The May Gear Roundup: A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things
There’s plenty to celebrate about this most-fabulous month of the year—a return to hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, and trail running. (And a continuation of spring skiing for the die-hards among us who consider a crusty isothermal snowpack a really good time.) Spring also heralds plenty of UnNew gear deals here on Geartrade—plus super deep discounts on winter gear if you want to think ahead for next year.
Here are a few of our favorite spring items to snap up for a steal.
Whether you’re venturing out in prime drizzle season or want to be prepared for sudden squalls this summer, a good rain jacket is essential for hiking and trail running. You may have seen our recent Rain Jacket Buyer’s Guide, which is a great resource for help deciding what you need and deciphering product descriptions. Whether you want something light and packable or full-on bomber, you can find it here for a fraction of retail.
Hiking and running shoes
Even the best hiking and running shoes only last a certain number of miles—and you can tell pretty easily when they’ve fallen out of their prime. The tread wears down and makes you more prone to slipping on loose dirt and gravel, the cushioning loses its springiness, and the exterior shows serious signs of wear, such as holes and snags in the fabric. If yours are ready for replacing, just browse the gently used (and some unused!) hiking boots, hiking shoes, and trail running shoes listed right now.
The sunny season’s a perfect time for new shades. Since you can pick ‘em up deeply discounted on Geartrade, take inventory of what kinds of sunglasses you might need for cycling, hiking, around-town, running, or fishing. There’s a wide range of sunnies for every purpose available at the moment from brands like Smith, Oakley, Goodr, Costa, Ray Ban, and Kaenon.
Mountain bikers are basking in the tacky trails, and road cyclists are singing the praises of May’s gentle temps. One more thing to be stoked on: the incredible variety of bike accessories, bike shoes, parts, and even full bikes available on Geartrade right now. Whether you need a new seat, shoes, helmet, clothes, or components, we’re here to make your favorite season even better.
There’s nothing quite like May’s long days for long multi-pitch adventures or after-work sport routes. The Geartrade seller community has stepped up to fuel the stoke, listing plenty of climbing shoes, biners, draws, helmets, approach shoes, ropes, pro, cord, and slings fo choose from. Scope the goods from brands like Scarpa, La Sportiva, Black Diamond, Petzl, Edelweiss, and start plotting your next moves.
It’s especially hard to justify buying kids’ outdoor clothes at full price. Fortunately, with Geartrade, that’s not only unnecessary but you can also turn around and resell the clothes after your kiddo grows out of them. We currently have a bevvy of rain coats, fleeces, ski jackets, hiking shorts, and shirts, so you can stock up for the coming season.
Summer travel season is comin’ in hot. And there’s nothing like a great travel pack, duffel bag, or laptop bag to make a trip go a little smoother. At the moment, there’s a fantastic array of travel bags on Geartrade from brands like Dakine, Cotopaxi, Mystery Ranch, Jack Wolfskin, Osprey, and The North Face. Scope ‘em out and get ready to tighten up your travel program.
If you’re like us, as soon as the ski season ends, it’s time to start dreaming about the next season. And to clear out our shelves (both physical and digital) we deeply discount our winter gear listings—so you can now get skis, snowboards, boots, ski clothes, goggles, helmets, and gloves for more than 50% off retail. (And sometimes even 60% or 70% off retail.) You can find just about any brand you fancy, from Arc’teryx to K2, Salomon, Lange, Black Diamond, DPS, Rossignol, Burton, and others.
While you’re going through your spring and summer gear pile, think about what you might want to list for sale, too. It’s always great to earn a little cash to fuel your next purchases and adventures.
Currently, summer items like tents, sleeping bags, bikes, and climbing shoes are selling like hotcakes on Geartrade.com. It’s easy to list your stuff—in fact, it takes just a few minutes. Then you can watch for that sweet sweet email letting you know that it’s sold, time to ship, and receive payment. Your gear will go on to live a new life with another person who’s just as stoked as you.
Beth Lopez is a seasoned writer and creative director who loves to tell tales of adventure and discovery—and finds writing a powerful way to give a voice to people, causes, and places. Beth runs amok in the Wasatch mountains when untethered from her computer. She believes there’s no such thing as a bad ski day and considers animals her favorite people. Don’t tell her mother about her Instagram mountaineering photos.
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