Maybe you have a list of technical clothing to buy that will perfect your carry on packing list. The trouble is that technical clothing is often expensive. A shirt costs more than your monthly rent. It doesn’t seem right to pay that much.
And, then, you start to wonder if that money would be better spent on a funding an Airbnb apartment or taking a side jaunt from your original destination?
Good news: you don’t have to pay full retail price for that shirt if you know where to shop.
I’ve managed to round up seven websites where you can save tons of money on technical and travel clothing. They are ranked in order of greatness.
Ground rules for saving the most money:
- Shopping sales will always help reduce your total
- If you have an item in mind, check out a couple sites to get the best deal before purchasing
- Buying items on clearance will net you the best discounts
- Check out what you’ll be paying for shipping and cost of returns (some sites have free shipping and returns)
- Even online retail stores have outlets
- Aim for semi-annual clearance sales to score bigger discounts
- Outlet + clearance sale = biggest savings
1. Steep and Cheap
This is the site where I’ve gotten 85% of my travel and outdoor gear from brands like Marmot, Oakley, even Ruffwear. I’ve saved tons of money with this site and good timing.
A featured item (a.k.a. the current steal) is steeply discounted, but act fast as the sale is on a countdown. You only have 15-20 minutes to decide if you want the steal. If you’re too slow, too bad. The gear is gone.
Don’t worry about making a bad decision or not being fully informed. Each product has comprehensive product description, photos, and sometimes even reviews.
Shipping is fast, reliable, and cheap (around $6). And the items are usually high-quality brands that I wouldn’t be able to afford at retail price.
Get the best deal: Know what you want to buy before going on the site, then watch for it to pop up. Be patient and start shopping way ahead of when you’ll need your gear.
2. Backcountry Outlet
This is the monster site that runs Steep and Cheap. If you happened to miss a steal on Steep and Cheap, check this site and you’ll probably find it. Don’t expect the deep discount you’d score on Steep and Cheap, but you’ll still save money on expensive technical clothing like Burton, Stoic, The North Face and more.
The average discount is about 50% off retail price on clothing that is more technical than travel oriented.
Get the best deal: Sort your choices by size and know exactly what you want while searching so you don’t get tempted by all of the amazing discounts.
3. Sierra Trading Post
Save 25% or more on clothing like Icebreaker, SmartWool, and Marmot. While I haven’t personally used this site, it looks like the average discount is about 30% off of retail price. On a high-quality, expensive jacket, or Merino wool shirt, that means savings of at least $20.
Again, reviews are posted for clothing and they’re rated. This site is geared more towards technical clothing, but depending on your trip and destination, you can find great deals.
Get the best deal: Right now they’re having a semi-annual clearance sale of 40-70% off winter gear. This could be a great time to replace winter boots or find a better winter jacket for your carry on.
4. REI Outlet
If you’re going on an adventure-packed, outdoor-heavy trip, this is the site for you. Geared for the outdoor nut, REI Outlet can save you more than 40% off retail price.
But REI’s true value lies in their 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t like your clothing, return it up to a year after purchase. How ’bout them apples?
Best part: they even have travel clothing specially sectioned out from the rest of the technical clothing.
Get the best deal: Check out their deal of the day and deal of the week on the home page. Both deals are only available for a limited time.
5. The Clymb
This site is members-only (here’s your free invite) and gives you a slew of limited-time deals. It is best suited for shopping for technical clothing and what you still need for that oh-so-awesome-exploring-outdoors trip.
Usually the deals are filled with adventure-heavy clothing for hiking, camping, skiing or biking — all perfect clothing to have in your carry on to pull double duty and wick sweat.
You have a couple days to decide on items before the deals expire. However, the discounts here are not as significant as those on some of the other sites, so keep an eye out on this site for items that you couldn’t find elsewhere.
Get the best deal: If you see something you like, buy it quickly. Their quantities are more limited than other sites.
This is the site where you can find travel clothing, like Fig Clothing (and other normal clothing to pack in your carry on!) on the cheap.
You can get up to 70% off clothing. The average discount is around 45%. There is free shipping on all orders, but you will pay for returns. I’ve used this site and was very pleased with their shipping time and huge discount I scored.
Get the best deal: Use the search bar at the top to sort and filter items so you don’t get lost in the hundreds of options.
7. Whiskey Militia
Their tagline is, “Surf, skate, and snow. Cheaper than your mom.” Check out this site for surfer-friendly brands like prAna and Roxy. You know, the technical clothing that is cooler than you think and looks more like your normal wardrobe than a hiker’s closet.
Get the best deal: Use their combined shipping to lump items into one package for only 99 cents.
Often you can score technical and travel clothing on deep discounts through discounter websites. Given some patience and persistence, you can save hundreds of dollars off high-quality clothing that will last you many trips and seasons.
Remember to shop clearance sales at outlet stores to get the biggest discount. Always check out the store’s return policy so you don’t end up wasting money on clothing that doesn’t fit.
Image: Pete R. (BucketListly)