The Outside Blog


The 5 Best Budget Gear Sites

Hiking boots wear out. Bindings break. You want the next best thing but know the suggested retail price is exactly that: a suggestion. Here are five of our favorite websites for finding gear at prices that won't burst your adventure fund.

1. Steep and Cheap

Powered by online outdoor retail giant,, steepandcheap highlights one great gear deal—typically at over half-off—until it’s sold out, then starts all over. If you don’t want to get caught obsessively hitting your refresh button, you can sign up for instant alerts that tell you when a new item is listed.

2. REI Outlet



Recreational Equipment Inc.’s outlet site highlights gear deals in different categories, like the deal of the day or week, deals under $20, or savings on US-made gear. The “Deal of the Day” has its own RSS feed, so you can easily stay on top of what’s discounted now. Don’t want to buy a dud? Top-rated outlet gear is only a click away.

3. The Cheap Outdoors   

Cheap outdoors

This site scours the web for deals from retailers like REI and so you don’t have to. Search hand-picked deals by activity, brand, retailer, type or eco-friendliness. Up top, see the day’s best deals. Scroll down for coupons you can enter at checkout to get discounts from gear and travel retailers.

4. Sierra Trading Post 

Picture 1Founded in 1986 in Reno, Nevada, this company has been selling discounted gear, furnishings and apparel for almost 25 years. Check out their clearance and bargain barn sections for discounts of up to 80 percent off. This site is currently offering 20 percent off purchases of $75 or more if you sign up for their DealFlyer email newsletter.

5.’s Gear Price Finder

Picture 2 Founded in 1999 by climber Chris McNamara, was originally “designed to be a resource to help you plan a climbing itinerary, as well as get the best topos available for those climbs.” The site has since added a gear search that crawls stores big (REI) and small (Summit Hut) to generate a list of relevant gear that can be sorted by price and that highlights sale items. The gear finder is still working out a few kinks--sometimes gear that's sold out still shows up in the search.

For more on buying gear online, check out the Outside Guide to the Web.

--Erin Beresini

to Outside
Save Over

Magazine Cover

iPad Outside+ App Access Now Included!






Previous Posts




Blog Roll

Current Issue Outside Magazine

Subscribe and get a great deal! Two free Buyer's Guides plus a free GoLite Sport Bottle. Monthly delivery of Outside—your ultimate resource for today's active lifestyle. All that and big savings!

Free Newsletters

Dispatch This week's featured articles, reviews, and videos. Sent twice weekly.
News From the Field The most important breaking news from around the Web. Sent daily.
Gear of the Day The latest products, reviews, and editors' picks. Coming soon.
Outside Partners Outside-approved deals and special offers from select partners. Sent occasionally.

Ask a Question

Our gear experts await your outdoor-gear-related questions. Go ahead, ask them anything.

* We might edit your question for length or clarity. If it's not about gear, we'll just ignore it.