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How expensive is hiking gear these days, blimey!

When I was back in the U.K. recently in Covent Garden in London on my way to a vegan restaurant (obviously), I popped into a few outdoor shops on my way to lunch (Mildreds, so good!) because who doesn’t love a quick look at all that gear, am I right?

But, I was shocked at the price of most of the bits and pieces I was browsing so I started casually walking around the shop, flipping price tags at every corner.

It also occurred to me that lines between outdoor gear and fashion are blurring, it’s never really occurred to me to try and look good for my date with a mountain, volcano or cliff Face.

Anyway, whilst in Mildreds having my lunch (grilled roman artichoke & hemp caesar salad) I was madly scribbling down ways to save money on hiking gear for a blog post so click here to have a read and make sure you read number 5, it’s important.

I would love to hear any thoughts or feedback on this topic in general, if there’s a way you save money on outdoor gear hit reply and let me know!

 

 

1: USE A CHEAPER BRAND

Some high-end outdoor brands such as North Face sell great gear and with it comes a great price tag, if you’re an experienced hiker looking for an investment piece this is great but if your just getting started with hiking or outdoor adventures in general do not get brainwashed into thinking you need to spend tons of money from the get go!

The Spanish outdoor / adventure store, Decathlon is a great example of using a cheaper brand that does the job, I’ve had a pair of £25 women’s hiking trousers from Decathlon now for 3 years and must have hiked thousands of miles in them at this point, they’ve been great and are still going strong at the moment.

2: BUY SECOND HAND

If you’re attempting Everest you’ll need some specialist gear but for general hiking and outdoor activities buying second-hand works. In the U.K. there are sites like Vinted and Facebook groups like Outdoor Kit Exchange where you might be able to pick up a bargain.

If you have a second-hand gear site suggestion for your country, please let me know!

3: LOOK FOR MULTI-PURPOSE GEAR

Spend your hard-earned cash wisely and look for multi-purpose gear, hiking trousers that zip off into shorts, a decent buff can be used a beanie, a hat, an ear warmer (or ear windbreaker as I recently found out on a very windy hike) and a neck protector, an outer layer that is waterproof and also a windbreaker. Do you need a 30L and a 60L bag, will a 40L do both jobs?

You get the point.

4: RENT DON’T BUY

This is becoming more popular with bigger outdoor shops such as REI in the US and RAB In the UK, if you’re going on a trip and need a few items that you’re not sure if you’ll use regularly then renting is a good solution, it’s also great for trying things you might want to buy later or if you are looking at making a bigger investment purchase.

 

 

5: SAFETY FIRST, ALWAYS

In writing and researching this blog post and pricing up a few items it occurred to me that you could easily spend £200+ on hiking boots alone, then add a jacket and a new hiking rucksack and you’re already looking at £500+ minimum.

Here’s what we, as hikers and outdoor adventurers whether absolute beginners or very advanced should be asking ourselves on a regular basis:

Is this purchase making me safer?

For the same price as a few items of high-end gear, you could get yourself an emergency locator device such as the Spot Trace which seems like a much better use of money and is just an overall smart choice.


 

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Emma – Vegan Adventure Holidays

 

 

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