Paying an arm and a leg for gear is an accepted part of being an outdoorsman, which sucks, as you'll probably need the first one to saw off the second when it gets trapped by a boulder. Shave some money off instead, at Activejunky.
A former gear blog that's just been completely overhauled, LoDo-based Activejunky's now a place for nature-heads to price-comparison shop from among 100+ popular outdoor stores, and receive cash back on literally every purchase, making that $15mil one for Louisiana actually look pretty stupid. Searching for a particular product will return a retailer list (high-ended by the likes of Backcountry, Moosejaw, REI, and Patagonia) with prices for each; in three months, Junky'll cut and mail you a check for 5-10% of your purchase price, hook up your money via PayPal, or, should you opt in, donate it all to The Nature Conservancy, but not the Naughty By Nature Conservancy, who've already got mad Feel Me Cash-Flow. Lest you run out of ideas for things to blow money on, they've also got the "The Fix", a blog billed as "all your junky media in one place", posting everything from Japanese ski-p**n vids, to suggestions on trips for "adventure on a budget", aka the upcoming Indiana Jones And The Hotel Room He Found On Priceline.
They're also currently working on the "gameification" of user reviews, which'll reward totally legit (if still TBD) prizes to the most addicted users -- aka people who are more used to paying out the nose.