Recreation

The Gear Garage has been outfitting the UW community since 2016. We stock local and national brands that manufacture the best outdoor equipment.  Whether you need equipment for a week-long adventure or just the day, we have you covered.

Equipment & Prices

Ski and Snowboard

Brands we stock for this category are K2 skis and snowboards and Madshus XC Skis

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Adult Sport Downhill Ski Package

(skis, poles, boots)

$40 $17 $30 $15
Adult Performance Downhill Ski Package

(skis, poles, boots)

2021 Season – K2 Mindbender, 85cm waist

$65 $25 $40 $20
Adult Snowboard Package

(board, bindings, boots)

$28 $17 $25 $15
Cross-Country Ski Package

(can be used in classic tracks and off-track)

$28 $17 $20 $12
Alpine Ski Boots $10 $5 $8 $5
Snowboard Boots $10 $6 $8 $6
Cross-Country Ski Boot $8 $5 $6 $4

Snowshoe

Brands we stock for this category are MSR

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Adult Snowshoe Package

(includes optional trekking poles)

$18 $5 $15 $5
Youth and Child Snowshoe Package

(includes optional youth/child trekking poles)

$8 $2 $7 $2

Snow Safety and Winter Camping

Brands we stock for this category are Black Diamond & Hilleberg Tents

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Avalanche Transceiver $22 $13 $18 $8.5
Backcountry Shovel $4 $2 $3 $1.5
Avalanche Probe $4 $2 $3 $1.5
Ultralight Floorless Tarp Tents

(2 & 4 person options)

$16 $8 $12 $6
4-Season Expedition Tent $32 $16 $27 $13.5

Backpacking

Shelter & Sleeping

Brands we stock for this category are Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond, & Thermarest

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Bivy Sack $12 $6 $9 $4.5
2-Person Lightweight Tent $10 $5 $9 $4.5
Ultralight Tarp Tents

(2 & 4 person options)

$16 $8 $12 $6
Sleeping Bag

(20 and 30 degrees)

$10 $5 $8 $4
Foam Sleeping Pad $3 $1.5 $2 $1
Inflatable Sleeping Pad $5 $2.5 $3 $1.5

On-Trail Essentials

Brands we stock for this category are Osprey Packs, Brunton, & Black Diamond

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Multiday Backpack

(Expands from 50L to 75L)

$16 $13 $9 $4.5
Compass $2 $1 $2 $1.5
Hiking Poles (set) $4 $2 $2 $1

Camp Kitchen

Brands we stock for this category are MSR

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Fast Boil Backpacking Stove

(1L pot included, fuel sold separately)

$10 $5 $8 $4
Standard Backpacking Stove

(pots needed, fuel sold separately)

$7 $4.5 $6 $3
Lightweight Nesting 3-Pot Set $5 $2.5 $3 $1.5
Small Bear Can $4 $2 $2 $1
Standard Bear Can $5 $2.5 $3 $1.5
Water Filter (pump) $6 $3 $4 $2
6L Dromedary Bag (water storage) $2 $1 $2 $1.5

Camping

Shelter & Sleeping

Brands we stock for this category are ALPS Mountaineering, Mountain Hardwear, & Thermarest

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
2-Person Tent $10 $5 $9 $4.5
4-Person Tent $12 $6 $11 $5.5
5-Person Tent $14 $7 $13 $6.5
Sleeping Bag

(20 and 30 degrees)

$10 $5 $8 $4
Foam Sleeping Pad $3 $1.5 $2 $1
Inflatable Sleeping Pad $6 $3 $4 $2

Camp Kitchen

Brands we stock for this category are Camp Chef & Coleman

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
 2-Burner Propane Stove

(fuel sold separately)

$5 $2.5 $7 $3.5
70qt Cooler $7 $3.5 $5 $2.5
100qt Cooler $8 $4 $5 $2.5
120qt Cooler $10 $5 $7 $3.5
Rechargeable Lantern $5 $2.5 $4 $2

Biking

Brands we stock for this category are Kona Bicycles, Ortlieb, & Saris

Item First Day Additional Day Student  First Day Student Additional Day
Kona Mountain Bike (Hardtail, 27.5” wheels, helmet) $35 $17.5 $26 $13
Kona Gravel/Adventure Bike (drop bar, disc brakes, front and rear racks, Integrated lock, helmet) $35 $17.5 $26 $13
Touring Package (Bike + front and rear panniers) $56 $28 $43 $21.5
Waterproof Front Panniers (set) $10 $5 $8 $4
Waterproof Rear Panniers (set) $11 $5.5 $9 $4.5
Car Rack $4 $2 $3 $1.5

Events, Parties, Tailgates, & Music Festivals

Shelters

Brands we stock for this category are RTIC and Coleman

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
9×7 Pop-Up Sun Shelter (not waterproof) $8 $4 $7 $3.5
10×10 Pop-Up Sun Shelter (not waterproof) $15 $7.5 $13 $6.5

Coolers

Brands we stock for this category are Coleman

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
70qt Cooler $7 $3.5 $5 $2.5
100qt Cooler $8 $4 $5 $2.5
120qt Cooler $10 $5 $7 $3.5

Games

Brands we stock for this category are vary

Item  First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Horseshoe Set $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Ladder Ball $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Bocce Ball $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Washer Toss $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Kan Jam $4 $2 $3 $1.5
Spike Ball $6 $3 $5 $2.5
Ramp Shot $6 $3 $5 $2.5

Fishing

Brands we stock for this category are Redington & Temple Fork Outfitters

Item First Day  Additional Day Student  First Day Student Additional Day
Waders Package (Breathable Nylon Waders and Wading Boots) $19 $9.5 $17 $8.5
5wt Fly Rod and Reel $9 $4.5 $5 $2.5

Mountaineering

Brands we stock for this category are Scarpa, Black Diamond, Petzl, Hilleberg Tents, and Osprey Packs

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Plastic Mountaineering Boots $19 $9.5 $17 $8.5
Strap Crampon $9 4.5 $8 $4
Semi-Auto Crampon $12 $6 $11 $5.5
Standard Ice Axe (55-75cm) $11 $5.5 $6 $3
Helmet $8 $4 $4 $2
4-Season Expedition Tent $32 $16 $27 $13.5
Alpine Backpack (expands to 45L) $8 $4 $7 $3.5

Rock Climbing

Brands we stock for this category are Evolv, Petzl, & Black Diamond

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Climbing Shoes $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Helmet $8 $4 $4 $2
Standard Crash Pad $15 $7.5 $9 $4.5
Stick Clip $7 $3.5 $6 $3
Belaggles Belay Glasses $9 $4.5 $8 $4

Hours

Day Times
Monday By Appointment
Tuesday By Appointment
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday By Appointment
Saturday By Appointment
Sunday By Appointment


Availability and Reserving Gear

Reservation Process

  • A reservation request can be made online. The submission of this inquiry form is not a completed reservation. All inquiries must be finalized with a Gear Garage Staff person.
  • A credit card is required for the security deposit.
  • We accept reservation requests for up to a month in advance.
  • We may not be able to confirm reservation requests submitted within 3-days of pick up.
  • Confirmed reservations must be picked up at the day and time confirmed during the reservation process. Failure to do so will result in a penalty.

Cancellation Policy

  • Alterations to reservations must be made with at least 1-day notice to avoid cancellation penalties
  • Confirmed reservations canceled with less than 24 hr notice = 50% refund
  • Confirmed reservations that are not picked by  on the specified day are canceled = 0% refund

 

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Rental Policies & Procedures

Our Response to COVID-19

  1. All equipment rental is by reservation. NO WALK-IN.
  2. We are open extended hours to accommodate reservations.
  3. The location of equipment pick-up and drop-off is the boat rental office at the Waterfront Activities Center.
  4. Our equipment inventory is split in half. Each week one half of the inventory is available to rent. Upon return, equipment will be quarantined for 72-hours and then disinfected based upon CDC and manufacturer recommendation.
  5. Certain types of equipment will not be available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our reservation request form for the most up-to-date list of available equipment.

Who May Rent?

  • Enrolled Seattle campus students with valid Husky Card. During the summer months, students must be registered for summer or fall classes to receive the student rate.
  • Groups including RSOs, UW departments, fraternities, and sororities will be charged the standard rate.
  • All UW Employees are eligible to rent, IMA membership not required. Employment verification may be required at the time of pick up. Contact us for more details.
  • Spouses, Alumni, Bothell & Tacoma students must possess an active IMA Membership to be eligible.

Pricing Structure & Student Discount

  • How is it we charge less than other rental stores? We believe that the UW Community is responsible and will treat our equipment as if it was borrowed from a close friend. We do not build in the cost of damages, late fees, cleaning costs, etc, into our rental rate as many other stores do. These charges are applied situationally. The vast majority of people renting from us incur no additional costs.
  • There is no charge for the day equipment is picked up and the day it’s dropped off. Renting from Friday to Sunday is charged as 1-day.
  • Student rate when renting 2+ of the same item – When a single person is renting multiples of the same item, the student rate is applied to the first item only. Each additional item is charged at the standard rate.
  • Prices are subject to change.

Deposits, Fees, & Fines

  • At the time of pick up a renter is charged the rental rate plus a $50 dollar security deposit. This deposit may cover additional rental days, late fees, cleaning fees, and incidental damage to equipment. The deposit does not cover severe damage, lost or stolen equipment, and extreme late fees (it happens, do not leave your equipment at your parents’ house in Spokane). The Renter is responsible for up to the full value of the equipment.
  • All equipment must be returned clean and dry. Items in need of cleaning and/or drying are charged a fee of $17 per item.
  • Equipment returned late is charged the standard first-day rate of each item, for each day, the equipment is overdue.
  • Lost items are charged the retail value of the item including tax and shipping.

Off-Hours Appointments

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Gear Garage at garage@uw.edu or 206.636.2481. Off-hours pick up and drop off are subject to availability. Off-hours pick up is subject to a convenience fee.


 

 

Location: We are located on the 1st floor of the Waterfront Activities Center. From the parking lot walk through the breezeway towards the lake, enter the building at the boat rental office, we are just down the hall and to the right.
3710 Montlake Blvd NE
Seattle, WA 98195