Arrive Outdoors, a startup gear rental platform based out of Santa Monica, Calif., has raised $4.75 million in seed funding led by Freestyle Capita. The company, cofounded by married couple Rachelle Snyder and Ross Richmond (pictured), allows users to choose gear on an a la carte basis, or choose a pre-packaged kit of items, and reserve their gear for free. The equipment is shipped in a box with a pre-paid return label and can be sent back to the company once the trip is over.
For a weekend, the usual rental period for users, the cost of the equipment is approximately 10 percent of the retail price of the gear, said the company. This gear includes hiking and backpacking apparel, camping gear, and snow and ski equipment/apparel. The most popular product on the site, according to Snyder, is the Camping Set for Two, which includes a tent, two sleeping bags and pads, headlamps, a lantern, a cooler, a stove and pot, and a couple chairs.
Arrive Outdoors partners with around 40 premium brands. With smaller brands, the company buys the gear wholesale, while bigger brands that are looking to “advertise” their products may partner with Arrive Outdoors to get those products in the hands of customers.
The company also partners with state parks, including Washington State Parks, Michigan State Parks, and Utah State Parks who refer campers to Arrive Outdoors for their camping gear.
All gear is held in the company’s California warehouse and is cleaned between uses per the CDC’s Recreate Responsibly guidelines and the National Park Service’s recommendations.
The company plans on using the funding to grow the team, which is currently at 12.
Alongside Freestyle Capital, Science Inc., Corigin Ventures, Narrative Fund, AVG Basecamp Fund, James Reinhart and John Voris have also invested in the company. As part of the deal, John Felser (Freestyle Capital cofounder) and Mike Jones (cofounder and CEO of Science Inc.) have joined the board.