In Italy, we were never in a place that had ski gear that I could tell.
In Lucerne Switzerland, we got there on the weekend and close to us was a mountaineering store but it was closed. Didn't help that it was August 1st which is there equivalent to America's July 4th. Besides, Lucerne charges you for everything and I mean everything! Highly doubt I would get a deal in a tourist trap.
In Paris we drove by by the Au Vieux Campeur, but I never had time t get back there.
First day in London we go to Little Dubai, I mean Harrods (I do NOT belong in that store). I did find find some Canada Goose (Timberline) that looked great but there was no way I was paying 600 GBP (about $900 U.S. ) for it. Figured I give them a look when I got back to the States. Day two in London my brilliant daughter finds a Designer Outlet about 45 minutes away. Because of the Strike for the Tube it was a full hour away but they had a Helly Hansen Outlet. We got an Uber car and headed out.
They had the HH Mountain Odin which was in my top 3 jackets to get for only 200 GBP!!! It's usually $600 U.S. And I've only seen it down to $475. $300 is less than the Pro deal that you can't get for this jacket (seems to always be out of stock:dunno). I checked every which way to make sure it was a defect or made for the "Outlet" Stores and it is legit. The fit is great and I even got the insulator that is from the same line. That too was less than half the price. I would have gotten the shell pants too but they only had 2L and I need 3L.
We're heading back home tomorrow and I'm one happy camper
They even threw in a pair of HH Sunglasses (not my style) which are way over priced but will work well for cutting the grass and throwing snow.
Life is good,