5 Places to Find Discount Outdoor Clothing
While it’s true not all who wander are lost, it’s equally likely not all who wander are made of money. Stocking your closet with durable clothing for every great outdoor adventure may seem as impossible a task as that big mountain climb you’ve been imagining. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best places to find discount outdoor clothing without sacrificing quality—and at these prices, go ahead and get quantity too.
Outdoor enthusiasts recommend layers, especially a moisture-wicking inner layer and an insulated outer layer. The lighter the better, though, since you’ll want to keep bulk to a minimum. To keep your feet dry and energized, pick up both moisture-wicking socks and compression socks. Don’t forget a hat for protection from both sun and rain, and a sturdy pair of shoes designed for your activity of choice.
Most people who enjoy outdoor recreation are familiar with REI. The company has a reputation for quality and expertise. While walking into one of the many retail locations might be overwhelming—and seem expensive—REI knows its customers also love a good bargain.
Online, you can “get first dibs on just reduced gear” at REI Garage. Everything from hiking boots to graphic tees has a category—and some are divided out by your favorite outdoor brand. There’s also a Deal of the Day and a peek ahead at deals upcoming. For the week of June 25, 2018, deals included Caldera Trail Running Shoes, Under Armour shirts, and women’s reversible vests by KUHL, all 50-60% off retail.
An “off-price retailer”, Sierra Trading Post is an online outlet shop. Like your favorite TJ Maxx or Marshalls, except specializing in outdoor gear and clothing. Every day the deals and choices might be different, so if you find something you need or want, it’s a good idea to load up that online cart. Unlike retail stores that offer deals and promotions, Sierra Trading Post functions with regularly low prices. They do offer a Clearance section with even greater markdowns. Believing “value is a combination of brand, desirability, price and quality” Sierra Trading Post is an excellent place to find your next great rain jacket, swimsuit, fleece or boots.
Clearance deals at this time include shoes by Teva, Saucony, and Adidas, as well as Carharrt outfits for kids. Wetsuits, bike wear, and durable socks also topped the clearance lists.
Steep and Cheap (powered by Backcountry)
In this “showroom of limited-time, limited-quantity deals” anyone who wants to stock their outdoor lifestyle—without spending a lot of cash—can find great deals from a company with a history of knowing the great outdoors. Backcountry is known for outfitting everyone from the experienced mountaineer to the novice trail runner, and that same level of quality can be found on their discount site, Steep and Cheap.
From Bargain Bins to Current Steals (a new one every five minutes!) Steep and Cheap lives up to its name. The Bargain Bin contains deals at up to 85% off retail, like a ladies’ water repellent bonded sweater jacket for only $39.99 (regular price: $169.95). But they aren’t kidding about acting fast. When the deal is gone, it’s gone.
Originally founded as a retail store for outdoor recreational equipment, CampMor’s online site has everything you need for your next adventure—and the Deals page promises clearance finds at up to 70% off regular retail. Conveniently divided into categories, you’ll find a good bit of what you need, as well as plenty of bargain priced wants.
At the time of this writing, kids’ NRS hydrosilk long sleeve shirt was on sale for $8.96 (list price: $29.95) and girls’ insulated ski pants, regularly $50, were only $16.96. Campmor also carries a line of men’s Big and Tall clothing from brands such as Columbia. For women, there are great choices for everything from outdoor skirts to Patagonia down filled jackets on deep discount.
Goodwill and Other Consignment Stores
Don’t forget to scour your favorite local thrift and consignment stores, especially those located in tourist towns that attract plenty of outdoorsmen. The trick to a good thrifted find is brand. Since often everything is priced the same, don’t waste your money on a wicking t-shirt from Walmart when a more thorough search will find you one from Columbia.
Often, a good hot wash will revive these used clothes or shoes. Lots of times you may even find items with tags still attached, because someone thought they’d go hiking all the time, only to quit after the first trail.
Where will you wander next?