Outdoor Gear Essentials Blog

MER is famous in Colorado Springs is for providing great consignment store deals on high-quality, brand-name new and used outdoor gear. To help our customers enjoy their gear our blog provides an abundance of information, advice, and actionable tips to help get you going! 

Phoenix Multisport Nonprofit of the Month

Phoenix Multisport Nonprofit of the Month

Our Nonprofit of the Month for November is Phoenix Multisport.  The Phoenix’s mission is to build a sober active community that fuels resilience and harnesses the transformational power of connection so that together we rise, recover, and live. Visit...

Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities for Fall

Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities for Fall

Summer camp season is over, and sledding, snowboarding, and skiing season aren’t quite here in the Pikes Peak region. But don’t let your kids get glued to their screens during the fall -- there’s so much to do that both kids and parents will enjoy. Here are some...

Buying A Used Bicycle The Smart Way

Buying A Used Bicycle The Smart Way

Colorado summers seem to be made for biking. If you are yearning for a brand new bike this summer, but your budget won’t stretch for one, you should consider buying a used bicycle. This option can save you hundreds of dollars if you go about buying a used bike the...

What Is Dispersed Camping In Colorado?

What Is Dispersed Camping In Colorado?

If you want the ultimate outdoor camping experience away from designated campgrounds, then dispersed camping is right for you. So, what is it? Dispersed camping is a term that describes camping outside of designated campgrounds. Often called wilderness camping or...

The Best Ways to Enjoy Colorado Springs With Kids

The Best Ways to Enjoy Colorado Springs With Kids

Whether you're a kid or a kid-at-heart, the best way to enjoy Colorado Springs is on foot and outdoors. Colorado’s second-largest city offers your family countless memorable outings with plenty of fun photo opportunities. The best outdoor destinations require good...

Read This Before Buying A Jacket For Backpacking In Colorado

Read This Before Buying A Jacket For Backpacking In Colorado

Like buying a home, finding the perfect jacket for backpacking first and foremost depends on location.  If you are planning a backpacking trip in Colorado, the clothing you wear and have in your backpack can have a huge effect on your trip. The best jacket for...

Why Consignment Stores are Increasing Popular During COVID

Why Consignment Stores are Increasing Popular During COVID

Consignment stores have long been a mainstay of thrifty shoppers.   In recent years, Colorado Springs residents have increasingly focused their attention on living healthier lifestyles. This trend has driven growth in the outdoor recreation sectors of Colorado’s...

Environmental Benefits Of Buying Used Outdoor Gear

Environmental Benefits Of Buying Used Outdoor Gear

Our precious and irreplaceable planet is overflowing with ‘stuff’. Some of it is essential for our comfort and safety and is used every day or at least frequently. If you are someone who loves to venture into the great outdoors in and around Colorado Springs, then...

Outdoor Activities For Self-Care In The Pikes Peak Region

Outdoor Activities For Self-Care In The Pikes Peak Region

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on the mental health of all Coloradoans.  Fortunately, outdoor activities are still available, whereby we can give ourselves some self-care both physically and mentally. If you are lucky enough to live in the Pikes Peak region of...

What Is a Good Gift for an Outdoor Guy?

What Is a Good Gift for an Outdoor Guy?

The holidays are approaching (or perhaps a birthday), and you may be wondering what kind of gift to buy for an outdoor guy? Whether he's into hiking, backpacking, biking, skiing, etc. you might try your best to suss out what he would really like. And if you’re looking...