Photo credit: Sierra Designs

Hate Crowds? This Gear Vending Machine May Be the Best Way to Shop

One outdoor gear brand just launched a great idea to help holiday shoppers.

Believe it or not, the holidays are in full swing. Stores are crowded, many products are on backorder, and the postal service is still dealing with delays. Thankfully, one outdoor brand has a great in-person, yet contactless, alternative.

This month, Colorado-based Sierra Designs created its first vending machine storefront. And it seems like the perfect way to shop in a pandemic. The vending machine offers outdoor gear like inflatable camp pillowsdown booties, and fanny packs. Plus, the brand also has apparel like T-shirts, jackets, hats, and more.

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A selection of gear gifts from Sierra Designs’ vending machine

Sierra Designs Gear Vending Machine

For what it’s worth, the concept isn’t totally new. Several running brands have hopped on board to provide runners in big cities gear on the go (think electrolytes, first-aid supplies, etc.). And University Bicycles in Boulder has a 24/7 vending machine for bike accessories like tubes, tools, lube, and energy bars.

There’s also Portland’s Chrome Industries, which also picked up on the grab-and-go retail idea this year and installed its own vending machine in southeast Portland. For now, that’s currently stocked with face masks, but Chrome plans to restock with bike bags and gifts.

From now until Jan. 1, you can find Sierra Designs’ gift vending machine in the brand’s holiday display at the Stanley Marketplace in Denver. Gifts range in price from $25 to $80.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has been writing professionally for more than six years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.