Buying outdoor gear doesn't always have to mean relentlessly emptying your wallet. Buying used outdoor gear is a great option! But if you've already searched igearlist, and posted to our "wanted" section to no avail, hang in there - a few more great options exist.
Deal of the Day
There are several outdoor gear daily deals out there. Keep tabs on all of the deal-of-the-day sites using GearScan or Clean Snipe. Both of them do a great job of tracking multiple sites such as Steep and Cheap, Bonktown, Tramdock and others. GearScan goes the extra mile to cover REI, Rock Creek, and a host of other outdoor gear deals.
If you don't have time to keep checking one-off deals, there are a couple of ways to be alerted to specific deals. Both equipster and Gear Burger allow you to be notified when specific equipment goes on sale.
Lastly, a couple of new online venues have opened up shop recently that offer discounted equipment. If you haven't joined The Clymb, or visited the Department of Goods, they are both great options. The Clymb offers member pricing for top-notch gear that is sold event-style. You get an alert to an upcoming sale, and the pricing is available during a certain time period. The Department of Goods is an outlet-style website that is continually well stocked.
Make Your Own
Last but not least, you can make your own gear. No kidding! Several DIY sites exist, and of course, your results will vary. And sometimes the hilariously disastrous results are worth the trouble. I will leave it at that and save the rest for another post!