2020 Backpacking Gear, gearup

BUYING DISCOUNTED BACKPACKING GEAR

Us backpackers are always looking for a good gear deal. Events like the REI Garage Sale are always popular with outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. But did you know there are quite a few places online to buy discounted gear?

First, let’s take a look at how gear get’s discounted. The REI Garage Sale is usually damaged or returned gear that REI wants to get rid of. This is Gear that is only available at their physical stores. However, new gear is sold by season. Inventory is bought, and sold. If there is too much inventory, that gear goes to outlet stores or sold by Direct Online Sales Only or Affiliate Sales. Here are some great places to shop at.

TheBackpackerStore.com

TheBackpackerStore is a unique website. It’s really a database and not a real website at all. It links ALL the outdoor online retailers in a single site. The power is in the SEARCH. Research a piece of gear you want, then search for it on the site, and compare prices from REI, MOSSEJAW, CAMPSAVER, and many many others. The front pages has daily gear deals that change everyday. But the beauty of the site is that all the gear listed starts at a 35% discount. It also has ALL the COUPON CODES to even get more discounts.

REI OUTLET

The REI Outlet store is really overstock. It’s all the inventory that the retail stores don’t sell in that season. So they push discounts to Affiliate Partners, (like Trust The Trail) This is good gear that might only be a year old, but have a substantial discount.

GEARTRADE.COM

Gear Trade is a great place to buy and sell used and new gear. They offer a lucrative incentive to sell your gear so someone else can get a good discount on it. The cool thing about Gear Trade is that you are directly buying and selling to the consumer (you).

FACEBOOK GROUPS

Facebook Groups have some great places to buy and sell Gear. Here are just a few to take a look at:

Backpacking Gear Flea Market

Backpacking Gear Sale

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In 2003 I completed a Thru-Hike on the Appalachian Trail. Since then I have over 12,000 miles underfoot and 20 years of backpacking, and camping experience. Certifications include WFA, WFR, LNT Trainer, and belong to AORE. Have been guiding backpacking trips for over 10 years. The outdoors has taught me one thing. Trusting the Trail! really does provide everything a person needs.

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