Last week, FitSugar reader GirlieGossip shared with us that she and her friends rented bikes for a fun fitness date while on vacation. Not only is renting a bike a great way to incorporate exercise when traveling, it's also an easy way to test out the waters if you're thinking about buying one. Bikes aren't the only things you can rent, though - something I learned when visiting my favorite outdoor gear store, Sports Basement, this weekend.
While I was waiting in line to make my purchase I was surprised to see someone renting all the essentials for a weekend of camping - a tent, stove, sleeping bag, and even trekking poles. I love to camp, and think it's an awesome way to spend time with friends while also being active, especially when it comes to hiking. When I spoke to the salesperson he told me that more and more local gear stores are renting equipment. I was also happy to find out that national chains like REI, Sports Authority, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Sport Chalet also rent gear. But if you're nowhere near a sports store you can rent gear online or by phone from LowerGear, who will ship the equipment to you. Besides camping equipment, you can rent gear for snow sports, tennis, water sports, and cycling at prices that are up to 90 percent off what it would cost to buy the same stuff.
I'm pretty stoked about the idea of renting gear and am already making plans to rent a two-person kayak with a friend. It's a great way to get in shape without having to commit yourself to a huge investment, especially for sports that have a limited season.
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