership, you would get this:
$20 gift certificates
$6.00 off the jacket
So, yes, it puts you back $30, but if you think you might ever buy a hunting/fishing/camping/working/ hiking item in the next year, it's worth it.
You also get access to sales and bargains that are not available to the general public. Finally, you get 10% off everything you buy from them for the next 364 days. So it can easily pay for itself a couple times over.
As always, if you think this is a good deal and you decide to get it, let me know in the comments below!