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On the other hand, it may be the best thing that ever happened to your feet, your back, your shoulders, maybe even your marriage. We’re talking about SteepandCheap.com, the grooviest new gear-shopping site on the web. This deep-discount retailer features one product at a time, and when that gear sells out, it’s gone—and boom, a new deal pops up. Typically, you have a few hours to a day to score the latest bargain, and watching it can get addictive. That’s because the deals are so good—always 50% off or more—and because SteepandCheap sells only high-quality stuff—Smith sunglasses, Mountain Hardwear tents, Mountainsmith packs, and so on.
The other morning, the featured item was a Big Agnes Yampa 40-degree hoodless down sleeping bag, perfect for summer camping. It was available in regular and long sizes, and the price was only $73.13, a 57 percent discount from the MSRP of $168.95. Of course, not every piece of gear sold there is God’s gift to equipment design (there’s often a reason for the leftovers), but it sure beats digging through bargain bins full of XS pink-striped socks and XXXL camo raingear. —Jon Dorn