5 Places to Rent Outdoor Gear for a Summer’s Worth of Adventures
Kayaks, tents, mountain bikes, and more.
Looking to get off your beach blanket this season? With their nearly seamless rental programs, these local resources make being a spontaneous outdoors enthusiast a no-brainer.
For the camping rookie
Even car camping typically requires, at minimum, a tent and a sleeping bag. Now, though, hometown apparel shop United By Blue loans out weekend kits of standard essentials for solo campers ($75) or beefed-up options featuring cook sets, coffeemakers and lanterns for pairs ($250) and groups of four ($380). 205 Race Street, Old City.
For the water-sports wannabe
Dip your paddle in the water — in this case, Cooper River Lake — with single or tandem kayak rentals starting at $20 for an hour at Crosswater SUP in Pennsauken. 5300 North Park Drive, Pennsauken.
For the first-time mountain biker
Decent mountain bikes can cost as much as $10,000. Ouch. But cycling neophytes can rent an entry-level ride from Brewerytown Bicycles for $40 a day, plus tax and a booking fee. Add clip-in pedals and a car rack for an extra $5 a day to make sure you’re fully ready to hit the trail. 2819 West Girard Avenue, Brewerytown.
For the novice fisherman
Catching a muskie in the Schuylkill requires patience but also a line and tackle. Bartram’s Garden has a Fishing Equipment Loaner Program that lets you borrow a rod for up to a week — gratis. The only caveat: You must have a fishing license if you’re over 16, which you can get online for less than $12 for one day. 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Southwest Philly.
For the beginner boulderer
To stay safe while bouldering — an increasingly popular no-ropes form of rock climbing — you’ll need a crash pad. Doylestown Rock Gym rents them to those with a valid driver’s license starting at $15 for a day of outdoor adventure. Just don’t stray too high off the ground … yet. 3853 Old Easton Road, Doylestown.
Published as “Changing Gear” in the June 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.