I've discovered that the Canadians have a lot of cool gear that we can't get in the US.
I'm planning to order a tent, and have a question about customs.
"Orders shipped to the USA are not charged Canadian taxes; however, all orders pass through customs and are subject to import duties, taxes, and custom processing fees. A customs invoice will arrive with your parcel or may follow in the mail. Recipients are responsible for paying these additional fees"
Has any one ordered from Canada before? How much were the fees?
I have been buying gear from Mountain Equipment Co-Op www.mec.ca and I have had no problems. I have never paid duty on items from Canada. I believe the NAFT agreement took care of that.
I say go for it. I have been extremely pleased with the quality of the items I have purchased from MEC and I highly recommend their Co-Op "brand" of products.
Beavers, let us know how it goes if you order your tent. I have also been looking at some of the Canadian products. I love the new Eureka Alpine Meadows Outfitter tent that they sell in Canada. I called and asked one company what the charges would be and they were unable to help me. My brother was going through Winnipeg duck hunting this fall and I was going to have him buy it but being in the fall, all the stores were out until next spring. So much for that plan. Now I'm back into the buy and ship mode so let us know how it goes.
I too have been looking at some tents and other gear on a couple of Canada www sites. The Eureka tents for the Canada market are on par with some of the best the US makers have to offer(ripstop etc). When you figure in the exchange rates the prices are not too bad either. Prices for barrels is real reasonable also. You can tell that the gear is designed for the shield lakes climate. Good stuff!!