How to shop for the perfect outdoor gear at discounted prices

Spending time out in nature is free. Unfortunately, the gear you need to do so is not.

Luckily, there are plenty of places online to get discounted gear, all with unique advantages.

Whether you must have a particular brand, or you want to be able to return in-store, there’s an online discount site offering the gear you need.

Steep and Cheap for brand junkies

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Steep and Cheap features brands like Arc’teryx, The North Face, Spy and Oakley all at greatly discounted prices. It’s the closeout website for backcountry.com and you can only shop one collection at a time. That’s the kicker. This site is great if you have a particular brand you love, but if you’re searching for a specific item, it can prove time consuming to find it here.

Backcountry has a simple shopping experience

Backcountry.com makes it super easy to shop by size, gender and activity. They offer a ton of gear for skiing, hiking, camping, climbing, snowboarding and more. They also have a great return policy on gear after you’ve used it. If you find out those new hiking boots are too snug on your first hike, you can still return them used within 30 days (and anything new can be returned anytime for a full refund).

REI Outlet Store offers in-store returns

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Sometimes, ordering online can be a total hassle when you order the wrong size. If returning things via shipping deters you from shopping online, REI’s online outlet store allows you to return items straight back to the brick-and-mortar store.

The Clymb has discount adventure deals

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Not only does theclymb.com offer great deals on gear, it also sells adventure travel packages at discounted rates. Some of the adventure travel deals offer up to 50 percent off and include airfare. There are domestic trips, like exploring Yosemite National Park, and international destinations such as visiting Ecuador. It’s perfect for those who don’t want to lug their gear around and pay for costly luggage fees.

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