Never pay for new gear again!
Well… in a sense. A new site is launched called the Outdoor Exchange. It’s a gear sharing venture kind of the original NetFlix, but with outdoor gear. They have different yearly membership options starting at $200/year and topping out at $500/year. That’s $17/month and $42/month for the math challenged. The differences are only in the amount of free weekly rentals starting at 1 and maxing at 4. Additional rentals are 20% MSRP, which seems a bit pricey to me. Renting a down jacket to go along with your ice tools (climbing “axes” for the uninitiated), and you could be looking at $100 just to rent it for the week. Hell, is one tool your one item or do they come in pairs? Now this could get really pricey!
It does seem like a great way to get your hands on gear in a fix when it may be a one time thing you need in order to hit a certain objective. I’m not sure if I’m willing to give up my gear closet no matter how much it costs and how big of a pretender I am. Still, it could come in handy for only $17/month. That’s only two post-outing drinks in your local bar.