Shop Cheap Outdoor Gear at These Top Retailers: REI Outlet, Steep & Cheap, Amazon – Self

When it comes to shopping for outdoor supplies, you can wind up spending a pretty penny—if you don’t know where to find cheap outdoor gear, that is. Of course you don’t want to skimp when it comes to your backpacking and camping gear, where you want to make sure you’re using high-quality equipment that’ll ensure your comfort and safety. But thanks to the wide range of outlets, used gear sites, and discount retailers out there, it’s surprisingly easy to find quality outdoor gear at a lower price than you’d expect. 

From sleeping bags to water bottles to outerwear, you can outfit yourself for an entire trip by shopping at these stores. You can also check out rental companies like Outdoors Geek, Gear To Go, and Last Minute Gear, as well as your local consignment or gear stores. Then there’s the font of items you can find on eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace (just be sure to inspect any piece of gear for wear and tear that isn’t just cosmetic but could compromise its performance). 

One thing to bear in mind with discounted retailers is that sizes and colorways go fast, so it’s smart to have a clear idea of what you need before you start shopping. That way, when you find what you’re looking for at a price that works for you, you can checkout ASAP (and avoid missing out on the deal). 

If you’re prepared to do some browsing and price comparisons, it’s more than possible to find and buy discounted outdoor gear (see Backcountry Memorial Day sales and REI Anniversary Sale) that you’d otherwise spend much more on elsewhere. So get your scrolling finger ready and read on to find where you can catch the best cheap outdoor gear online—then go book your next outdoor adventure.

Steep & Cheap, the outlet brand of beloved outdoor retailer Backcountry, is one of our first stops when shopping for top-rated brands like The North Face and Osprey at lower prices. And, to ensure you get the best deal on your gear of choice, Steep & Cheap offers a price match guarantee on all its wares—so if you find your item for cheaper somewhere else, get in touch with the Gearhead team at Steep & Cheap and they’ll match it. 

Based in Vermont, Outdoor Gear Exchange is a longstanding source of discounted equipment for kayaking, camping, snowboarding, and much more. It also has a price match guarantee, and you can find plenty of helpful info about how to choose the best gear for you on the brand’s Knowledge blog. Equal parts resource and retailer, Outdoor Gear Exchange will help you feel confident in your purchases.

Amid the tech gadgets and household essentials, you can find a fair amount of hiking gear from major brands available on Amazon. And given Amazon’s tendency to run flash sales and deals, you can grab said gear for a great price. 

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With daily deals and new arrivals rolling in on a regular basis, REI’s outlet is a great site to browse for backpacking gear, snow sports equipment, or something as simple as a new water bottle. In addition to its outlet, REI also has a wide selection of used gear for Co-op members to shop. The staff evaluate used gear for condition and quality before putting it up for resale. 

Merrell Hydro Moc Shoes

Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket

Mountainsmith Morrison 3 Tent

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As the sister brand of Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, you can rest assured that Sierra has some of the best outdoor deals you can find. It sources its brand-name goods from vendor closeouts, overproduction, and order cancellations, so prices usually range between 20% and 60% off the cost of full-price items.

Apparel and bags sold through Patagonia Worn Wear are a mix of used items customers have sent back and new gear with some kind of cosmetic flaw. Before going on sale, everything is inspected, cleaned, and covered by Patagonia’s Ironclad Guarantee (which allows you to send back dissatisfactory gear for a repair, replacement, or refund). And, if you trade in your own Patagonia gear, the brand will pay you back with credit for your next purchase.

Outdoor equipment gets a new life through Gear Trade, which buys and sells gently used pieces of gear at enticingly marked down prices. You can filter your search by items in excellent, good, or fair condition, or even brand-new items that have never been used.

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Looking for luxe climbing, hiking, and winter sports gear at a discount? Beloved (and streetwear-adjacent) brand Arc’Teryx offers markdowns as big as 40% off on its past season items—and its used gear section has a wide array of verified and repaired items for less too. 

This members-only site specializes in limited-time flash sales on hiking, cycling, climbing, surfing, and snow equipment, as well as outdoor travel packages. Join now for free to see what kind of deals you can snap up. 

With a huge selection and generous return policy, Campsaver is a top candidate for one-stop outdoor shopping. If the regularly discounted items don’t pull you in, the daily deals and exclusive promotions will.

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