With the abundance and variety of quality used outdoor gear on the market today, the stigma of buying something once loved has all but disappeared. It seems like every day another brand is jumping on the resale bandwagon, redirecting dead inventory, older styles and items from customers’ closets to digital platforms where eager shoppers can jump into expensive brands with potentially deep discounts. If you’re looking for the best used outdoor gear, chances are you’ll find it.
There is also the significant environmental benefit of reselling purchases first. The apparel industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world, in part because of the amount of product it distributes around the world. Buying on resale helps keep what exists in circulation longer, thus delaying the need to buy a new product. In the outdoor space, in particular, many garments designed for the worst conditions often only see the occasional rainstorm before being relegated to the donation bin to make way for something new.
Brands are making it easier than ever to access previously loved products, whether through their own sites or through one of the countless third-party options now available. Here are eight options worth checking out for your next lightly used winter gear.
REI Good & Used: the original