8 Ways to Score Cheap Gear

Gearing up for your next trip? On a budget? We’ve got a list of gear hacks that will leave you more cash for your plane ticket. No more excuses to get after it! Be warned, if you buy used gear, be sure to inspect the gear for any defects. Keeping with acquiring basics used or second hand is a good guide.

1. The Clymb

The Clymb offers discounts that are consistently around 30 – 40% off premium outdoor brands. This is one of our favorites!

2. Sierra Trading Post

Check the STP Bargain Barn for the best deals at around 60% off. There are a lot of seconds and clouseouts, but it’s worth it for many items.

3. Freecycle

Freecycle is a website for people to offer up their items that they would like to recycle for free. I’ve had luck with basic items here: tents, tarps, camp chairs, etc.

4. GearTrade

GearTrade is a place for retailers, sales reps and individuals to list their gear. Just be sure to check if the item is used or new.

5. University Rentals and Outdoor Programs

For beginners, this is a good way to go. Figure out how you like certain products and what you may want to buy by renting it. Many universities have outdoor programs and rent gear on the cheap.

6. Campmor

Discounts vary, so shop around. You can find super deals, but it takes a little digging.

7. Craigslist

Be sure to fully inspect any gear you buy second hand from Craigslist. Often times, people just want to get rid of their gear and will offer it up for pennies on the dollar.

8. Cabela’s Bargain Cave

Cabela’s for the most part, has similar pricing to other major retailers, but if you’re willing to dig through the Bargain Cave, you could score some great deals.

See anything missing? Let us know!

  • annie_on_the_trail

    massdrop.com !!

    • Anna Thielke

      Sweet site! Thanks for adding!

  • John Cameron

    Wilderness Exchange often has great deals and regular gear swaps. REI garage sale is also another option.