Looking for ways to save money on outdoor gear? We all like to find a great deal. Especially on quality outdoor gear. These are the best online retailers I know for buying discounted outdoor gear... Steep & Cheap, Backcountry, REI, Outdoorplay, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, CampSaver, Sierra, eco, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Eastern Mountain Sports, MEC, Moosejaw, and The Clymb.
Hope you find great deals on the gear you need and have a wonderful adventure!
TIP: Many of these online retailers offer additional savings if you sign up for their email list. Look for one of those pesky popups that get in the way.
Discounted Outdoor Gear and Sales
Steep & Cheap
Want some outrageously cheap gear?
Steep & Cheap offers amazing deals on gear and apparel for hiking, camping, paddling, fly fishing, running, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, fitness, and so much more from the top brands you know and love.
They have tens of thousands of products on sale all the time. Discounted outdoor products is all they have! No regularly priced items.
Steep and Cheap is owned by Backcountry, one of my top three favorite outdoor retailers.
If you are looking for a deal, this is one of my favorite places to look.
Backcountry is one of the largest and best online outdoor retailers for high-performance outdoor gear. Sure they have regularly priced gear and apparel but Backcountry’s sales area is what you’ll want to check out.
Hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiing, mountain biking, and more! Backcountry has a ton of gear to choose from.
I’ve bought more from REI than any other outdoor retailer. This is because I often visited the Nashville store when I lived there. If you have the chance to visit an REI store, do it!
Well, guess what?! There is an REI Outlet online! It’s a great place to pick up some amazing discounts on outdoor gear! They have a Deal of the Day and great sale prices.
REI also has membership rewards that I cover later in the “Outdoor Retailers with Membership Discounts” section below.
Kayaking and other paddling sports, hiking, and camping are my favorite outdoor activities. In comes Outdoorplay, they started with a focus on kayaking and have expanded into one of the largest online, outdoor gear and apparel companies out there.
Since they focus on all my favorite outdoor sports plus snow and climbing gear, I visit their website often. What’s worth your attention is their sales area. The deals there can really save you a bundle.
Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops
The Great American Outdoors Group has two outfitters you probably recognize, Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops. Online, they are essentially the same store. Whether you go through Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops you’ll find the Bargain Cave.
The Bargain Cave offers discounted outdoor gear and apparel for fishing, camping, hunting, shooting, and archery.
CampSaver has incredible deals on outdoor apparel and gear for camping, backpacking, hiking, and climbing. They strive to provide the best prices on the best gear like MSR, Osprey, CamelBak, Big Agnes, Arc’teryx, Prana, Rab, Petzl, Snow Peak, Black Diamond, Marmot, Outdoor Research, and so many more.
While all the gear at CampSaver is already discounted, you’ll still want to pay specific attention to the CampSaver Outlet section.
Sierra is not only online it’s a brick-and-mortar store you may recognize. Originally the Sierra Trading Post, the name was shortened after being acquired by TJX Companies. The same parent organization that owns TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, HomeSense, and Winners.
If you are into hiking, camping, fishing, water sports, running, cycling, or snow sports, the Sierra Clearance section is a good place to find discounts on these and other outdoor gear.
evo may have retail stores in the US and Canada but not near me. Thankfully they are also an online outdoor retailer. evo has a Sale section on their website but it’s the Clearance section that has the exciting discounts on outdoor gear and apparel. evo specializes in snow sports and mountain biking, but they also have gear and apparel for camping, paddling, climbing, and more.
Outdoor Gear Exchange
Outdoor Gear Exchange not only has an extensive selection of both used and new consignment gear, they also have discounted outdoor gear and apparel in the OGE Outlet. It’s a great place to look for deals up to 70% off gear.
Mountain Equipment Company
Mountain Equipment Company (MEC) is much like a Canadian version of REI. MEC has its own line of outdoor gear and apparel along with great brands that we know and love.
You don’t have to visit the MEC retail stores in Canada to get great deals. The MEC Deals section of their online store has discounted outdoor gear.
If you live in Canada, you have it made but I’ve found some disadvantages for us in the United States.
- Some items only ship within Canada.
- The free shipping on orders over $50 only applies to orders sent within Canada though most items on orders up to $1000 are shipped for $19.
- Orders shipped to the United States are not charged Canadian taxes but they are subject to import duties, taxes, and custom processing fees that you will have to pay.
Outdoor Retailers with Membership Discounts
Costco and Sam’s Club aren’t the only discount membership stores out there. Some outfitters have membership discounts too.
REI has a lifelong REI Co‑op membership for only $20. As a co-op member, you receive rewards from purchases and member-only coupons that can be redeemed online or in-store. The discounts I’ve gotten have paid for my membership many times over! I highly recommend becoming a member!
Eastern Mountain Sports
EMS has a rewards program that is completely free to join. One point is earned for every dollar spent on qualifying purchases. When you reach 200 points, you get a $10 reward. That’s 5% back in rewards. Not bad at all!
The Clymb is a private online retailer where a free membership provides you access to daily and weekly deals that are up to 70% off retail prices on outdoor gear and apparel from premium outdoor brands. For an added bonus, invite a friend to join and you’ll both get $10.
So, if you want deep discounts on outdoor gear for hiking, camping, climbing, water sports, snow sports, running, and cycling from brands like Arc’teryx, KEEN, Merrell, Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear, Burton, Salomon, Icebreaker, DAKINE, Reef, and many more, sign up for a free membership and check out the deals.
They offer incredible adventure travel packages too!
Moosejaw is an online and brick-and-mortar outdoor retailer specializing in hiking, camping, water sports, snow sports, biking, climbing, running, yoga, and more. With brands like The North Face, Black Diamond, Marmot, Smartwool, and hundreds more, it’s a fun place to look for savings.
Moosejaw has a sale section like many online stores but they also have a rewards program for members. You earn 10% Back in Moosejaw Reward Dollars (MJ$) on every purchase. When you’re ready, the rewards can be used to purchase outdoor gear and apparel.
Moosejaw Reward Dollars are much like cashback but exclusive to Moosejaw.
Cashback Deals on Outdoor Gear
There are companies out there that offer free access to discounts and cashback on purchases. They will even give you money for referring others who make qualified purchases.
Rakuten and Active Junky are the best of these cashback companies, though Rakuten is my favorite. It works with more than just outdoor retailers. Why not get discounts at all the stores we can and apply the cashback to outdoor gear we love.
Both Rakuten and Active Junky are worth joining. They often provide different discounts to the same outfitters at different times. While writing this, Active Jucky is offering 8% cashback at Cabela’s while Rakuten is offering 15% cashback.
Why not get cashback from Rakuten and Active Junky when purchasing discounted outdoor gear from some of your favorite stores.
Active Junky is a price comparison, discount, and cashback website dedicated exclusively to outdoor retailers. Sign up for a free account and start shopping through their portal with your favorite outfitters and brands to earn cashback that’s deposited directly to your PayPal account.
Most of the outfitters I covered here are on Active Junky… Steep & Cheap, Backcountry, Outdoorplay, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, The Clymb, Moosejaw, and Sierra. Of course, these don’t even scratch the surface. Active Junky has over 1200 participating retailers. Go check out the stores to see if your favorite outfitters are listed.
Cashback in addition to discounts on outdoor gear. How cool is that?
Oh! I almost forgot! You can earn $5 for referring your friends and family to the program. The person you refer will get $5 too.
Rakuten is the same type of program as Active Junky except they partner with more than just outdoor retailers. They have partnered with over 2500 stores!
Just like Active Junky, you can compare prices between retailers, get cashback, and referrals for inviting friends and family to join the program, however, the referral fees of $15 up to $40 for Rakuten are much higher than Active Junky’s $5 referral. Yep, you and a friend can both earn up to $40 each with Rakuten.
Rakuten has partnered with most of the outfitters covered here as well… Steep & Cheap, Backcountry, Outdoorplay, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Moosejaw, and Sierra. Neither company has a current partnership with REI.
Sometimes Rakuten or Active Junky is partnered with an outfitter where the other has not. For instance, Active Junky has partnered with The Clymb but Rakuten has not.
If you’d like to learn more about how Rakuten works, I’ve covered it thoroughly in the article, “Best Way To Save Money On Outdoor Gear“.