We have some [very obviously] self-produced videos on how to use the gear we offer for rent or sale. These videos can also be found on various product listing pages, educational articles, and/or category descriptions, but we've compiled them all here in one place for convenience. Keep in mind some of the gear featured in our videos may have been supplanted by a more current version or a different model, but the underlying concepts should be relevant. Our video host won't win any Oscars, but grab some Smores, sit back, and learn a thing or two about camping and backpacking with our rental gear! Or you can check them all out on our YouTube Channel.

ABOUT TENTS

How to setup our car-camping tent models

Learn about used tents and other used camping gear

How to setup our backpacking tents

ABOUT BACKPACKS

A comparison between models; focus on out most frequently rented medium capacity pack

Learn about women's backpacks

Learn about high-capacity backpacks

Learn about lightweight backpacks


ABOUT FOOD AND COOKING

A comparison of our cooking gear options – pots and pans

Show-and-tell about the two-burner propane stove for car camping

Show-and-tell about the MSR Pocket Rocket for backpackers

About bear-proof canisters for backpacking

Type of food to bring on a backpacking trip


ABOUT HYDRATION AND WATER FILTERING

How to use our backcountry water filters

About chemical water treatment options

Options for carrying water in the backcountry


ABOUT SLEEPING GEAR

An overview and comparison of our ThermaRest mattress pad options and how to pack a mattress pad back into its stuff sack

An overview and comparison of our sleeping bags

Learn about our two-person sleeping bag

The difference between down and synthetic sleeping bags


ABOUT LIGHTING

Hands-free head lamps for backpacking

Battery lanterns for car camping


ABOUT BACKCOUNTRY NAVIGATION AND COMMUNICATION

Show-and-tell for our handheld GPS units

Show-and-tell for the SPOT personal rescue and communication satellite device

How to setup the SPOT Messenger online profile before you leave on your trip

Renting the SPOT for use in races and team events

Show-and-tell for the DeLorme InReach satellite device

How to setup the DeLorme InReach online profile before you leave on your trip


ABOUT KAYAKS

2018 Hobie Kayaks

Compare a Riot Kayak model to a Hobie model

Select the best kayak cart


OTHER VIDEOS


How to use hiking poles

How to use Tyvek material in the wilderness

Compare sizes of gear for shipping or transport - how much space is the gear going to take?

Rent the comfortable, very lightweight backpacking chair

Find the best hiking shoe and fit

Learn about the maps we offer at our store