Saving Money on Hiking Gear and Supplies

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There’s nothing quite like going out for a hike to melt away your stress while getting in some solid exercise. That being said, hiking can be quite expensive for enthusiasts, which can cause the very stress you seek to get rid of while out on the hiking trails. Just like there are tips from local insurance agents that can save you on the cost of coverage, there are also tips that can keep your hiking costs from hiking up more than absolutely necessary.

Don’t Spend Too Much on Rain Gear

Depending on where you hike, the weather can be quite unpredictable, making it essential you have all the gear you need to stay safe and dry. When it comes to rain gear, you don’t have to go all out. Instead of buying both rain pants and a rain jacket, you might find you’re perfectly comfortable with a regular poncho. You might also be a hiker who doesn’t even like to wear rain pants, which can save you even more.

Check Out Online Discount Sites

As with several other products, there are plenty of savings to be had by shopping online rather than in brick-and-mortar stores. Online is where you’ll find hiking gear that has either been discontinued or simply didn’t sell well but is still in perfectly good condition. Even better is the fact that top-shelf hiking gear can be offered with deep discounts online. You might be able to find even better discounts if you’re willing to wait for seasonal sales.

You Don’t Have to Have the Most Expensive Trekking Poles

When it comes to trekking poles, the most expensive most certainly isn’t always the best. Your best bet is to opt for poles with a strap, and you might also prefer poles with flick locks. Plan on having your trekking poles serve double duty as tent poles? Here it might be a good idea to invest in quality poles, just to better guarantee your comfort and overall ease of use.

Consider Used Gear

Before buying brand new gear, see if there’s used hiking gear you can purchase that’s still of good quality. As you’re looking at used gear, be sure it’s not damaged, as this will more than likely end up being a complete waste of money in the long run. Also, don’t be afraid to bargain on cost if you feel the asking price for used gear is a bit too high.

Know What You Already Have

Before you buy new hiking gear, be sure you check to see whether you already have whatever gear it is you need. You can also ask friends and family if they have any gear they’d like to get rid of. You don’t want to go through the trouble of getting new gear, even if it’s discounted, only to later find out you own whatever it is you paid for. Returning the item and getting a discount might be more trouble (and money) than it’s worth. Look twice and spend once, if at all.

Don’t Forget the Warranty

Another way to save money on hiking gear is to prepare for eventual repairs. Be sure you know the warranties of items before buying them. Doing so is a great way to know whether you’ll have to pay for future replacements or repairs. As you’re digging into warranties, it’s also a good idea to read up on the company’s customer service so you know the kind of treatment you can expect should you have to put that warranty to use.

Hiking is one of the many free pleasures in life, so take measures to ensure it doesn’t make you go broke. Happy trails!

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