Doing outdoor activities, like kayaking and hiking, are great ways to spend time out in nature without spending a lot of money when you go out. Plus, outdoor activities are a great way to get a workout without needing a gym membership. However, whenever you need to buy new gear for these outdoor hobbies, it can be expensive. In fact, back before I got into kayaking, I spent a couple of years wanting to try it out but avoiding it because I thought the kayaks were too expensive. And when you’re trying to pay down debt or build up your savings, you really don’t want to spend a few hundred bucks on pretty much anything.
So, what change led me to buying a kayak and getting into this fun water sport? I realized that if I waited until the right time of the year, or bought from the right store, I would be able to get my gear for a fraction of the normal cost. The main thing is to buy your gear during the off season! Of course, you can also get discounted gear from previous seasons by shopping at Sierra Trading Post.
When To Buy Water Sports Gear?
Whether you’re into kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, or some other water sport, the best time of year to buy your gear is late in the fall before the holiday shopping season. This is after the popular summer season, so the prices are lower and some of the brands even want to get rid of the current year’s stock because they have a new model coming out the next year. One tip that I can give you is to make sure that you research and know all of the gear that you will need to buy so that you don’t miss something and end up having to buy it at full price when the summer water sports season starts. Some of the popular things that you might not think about include life vests, dry bags, sun hats, rash guards, and surf booties.
When To Buy Snow Sports Gear?
Just like with water sports, you want to get your snowboarding, skiing and other snow gear once the season is already over. So, this will be sometime in the spring or even the summer months. That is when the brands want to get rid of their current stock to make room for the new models once the season starts back up again. And again, remember to look for something like this snowboarding gear list to make sure that you remember to get every single thing that you will need – including warm socks and a warm base layer of clothing.
When To Buy Hiking, Biking, And Rock Climbing Gear?
The thing about hiking, all types of biking, and rock climbing is that you can do these sports most of the year. That makes it a challenge to find good prices on the gear. Honestly, I’ve found that around the end of the year and just after the new year is the best time to buy things like rock climbing rope, hiking boots for women and men, road bikes, etc. What you need to look for are the models that are being replaced or discontinued in the new year. Those are the models that will have the lowest prices during this time of year,
If you just don’t want to wait until the off season, then I have a few more tips for you when it comes to locating cheap gear for outdoor activities.
- Check Craigslist for people selling used gear (you can get really good deals after the holidays when people get something they don’t want as a gift!)
- Look for an outlet store – Merrell outlet stores are great for cheap outdoor shoes like hiking boots
- Watch for the REI garage sales – a few times a year they have big sales offering limited gear at awesome prices
- Get a Costco membership – they often have cheap gear for sale, such as paddleboards under $500
- Check your local Goodwill store to see if they have any cool used gear at a great price