REI Co-op expands gear rental program across the country

Co-op will offer snowshoe rentals this winter and expand to other categories in 2019

Dec 10, 2018

REI customers can enjoy snowy adventures this winter at a fraction of the cost. Starting this month, outdoor enthusiasts from kids to adults can rent snowshoes in 70 REI stores around the country.

To help more people enjoy outdoor activities and try new gear, the co-op will continue to expand its rental program with new products and additional locations throughout 2019. Most gear available to rent can also be purchased in-store or at, so customers can try the best outdoor products before purchasing or upgrading.

“At REI we believe in the transformative power of spending time outdoors,” says Peter Whitcomb, director of new business development and head of REI’s rental program. “Factors such as price and storage space can be barriers to getting outdoors. Offering rental gear makes it that much easier for people to learn a new hobby, check out new gear, connect with friends, and get outside.”

Today’s news marks the beginning of a significant expansion of REI’s gear rental program. Throughout 2019, the co-op will continue to grow the number of rental locations, breadth of gear and quality of rental options available to members.

“We’re rethinking how we provide high quality gear at lower prices to our customers, particularly as their behaviors and expectations change. Our expansion into snowshoe rentals and used gear is one of the key ways we’re evolving our business model to connect more people to the outdoors,” says Whitcomb.

After each season, gently used rental equipment will be sold through REI’s used gear program local garage sales so that REI members have the option to purchase affordable, pre-loved gear.

Availability and pricing varies depending on location. REI Co-op members get a discounted rate on all rental gear. REI offers outdoor outings and classes on snowshoeing and other winter sports. Visit REI’s list of store programs for more information on winter classes and availability.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 23 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 184 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.