I love checking out new outdoor gear but also watch my budget. I've learned how to get the best discount gear online and in stores.
Is Enwild Legit?
Enwild is a great website for ordering discount outdoor gear. You might remember it as Backcountry Edge. Its prices and gear are completely legitimate.
I ran into Backcountry Edge when looking for rain tarps to complete our hammock setups. It had the Eno ProFly I was looking for at 25% less than everywhere else. I didn’t recognize the website name so at first I thought it was a scam! Either this isn’t legitimate or they’re going to send me a knock-off or be out of stock. But after doing a bit of research into the company I saw no reason not to order. The two flys arrived quickly and were exactly what we needed for our week trip.
After that, I added Backcountry Edge to the list of sites I use when gear hunting. I actually prefer it to Backcountry.com and Steep & Cheap in most cases. Read on to learn why!
Enwild (Backcountry Edge) Review
After buying the two rain flys, I went back to the site for more gear. In summer I bought an Osprey pack (on sale) and bought an Optimus stove (full price) for Christmas.
How does it compare to other discount gear sites?
- Big discounts
- Easy returns
- 5% credit back when you write a review
- Camping gear and clothing only
- Hit-or-miss sales
Enwild is definitely trustworthy and can be the best place for certain gear. I'll share with you what I shop for the most there, so you can decide for yourself what is worth it.
Deep discounts are the most important aspect of bargain gear sites. Enwild (formerly Backcountry Edge) has sales for at least 25% off for rotating brands. All other gear on the website is full price. It's worth checking back to see what's on sale.
Men and Women's Clothing
Enwild has decent deals on clothing. But it's never heavily discounted. For this, REI garage sales or previous years' colors on Backcountry will give you a better price.
Outdoor Research jackets are 30% off during most seasons. Marmot and Sierra Designs are frequent. Some products are from previous years but most are current styles.
My Osprey pack is from Backcountry Edge and my next pack purchase will be from them also. If you're willing to wait a few weeks for the right deal to come up, "Edge" is one of the best for pack deals.
I’ve seen Gregory and Osprey pack sales show up on regular rotation. Sales on women's styles are usually easy to find. The best discounts are on older pack styles. The new styles for that season won’t have discounts.
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Sleeping Bags and Pads
Deals on sleeping bags and sleeping pads from Enwild are limited to a few brands.
Discounts on Sierra Designs and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags happen every season. There are usually a few Kelty sleeping pads on sale. If you keep close watch, sales on Therm-a-Rest pads pop up occasionally.
Miscellaneous Camping Gear
Almost anything you need for backpacking or camping can be found on Enwild. Occasionally good stoves will go on sale for 20% off but those are hard to find. Cookware, hammocks, dog stuff, etc., all eventually make an appearance in the brand's sales.
Enwild lets you send an item back for a refund. It doesn't ask questions but it does charge $5 for return shipping. It'll waive shipping if you accept store credit or an exchange. So swapping out clothing for a different size or deciding on a different style of pack is super easy.
Customer Service/Gear Advice
I haven't used it, but it's worth mentioning the gear expertise available on the site. Enwild has over 2,000 videos of product reviews and guides. It could be a good way to see something in use before you buy it. But keep in mind that it profits from your purchase so the reviews will be biased.
Instead, search for the item you're considering on YouTube. You'll find real people using it and giving their honest reviews. YouTube uploads and user reviews are all the gear research you need.
"Inside Edge" Program
If you think you'll be shopping with them, I recommend signing up for Inside Edge. You just create an account and subscribe to the email list. Mark the emails as spam if you want. But check out the Inside Edge Deal Days every month. There are even deeper discounts you don't have access to without an account.
Review Gear for Points: 5% Back
After you've had an item for a few weeks, Enwild will email you to review it. It gives you points for each review worth 5% of the item's price. You can redeem any amount of points immediately as store credit. Essentially, you get 5% credit for every purchase.
Rewards for reviewing products have another perk for you: honest user reviews! Gear with any popularity has loads of user reviews. You know these are verified buyers who recently used the item.
There are not many drawbacks to shopping on Enwild. But it is limited to clothing and camping gear. You won’t find outdoor sports gear like biking, climbing or kayaking. Steep & Cheap is the best I’ve found when searching for outdoor sports gear.
Pretty often it just doesn’t have something discounted you’re looking for. In that case you either wait for a deal to show up or buy it full price.
Despite a few drawbacks, Enwild has a solid place on my discount outdoor gear list. I've always been satisfied with its responsive customer service and love looking through the reviews.
Have you ordered gear from Backcountry Edge or Enwild? Or just used their gear reviews as research when making a decision? Do you agree with my review?
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