I've decided that Cabela's and REI cater to different crowds. Cabela's gear is designed and marketed to the hunters and outfitter types- ones that load it in a truck or strap it to a 4-wheeler or horse. It's more rugged, durable, and HEAVY. REI's gear is definitely more lightweight and packable- for those who take it somewhere under their own power. So while it's lightweight and smaller, it won't stand up to tons of abuse. It's marketed to the latte sipping, granola bar munching, tree-hugging type. Both stores are a bit expensive. So while I like browsing both stores, more often then not I go home empty-handed and stuck in the gear purgatory of "good-enough". I like new gear, but what I've got still works just fine and it's hard to justify spending more money for new stuff.
Nearest City: Kansas City, KS
Location: N° W°
Time Needed: varies
Additional Info: Cabela's Mule Deer Museum Website