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Raffle: Enter to Win a Hyperlite Mountain Gear Shoulder Pocket

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The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Shoulder Pocket is the most popular accessory pocket used by backpackers and for good reason. I’ve been using them for years and attach one to all of my backpacks so I can use my phone to take photos.

  • The Shoulder Pocket is effectively waterproof since it’s made with Dyneema DCF, seam-taped, and has a waterproof zipper.
  • The interior is large enough to hold a smartphone inside. The pocket has a second interior sleeve good for holding a hiker wallet or credit cards and a third exterior sleeve for holding snacks or sunglasses.
  • It’s easy to use with most backpacks, not just those from Hyperlite, particularly ones with daisy chains or hydration loops on the shoulder straps.

Deadline to Enter: Thursday, April 24 at midnight EST. The winner will be contacted by email (so leave a real email address in the comment form below). The raffle Winner will have 3 days to respond before a new winner is selected.

Who Can Enter: USA (all 50 states) residents only.

How to Enter:  Leave a comment in the form below that describes your view of REI’s Gear Trade-in Service which lets members trade-in gently used outdoor gear and clothing that they no longer need for store credit. REI’s goal is to reduce the amount of outdoor gear that gets thrown out and rots in landfills. REI cleans the traded in items and then resells them at a discount in their used gear shop

  • Are you an REI Member?
  • Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail?
  • Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair?
  • Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service?
  • When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available?
  • Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing?

The goal is to share your experience with others. I hope you enjoy reading the comments below and feel free to reply to them.

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67 comments

  1. I traded 2 packs at REI. One was an REI backpack, never used, less than 10 years old. The other was the first gen Osprey Aether. Even though it was a well used 2004 model it fell into the “grandfather” clause – when REI has lifetime returns. The key is that REI wants to find the item SKU number in their archived database. If REI did not carry your product, they have no obligation to buy it back.

    I received more than enough points from the buy-back to purchase a $200 tent! Your mileage may vary.

  2. Yes, I am an REI Member.

    I am aware of the trade-in service but due to being a bit of a gear hog I’ve never taken advantage of it. That said, this thread is making me think I should do some spring cleaning, pack up those things I haven’t used in a couple of seasons and head to REI to see what I can get for them.

    Yes, I have shopped the used gear listing in the past but have never found exactly what I was looking for. I’m an odd size so most of the time sizes for clothing aren’t available and the specific gear I might have been looking for at the time wasn’t available used. Still, it’s a great resource to check first before buying new.

    The only other place I might peruse for used gear would be Craigslist but most of the time that comes up with junk.

  3. I’ve never traded anything in at REI but I have purchased the return items in-store. I’ve never done it online because that condition of the items really runs the whole spectrum from “almost new” to “falling apart/covered in mud/plenty of holes”. However, it can be a great place to find gear – pants with a small hole at the knee that are at a bargain basement price are worth it to me (I can just mend them with a gear patch) but I have to see it in person.

  4. I’ve been an REI member since they were a mountain-climbing co-op out of Seattle and mailed out printed catalogs, long before the Internet existed. I’ve never used their trade-in service, nor bought used gear from them, though I have considered doing so. In fact, I recently gave some really ancient REI gear to charity, since it was way too old to trade in. So, I can’t comment on whether they offer fair trade-in value. I doubt that their primary motivation for the service is really to reduce what goes into landfills. I suspect that REI’s main aim is to increase traffic through their stores and website, hoping that customers will buy full-cost stuff that they noticed while looking at reduced-cost items. I’ve never bought used gear elsewhere either, but I have bought gear sold at discount due to cosmetic issues, directly from “cottage” backpacking gear manufacturers like ZPacks.

  5. Are you an REI Member?: Yes

    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? No

    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? Don’t know since I have never used it.

    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No

    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? No, but now that I know such info is online I will.

    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? local Goodwill and thrift stores.

  6. REI member – Yes
    Used the trade-in service – Yes
    Are the dollar amounts fair – I traded in a few pieces of lightly used clothing last year that I bought many years ago. Considering they were old models not currently sold, I thought I got a decent price for them. I think I got at least 25% of the original cost.
    First time hearing – No
    Do you shop for REI used gear – Rarely, I forget they have it most of the time.
    Do you shop for used gear elsewhere – No

    I think it’s a cool program. The only time I used this service was when I moved in 2022 and had a pile of clothing I was either going to sell to REI or give to Goodwill. I have too much lightly used gear lying around my office in tubs. I should probably go through it all and return things, and use those rewards to buy something I know I will always use that will always need replacing – shoes.

  7. Are you an REI Member? I m a long-time REI member.
    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? No, I have not traded in any used gear but have purchased used gear at REI’s tent sales.
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No – I have heard of it before but haven’t used it because I don’t turn over gear all that often.
    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? No – but I need to start.
    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? REI tent sales and other than that. mostly Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington VT when I am up visiting there.

  8. Are you an REI Member? YES
    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? NOT YET, but I have purchased used gear.
    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? I don’t know
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? YES
    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? YES
    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? Wonderland Gear Exchange. Play it again Sports. (Seattle)

  9. I am a card-carrying member of REI. I haven’t used their trade-in service. From day one, I have been rough on my gear, so I don’t have any gently used gear. This is actully the first time I heard of this service, but it sounds like a good idea. REI’s used gear listing is not something I have used in the past, altough much of my gear is used. When I need gear, which isn’t often, I find myself going to REI and on-line sources, such as cheaperthandirt for guide gear clothing.

  10. I am an REI member and have been since before the days of surfing the web for info before making purchases.

    I am familar with the trade in service but have never used it. I have used eBay numerous times for the same purpose.

    I believe the awards are far but I believe you are likley to get more money selling another way

    I have looked at the uses gear listings but the selection does not seem like much to me

    eBay has been my used item store for years

  11. Are you an REI Member? Yes
    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? No If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail?
    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? Unknown
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? Yes
    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? No
    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? ebay/facebook marketplace

  12. Brian Leslie Nordberg

    Are you an REI Member? Yes
    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? No
    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? Not sure
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? N/A
    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? Yes
    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? Local used gear shop

  13. Are you an REI Member? Yes
    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? No. The only time I tried to trade in a tent (REI Half Dome) I was told it was too old and it wasn’t accepted despite still being usable.
    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? I’m unsure since I haven’t used it.
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No
    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? Only when I am in the store.
    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? Local outdoor stores, Public Lands, Backcountry,

  14. Are you an REI Member? Yes

    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? No

    If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? N/A

    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? Yes

    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No

    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? Yes

    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? Military surplus stores and various other outlets

  15. Yes, I am an REI Member.

    No, I have not used REI’s trade-in service.

    Yes, I think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair, however, I have never availed myself and I don’t know personally. The reason I answer “yes” is because REI appears to be fair in general. Perhaps not optimal, but fair.

    Yes, this is the first time I ever heard of this trade-in service.

    No, when shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, I do not visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available. I do direct n00bs there however because it makes zero sense to buy new gear, except sleeping gear perhaps, if you are not certain the outdoors life is something you really need in your life now today and in the future. There is a reason so much slightly used or never used gear is present in the marketplace.

    Directly with the manufacturers or through websites like Phil’s site. I also roll my own gear.

    Glad to see the website problems I experienced recently have dissipated.

  16. I am an REI member but I have not utilized the trade in service, nor have I bought used gear, but only because have size 14 boot and wear xl or xxl tops/fleece/jackets or whatever tall sizes if available. I have found it more effective to buy what fits the best, even at full price, versus trying to make something work that would be used or on sale, because of the highly constrained availability of items in the size I require.

  17. I’m an REI member. I have not used their gear trade-in service. However, I have returned used/defective gear to REI and received credit towards a purchase. Their used/returned sales are a great opportunity to save money on many items. I’ve purchased several things at these sales. I will have to look into their used service. I wasn’t aware of it before. Anything to keep usable items out of the landfill is a plus. I don’t typically purchase used gear but it’s becoming easier to find so I will definitely look at REI and other outlets in the future.

  18. So far I’ve only been a buyer, not a seller. Great deals.

  19. I am a member, and have bought a dozen or more pieces of clothing and shoes from REI’s online used gear store, but haven’t traded anything back to them.

  20. I’m an REI member.
    I haven’t used the trade in service yet.
    But from what I’ve seen, the trade in value is fair because it’s better than disposing it.
    No, I’ve heard of the service before.
    And I have visited the used gear listings and have previously purchased from there.
    REI is the only place I’ve purchased used gear.

    • Yes.
      No. I wasn’t aware of it. I’ve always known REI was good about returns but wasn’t aware of this.
      I can’t answer that.
      Yes.
      I check their Outlet and have purchased items at their garage sales.
      No. I check their Outlet.
      Direct from mfr. Amazon. FleaBay.

  21. Are you an REI Member? Yes, foe many years.

    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? Not yet, but used rei garage sale ti get many utems.

    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing areitems. Yes, good program.

    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No, read about it before.

    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? Rarely.

    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing?
    CampSaver, vendor sites, moosejaw, backcountry
    Thanks

  22. I do like the buyback program. Every time I’m in the store I go and look at the buyback area and have purchased a few items in the past. I have not yet used it to sell unused equipment, I expect I will near future. This is a reminder to use it as I have access equipment.

  23. Yes a member.
    Never used.
    Yes, fair, but I often can get more money selling elsewhere.
    I’ve heard of it and looked at items for sale.
    Yes, sometimes I look to see what they have.
    Ebay, Poshmark, Facebook, thrift stores

  24. Are you an REI Member?

    Yes, long time

    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail?

    No

    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair?

    While I have not used it, if the reports that it is approximately 25% of retail value are correct, I think that is a good deal.
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service?

    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available?

    Yes

    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing?

    Facebook marketplace
    Craigs list for hard goods such as skis mountain bike equipment
    In person consignment, such as outdoor gear exchange and international mountain equipment
    Online thrift stores, like Poshmark, and thread up
    Outdoor forums, such as backpacking, light and white blaze

  25. I am a member.

    I have not used their trade-in service.

    I don’t know about the prices they pay, but the prices charged seem pretty good. $300 for a Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3 with a patched hole in the floor? I’d take that immediately if I didn’t already own one (I got it used).

    I’ll shop the REI listings now that I know.

    I don’t buy a lot of used gear, more closeouts. I’ve used the Backpacking Light gear swap forum. I don’t remember how I found the Copper Spur.

  26. Not a REI member. I was unaware of the REI trade in program, but the concept seems like a good one. I am happy to learn REI also fills that niche and because of its size has a larger selection with decent prices. There was a gently used/ consignment outdoor store that was near where I lived that I found to be great, but it went out of business. I have used FB marketplace before for used goods. I do buy a fair amount of used gear for my various hobbies and it is nice to know I have yet another resource, thanks for the “heads up.” And yes, I have bought new items from REI in the past, but not recently.

  27. I’m an REI member and have used their gear trade in several times. I find the amount of credit given for used items quite fair and the prices charged fair as well. Items I’ve bought have all been in excellent condition, even those described as moderately worn.

    One thing I’ve noticed is that REI now includes a pretty long list of items they won’t accept as trade ins. Not sure how long they’ve been doing that or what the purpose is of limiting things in that way. Maybe trying to standardize offering somewhat? In any case, I still think it’s a good service and I always check there first to see if I can get the item I want used before I buy new.

  28. Are you an REI Member?
    Yes, long time member.

    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service?
    No, but in past have purchased from REI’s “garage sales” in Seattle area, e.g. used snowshoes for my wife.

    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair?
    Unknown.

    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service?
    No, but I think it is a great idea and may use it in future.

    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available?
    Yes, always. I use it to baseline other sources. and to judge REI’s new prices.

    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing?
    Any place Phil recommends for specific items discussed. Goodwill. And Craigslist for local purchases

  29. I *think* I have heard of this, but never experienced. it. I have a sleeping pad I can sell back and this will save me the hassle of eBay!

  30. I am an REI member.

    I have not traded in gear as my spare gear is loaner gear for friends to try backpacking etc. without a large investment. I have, however; purchased used gear from REI and although I only do it in person so that I can inspect the items, I have found it a useful way to pick up items at a discount.

    As I have not traded gear I am not aware of the price REI pays for used gear.

    No, as stated above I have purchased used gear at the REI locations before.

    I have not explored the online used gear listing – but plan to do so. Although I am hesitant to purchase sight unseen.

    I do look at Facebook market place for used or new take-off MTB parts, otherwise I do not often buy used gear elsewhere.

  31. I’ve only purchased about 3 or 4 items through the REI used gear listings. Each time I go to our local REI I also peruse their used gear shelves, which is kind of like their old Gear Garage.
    In the used gear listings I’ve found their description of the condition of the gear and footwear to be very accurate. I find the prices to be hit and miss, but that is a highly subjective measurement.
    Yes, it is probably worth searching through the gear listings, but when I do it is almost always for footwear brands and products that I am already familiar with.

  32. Love the trade-in of lightly used equipment.

  33. I’ve been an REI member since 1993. I think the trade in service is a great from a buyer and seller standpoint. Not sure it it’s worth it for REI’s in terms of revenue, but good for them to give it a go.
    I have never used the service to sell or buy as of now. It’s not that I’m opposed, but rather, I don’t think about it.
    I think it’s a fair deal. Honestly, it’s up to the buyer or seller to determine if it’s fair or not and seeing how it’s been successful thus far, I would have to say yes.
    I rarely shop for used gear because I find it’s worth the cost of buying new for most gear. I do really miss the REI garage sale!! Wish they’d bring it back.

  34. Mitzi Cherry Moye

    This is a fabulous service! While we can read reviews & ask friends, we honestly do not really know if a product will work for us as individuals until we TRY it- sometimes, only once. Good gear is pricey, so this service puts conservation at its best. There is a cool trust in this- you help me/I help you. The world needs more services like this. Less Waste. Happy Active People. Thanks, REI.

  35. Are you an REI Member? Yes, long time.

    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? Yes, twice

    If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? Traded in store

    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? Good price on a 5yo jacket that I wanted to update to a lighter weight model. Other items I sold were clothing that I used for work. I felt the price was on the low side for brand name shirts

    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No

    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? There is a used gear section at our store and I do check there often. My daughter got a great deal on a current model backpack

    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? Local outdoor thrift store.

  36. Yes, REI member and have not used their trade-in service. I am a big user of the IME basement and their consignment sales. Not sure how much REI is a true Co-op these days but I think it’s prices are reasonable.

  37. I found a great backpack in the used gear section for a friend visiting from out of state. Fit well and we were off to the mountains. Thanks REI for helping with lessening what goes into our landfills.

  38. Are you an REI Member? No
    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? No
    If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? N/A
    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? Not familiar enough with prices offered to know
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No
    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? Occasionally
    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? Brick and mortar outdoor stores, Backcountry, Moosejaw

  39. Yes, REI member for many years. Have not used the trade-in thus far, but aware of the service, and have looked online. I think it’s a great idea and think the $ amounts are fair. I don’t shop for used gear/clothing very often, but would consider Facebook Marketplace or other online forums in addition to REI.

  40. I have sold items back to REI and made several purchases of their used gear. This system is a great way to score gently used equipment but I have been a bit disappointed with the money I was given for my buy-back.

  41. I like the idea behind REI’s trade-in system. It’s a good way to make sure gear doesn’t end up in the trash just because it doesn’t fit, has outlived its usefulness to one owner, or isn’t quite what the original owner was looking for.
    I haven’t personally used it. But my dad is still using the used hiking boots he found at an REI garage sale at least a decade ago. I’ve seen some great deals on the used gear, though sometimes I think they could be a bit lower to reflect the spirit of the program.

  42. Longtime REI Member. Haven’t traded in, but have purchased from it. Fair prices, certainly. I do visit the used listings sometimes when shopping. For used gear I have shopped on reddit, local consignment shop, ebay and craigslist.

    I like that REI provides this service and does an accurate job listing the item’s condition, much better than most other resellers.

  43. Michael Brouillette

    Never used the service but it’s something I am currently looking at

  44. Are you an REI Member?: Yes

    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? No

    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? Don’t know since I have never used it.

    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No

    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? No, but now that I know such info is online I will.

    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? Thrift stores, marketplace etc.

  45. Great opportunity to provide feedback and possibly win the Hyperlite Gear Shoulder Pocket (!!).

    Thank you!

    Are you an REI Member? YES

    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? YES. Also, when I lived in Boston, Massachusetts, I had easy access to the local REI store and their ‘Garage Sales’.

    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? YES, absolutely.

    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? NO

    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? Not as often as I should; this is a good reminder.

    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? I’m the DEI Chair for our local Appalachian Mountain Club Chapter. We host semi-annual ‘gear swap’ events. Our aim is to provide a place for seasoned gear to be upcycled and make these items available – as an affordable options – to individuals and families new to hiking and outdoor adventures.

  46. Are you an REI Member? Yes
    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? No
    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? N/A
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? Yes
    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? No, I no longer shop at REI because they don’t have what I need.
    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? FB Marketplace

    If I have used gear to sell, I put it on FB Marketplace, as there is a good community of backpackers in my area. Otherwise I donate it. That is if I haven’t worn it out completely in which case no one mants it.

  47. Trade-in/Re-Store vs. Returns/Garage sales: My REI membership number is under 500,000, not that that means a lot other than I’ve been a member for a while. I worked there for 5 years and mostly enjoyed it. That was back in the dying Garage Sale days.

    Why did Garage Sales die? In my view, it all began when people began to use REI’s wonderful lifetime returns policy in unethical ways. Like the guy who returned a much-used 35-year-old sleeping bag and said that he paid $200 for it. (Unfortunately for him, my first ever REI purchase was that same bag and I paid $80.) The skiers were terrible abusers. They come in in the fall and buy the latest and the best skis and boots and then, somehow, a ski would “break” just as the snow started to leave the mountains in the spring. Runners would chew up shoes and return rags. Two couples bought kayaks, paddles, PFDs, and covers on a Friday then returned it all on Sunday evening, still wet and dirty. (Hey! Saved them rental money. Right?)

    So returns began to be too expensive. The one-year limit on returns did nothing for most of the situations above. Sleazy people have no integrity or time limits. But maybe if REI offered some value for used gear upon return, as trade-in cash, people might like that. That’s what REI is trying now.

    I’ve been in a Re-store and they’re pretty nice and worth a visit. Sure, you may or may not find what you need but you might find something you want and the volume is incredible. I hope it works out. Market forces have driven REI to be just another retailer but I hope they can get their mojo back to some extent.

  48. Are you an REI Member? Yes, since 2011. I cannot say enough good about my local store (Marlton, NJ), from the sales associates’ knowledge, classes offered (although fewer post-pandemic), and stock merchandise. Their website is good for informative articles as well. I don’t know if they still do the Personal Shopper program, but Mark set my daughter and I up for many years with the right equipment.

    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? No, I use my gear until its useful life is finished.

    If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? N/A

    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? From the items I have looked at, they seem to be fair. I simply have not found anything I want or need yet.

    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No

    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? I usually check out what they have, even after I’ve already decided what I am purchasing that day. You never know what you will find.

    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? I have not yet bought any used gear or clothing.

  49. I am a member of REI and have used the gear trade in one time. I traded in a backpack, sleeping bag, and something else I can’t remember what. I got back over$120. Which I then used to buy new gear. I went into the store in North Conway, NH and the people there were great. They were knowledgeable and very helpful with everything. I did have a couple things they would not take. They will not take electronics off any kind. I have a solar charger and it is too heavy and not very useful for me.

  50. Are you an REI Member? Yes
    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? No
    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? Not sure
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service? No
    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available? No
    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? EMS, Outdoor Provisions.

  51. I am a member of REI. I traded in some shoes that just never fit quite right. I only got back about 10% of the cost to buy them, but that was better than nothing and much better than the hassle of trying to sell them on my own. I did this all in-store. I do buy some things from other local hiking oriented stores.

  52. I’ll be surprised if you publish this, since it’s no longer “politically correct.” (As determined by whoever is the current Big Brother.) But in the hope that you don’t suppress my speech/thought:

    Q: Are you an REI Member?

    A: I used to be. Until REI took a Bud Lite turn and proudly announced that it was actively supporting an unnatural and sinful lifestyle group’s lifestyle. As a Christian, I couldn’t be part of that.

    Q: Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service?

    A: No.

    Q: When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available?

    A: As above, not any more. I will not use REI until they repent of their current evil policy.

    Q: Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing?

    A: I haven’t needed any new gear. While I would be okay buying used gear, I don’t know if I would be okay buying used clothing. (It would have to be very lightly used.)

  53. While I am not personally an REI member, my wife is and we “share” her membership. Neither my wife or I have traded in gear to REI, so I can’t speak to the dollar amounts.

    This is not the first time I’ve heard of this service, as I have purchased things from REIs used page in the past. Along with REI’s Used Gear page, I’ve also purchased from Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and Facebook groups.

  54. I am an REI member but have not used the used gear service. I had heard of this service but haven’t really thought of it when I need gear. I probably should!

  55. 1) Yes. (relucktently)

    2) In-Store (the website mail-in connected to store), Osprey backpacks (MTB pack, Talon33L, and Rook 50L)

    3) Fair on trade-in credit received IMO

    4) If I knew sooner would have used it w my 20% off member deal already (will wait for next sale on credit)

    5) Rarely look or shop used but if something in store popped up would not be opposed

    6) again rarely shopped used it would be from a friend or in person at REI

  56. DIRK ADRIAN VAN DUYM

    I am an REI member, but I wasn’t aware of this service. I have purchased used equipment before, and will continue to do so when I’m not sure if I really need/want an item or am otherwise just not quite convinced to the point I’m ready to spend the new item price. In some cases, I have ended up with a perfectly serviceable piece of equipment at a fraction of thee price and feel good about it every time I think about it. Other times, I do have regrets about not having spent the money and gotten new/perfect stuff. In those cases, I remind myself that at least if I damage the item, I’m not doing it to something that was perfect before I messed it up. In many outdoor situations, I like to not have to worry about whether or not I’m going to be able to keep something pristine. I’m out there to have fun, not to make a fashion statement.

  57. Stella Z. Gornicki

    I am a long-time REI member.

    I have used their trade-in policy a couple of times. Both times, they were professional, and they handled my issues appropriately.

    Yes, I often browse REI’s used-gear inventory. I have found a few gems there!

    I have not actually looked at any other vendors of used gear.

  58. Yes, REI member.
    Have not participated in the used gear exchange. Would be interested, but what I have seen displayed is well used and still expensive considering the condition.
    Craigslist has been used, pun intended. IME’s basement in Conway is great for used gear. Ski swaps are also great, but season dependent.

  59. I have been an REI member since the early eighties. I used their trade-in program twice and will be using it again soon with my old Osprey Aether 70 backpack.
    It is time to let it go…

  60. Are you an REI Member? Yes
    Have you used REI’s Trade-in Service? If yes, did you trade-in items at an REI store or ship them by mail? Not yet.
    Do you think that dollar amounts REI awards for used gear and clothing are fair? I just want to keep it out of landfill. I wouldn’t expect a lot of money from a service like this. If I were in it to make money I’d sell elsewhere I guess
    Is this the first time you ever heard of this trade-in service?
    When shopping for outdoor gear or clothing, do you visit REI’s used gear listings to see what’s available?Yes always
    Where else do you shop for used outdoor gear and clothing? Nowhere else. Maybe a yard sale if I got lucky

  61. Hi. I am an REI member and have heard of the used gear service but have not taken advantage of it.
    REI is typically my go to store but on a recent trip to New England.I see there’s a new store called public lands, which is apparently owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods.
    It is very large and has a good selection of gear

  62. -Yes, REI member
    -Yes, have used REI RE/Supply 7 or 8 times. encourage in-store trade in. they will process the item using an ipad on the spot, and will get gift card right after. first item traded in was mail in, a horrible experience. brand new pad sent, mailed back with a linear cut in it. RE/Supply customer service is a private vendor and not responsive. finally got regular REI customer service to help out.
    -dollar amounts are fair. for certain brands, like Patagonia–payout is better than WornWear. wide range of brands is accepted on the RE/Supply site.
    -No, not first time heard of this service.
    -No, do not usually check the RE/Supply site to purchase things.
    -for used outdoor stuff, Geartrade (esp anything listed as ‘new’. this site has gone downhill, does not allow peer to peer sales anymore). Patagonia WornWear (anything listed as excellent will be in like new condition). Patagonia is strict on what you can submit in-store or mail in. Poshmark/Mercari. Arcteryx ReGear. Out & Back (to sell items, very easy and provide free label, can get paid via paypal or gift cards to companies, like Nemo)

  63. I’m an REI Member. I am aware of the trade in service. I have looked at items on the website but have not yet made a purchase.

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