REI is the best camping/sporting goods store in the TC. I have purchased all of my equipment here. They have a great co-op program where if you become a member your purchases are tracked throughout the year and then you get 10%back as dividend dollars at the end of the year. You cannot beat this program. it is getting free money for products you buy anyway. REI has only top of the line gear and their prices are competive with anyone, however at REI you get customer service from people just like you, people who are knowledgeable in the department they work in.