How to Find Affordable Hiking Gear

How to Find Affordable Hiking Gear


The truth is that investing in hiking gear can really add up and add up quickly. Especially brand new gear that's just been released and you happen to be shopping during peak hiking season. So how can you save some money but still get great gear? Check out these tips for having top notch gear and pay less for them, nothing could be sweeter than that.

Tip #1: Buying Used Gear. There's nothing like recycling and helping out our environment at the same time. A lot of people buy great gear, hike a few times and give it up or want to trade in their gear for newer hiking equipment. You can find super gear, barely used, in great condition at a fraction of the original price. Places to check for used gear are online with Craigslist in your area, gear swap sites which can often be found through local outdoor stores and even the classifieds in your local paper. Also, check out the bulletin boards inside your local outdoor store, they are usually filled with people offering to sell their equipment for very little.

A lot of hikers want the latest and greatest but need to trade in what we already have so selling off gear that isn't too old helps to justify buying newer gear each year. We've also found great gear that we wanted this way and as long as you inspect it for any wear and tear most really good quality gear should last a very long time.

Tip #2: Buy Off Season. Another great reason to head to your outdoor store between hiking seasons if you are a seasonal hiker. The outdoor stores need to clear their inventory after the peak season to make room for the upcoming season's new models of just about everything. Sometimes the only difference in a backpack or tent may be a colour change or the addition of a zipper but everything else stays the same. You'll find prices slashed for brand new gear if you search regularly during the offseason.

Whether you hike year round or only part of the year these two tips will help you save money on some of the best gear you can have.

Happy Hiking!


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