Gear Rental Program

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Gear Rental Program

Headed out on a backpacking or camping trip, but not quite ready to stock up on all the necessary gear? No worries! We're happy to offer a rental program of select equipment for newbies, experimenters, scouts, efficiency apartment dwellers, modern minimalists, sharing economy enthusiasts, outdoor dilettantes and anyone else who doesn't have—or doesn't want—a gearage. 


Everything you need to know should be below. But if questions persist, or we forgot something, give us a ring at 515-255-0031. 


What's available and how much does it cost?

Sleeping Bags: $15/night (Sleeping bag liner included if available)

NEMO EQUIPMENT Forte and Viola. 20-degree. Stratofiber synthetic insulation. Spoon Shape fits all body types and is comfortable for side-sleepers. Thermo Gills allow for ventilation on warmer nights without letting cold drafts in.

Women's Regular: 3lbs 8oz. Fits up to 5'6".

Men's Regular: 3lbs 1oz. Fits up to 6'.

Men's Long: 3lbs 5oz. Fits up to 6'6".


Backpacks: $12/night

OSPREY Volt and Viva. Adjustable torso length and Fit-on-the-Fly hipbelts accommodate a wide range of body types. Internal hydration sleeve and external stretch mesh bottle pockets. Integrated rain cover. Trekking pole and ice tool attachments. Zippered sleeping bag compartment with removable divider. Sleeping pad straps. Floating top lid. Airscape back panel for good ventilation and great weight distribution. 30-50lb load range. 

Women's 50L (14" - 19" torso length): 4.02lbs

Men's 60L (17" - 22" torso length): 4.30lbs

Women's 65L (14" - 19" torso length): 4.21lbs

Men's 75L (17" - 22" torso length): 4.55lbs


Bear Can: $5/night

Counter Assault Bear Keg. Holds 716 cubic inches, up to 8-12 days of provisions per manufacturer. Empty weight: 3.1lbs. 


Foam Sleeping Pad: $4/night

Thermarest Z-Lite Sol. Closed sell foam with ThermaCapture surface. Regular: 14oz; 72"x20". R-Value: 2.6. Accordion-style fold. 


How do I make reservations?

Just come by the store and ask one of our staff members for help. We'll help you select the right items for your trip and make sure they're available when you need them. Already know what you need? You can make a reservation just by calling us (515-255-0031). No payment is required at the time of reservation.


Do I need to put a deposit down?

On the day you pick the items up, we'll have you fill out and sign a rental waiver/agreement. At that time, we'll place an authorization hold on your credit card* until the items are returned at the end of your trip. Once the items are returned to the store, we'll conclude the transaction for the rental total and the authorization hold will be released. 

*If you want to pay with a debit card (or by cash or check) when you return the items, that's totally cool. We'll void the authorization hold and accept alternate payment at that time. We do, however, need a credit card for the authorization hold when you pick the items up. 


What if something gets damaged or returned late?

First, we ask that items be clean when they're returned. Clean means dry, free of loose dirt (shaken out), and wiped down (if necessary). It does NOT mean laundered; we'll take care of that. We may charge a cleaning or repair fee (not to exceed full retail value of the item) for any items returned in poor condition. Having said that, we understand that gear gets used, and we're sympathetic to normal wear. We just ask that you treat the gear as if it's your own. 

Rental items need to be returned by store close the day after the last paid night. So if you pick-up on a Monday and rent for five nights, the gear is due back in the shop on Saturday. We will charge a fee for each day items are overdue. No "discounts" will be given for early returns. Once the rental agreement is signed and the authorization hold is placed on the credit card, the minimum total rental price is finalized (excluding any fees for late returns or damages). 


For how long can I rent gear?

Items must be rented for a minimum of two nights (no 1-night rentals) and can be rented for up to four weeks (28 nights).