Whenever we send pre-trip information, we often get a flurry of emails with a plethora of questions regarding how to choose equipment for a trip. For many coming on our trips, hiking is only an occasional activity, which means that they don’t necessarily live in a mountainous region with access to good outdoor equipment stores.
With the advent of the Internet and mail order companies, shopping is easy, but some items are better bought in a store to make sure they fit correctly, before going on a hiking trip.
We are happy to assist clients when it comes to buying gear, especially if the trip begins in the Alps. Despite a weak US dollar, Chamonix is still one of the best places in the world to buy quality equipment at a reasonable price. Chamonix is nearly unbeatable when it comes to footwear, as stores such as Snell’s Sports stock a huge selection of gear from all the major manufacturers.
Even with a high VAT (value added tax) of 20% you can get a tax rebate form, fill it out and bring it to the customs officials when leaving France.
How to get tax returns on items purchased in Europe