The inter-web hasn't done much in the way of getting more people out and about climbing mountains, trekking back-country alpine trails or netting trophy rainbows on scenic hidden streams but there is as many outlets to score cheap gear as ever. I'm sure there are countless others that could be added to the list but here are some that I've dealt with personally and give the thumbs up to. Before you read any further lock your cash up in a hard to reach space because some of these sites are going to put you in front of premium gear at an awesome price.
Here's my go-to for cheaper than dirt adventure gear:
The Sportsman Guide has a wide variety of items from snowshoes to military surplus items. All prices are pretty reasonable but if you catch the site at the right time for the right item you can grab some absolute steals for premium no-gimmick gear.
Next up is Backcountry it's a "goatworthy" site with a lot of variety to it. Back country is on the upswing in terms of growth. In just the last couple years the products they carry have grown tremendously! Initially backcountry was centered more around skiing, climbing and hiking but has grown to carry products on all sorts of sports. (They're starting to hit the radar for fly fishing deals) Check the price on this Redington Path combo below.
Note the steal is only on the 9 weight combo but still these deals trickle in from all over the place in all areas of the site. The folks here are also supposively very easy to work with which often goes over-looked until you really need customer service....
This site is affiliated with the above listed Backcountry.com, this seems to be there outlet type branch, and the prices are unreal. When I first stumbled across this site I thought this had to some sort of scam. After bouncing from a few forum mentions I finally gave in and everything was great. I bought a fly box for 2 dollars that was originally like 13.
You ever wonder where all of last year's models and issues of gear go to? Sites like these eat them up.
The deal with steepandcheap.com is they revolve deals on a timed interval (yeah impulse type buying) This means the current sales or collections of sale items only last for a limited amount of time from minutes to just a few days. Yep you have to keep coming back to check... but I still do. Some of the prices are just ridiculous low, you have to.
Here's some Redington wading boots for 1/2 off. Available in 7,10,12 - unbelievable.
Moosejaw is another smaller but growing online distributer of goods. They have pretty competitive prices on most of what they offer which has grown from just mostly outdoor clothing and apparel to a full on gear supplier. SUP boards, climbing harnesses, snowboards, fly gear, and a TON of hike/camp gear. The real value of Moosejaw is the outlet tab. Just navigate to the top of the page and click on the "outlet" tab. This is where the money-saving gear-snatching action occurs. The sell the closeout over-stocked items for up to 70% off. There's some good snatches to be had there.
Just click the banner below to check out their selection!
Altrec is similar to Moosejaw, the big difference here is the gear offered. The major categories are their clothing/outdoor apparel, skiing gear, snowboarding gear, and biking gear. The big plus if one of these is your sport is the prices and amount of specialized gear they sell. Anything in those categories can be found with ease, anything,
Aside of hitting garage sales, which I fully support, this is a way to grab some of your favorite outdoor gear at pretty reasonable rates.
If you know of more sites I'm over-looking and under-rating let me hear about it. I'm always ready to score some cheap equipment if the opportunity arises!
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Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.