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Eddie Bauer's new program lets you rent camping gear for a fraction of the price: 'So important'

"Rented and secondhand gear makes the outdoors more accessible for everyone."

Re(Adventure) — a resale and rental program for hikers

Arrive and Eddie Bauer have partnered to create Re(Adventure) — a resale and rental program that makes enjoying the outdoors more accessible, affordable, and sustainable.

Through Re(Adventure), you can buy refurbished items or rent popular items for a fraction of the retail price for your next adventure, and you can help prevent quality items from being wasted. 

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Eddie Bauer claims that 30% of returned items can no longer be sold as new, meaning most companies are forced to waste quality, essentially new products. As a solution, the retailer has found a way to give returned items a second life. 

The cost of gear is a big obstacle for those who love being outdoors. But through (Re)Adventure, customers can buy or rent insulated parkas, joggers, lanterns, hiking shoes, tents, backpacks, and more at affordable prices.

Additionally, the program lets customers pay for gear only as long as they need it, meaning it won't cost an arm and a leg to camp for just one night.

To rent supplies, simply reserve an item ahead of time and have it shipped to your home or a nearby FedEx facility. When you're ready to return them, package your items, use the prepaid label that comes with your rental, and drop the package off at any FedEx location.

And the deals are substantial. For example, we found a gently used men's parka available for $90 less than the retail price. It was also available to rent for $12 a day. Meanwhile, a two-person all-season tent — which usually retails for a whopping $699 — is available to rent through (Re)Adventure for only $40 a day.

Besides affordability, the (Re)Adventure program keeps gear out of landfills, extending the life of these materials by keeping them in circulation for countless adventures. When gear and clothes can no longer be rented or resold, Eddie Bauer sends them Looptworks, where they're recycled into new items.

"Not only are we able to offer customers new and more accessible ways to outfit their adventures, but we are keeping more used gear out of landfills and on the trails where it belongs," said Kristen Elliott, VP of marketing at Eddie Bauer.

Eddie Bauer's posts announcing the program received positive responses on social media. Many commenters seemed excited to try out new gear while keeping quality outdoor gear out of the landfill.

"So important and great that you are doing this," one user commented on a Reel announcing the program."

"Rented and secondhand gear makes the outdoors more accessible for EVERYONE - and I know when I was a student I would have benefited from testing gear before purchasing," another added.

"Amazing! Thank you for bringing light to accessibility for all to enjoy the outdoors," another wrote.

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