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Gear Rental

Post by daschoen » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:06 pm

It has been quite a long time since Iast backpacked. I have scheduled a trip to Yosemite in June with my two teenage sons.

Trying to keep the costs down by renting as much gear as possible. I have been looking at lowergear.com. Has anybody used them? Are they reliable? Any other suggestions for renting in the Los Angeles area?

Any advice will be appreciated.

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Re: Gear Rental

Post by maverick » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:23 pm

Hi Dan,

Welcome to HST! Try REI too: http://www.rei.com/stores/rentals.html
Also try:
http://www.sportchalet.com/category/ser ... rentals.do" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Gear Rental

Post by AlmostThere » Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:59 pm

Note that in accordance with changes in the law in California, REI no longer rents sleeping bags or pads.

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Re: Gear Rental

Post by maverick » Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:24 pm

Just called one of my local REI stores, and they do rent bags and pads.
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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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Re: Gear Rental

Post by AlmostThere » Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:39 pm

Observe the list of those that do and do not:

http://www.rei.com/stores/rentals.html#california" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The regulation prohibits resale of used bags and pads, so those will no longer appear in used gear sales.

I suspect that stores that are still renting will either 1) stop doing it or 2) are shipping the used items out of state for re-use or resale.

Calling ahead of time is recommended to determine the status of a particular store.

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Re: Gear Rental

Post by markskor » Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:26 pm

Hey & welcome!
Depending on how big/small/size you are, how long out you intend to be out/elevation, when are you going in June...(might be gone/ returning bi-monthly, but roommate stays in Mammoth), what route you are coming up from LA, and if you are playing sherpa-dad...(Hope not with teen-age sons.)
I might be able to help out at least one of you - cheap!
Used but...I have an extra 60 Gregory backpack, a 6', 35* syn sleeping bag (will launder before), a 4-pound, 2-man North Face Pebble tent, an older thermarest, and a Garcia bearcan - you can borrow free... if you care to swing through Mammoth on your way up to Yosemite.
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Re: Gear Rental

Post by austex » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:12 pm

markskor wrote:Hey & welcome!
Depending on how big/small/size you are, how long out you intend to be out/elevation, when are you going in June...(might be gone/ returning bi-monthly, but roommate stays in Mammoth), what route you are coming up from LA, and if you are playing sherpa-dad...(Hope not with teen-age sons.)
I might be able to help out at least one of you - cheap!
Used but...I have an extra 60 Gregory backpack, a 6', 35* syn sleeping bag (will launder before), a 4-pound, 2-man North Face Pebble tent, an older thermarest, and a Garcia bearcan - you can borrow free... if you care to swing through Mammoth on your way up to Yosemite.
Karma! Drop me a PM,
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