Hilton’s Tent City US Map & Phone & Address
272 Friend St, Boston; (617) 227-9242
This North Station spot is the place in Boston to camp out if you’re looking to save some cash on camping equipment. The store boasts four crowded floors of clothing and gear for every budget and skill level.
Nearly all of these are first-quality; occasional irregulars are clearly marked, and are even better bargains.
Tents come from makers like Kelty, Quest, and Sierra Designs. A cozy Eureka! Crescent 2 tent was seen recently for $79.99, reduced from Hilton’s own price of $100; a six-person model was on sale for $295. The whole family could just as easily fit into a CabinTent model Mr.
C found a floor sample, selling as is for just $75. To snuggle up inside your tent, you’ll need a sleeping bag; look for lightweight Colemans from $30, or a more heavy-duty, expedi-tion-weight Caribou model, listed at $300, available here for $210. Stuff all of your stuff into Eastpak duffel bags, from $14.95.
Hilton’s also sells a wide variety of clothing and shoes. A men’s Wool-rich wool sweater was reduced from $55 to $39. You may find Gore-Tex waterproof anorak jackets under $100 quite rare. A high-tech Helly Hanson windbreaker, with a lifetime guarantee, was $175; if that seems steep, note that the normal price was $215. Speaking of steep, all major brands of hiking boots are sold here.
In the wintertime, Hilton’s adds cross-country skis, boots, and poles. Much of the store’s gear is available for rental as well. These guys really know their stuff. Every item sold here carries the full manufacturers’ warranty; perhaps best of all, Hilton’s will match any price tag you bring in. Open seven days a week.