Ever thought of using gear without needing to buy it, store it and take care of it? Using the sharing economy to share products with others while protecting the environment?
With iRentit by VAUDE, we’re making it possible. Customers can rent quality outdoor gear and travel bags at VAUDE Stores, at the VAUDE factory outlet at our company headquarters in Obereisenbach near Tettnang and online.
The idea of renting gear is still new to the outdoor industry in Germany. And for us as well. That's why we initially began testing the concept at three locations in May 2017. In August 2017, we gradually expanded the offer to all VAUDE Stores. Since May 2017 we also have products to rent online. The next step is to offer interested retailers the chance to participate as well. Our rental service is currently only available in Germany. We are planning to expand the offering abroad at a later date.
You can rent gear directly at our rental stations in VAUDE Stores or online.
Here’s how it works. (iRentit is only available in Germany)
After it’s been used, the rental gear is assessed by the professionals from our Repair Service to ensure it’s ready for the next person who wants to rent it.
View our current in-store iRentit locations here:
Whether you’re headed out on a bike tour, trekking adventure, camping holiday or a mini-break in the city, we’ve got rental gear for your trip. You can see the products we have to rent here.
The sharing economy is part of a global, societal megatrend. Numerous studies (such as by Havas Worldwide) show that ownership is losing importance while more and more people are recognizing the advantages of targeted, on-demand use – without having to purchase products themselves.
The reasons are obvious – you often only need bulky gear a few times; it requires storage space, which is often at a premium, especially in urban studio apartments. Another advantage is that you can try new outdoor sports without having to buy all the gear for it.
»We not only want to develop sustainable products, we’re also looking at new sustainable business models. That’s why with iRentit by VAUDE – we’re offering an opportunity to rent a range of gear such as bike bags, backpacks, tents, sleeping pads or travel bags at a low cost, to enjoy its functionality and then return it, so the next person can experience their next adventure with it.«
By renting out high quality VAUDE gear in our stores, we want to prevent gear from lying around in storage and make it available to multiple users. The program will help us conserve resources that are used for production and waste when the product is only used sparingly. Our rental concept iRentit by VAUDE is another component in our sustainable business strategy.