12 PLACES TO BUY DISCOUNTED OUTDOOR GEAR
At times, when there’s absolutely no hope in repairing your damaged, beat-up and well-worn gear it’s good to make an investment and buy new. At other times, purchasing products at full price isn’t an option…but it can seem risky to go for used or discounted gear if you don’t know where to look.
We’ve been there before too and discovered that the world of discounted and used gear isn’t as scary as you might think. In fact, hunting down good quality, cheap outdoor gear is pretty simple and well, fun — let’s be honest, there’s nothing like scoring a great deal.
Ready to save? Here are the best places to buy discounted gear in stores and online.
1) The Clymb
The Clymb is an online shop that has daily deals on outdoor gear, apparel and equipment from big name brands when you become a member. Score up to 50% off on all types of gear including mountain and road bikes, ski and snowboards and more.
2) Patagonia Worn Wear
Patagonia is dedicated to keeping your well-loved gear in use for the long run with the Worn Wear program. If you own Patagonia products and apparel that have run its course but still have a little life left in them, you can trade it in for store credit or buy some pre-owned gear for yourself! They also offer repair services so you can fine-tune your favorite fleece or simply update your gear to keep it in action just as long you.
3) Steep and Cheap
Run by the gearheads at Backcountry, Steep and Cheap is an online outdoor retailer that offers “new steals every 5 minutes” for the deal-hungry bargain hunters out there. You can find big name brands, daily deals, plus plenty of apparel and equipment to get geared up for an epic time outside.
4) REI Outlet
Our favorite outdoor retailer, REI, is a go-to for reliable and multi-functional gear that is built to last. Did you know that you can snag some budget-friendly, discounted outdoor gear that’s just as awesome in their online gear shop, REI Outlet? Yep. You can even buy and sell pre-loved gear at their in-store “Garage Sales” for members only. Shop the Deal of the Day at REI Outlet.
5) REI Used Gear
REI recently added an entire Used Gear section to their website. It’s a great place for outdoor enthusiasts and gear lovers to score deals on hundreds of pre-loved products for way less than before, including used sleeping pads, camp furniture, and even pet gear! REI’s Used Gear section is a great way to find discounted outdoor gear that has been inspected for quality so you can save some moolah while still knowing that you’re getting something in good condition.
6) Sierra Trading Post
The Sierra Trading Post is a discount outdoor retailer run by big names like HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx. They’ve got everything from shoes to camping gear with a pretty large selection, although you do have to do some digging to find quality products, it’s a good place to score small pieces of gear and expensive clothing that would usually cost a lot at a regular retail price.
7) Outdoor Gear Exchange
This Burlington-based outdoor gear shop sells a large selection of pre-owned and lightly used gear in addition to new products for every season. Not in Vermont or New England? Check out Outdoor Gear Exchange’s online consignment shop that’s perfect for out-of-state gearheads who want to buy or sell their lightly used products. One thing that is cool about using Outdoor Gear Exchange is that consignment gear that doesn’t sell after 8 months is donated to charities, including refugee groups.
Outdoorplay has grown to become one of the largest specialty outdoor gear retailers in the country. While their roots are in kayaking, they’ve expanded to include products for rafting, stand up paddling, hiking, camping, and more. Check their sale section for deals and keep an eye out for the sales they run throughout the year.
9) Swap with Family and Friends
Have your own garage sale and get your family, friends and adventure buddies to bring their used stuff over to swap. Almost everyone has gear that’s been collecting dust in the corner, so this is a good chance to give your old or unused products a new life and snag something new (or old!).
10) Facebook Groups
There are a plethora of gear exchanges on Facebook. You can search in the top left-hand corner. There are even regional gear exchange groups such as Arkansas, Colorado, Las Vegas, etc. There are also women-specific groups and groups specific to cycling, backpacking, climbing, etc. Just a quick search of “outdoor gear exchange” yielded dozens of groups.
11) The Gear Room
The Gear Room was founded by two brothers from Tucson, AZ. The Gear Room is a consignment shop in Salt Lake City for outdoor lovers but they also list most of their stock online for easy online ordering. I picked up a discounted pair of backcountry skis from the Gear Room last winter.
12) Gear Trade
Gear Trade is essentially the Craiglist of used and discounted outdoor gear. On this online used gear marketplace, you can find anything from packrafts to backpacks, to bikes, and more – and everything is sold by owner. Sometimes you can even find deals on gear that is practically brand new.