The ‘Quiptu’ marketplace allows users to lend and rent outdoor activity equipment

Bloomington resident Mark DeLisle has hiked Grand Canyon National Park, boated on Lake Monroe and snorkeled in the US Virgin Islands. He spends a lot of time outdoors.

DeLisle said it was difficult to find outdoor gear to rent, and it was inconvenient to travel with. A Bloomington startup named quiptu aims to make the outdoors more accessible for locals and visitors.

“It’s a brilliant idea that these guys thought of — kind of being the Airbnb of gear,” DeLisle said.

The Outdoor Industry Association reported in 2020, 53% of Americans ages 6 and older have participated in outdoor activities at least once. Quiptu, which launched June 1, is currently available in several Indiana cities, including Bloomington, Indianapolis, Lafayette, and South Bend. It is also available in four Colorado cities.

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