Buying outdoor gear and equipment need not be a stressful experience, and with the emergence of online shopping, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to buy your camping and outdoor equipment.
With the sheer variety and choice of outdoor gear, it can be a daunting experience, particularly if you are a relative newcomer to the outdoor lifestyle, so here are some tips to help you get the right items.
What do you need and why?
When buying outdoor gear, one of the first questions that you should ask yourself is what do I need and why? Just because something is on sale does not mean that you should instantly purchase it, as you may have little or no use for it.
If you are searching for a large backpack, for example, and a smaller sized one catches your eye or is heavily reduced, then it is tempting to purchase. Do try to think through what you are going to be using the equipment for and whether the money invested is going to be worth it. If it won’t suit your needs, it is no deal.
Do your research
Once you know the type of equipment you want, the next step in buying outdoor equipment is to research the various different products on the market.
Particularly when buying a relatively expensive item, such as a tent, you want to be sure that the size and specification of what you are purchasing are what you actually require. If you are likely to be doing a lot of solo hikes over multiple days, then you’ll likely want a lighter and smaller tent, for example.
Doing your research on camping products and equipment will not only help you to identify the item you wish to purchase, but is also a great way of price comparing to find the cheapest supplier.
Investing in quality
Buying outdoor gear is usually a long term investment, so you should therefore buy for durability and substance over style. If you are intending to go on multi-day camping or hiking trips, then buying outdoor gear that is good quality is essential. Being out in the wild and having a tent that leaks water, or new hiking boots that are falling apart is certainly no fun and can even be dangerous, so ensuring good quality items should be high on your priority list.
Warranty and guarantees
One of the benefits of buying outdoor gear that is high quality is that it will often come with a lengthy warranty and guarantee. It is not uncommon to find lifetime guarantees for items such as backpacks, so it is worth weighing up the value of the initial investment with how much use you are planning to get out of it.
Where to buy
Most people would often think of buying outdoor gear from the closest store, but some of the best deals can be found on the internet. Generally cheaper in price and saving you venturing out to busy shopping malls, buying online is a quicker and easier way to purchase your camping gear.