How and where to find good used outdoor equipment

In the midst of a pandemic shutdown, I’ve been like so many Americans: desperate for more ways to get out. I had set my sights on buying a kayak. I researched brands and styles, and learned about skegs, paddles, and roof rack systems. And when I was finally ready to shop, I searched online markets for a used boat, only to be constantly beaten up by the faster shoppers. Even when I replied to the seller minutes after the post went live, I still found myself buried in a long line of eager buyers.

After several months of desperation, two older boats, moldy (but still seaworthy), landed two hours away in another city. Once I cleaned up the salamander droppings from the cockpit and removed some of the rust, the boats facilitated the outdoor adventures you’ve always dreamed of.

I was not alone in my struggle. Eager to get out of the house and participate in COVID-safe activities — and increasingly aware of the “linear” years of consumption that have ravaged the planet — Americans have embraced a more circular approach, buying outdoor gear in an astonishing clip: Camping gear demand rose 25 percent in the spring of 2021 compared to By the same period in 2020, it has increased by 86 percent compared to 2019. This applies to other outdoor items as well, such as bikes, boats and sporting goods. Insatiable demand met supply chain stress, and situations like my own unfolded everywhere.

Fortunately, there are plenty of places to look for used gear, from clothing to skis to backpacks and more. Here is a list of equipment vendors, online shipping shops, and national rental services ready to help meet demand – and enable the summer adventures of your dreams.

clothing/equipment companies

Many equipment and apparel companies have set up online marketplaces to resell used items that are still in good condition. Arctrix She cleans and repairs clothes and then resells them through her digital store, and the company offers gift cards for any swaps. Balinese program in Patagonia It works similarly, with gently used equipment taken for credit. The same North Face Renewal Programalthough it is currently undergoing updates and is paused.

outdoor equipment seller REI Develop an extensive online marketplace for used items that have been returned and considered usable. Shoppers can sort by gear category, condition, brand and price.

Used Equipment Markets

A crop of online funnel markets used equipment for new owners. Among them Geartrade, allowing sellers to list items for sale and then ship them directly to buyers. Sellers can also send the item to Geartrade, who takes care of the sale and pays a commission once the sale is made. Shipping, which aims to give the offshore industry a sustainable makeover, has facilitated the resale/reuse of 45,590 offshore goods in 2021, and about 17,000 in the first quarter of 2022. It recently unveiled a loyalty program as well.

outdoor gear switch It has a physical location in Burlington, Vermont, and a companion online store for gear and apparel. Sellers can deliver their equipment by bringing it to the store or mailing it in; The company has an ever-evolving list of what to accept now, based on the upcoming season.

Closet Pro Specialized in used bicycles, tires and wheels. Sellers can submit photos and basic details online. TPC pays for shipping of accepted items, and sellers receive cash or store credit in return.

redirection It has a mobile app and a website with used equipment listings. The app allows users to upload photos and lists of equipment in use, and create a “locker” that notifies you when someone lists the gear that matches your wish list. There is also an option to donate used equipment.

leasing companies

While most rental companies limit their geographical reach to local users who can physically appear in their store, a couple of companies are changing this model with nationwide delivery of rental equipment. reach outdoor They offer gear “packages” – complete sets of ski, camping and hiking gear to outfit a complete adventure – as well as individual items for rent. The company ships everything to your door, anywhere in the US, and you simply ship it again when you’re done.

outdoor geek It also ships equipment to renters, with options including camping and backpacking packages, as well as “glamping” canvas tents. The company allows users to apply rental fees to the purchase of equipment after trying it out. Outdoors Geek also has a physical rental location in Denver.

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