11 responses

  1. Guthook
    December 19, 2011

    The cat's out of the bag!

    This is a good thing to point out. Having used a few of these, I have to say that promotive and outdoorprolink make the whole process a lot simpler than normal pro-deals. A few years ago when I was working for an organization with a pro-deal program, the process for getting discounted items was to do everything by catalog and fax (three years ago… I didn't realize fax machines still existed). Promotive and outdoorprolink make things easier, but it's certainly not a polished shopping experience like backcountry.com or anything like that. No returns, things aren't always in stock, and I've had really bad luck with trying to contact anything like customer service for those sites. But when they work, it's pretty amazing.

    Phil, do you qualify as "outdoor media" for promotive?

  2. Earlylite
    December 19, 2011

    Applying to these programs as a blogger is almost always a guaranteed fail. I'm a trail maintainer with the Forest Service. Of course, I don't have any money to buy this stuff, but I thought people who do should know about the price breaks available if they can qualify.

  3. Steve W
    December 19, 2011

    I can definately encourage people to get even a part time job at an outdoor retailer and qualify for pro-deals. I generally work a few hours a week, and am able to get some great discounts from manufacturers.

    There are a few downsides, as was mentioned, they are ONLY for personal use, and I would bet trying to return anything is a hassle. You're limited to the brands that your shop carries (which usually excludes very specilized ultralight and cottage manufacturers). Plus be prepared for any money you make from the job gets spent on these great discounts :).

    I didn't know that armed forces and emergency personnel can take advantage, I'll have to let some people know!

  4. Guthook
    December 19, 2011

    Trail maintainer? That explains it. I have access via NOLS Alum. And, like you say, I pretty much never use it. But I do love to look from time to time, and dream.

    Emergency professionals getting access is pretty cool, too. It's funny to look through the brands available, and see flak jackets and tasers right next to skis and water filters. Makes sense, though :)

  5. Earlylite
    December 19, 2011

    Exactly. There are a number of other volunteer programs that qualify, so it's worth checking out the Promotive Team list carefully, or becoming a volunteer!

  6. Trekker
    December 20, 2011

    Damn. I don't see software developers in the financial industry in your list ;)

  7. Chad
    December 20, 2011

    You would think that Boy Scout leaders, Varsity Coaches and Venturing Advisers would be included in that so that Troops, Teams and Crews would eventually buy this gear.

  8. Earlylite
    December 21, 2011

    Chad – you can put that case to the companies themselves, but if you want my advice don't wait for the BSA executives to lead the charge – that would drag out forever. Getting a local deal will be a lot faster. Just remember – it's advertising for the companies. If you can explain why it will sell more product, you'll probably get a shot. Also, a lot of smaller cottage manufacturers already offer scout discounts – Gossamer Gear, for instance. If you don't ask….

  9. gnomie
    December 22, 2011

    Keen offers pro-deals for non-profit employees as well.

  10. Hanna K
    October 10, 2013

    Merrell does as well, although be forewarned that there are no returns allowed, so you had better be dang sure about your size.

  11. Chris T
    August 4, 2014

    Patagonia and Arctyk have ridiculous restrictions. So much that they should not be considered on this list as providing pro discounts. They exclude too many trained rescue workers. Its a real shame.

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