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Yes, we're all stuck in our houses doing our best to avoid COVID-19 and all we really want to do is head to the great outdoors.

So in the meantime we're planning that next trip from the comfort of our loungerooms and wishing we could pop down to our nearest outdoor gear shop and see what's available.

Well the good news is you can still shop online for an excellent range of outdoor gear and at the same time support Aussie companies, so here are four of our favourite online retail stores for outdoor gear. Check em out!

Sea to Summit Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor unsurprisingly has a very strong online presence, with a slick website and free shipping on orders over $100 ($10 otherwise) and lots of specials and bundle deals on at the moment. As well as their own massive range of gear, they distribute some of the world’s best brands here in Australia e.g. Black Diamond, CamelBak, Helinox and Jetboil. Purchasing them is as easy as you’d expect, although sometimes the product descriptions and tech specs can be found lacking. If you would rather buy their products at your local store (when we’re all back to normal) they’ll happily direct to your nearest stockist.

Paddy Pallin The country’s largest outdoor retail chain is actively pushing their online business in these troubled times, with their pop-up chat window virtually screaming ‘We’re still open!’ The hero banner rotates with some amazing deals, and shipping is free over $49. Each clothing product has a handy size guide and, if you’re short on cash, you can use Zip Pay to spread the damage. There’s a lot more to Paddy’s site than products though. Their blog is so diverse it is split into several different pages, including community and environmentalism threads, and there’s a huge library of technical information on choosing the right gear, ‘How To’ guides and even a cookbook. Great resource.

Macpac A COVID-19 information header details the measures Macpac is taking to keep their staff and customers safe while remaining commercially viable, including a special contact-free Click & Collect option at their Adventure Hubs. In terms of the shopping experience, site navigation is by category, by activity, or by search box, so you should have no trouble finding what you’re after. With most of the online offering sourced from their own range clothing and equipment, you can be sure product descriptions are expansive and accurate.

Sherpa “We’re still open and processing orders as usual” reads Sherpa’s homepage. This smaller outdoor clothing manufacturer has recently begun retailing other brands on its e-commerce website, but the core of its offering is still its own range of Aussie-designed clothing and accessories. The site format is pretty basic but it works, with decent navigation, filters and sorting features, and the product pages are complete with size charts and a care guide. The rest of the experience could do with a bit of filling out though, especially the blog. Sherpa shipping is free on orders over $75.

Words_Dan Slater

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