For any and all back-country gear, summer and winter, hiking and skiing, buying or renting, we always go straight Rapie. I used to comparison shop, and waited to return to Tokyo thinking I could get a better deal but now I know better. Rapie has the best price for the best products and sells everyhing you could possibly need. I also found out they will order it for you if it is not in the store, and fix anything that is ripped or broken like zippers or tears in your tent. You will not find better service or expertise anywhere.
Rapie tel: 0261-72-7550
This is a blog entry written by Lodge tabi-tabi. Please don’t use our contact information to contact Rapie. Thanks!
It’s International Woman’s Day today so this one is for the laydeez! Women have come a loooong way, so long in fact that women are now able to pee standing up! That’s right Freud, time to scrap your male-centered penis envy theory. With the right gadget, women too, can relieve themselves anywhere anytime. Find yourself in a dirty john? Behind a skinny tree? A urinal? Or in the back-country above the tree line without a bush insight (and not wanting to reveal yours)? All you need is an FUD (female urination device). This season I have started using P-mate, a very simple origami-like funnel that catches your stream and sends it off, away from your pants and shoes, without the need to drop your drawers.
This product has been a goddess-send for a woman like me, who wears bib pants and spends most of her back-country days hiking with the boys. It’s even easier if you wear boys tights underneath and make good use of the hole in the front.
P-mates are only $4.95 for a pack of 5. Although they are disposable, I re-use each one a few times by giving it a rinse before placing it back in the zip-lock bag. I ordered mine online direct from their website. International orders have a $15.00 shipping fee. Which is not bad at all if you stock up and buy some extra for your female friends.
If you need rental gear, Hakuba has an ever-growing number of choices. However, for price, quality, and service most of our guests are satisfied with the options available at Spicy Rentals. They have everthing you need for dowhnhill and cross-country skiiing, and snowboarding. They carry large sizes, stuff for kids, helmets, powder boards, beginner and high-perfomance gear.
They open before first lift and are right across from Goryu’s main entrance so you won’t miss out on first tracks. We have posted a Spicy Rental’s pricing chart in the lodge plus our guests will receive an extra 20% off on all their gear. Click on the pic for more details.
Rental Gear at Lodge tabi-tabi:
At the lodge we also have a small selection of rental snowboards, boots, outerwear, gloves, and goggles, at well below the going rate. Sorry, our gear is available on a first come first serve basis and can not be reserved. Please let us know when you are checking in if you are interested in having a look at what is available.
Snowboard with bindings: ¥1000/day
Outer wear: ¥500/day