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by John Russel Jones

Out&Back, an outdoor and adventure gear resale website, has launched an in-store buy-back program with DICK’S Sporting Goods and Public Lands, a specialty outdoor retailer, for select hard outdoor gear (including hard and soft-goods) in select markets.

Founded by Colorado local Barruch Ben-Zekry in 2019, Out&Back is a platform that delivers a brand-new experience for selling and buying second-hand gear side-by-side in one convenient place. Specifically catering to the outdoor and adventure enthusiast, the platform connects shoppers and sellers to a world of second-hand outdoor gear from brands like Patagonia, Marmot, The North Face, Arc’teryx, and new brands for 2022, Carhartt, Herschel Supply Co., Pendleton, Roxy, Spyder and more.

“We launched Out&Back because we knew there was an unmet need for reselling outdoor and adventure-based gear,” said Barruch Ben-Zekry, Founder and CEO of Out&Back. “When listening to our consumers’ needs, it became clear that an all-in-one platform inclusive of equipment and accessories was the obvious next step for us. Since launching in 2019, we’ve seen 43% growth in the soft-goods category and predict through our partnership with DICK’S and Public Lands we will see equal demand for hard-goods in the outdoor and adventure space”.

The pilot program launches with DICK’S and Public Lands in two key outdoor markets — Denver, Colo., and Pittsburgh, Penna., — and will begin accepting hard-goods in-store at select locations (Public Lands in Cranberry Twp, PA; DICK’S Sporting Goods in Pittsburgh, PA (South Hills) and Lakewood, CO) Friday through Sunday, turning unwanted or unused gear into instant cash payments. As part of all gear buy-backs, Out&Back and DICK’S will donate one percent of the value of offers given to sellers to 1% For The Planet, a charitable non-profit dedicated to funding diverse environmental organizations to protect the planet. The program will launch at Public Lands in Pittsburgh on April 29 and at DICK’S stores in Pittsburgh and Denver in the coming weeks.

“Working with Out&Back to give people an opportunity to explore the outdoors and reduce our environmental footprint at the same time is a win-win,” said Peter Land, Chief Sustainability Officer at DICK’S Sporting Goods. 

Composed of a team of outdoor enthusiasts based in Denver, CO, Out&Back believes outdoor exploration is among humanity’s greatest joys and that there is a world where one individual’s unwanted gear can become another person’s new gear. Its mission is to keep gear out of landfills to minimize humanity’s environmental impact and instead, in circulation to ensure adventures can continue for years to come.