Outdoor gear with a greater cause
Outdoor Gear Store in Colorado Springs
Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc. (MER) is a retail and consignment store selling new and used high-quality outdoor equipment located in Colorado Springs, CO. Gear includes camping, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, running, climbing, fly fishing, canoes/kayaks, and many other outdoor activities associated with beautiful Colorado.
MER is committed to helping the local community through local charities. One-hundred percent of MER net profits are contributed to charitable causes.
We have three core values: First, we strive to offer high-quality gear at discounted prices. Second, we support the local community. Finally, one-hundred precent of profits go toward charitable causes.
Founded in 2010, MER began as a consignment gear shop with the added goal of giving back to relief programs that assisted PTSD-affected soldiers returning from combat. In a short time, various nonprofits and advocacy groups were added to the charitable partner’s list. Adding these groups connected MER to some incredible people and organizations in the Colorado Springs community, including trails and open areas that our staff and customers were actively utilizing.
Following a unique collaboration in 2016, MER moved under the ownership of the Beanstalk Foundation, a nonprofit based in Denver, CO. Operating as a social business, 100% of MER net profits are now used for charitable causes. Beginning in 2017, MER partnered with local nonprofit Kids on Bikes to bring in the Pedal Station Community Bike Center. With the newly forged partnerships, MER is now home to the largest selection of quality used and refurbished bikes in the area.