We know that packing for your program can be exciting but daunting, especially when there’s a lot of unfamiliar gear that you’ll need to buy. To help with this and to keep costs down, we have come up with a list of places where you can source second-hand or deeply discounted gear.
Here are some places to buy used/second-hand gear:
- Gear Trade
- MEC Gear Swap (for those in Canada)
- REI Used Gear
- The North Face Renewed
- Outdoors Geek
- Switchback Gear Exchange
- Patagonia Worn Wear
- Arc’Teryx Used Gear
- Poshmark, Depop, ThredUp and other online consignment shops don’t specialize in outdoor gear but you may be a source for clothing/jackets.
Here are some places where you can get new gear at a discount:
We also recommend that you look into whether there’s a used gear shop in your community. For example, Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, VT would have everything someone would need for someone in Vermont, and for folks from the Front Range, they could try Boulder Sports Recycler, Wilderness Exchange, or Feral in Denver. There won’t be one of those in every town, but it is worth looking.
Finally, you can become a member of the Buy Nothing Project (usually accessible through a Facebook group local to your own community), where you may be able to find what you need through the generosity of another community member. Facebook marketplace or NextDoor may be other places to buy second-hand from your neighbors.