Style Short: Get It All Online

Original: As with most websites worth their bandwidth, here you can search by category, brand or price range. Planetoutdoors also includes an overview of each product's features and a staff review. Bargain hunters should click on the Clearance section to find up to 50 percent off brands like The North Face, Columbia and Marmot- but expect color and size limitations. For example, The North Face's Men's Classic Mountain Jacket, which normally retails for $380, was available for $199.91, but the day I searched, the only color was yellow-gold in sizes small and medium. Where Planetoutdoors excels is with sizing charts for each manufacturer rather than generic measurements. Again, shoppers can browse by brand and specify a price range. REI takes the online experience one step further with its Community Gear Talk, which allows shoppers to share opinions and experiences and discuss topics ranging from avalanche safety to learning how to snowboard. Member specials include deals of up to 40 percent off after you pay a one-time $15 fee. And shoppers can easily link to for bargains.

www.easternmountainsports.comShop by category, such as "Winter Sports" or "Men's Apparel," and view a list with basic descriptions-e.g., "Skiwear for cold, wet weather." Then click on the brand name for specific details and size/color availability. The Bargain Basin has online-only discounts on a limited number of closeouts. Tip Shopping by specific category can limit your selection. For example, on the REI site, the "Men's Insulated Jackets and Vests" section had just five jackets to choose from, ranging in price from $265-$370. But shopping under the more generic "Men's Clothing" led to 13 outerwear choices with prices from $99-$295.