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Very knowledgeable staff. Widest selection of items you'll find anywhere. Quality items at competitive prices. Best quality is the helpful staff.
We are always pleased with the quality and durability of MEC products. Their inner shells and fleece really keep out the cold even when we travel to eastern Canada at its coldest. The clothes are as stylish as they are practical.
Mountain Equipment Co-op is the quintessential outdoor store. Whatever you fancy for outdoor activities Mountain Equipment Co-op is the store you need to visit. They carry climbing gear, camping equipment, outdoor clothing, canoes, kayaks, skis, bikes...basically you name it and they carry it. All of the staff are friendly and willing to use their expertise to recommend the gear you need to get based on what you want to do. Before you venture to the great outdoors, venture to Mountain Equipment Co-op!
From your headlamp down to your crampons, you can outfit yourself from head to toe at this sprawling Mecca for outdoor adventurers. The store’s comprehensive camping section is stocked with tents, sleeping bags, stoves, cooking supplies, packs, tools, electronics, hydration devices and even a selection of games to enjoy at your campground (think backpacks filled with bocce balls and roll-up magnetic dart boards). You’ll need to sign up a membership before you buy anything at this retail co-op, but $5 for a lifetime membership is definitely worth the investment. You’ll find MEC locations on West Broadway and in North Van.
When applying SPF to those hard-to-reach places such as backs, shoulders, ears and even the tops of the feet, many of us forget our most obvious and important body part: our lips. Coming to your rescue is MEC’s tried-and-true EcoLips balm: 70-percent organic, waterproof, sweat-proof and PABA free, this subtle lip balm is easy to apply and ideal for long, active days in the sun. The outdoor emporium on Broadway also carries a range of sunscreen brands for the rest of your bod.
For polarized sunglasses that won’t break the bank, look no further than Mountain Equipment Co-op, where display cases near the front doors carry top-of-the-line shades, with most priced at less than $100 (unless it’s Ray Bans you’re after, of course). MEC’s in-house line is especially affordable, with such stylish models as the Asmita Polarized and Ace Aviators costing just $32 each.