Backcountry Vs LL Bean Vs Altrec: Best Outdoor Clothing Store?

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This guide is a breakdown of three of the more well-known outlets for outdoor clothing apparel: Backcountry, LL Bean, and Altrec. In addition to clothing, all three of these companies offer accessories for outdoor activities like skiing, hiking and campin

Backcountry

About

The mission of the founders of Backcountry is pretty simple; "to sell the best outdoor gear there is, and to be the best at doing it." Since 1996, this outdoor gear outlet has been working towards that goal. They carry a large variety of top brands in outdoor wear like North Face, Patagonia, Spyder and Mormot, to name but a few. Backcountry.com doesn't just sell clothing and apparel though, they also sell equipment for just about every outdoor sporting activity you can think of, including the following:

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Backcountry.com offers a large variety of outdoor clothing for men, women and kids. They have jackets, coats, shirts, pants, shoes and hats. If you are searching for a particular product, there are several ways for narrowing your search by using certain search criteria. You can browse the Backcountry website and shop for items based on the item, brand, size and color.

If you are looking for a men's jacket, for example, you have the following choices:

You are also able to focus your search based on price, and you can check to see if there are any products currently on sale under the following parameters:

Other search options include:

Price

Backcountry is priced competitively. They always have discounted items for sale, so if you spend a little time browsing their website, chances are pretty good that you will find a deal on the clothing or accessories you're looking for.

Customer Service

The Backcountry customer service team members are called Gearheads and they are available to answer the questions and concerns of their customers 24 hours a day. You can call them at 1-800-409-4502 or contact them via e-mail through the on-line form located on their website. You can also conduct a live chat with a customer service rep though the site.

Returns

Backcountry's return policy states that you can return gear provided you meet the following criteria:

  • "Products must be in the condition you received them in and the original box and/or packaging"
  • "We do accept used gear – as long as it is received within 90 days of purchase date – and we will issue a credit for full purchase price"

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LL Bean

About

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a privately held company, based in Freeport, Maine, that has been in the business of creating durable outdoor apparel since their founding in 1912. Yes, they have entered their second century of production. The founder Leon Leonwood Bean (or L.L. for short) could probably not imagine that his company would one day grow into a multimillion dollar business, but it certainly has.

L.L. Bean clothing is synonymous with outdoor apparel. It is well-made and has a rugged look that is also very practical. One of their signature items, the Field Coat, has been in production since 1924.

Website

L.L.Bean has a variety of apparel available for on-line purchase through their website at llbean.com under the following categories:

The L.L. Bean website makes it easy to track your order. You can also purchase gift cards and check their balance and even pay for purchases through your Paypal account.

Retail Stores

L.L.Bean operates several brick and mortar retail outlets. Most are located in New England and the Northeastern U.S. with a few locations in Illinois and Virginia. The flagship store is a 200,000-square-foot campus located in Freeport, Maine and is built on the original site of the first L.L. Bean store.

Price

The L.L. Bean website routinely offers discounts on on-line orders. Their products are affordable and priced competitively compared to other outdoor apparel outlets.

Customer Service

You can contact L.L. Bean by calling 1-800-­441-5713 or e-mail them using the on-line e-mail form located on their website. You can also use their website to schedule L.L. Bean to call you.

Return Policy

L.L. Bean will honor returns in two ways. You can download and print a return label from their website and ship the item back to them or you can bring the item into the store.

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Altrec

About

Altrec.com was launched in 1999. What started as a small office in Seattle, Washington, has grown into a company that is now based even closer to nature in central Oregon. The Pacific Northwest is a mecca for free-spirited, outdoors-loving people. Altrec offers clothing and accessories for the following outdoor activities:

Website

Altrec.com offers some of the biggest brands in outdoor clothing  including:

The Altrec website is very easy to navigate and they now accept payment through Paypal accounts and offer free shipping on orders over $48.

Price

Altec.com's products are priced to compete with other outdoor sporting goods sites. To find even better deals on different products, you can visit the Outlet page of their website where they feature discounts on a variety of different products. You can also click on the Deal tab to find out the current Daily Deal. You can sign up to receive Daily Deal notices by e-mail.

Altrec also has a Price Policy that states the following:

We guarantee that if we place an item on sale less than 7 days after you bought it at full price, just let us know and we will happily refund you the difference. This offer only applies to purchases made within the last 7 days, and only if we have the same size and color of that item in stock at the time. This offer does not apply to special sales, use of gift certificates, rebates or gift with purchase promotions.

Customer Service

Should you experience a problem with your order, there are several ways you can contact Altrec Customer Service. You can reach them by calling 1-800-369-3949 or you can use the e-mail form located on their website.

Return Policy

Altrec will offer a full refund for the returned product provided that it is returned unused and in the original condition it was sent and in the original packaging. They do not offer refunds for swimwear, underwear, helmets or load-bearing climbing equipment.

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Conclusion

With such great competition among outdoor clothing retail outlets, it is good to know what sets certain companies apart from each other. L.L. Bean is a trusted company that has been around for a century. They have great brand recognition and make good products. Altrec offers great discounts on items from some of the biggest brand names in outdoor clothing and apparel. Backcountry has the widest selection of both clothes and outdoor accessories. Prices are very competitive between these three companies and they all feature easy-to-use websites with similar return policies. L.L. Bean has the advantage of running several physical retail outlets in limited areas of the U.S.

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