5 Outdoor Gear Affiliate Programs That Pay Good Commissions

There are numerous outdoor gear affiliate programs you can sign up with and in this post, I’d like to share 5 major ones you can connect to and start promoting through.

Now I’m writing this post as someone who actually runs a secondary blog involving nature travel in which I happen to promote numerous outdoor sports products and gear related to hiking, trail running and things of that nature and the affiliate programs I’ll be sharing with you today are part of the 5.

These 5 outdoor gear affiliate programs give you access to 10,000+ products:

Outdoor Gear Affiliate Programs

  1. Salomon (Up to 10%).
  2. REI (Up to 7%).
  3. Amazon Associates (Up to 10%).
  4. Broadout (Up to 25%).
  5. Craft Sports (7% commission).
  6. Bonus: Backcountry (8% and up).

To sign up with most of these outdoor affiliate networks, you will:

  • First need to sign up with Avantlink.
  • Then find the outdoor affiliate network on the list.
  • Submit an application for the network.
  • Wait for approval.

Provided you have a blog or established presence online in some fashion (like a YouTube channel with many subscribers), you’ll be able to get approved pretty quickly.

For me personally, I run a nature blog and am signed up with numerous networks on this list. For the nature blog I run called The Nature Seeker, I get requests to be an affiliate for numerous networks and this is something that happens naturally once your blog grows to a certain point. But these 6 should be good enough to get you started. So with that said, let’s dive into each outdoor sports (and gear) affiliate program to see what they’re about:

1) Salomon (Great outdoor gear and sports affiliate program):

salomon outdoor gear affiliate program

Salomon is a gigantic and well known company for selling outdoor gear across the board, from trail running shoes, to hiking boots, ski jackets and pretty much everything you need to travel in any type of outdoor environment.

I personally promote the Salomon Speedcross 4 sneakers (and 5 when I’ll get it), but overall, this company delivers to both customers with high quality products, and to affiliates subsequently by letting them promote those high quality items. To sign up with the Salomon affiliate program, you will (again) need to first sign up as an Avantlink member.

2) REI (one of my favorite outdoor affiliate programs):

rei outdoor sports affiliate program

REI is up there with Salomon and may likely be an even bigger and more well known company. Like Salomon, you will also need to sign up with Avantlink first. But you can learn more about REI’s affiliate program here. For me, I’ve so far been promoting 3 items for REI (2 winter jackets and a specific trail running shoe). I’ve been making sales here and there for these items too.

Overall, REI offers you access to 100s if not 1,000’s of different outdoor sports gear you can promote and if you’ve ever visited an REI store (there are plenty), you’ll know they offer a very large variety of products. As an affiliate for REI, you will have access to promote all of those items (and I highly recommend you consider them).

3) Amazon Associates:

amazon associates outdoor gear affiliate program

Amazon Associates (as usual) is the one affiliate network I need to mention anytime I do these lists. In this case, they may offer just as much if not more outdoor products you can promote, but generally speaking, for a less commissions. Why consider Amazon Associates then?

Well because they may be easier for you to get signed up with. The others on this list may have a more strict policy of approval and you may have to wait to grow a blog to a larger level first before getting approved to them. But for Amazon Associates, you should be able to get a quick approval. Keep in mind they do want you to deliver as an affiliate for them within 3 months (or risk losing your account if I remember correctly).

Me personally, I promote numerous outdoor products from Amazon Associates, including a variety of water proof socks, hiking poles and more. So if you do sign up with Amazon Associates, only do it when your site has traffic and you are in a good position to make sales.

4) Broadout:

broadout outdoor gear affiliate program

I received an invitation from this outdoor affiliate network recently and I’m considering joining them. They are also part of Avantlink and also have a wide range of products to promote. What intrigues me about this network vs the others on this list is the following things:

  • They have a high average over (over $100 based on their email).
  • They have the highest cookie tracking (45 days).
  • They also offer up to 25% commissions (the highest of any outdoor affiliate network I’ve ever seen).

You can learn more about Broadout here, but so far, I’ve been very impressed by their selection and affiliate compensation model.

5) Craft Sportswear affiliate program:

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With a 30 day cookie and pretty high conversion rate (meaning people buy from their site often), you can also do well as an affiliate for this network. Learn more about Craft Sportwear here. This affiliate opportunity originated in Sweden, but offers people like (US affiliates) the option to promote their products too. I also received an invitation email from them not too long ago and have been considering joining this network. In any case, it’s also connected to Avantlink and with that, a very reliable place to do business with based on my understanding.

6) Bonus: Backcountry’s outdoor affiliate program.

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Backcountry has become a very prestigious affiliate network to do business with if you are into the outdoors and their affiliate pay rivals and exceeds the others on this list, in some cases paying affiliates 8% and up on orders.

The Backcountry affiliate program is connected to the Avantlink network like REI and requires you first sign up there before submitting a request to become an affiliate with them. But once you get approved, it’s an awesome program with a bunch of outdoor gear you can promote, including very high ticket products like kayaks, outdoor backpacks, mountain bikes and more.

Learn more about Backcountry’s affiliate program here. In 2021, it’s one of the best outdoor affiliate programs to do business with.

Before you become an affiliate for these affiliate networks, understand this:

You have to be someone who at the very least has a website or YouTube channel dealing with outdoor subjects. I find a lot of people register with these networks too soon when they get into this business, and because they have little to nothing to show for it (no website or YouTube channel for example), they get disapproved.

In my case, I get invitations on a weekly basis from these networks because they know my site gets traffic. This makes them want to do business with me. Another thing you’ll have to learn how to do is write good affiliate product reviews (or make video reviews). I have 2 resources to help you with this:

  1. First is my how to write an affiliate product review post. It breaks down point by point what you need to do write to get the sales (and the rankings so you get visitors).
  2. Second is my YouTube affiliate product review tutorial breaking down how to make videos on this subject so you also get sales.

But if you’re just getting started, here is what I recommend:

  1. Read my list of these 7 outdoor niches.
  2. Choose one.
  3. Get training in Wealthy Affiliate to build that into a real business.

This is a great way to proceed on your road to success. Trust me when I say these affiliate networks aren’t going anywhere and there will always be plenty of them available for you to sign up with.

The more important thing you need to focus on (if you haven’t already done so that is) is making an actual website or YouTube channel so you can actually sell those products there and that’s why the 3 step process I just outlined is what you’re going to want to follow.

If you do, trust me, you will have many opportunities and potential success open up to you and I say this as someone who has and is following those steps (and getting results).

4 thoughts on “5 Outdoor Gear Affiliate Programs That Pay Good Commissions”

  1. Hi there, thank you for the recommendation of Avantlink. It is an affiliate platform that I was not familiar with. I do use Amazon, Share-a-Sale, Impact and Commission Junction, but will see what Avantlink has in my niche.

    Amazon actually gives one 180 days in which to make 3 sales, but I have never seen commission as high as 10%. 

    When I first joined Amazon, my blog was very small and I didn’t get the 3 sales in 180 days. I then waited a few months until my blog had grown a bit, and applied again. I did get the required sales then. 

    And although Amazon commission rates are low, most people shop on Amazon, so it can add up over a month. 

    • I think if you promote anything involving an outdoor niche, you should consider Avantlink Line. You will find multiple, brand name companies use that company (like Backcountry and REI) to advertise there and some of them pay up to 10% commissions.

  2. Even though I don’t have an outdoors type site, I took a look and see that Avantlink has numerous programs that one can apply for, no matter what you are selling. Thanks for this recommendation.

    I mainly used Amazon, as even though the commissions are low, most people buy from them and trust them, so you are guaranteed sales there, and the trick is just getting more sales for higher commissions.

    • Yeah little sales here and there from Amazon can add up to massive profits. I personally know more than a few people who make a GREAT income from using the Amazon Associates program. But in most niches, you will have access to more than just 1 affiliate network and even a 1% upgrade in commissions can make a massive difference.


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