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Kathmandu is having a Winter Sale, starting on the 18th of June. The catalogue is on the website.
Savings range from 60% (certain Sleeping Bags, Backpacks and Jackets) to 50% (most stuff) to 40% (Merino clothing).
60% off low-mid range gear that was marked up 60% too much in the first place. I hate Kathmandu with a passion…
Don't know why you would say thay - where else can you get a hiking pack for $120??? Even on sale Mountain Designs and Paddy Palin don;t come near them.
Kathmandu products are not nearly the quality they used to be..
The only time I'd buy Kathmandu is suring these sales, and even then, they're not exactly cheap..
You are trying to compare a Kathmandu $120 hiking pack vs an Osprey, Marmot, North Face? You either have low standards or not much knowledge in the technical gear field.
Sure, Kathmandu is great for weekend warriors/campers, or the office worker who thinks wearing a fleece top to casual dress Friday makes him 'extreme', but don't think for one second much of their so called 'high-end' gear is any good for technical activities.
Kathmandu were somewhat ok back when they started, YEARS ago but when the owner sold out its gone mass market ever since with questionable sales tactics (marking prices 50% off all year round).
I was looking for a pack to go backpacking with. Would a KMD bag do? Recommend any online forums for support on this type of thing?
I think I know my gear. After 25 years of outdoor expeditions.
Just saying I don't think it's 60% markup most of the time. It is cheaper prices and cheaper gear. But you can't even compare to some of the more heavily priced outdoor gear shops.
There is no denying that Kathmandu has terrible sales practices, labeling almost everyone of their items as 30%-50% off all year round. Some of their gear has its place. I just dont agree with their almost year round sales.
When do Kathmandu not have 50% off?
I think they usually have about 4 sales a year - Xmas, Easter, mid-year and one other. So yeah, sales 4 out of 12 months.
if you sign up for their membership card ($10), you get a further 15% off if you buy more than $300, 10% if you buy more than $150. We're off to NZ so this was awesome timing as it started Wednesday
Easily achievable seeing how expensive their stuff is.
Thanks for this Quppa (and glenr). Mrs. Blitz wants a new jacket - I want her to get North Face but, no, she wants something from Kathmandu.
I must agree that I'm not a fan of their pricing and have always felt they are expensive. Saying that, the sale brings most of these products into line with the rest of the market. The only issue is quality and as I have not bought from there for a while, I can't really comment.
too many sale session for kathmandu …. not too good
I was thinking of getting a pair of waterproof boots. Has anyone have experience with the quality of their footwear?
If you want a really good pair of all terrain and weather boots. Have a looks at Oakley's US Military spec boots. The same ones worn by Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation.
Think they retail for $300 here and $180 in the US.
Geez, that's pretty hardcore.
I've had a pair of Randonee Proof boots from Kathmandu for about 8 years. Great hiking boots and yes, more waterproof than any I've ever had. That said, they are 8 years old and if the quality has dropped over that time they may not be the same thing now.
Not dismissing the deal, just that their stuff is ridiculously expensive for what it is.
Guys, seems like there's an awful lot of flaming here about Kathmandu (and other deals for that matter). I agree that KMD prices are usually pretty expensive for what they are, but they currently have a Vardo Pack v4 for $211. This would be suitable for my GF as an overnight hiking pack (not too hard core) and I don;t think I could find anything similar at that price? Can anyone match that with a better product?
Gotta say most of my experience with Kathmandu gear has been 5+ years ago, so maybe the quality has changed, although most of it seems pretty good still.
Of course they will have nice price item once in a while. But as you tell, lots of people are away of their grossly exaggerated RRP, which is really to fool the not so knowledgeable.
Plenty of quality deals going around atm for brand name packs. Marmot has its winter sale, http://www.bivouac.co.nz has sale prices plus the strong AUD vs NZD makes a lot of stuff on that website a bargain. Osprey packs for less then $200 delivered.
Sure they have 28 litre Osprey packs for $189. Useless for 2-3 day walks. The 60-70 litre ones are $300+
Some are around the $260-$270 mark. Osprey & Berghaus vs KMD house brand….I know which one I'd pick for gear that'll actually last.
Vardo v4 RRP = $529….lol what a joke. Anyway you're right, you can't really match the KMD price. But its like comparing a Bigmac vs fine dining.
All the $49 Maletto Men's jackets are out of stock in the Melbourne city stores :(
At least got a nice water bottle for $10.
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