Sunday, September 26, 2010

Warehouse sale helps you 'GoLite' on your budget (Updated)

Posted By on Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 8:13 AM

UPDATE: 8:00 a.m., Sept. 26

Just a quick reminder that you've only got one more week to catch the GoLite warehouse sale. My husband and I were over there yesterday and if it's possible, there's more product now then there was when I first dropped by back in August. The place is absolutely stuffed with down coats, travel jackets, running gear, base layers, pants, packs, sleeping bags and tents.

As I mentioned in my original post below, deals start at 50 percent off the original price, but I've noticed as the weeks have gone on, certain items are being reduced even further. I might just pop by on the final day to see what's left.

And by the way, no, I didn't purchase that lovely red coat I mentioned earlier. But you will see me sporting this fabulous little gem this season, and for many seasons to come:

The Roan Plateau 800 Fill Down Hooded Jacket, regularly priced $275. I paid a mere half that.
  • The Roan Plateau 800 Fill Down Hooded Jacket, regularly priced $275. I paid a mere half that.

—-ORIGINAL POST-—

If you're in need (or want) of some great deals on outdoor gear, have I got a sale for you!

Some of you may have seen the ad that ran in this week's Indy:

GoLite.jpg

I got my butt over there as fast as I could. GoLite, for those of you not familiar, is a Boulder-based outdoor gear company that won a 2010 Backpacker magazine Editor's Choice award.

From a release:

GoLite’s extensive use of Tier 1 recycled fabrics won the “Green Award” and was one of only 15 innovative products honored with a 2010 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award. GoLite has replaced virgin, petro-chemical based materials in all of our main pack fabrics and travel luggage with 50% Tier 1 recycled nylon, and in all of our sleeping bag collections with 100% Tier 1 recycled polyester. The impact reduction for recycled textiles varies, but it has shown to have up to 70% (for nylon) and up to 80% (for polyester) reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while performing on-par with their conventional alternatives.

I particularly appreciate that the company follows fair labor practices. You can read more about that here.

But back to the sale.

Getting there is your first challenge. I recommend looking closely at the mini-map on the ad. Head east from Academy Boulevard on Bijou Street; it's basically behind the Target. Look for the signs and model tents.

Once in the door, you'll receive a price list and be let free to wander through hanging sleeping bags, boxes of backpacks, and racks and racks of men's and women's clothes. Two areas to check out for sure: 1) the samples wall, which includes deals as low as five bucks for women's running shorts, and 2) the massive whiteboard wall, which lists products on their way. One of the staff members told me they're bringing in new stock every week. He also said that since we're mid-season right now, they'll be getting heavier layers (down jackets and such) in as the weeks progress.

GoLite makes quality product, which means it's not inexpensive to begin with. But everything in the warehouse is at least 50 percent off retail price, with some items coming in at 75 percent off. I bought a waist bottle pack for trail running, regularly priced at $40, for $20, and am still contemplating the Castle Peak insulated parka, normally $350, for $175.

Red IS my best color.
  • Red IS my best color.

They do have separate women's and men's dressing areas; be prepared, though, if you're at all squeamish about undressing in shared spaces, to wear thin base layers, or at least hole-free undies.

The doors close at the end of the day on Oct. 3, but with product regularly going in and out the door, you won't want to wait that long.

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