Tuesday, July 10, 2012

BAD Gear: Online Retailer Links

Very seldom do I ever go into a retail front to buy things without doing my research. Even more rare is the fact that I even go into a retail store. There are several online retailers of BAD gear. Some good, some bad, some OK. I'd like to at least list some of my favourite ones. I'm not going to list stores that just have a web front but no shopping cart, I'm listing sites that you can buy shit off of.
* = requires prior programme vetting approval for pro-pricing
Tactical, kill bad guy links...

  • DSTactical * - A well-run online retail store that has a very good selection of general purpose tactical gear. They also have a store front on the lower mainland. DS is where I go to get 5.11, Vertx, some Arcteryx, Tactical tailor, and other tac kit.
  • One Shot Tactical - Darren brings in some very good high use stuff. I go to Darren specifically for the BFG Vickers sling. Darren also brings in KAC shit, DD shit, and all sorts of other GOOD shit. He is the BFG distributer as well, I think.
  • OakelyForces * - For Pro-pricing on Oakley products (boots, eye pro, ear pro, watches, clothes, backpacks, that are exclusive to members of government agencies
  • Arctyerx LEAF * - Pro-pricing (not shown on website unless logged on) prices on LEAF line of Arctyerx products. This is where I get all my jackets and shirts
  • Rudy Projects - Rudy Sunglasses and Eye pro. Use 2Alpha or Tactical for discount
  • Budget Shooter Supply - Henry is good people, and a very honourable dude to get stuff. He's my go to for ammo
  • SFRC - Ryan and the peeps at SFRC are also good peoples, and is my alternate source for ammo
  • Armseast - Walter at Armseast is the exclusive importer for Stag Arms AR15, the supplier for Colt. The Stag is my workhorse.
  • NEA - Dave the president of North Eastern Arms has helped me out numerous times. NEA is a newly established AR15 manufacturer. With many years in the aerospace industry and weapons parts industry, Dave has established a growing track record of great Canadian-made guns. NEA makes a great PDW
  • Questar - Mark at Questar is an exclusive importer of several high end brands. I go to Mark if I need good bits and pieces for builds. Mark is also good peoples.
  • Brownells * - Yes I use them to import all sorts of stuff that I need. To get pro-pricing, you need to be pre-approved. Importing over the $100 limit is not hard at all. Look out for a tutorial
  • Fenix Tactical - Fenix has proven themselves to me in the field, with their high lumens LED light. Although not NVG compatible, LED has its uses in long lasting white light applications. I have the TK11R2, and it is simply BLINDING. I have it mounted on my gun.
  • SKD Tactical - An American supplier of tactical nylon. They've made custom pieces for me. Also the shizzle
  • ArmTac - A vancouver based importer and retailer of high end gun shit (VLTOR) as well as weaponlights and other things. Chris has been good to me, sending me the Multitasker AR tool which makes cleaning and maintenance of my AR easy peasy. He also sent me Sunwayman lights on the gratis. Its a good light that operates on AA batts. I like him.
  • DLASK - Dude is good at manuf weapon parts. I go to him to make me suppressors. I like that I can go and pick it up at his nondescript factory near Delta.
  • Canadian Peacekeeper - Mr Wheeler really has this site going on really good. They make good operational and duty products. I use them to kit me up for certain mission-specific items.
For everyday civilian starbucks hangout things...
  • Valhalla Pure Online - They are local on the island, and have all the good shit.
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op - Yeah do I need to say more.
  • Moosejaw - This would require you to have a US PO box to ship stuff to, but the pricing is worth it.
  • Thrifty Foods Online - Yes I grocery shop in my underwear. Sometimes, its just more convenient to pre-order the food you need, then just go and pick it up. Especially useful, when I try to help out while overseas...I order the food, BAM just goes in and picks it up. BLAM. Who's Bad Ass now.
  • Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy - So I don't look like a walking tactical magazine, I try to blend in with regular people clothes. You have to know your sizes at each store though, because they have vanity sizing. I'm a medium at one store, a large in an other, and an XXL in slim fit. so go figure.
  • Shoebuy - I've gotten work boots, shoes, handbags (for BAM) from these guys. Other than BOHICA on tariff, the prices are better as well as the selection - when compared to what is available locally.
  • Costco - Hells yeah on Costco.ca. I've bought food products, chaise and lounger (chaise? you say...yes chaise, its that thing you sort of sleep lie on..), city attraction passes, strollers, hunting scopes, electronics. They generally offer higher end products than in their warehouses. Its a two-tier marketing system, if I recall what the CEO said...
  • New Egg - Computing needs
  • NCIX - Computing needs
  • Futureshop/Bestbuy - I don't buy online from them, I only use them as pricing reference, and then go into the store to get the price match
  • Chapters Indigo - Buy books and shit
  • Deal Extreme - cell phone accessories and a shitload of other made in china offerings at MIC prices - not mall storefront pricing. Always free shipping too. I get bike lights, cell phone chargers, cases, lightbulbs, LEDs, goggles....
  • HBC - Now they don't offer much of what I need, but they do sell suitcases and luggage.
  • Toys R Us - Yeah, you knew this was going to be on here...
  • TJ's Kids - Well, here's a local store that has online retail and they usually kiddy stuff cheaper than other island-based boutique children's store. They are also very very helpful in-store.
  • Huckleberry Baby Store - BAM goes here to support this local business, and the owner is also a friend and co-worker of hers. She sells this product called Baby Bottom Better, and its magical on my kid's ass
So so far, that is my list of online retailers I'd like to mention. As I recall others I'll post them on here.


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