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In 2019, REI increased the number of stores offering rentals from five to 125.  


This new REI Rentals initiative was spurred by the companies commitment to the environment and the outdoor community. 


While it may seem counter-intuitive in capitalistic USA, REI believes many people buy equipment that they do not need which ultimately ends up in landfills unnecessarily. 

Consequently, 125 REI stores now offer gear and equipment rentals to help reduce the amount of recreational equipment that ends up in landfills.

REI rents a wide variety of gear in multiple outdoor categories, including, camping, hiking, cycling, climbing, paddling, and snow equipment

Your REI Store may not offer everything as they only offer gear rental for outdoor activities in their area.

The brands offered varies from store to store along with the types of equipment but top-end equipment can be rented. 

We have contacted multiple REI Rental Associates to speak with them about the process and find out what types of equipment are available to rent. 

They all say that reservations are highly recommended for any equipment because they have limited space and quantities. 

You can call and speak with a rental associate during normal store hours to discuss your specific adventure needs. 

Members do not have to provide a deposit for any rental equipment but you will not receive dividends on REI rental payment. 

REI Rental Prices - Cost - Rates

REI rental prices are the lowest we could find in the US. Unless you are going to use the equipment on the reg, there isn't much reason to buy it if your local Recreational Equipment Inc. will rent it for a low cost. 

REI rentals cost a fraction of the purchase price of the gear. We have included in our charts the price to purchase the rental equipment you are renting to give you an idea of how good the rates are. 

In fact, most gear weekly rental rates are 4 to 10 times the actual cost to purchase the equipment brand new. 

That means that it is a better deal to rent if you are not planning on using the gear for more than 28 to 70 days. 

Let’s be honest, I have a top of the line Nemo Dragonfly 1 person backpacking tent sitting in my garage that has spent a total of 4 nights camping in the past two years. 

I could have saved that $350 and rented a Quarter Dome for seven nights with less than $50 dollars. 

Todd an REI Rental Associate in San Diego said that one employee benefit is that they get to rent everything for free, so they are always adding the best equipment to the rental section.   

He then pointed to a pile of for rent ‘Magma 800 fill down sleeping bags’ as an example of the very best available products for fractions of the cost. 

REI rentals rates tend to increase or decrease proportionately with the cost of the gear. 

However, they appear to have subsidized the rental prices for kids rental gear and equipment, making kids outdoor equipment rentals very inexpensive.


REI Camping and Hiking Gear Rentals


REI Camping Gear Rental

REI Rent Camping Gear rental opportunities are endless, whether you are looking for a down sleeping bag, backpacking stove, camping tables, or chairs. 

Don't miss out on the REI Co-op Magna 15 degree sleeping bag deal that can be rented for a week at the low price of $52... for a bag that will cost you $399.00 brand new. 

Be sure to fill up and check your sleeping pads before going on your trip, a leaky pad can ruin any chance of a good night’s sleep.


Backpacking And Camping Kit Rental

CAMPING KITS

RENTAL COST

INCLUDES​​

Basic Backpacking Kits

First Night - $137 

Additional Night - $27 

Weekly - $299

Includes: backpack, tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag.

Lightweight Backpacking Kits

First Night - $163 

Additional Night - $31

Weekly - $349

Includes: backpack, tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag.

Car Camping Kits

First Night - $114

Additional Night - $27

Weekly - $276

Includes: backpack, tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag.


REI Tent Rental

REI tent rental cost is pretty inexpensive considering the cost of the tents rented. 

Starting at $20 and $4 each additional night you can rent the REI Co-op Quarter Dome 1 person tent which is not a bad deal considering it would cost you $299 to buy it new. 

If you are looking to rent a tent then you'll have a wide selection of tents for 1 person backpacking up to 6 person camping tents. 

All of the tents for rent are REI brand tents including their Quarter Dome, Half Dome, Kingdom, and Base Camp models. 

If you REI Rent Tent instead of buying a tent is a good way to find out which tent would work best for you. 

Below you will see the tents that are offered, their first-night cost, the cost for an additional night, and the weekly cost to rent a tent for 7 nights. 

We also have included the types of tents that are usually rented and the cost to purchase those brand new for comparison.


Backpacking Tent Rentals

BACKPACKING TENT

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

1 Person

First Night - $20 

Additional Night - $4

Weekly - $44

2 Person Basic

First Night - $25

Additional Night - $4

Weekly - $49

2 Person Lightweight

First Night - $30

Additional Night - $5

Weekly - $60

4 Person

First Night - $40

Additional Night - $6

Weekly - $76


Car Camping Tent Rentals

CAMPING TENT

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

4 Person

First Night - $40 

Additional Night - $6 

Weekly - $76

6 Person Basic

First Night - $50 

Additional Night - $6 

Weekly - $86

6 Person Basic

First Night - $50 

Additional Night - $6 

Weekly - $86


Bear Canister Rental REI

For some reason, bear canisters are the most frequently sought item to rent. 

Our local San Diego REI has hundreds of them on their rental wall and from speaking to other REI rentals associates, this is the norm. 

Bears aren’t even a problem in our county, you have to drive two-plus hours before you could possibly run into a bear and yet my local REI rental shop looks like we are the bear capital of the world. 

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Most REI's offer the BearVault BV500 for rent at a reasonable $5 the first night and $2 each additional day. 

That seems like a reasonable price to keep bears from sniffing around your campsite.

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BEAR CANISTER

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Bear Canister

First Night - $5 

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $17

Counter Assault Bear Keg (New - $79.95)

Bear Canister

First Night - $5 

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $17


Camp Kitchen Rentals 

KITCHEN

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Camp Cooksets

First Night - $6

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $18


Basic Coolers

First Night - $5

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $17

Camp Tables

First Night - $5

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $17


Stove Rental 

STOVE

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Stoves - Camping

First Night - $8 

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $20

Stoves - Backpacking

First Night - $8 

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $20


Sleep Gear Rentals (Adult)


Down Sleeping Bag Rental (Adult) 

* DOWN SLEEPING BAG

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Sleeping Bag - Down

First Night - $28

Additional Night - $4

Weekly - $52

REI Co-op Kilo Expedition - 20 Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag - Down

First Night - $28

Additional Night - $4

Weekly - $52

Sleeping Bag - Down

First Night - $28

Additional Night - $4

Weekly - $52

* Not available in California due to government regulations.


Synthetic Sleeping Bag Rental 

* SYNTHETIC SLEEPING BAG

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Sleeping Bag - Synthetic

First Night - $18

Additional Night - $3 

Weekly - $36

Sleeping Bag - Synthetic

First Night - $18

Additional Night - $3 

Weekly - $36

Sleeping Bag - Synthetic

First Night - $18

Additional Night - $3 

Weekly - $36

REI Co-op Zenith 0 Degree Sleeping Bag - Mens

Sleeping Bag - Synthetic

First Night - $18

Additional Night - $3 

Weekly - $36

REI Co-op Zenith -5 Degree Sleeping Bag - Womens

* Not available in California due to government regulations.


Youth Sleeping Bag Rental 

* YOUTH SLEEPING BAG

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Sleeping Bag - Youth

First Night - $10

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $22

* Not available in California due to government regulations.


Sleeping Comfort Rental 

* SLEEPING COMFORT

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Sleeping Pads - Car Camping

First Night - $10

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $22

Sleeping Pads - Backpacking

First Night - $14 

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $26

Sleeping Pads - Backpacking

First Night - $14 

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $26

Premium Sleeping Pads/Cots

First Night - $16 

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $28

Hammocks

First Night - $6

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $18

* Not available in California due to government regulations.


Illumination Rentals 

LIGHT OPTIONS

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Lanterns

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $16

Headlamps

First Night - $5

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $17


Backpacking and Camping Chair Rental 

CHAIR

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Backpacking Chairs

First Night - $6

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $18

Camp Chairs

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $16


Camp Water Rentals

WATER

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Water Filters

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $20

Camp Showers

First Night - $5

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $17


REI Hiking Gear Rentals

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REI Backpack Rental

Why buy a backpack when you can rent an awesome one for a fraction of the price! 

All of the REI Backpack rentals are going to be from their very own brands, including the Traverse, Flash, Tarn, and Trail styles. 

They offer packs anywhere from 70 liters to the Trail 40 liter day pack for pretty unbelievable prices. 

You can rent an adult premium lightweight backpacking pack over an entire week for a total of $48 or buy it brand new for $199.00

BACKPACK

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Backpacking Packs - Womens Basic

First Night - $20 

Additional Night - $3 

Weekly - $38

Backpacking Packs - Mens Basic

First Night - $20 

Additional Night - $3 

Weekly - $38

Backpacking Packs - Mens Lightweight

First Night - $24 

Additional Night - $4

Weekly - $48

Backpacking Packs - Womens Lightweight

First Night - $24 

Additional Night - $4

Weekly - $48

Backpacking Packs - Youth Medium

First Night - $12

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $24

Backpacking Packs - Youth Large

First Night - $12

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $24

Day Hiking Packs

First Night - $15

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $27


Hiking Pole Rental 

HIKING POLES

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Trekking Poles

First Night - $6 

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $18


Climbing Gear REI Rentals


Mountaineering Gear Rentals

MOUNTAINEERING

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Mountaineering Packages

First Night - $40 

Additional Night - $8 

Weekly - $88

Includes: Boots, Crampons, and Ice Axe.

Mountaineering Boots - Adult Plastic

First Night - $30 

Additional Night - $6 

Weekly - $66

Koflach Degre Plastic Climbing Boots

Mountaineering Boost - Adult Leather

First Night - $38

Additional Night - $8 

Weekly - $86


Crampons

First Night - $15 

Additional Night - $3

Weekly - $33

Crampons

First Night - $15 

Additional Night - $3

Weekly - $33

Ice Axes

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $20

Mountaineering Tents - 2 Person

First Night - $65

Additional Night - $13

Weekly - $143


Climbing Gear For Rent

CLIMBING

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Rock Climbing Shoes - Adult

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $20

Rock Climbing Shoes - Adult

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $20

Rock Climbing Shoes - Kids

First Night - $4 

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $16

Climbing Helmets

First Night - $6 

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $18

Petzl Ecrin Roc Climbing Helmet

Bouldering Crash Pads

First Night - $15 

Additional Night - $3

Weekly - $33


REI Cycling Gear Rentals

REI Bicycle Rental

REI Cycling has come a long way and they now offer their own brand of Full Suspension Mountain Bikes, Hardtail Mountain Bikes, Hybrid Bikes, and Kids Bikes. 

REI Co-op Cycles brands are available for beginners, like the DRT 1.0 bikes to the hardcore premium Mountain Bikes like the DRT 3.2 with full suspension. 

Renting an REI Cycle costs a bit more than camping and hiking gear because some of the bikes cost as much as $2,700 but you could try it out for a week for $317. 

If you are in need of a bike for a mountain biking trip or a hybrid for around the city, you can rent a great quality bike from REI.

CYCLING

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes - Adult

First Night - $65 

Additional Night - $42 

Weekly - $317

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes - Adult

First Night - $65 

Additional Night - $42 

Weekly - $317

Hardtail Mountain Bikes - Adult Basic

First Night - $40

Additional Night - $26

Weekly - $196

Hardtail Mountain Bikes - Adult Basic

First Night - $40

Additional Night - $26

Weekly - $196

Hardtail Mountain Bikes - Adult Basic

First Night - $40

Additional Night - $26

Weekly - $196

Hardtail Mountain Bikes - Adult Basic

First Night - $40

Additional Night - $26

Weekly - $196

Hardtail Mountain Bikes - Adult Premium

First Night - $50

Additional Night - $33

Weekly - $248

Hardtail Mountain Bikes - Adult Premium

First Night - $50

Additional Night - $33

Weekly - $248

Hybrid Bikes - Adult

First Night - $30

Additional Night - $20

Weekly - $150

REI Co-op CTY 1.1 Bike (New - $549.00)

Kids Bikes

First Night - $15

Additional Night - $10

Weekly - $75

Kids Bikes

First Night - $15

Additional Night - $10

Weekly - $75

Kids Bikes

First Night - $15

Additional Night - $10

Weekly - $75

Bike Travel Cases

First Night - $35

Additional Night - $7

Weekly - $77


Recreation Equipment Inc. Paddling Gear Rentals

REI stores near water sources offer paddling gear rentals that include Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards, and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).


Personal Flotation Device Rentals

PFDs

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

PFDs - Adult

First Night - $6

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $18

PFDs - Kids

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $16


REI Kayak Rental

KAYAK

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Inflatable Kayaks - Tandem

First Night - $65

Additional Night - $13

Weekly - $143

Advanced Elements Tandem Inflatable Kayak

Inflatable Kayaks - Single

First Night - $65

Additional Night - $13

Weekly - $143

Hardshell Kayaks - Recreational

First Night - $40 

Additional Night - $8

Weekly - $88


Hardshell Kayaks - Performance.

First Night - $45

Additional Night - $9

Weekly - $99


Kayak Paddles

First Night - $6

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $18



REI Canoe Rental

CANOE

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Canoes

First Night - $50

Additional Night - $10 

Weekly - $110


REI Paddle Board Rentals

PADDLE BOARD

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Paddle Boards - Inflatable

First Night - $60

Additional Night - $12 

Weekly - $132

Paddle Boards - Inflatable

First Night - $60

Additional Night - $12 

Weekly - $132

Paddle Boards - Hardshell

First Night - $45

Additional Night - $9 

Weekly - $99


Paddle Board Paddles

First Night - $6

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $18



REI Snow Gear Rentals - Including Snowshoe Rental

When your first general manager is literally the 'OG' of Mount Everest it is no surprise that the REI snow gear rentals selection is pretty extensive. 

REI rentals department has partnered with MSR and Rossignol to provide most of the snowshoes, skis, boots, and poles. 

Don't hesitate to bring your kids along on your next snow adventure because renting kids snow equipment is cheap. 

Keep in mind that getting a reservation way ahead of your expected use time is highly recommended with limited quantities in stock at each store location.


Snow Accessories For Rent

SNOW GEAR

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Ski/Snowboard Helmets - Adult Premium

First Night - $8 

Additional Night - $5 

Weekly - $38


Ski/Snowboard Helmets - Adult Basic

First Night - $6

Additional Night - $4 

Weekly - $30


Ski/Snowboard Helmets - Kids

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $16


Ski/Snowboard Goggles - Adult Premium

First Night - $12

Additional Night - $7

Weekly - $54


Ski/Snowboard Goggles - Adult Basic

First Night - $6

Additional Night - $4 

Weekly - $30


Ski/Snowboard Goggles - Kids

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $16



Snow Emergency Rentals

SNOW SAFETY

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Snow Shovels

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $16

Voile Telepro Avalanche Shovel

Avalanche Transceivers

First Night - $22

Additional Night - $13 

Weekly - $100

Snow Probes

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $16


REI Snowshoe Rental

REI snow shoe rentals are probably one of the most frequented rented items across the US. 

People want to know, 'How much does it cost to rent snowshoes at REI?'

I find it a bit strange that so many people look to REI snow shoe rentals since the cost to buy them is pretty inexpensive. 

For whatever reason REI snowshoes rental cost is around $50 a week when you could buy the same MSR Evo Snowshoes for $139.95. 

Typically, we see the REI Rental prices for one week are around 4 to 10 times the actual cost of the product, but not with REI snowshoe rental prices. 

This might be one item that makes more sense to buy snowshoes than to rent them.

SNOWSHOES

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Snowshoes - Basic

First Night - $18

Additional Night - $5 

Weekly - $48

MSR Evo Snowshoes (New - $139.95)

Snowshoes - Lightning Ascent

First Night - $22

Additional Night - $7 

Weekly - $64

Snowshoes - Kids

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $20

Snowshoes - Kids

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $20


REI Ski Rental

Whether you are looking for standard snowboards, splitboards, downhill skis, classic cross-country, skate, or backcountry skis, REI Ski Rental has you covered. 

How much does it cost to rent skis from REI?

The cost to rent Ski's from REI is pretty inexpensive with downhill skis starting at $24 the first night as compared to your nearest ski slope, it's about half the price. 

The real gem of this program is the REI Cross Country Ski Rental options that include both boots, poles, and skis for classic cross-country, skate, and backcountry skiing. 


Classic Cross-Country Ski Rental

CROSS COUNTRY

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Classic Cross-Country Skis - Adult

First Night - $12

Additional Night - $7

Weekly - $54

Classic Cross-Country Boots - Adult

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $5 

Weekly - $38

Classic Cross-Country Boots - Adult

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $5 

Weekly - $38

Classic Cross-Country Boots - Adult

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $5 

Weekly - $38

Classic Cross-Country Skis - Kids

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $5 

Weekly - $38

Classic Cross-Country Skis - Kids

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $5 

Weekly - $38

Classic Cross-Country Boots - Kids

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $16

Cross-Country Ski Poles - Adult

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $16

Rossignol Senior Cross-Country Ski Poles (Classic)

Cross-Country Ski Poles - Kids

First Night - $2

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $14

Rossignol Cross-Country Ski Poles (Classic) - Kids

Cross-Country Ski Poles - Kids

First Night - $2

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $14

Swix JL059 Troll Poles (Classic) - Kids


Skate Cross-Country Ski Rental

SKATE

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Skate Cross-Country Skis - Adult

First Night - $14

Additional Night - $8

Weekly - $62

Rossignol Zymax IFP Cross-Country Skis (Skate)

Skate Cross-Country Skis - Adult

First Night - $14

Additional Night - $8

Weekly - $62

Skate Cross-Country Boots - Adult

First Night - $10

Additional Night - $6

Weekly - $46

Skate Cross-Country Boots - Adult

First Night - $10

Additional Night - $6

Weekly - $46

Fischer RCS My Style Cross-Country Ski Boots (Skate) - Womens

Skate Cross-Country Boots - Adult

First Night - $10

Additional Night - $6

Weekly - $46

Skate Cross-Country Boots - Adult

First Night - $10

Additional Night - $6

Weekly - $46

Skate Cross-Country Skis - Kids

First Night - $10

Additional Night - $6

Weekly - $46

Skate Cross-Country Boots - Kids

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $5

Weekly - $38

Cross-Country Ski Poles - Adult

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $16

Cross-Country Ski Poles - Adult

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $16

Cross-Country Ski Poles - Kids

First Night - $2

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $14

Rossignol Force JR Cross-Country Ski Poles (Skate) - Kids


Backcountry Cross-Country Ski Rental

BACKCOUNTRY

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Backcountry Skis

First Night - $60

Additional Night - $36

Weekly - $276

Backcountry Ski Boots

First Night - $30

Additional Night - $18 

Weekly - $138

Backcountry Ski Poles

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $16



REI Downhill Ski Rental

DOWNHILL

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Downhill Skis Premium - Adult

First Night - $40

Additional Night - $24

Weekly - $184


Downhill Ski Boots Premium - Adult

First Night - $12

Additional Night - $7

Weekly - $54


Downhill Skis Basic - Adult

First Night - $24

Additional Night - $14

Weekly - $108


Downhill Ski Boots Basic - Adult

First Night - $10

Additional Night - $6

Weekly - $46


Downhill Skis - Kids

First Night - $14

Additional Night - $8

Weekly - $62


Downhill Ski Boots - Kids

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $5

Weekly - $38


Downhill Ski Poles - Adult

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $16


Downhill Ski Poles - Kids

First Night - $2

Additional Night - $2

Weekly - $14



REI Snowboard Rental

SNOWBOARD

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Snowboard - Adult

First Night - $24

Additional Night - $14 

Weekly - $108


Snowboard Boots - Adult

First Night - $10

Additional Night - $6 

Weekly - $46


Snowboard - Kids

First Night - $14

Additional Night - $8 

Weekly - $62


Snowboard Boots - Kids

First Night - $8

Additional Night - $5

Weekly - $38



Splitboard Rental

SPLITBOARD

RENTAL COST

OR SIMILAR

Splitboard - Adult

First Night - $60

Additional Night - $36 

Weekly - $276


Splitboard Boots

First Night - $30

Additional Night - $18 

Weekly - $138


Splitboard Poles

First Night - $4

Additional Night - $2 

Weekly - $16