What is UnNew Outdoor?
Welcome to Geartrade, your online Marketplace for UnNew Outdoor™ Gear & Apparel
We can explain…
What exactly do you mean by UnNew? We’re glad you asked. UnNew is a tidy way of talking about the pre-owned, reusable, repaired and returned quality outdoor gear and apparel available on Geartrade.
Each piece of UnNew gear listed on Geartrade has its own unique story. But in the big picture, the UnNew gear you find on Geartrade came from adventurers like yourself, looking to make a buck while re-homing a beloved piece of gear or apparel. In our 20-plus years in the marketplace, we’ve come across a myriad of backstories to the individual pieces of gear and apparel sellers have parted with—a backcountry snowboarder no longer in need of a park snowboard. A kayaker swapping their performance whitewater kayak for one better matched to their ability. A runner whose new pair of trail runners just didn’t work with their stride. And of course, the gear hoarder who realized they have way too much of everything. In other words, this is not gear at the end of its lifespan, it’s high-quality UnNew gear with much more life in it looking for a new owner.
Geartrade is also open to retailers and manufacturer as an outlet for selling used, returned, and repaired gear. To translate, stores and brands want you to take their quality gear off their hands at a fraction of the price of new. Also, not because the gear is spent, but because Geartrade is an efficient way to get gear off the shelves and into the hands of adventurers like yourselves.
Beyond the backstories and the cost savings, are you still wondering why UnNew Outdoor™?
Buying UnNew is better for the environment. By purchasing UnNew you bypass the wasteful and toxic annual manufacturing production cycle. The clothing and textile industry alone is the second largest polluter in the world, responsible for 10-percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. This disposable manufacturing cycle wastes precious resources to satiate today’s oversupplied market—when you buy UnNew, you’re opting out.
Buying UnNew also keeps products out of the landfill by extending the life of existing gear beyond the single user. Did you know that consumers throw away an average of 70 pounds of clothing and shoes every year! The resale of UnNew quality outdoor apparel keeps these goods out of the landfill. In fact, one of Geartrade founder’s passion for recommerce was sparked by an unsuccessful attempt to recycle his ski boots (spoiler alert: it’s nearly impossible).
Good gear is built to last. The second life of re-homed UnNew gear and apparel is a source of pride here at Geartrade. We smile when a re-sharpened ice axe swings again, a bike with plenty of spring still left in the shocks hits the trails, a pair of skis that yearns for another season is reunited with the snow, or a waterproof jacket ready to repel another storm has the chance to keep a new owner dry.
By buying UnNew you’re taking a more conscious consumption approach, one that leverages and extends the natural lifecycle of our gear and keeps it out of landfills all while saving (or earning) money. Welcome to UnNew Outdoor™ !
Annie Fast writes about winter sports and outdoor adventures from her home in Bend, Oregon.You can read more about her and her work at anniefast.com