This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The outdoor industry is defined by the gear needed to take you on your adventures, whether your passion is mountain biking, rock climbing, or kayaking. Outdoor gear is expensive — and buying something that doesn’t fit, meet your needs, or requires exchanging can cost loads of time and money that could otherwise be spent playing in the outdoors. Renting gear before you buy is a better option, but there is a vast amount of local rental shops to browse, and trying to find the best price on products can be exhausting and time-consuming. Gearo functions as the perfect solution to these issues by serving as a virtual outdoor gear rental shop that connects outdoor enthusiasts to local retailers on one easy-to-use platform.Gearo allows you to browse products based on your location and activity. While the platform is still in its early stages and there isn’t a huge inventory of products to browse yet, the marketplace just needs time to grow. Even the soft launch provides access to a plethora of gear in a wide range of activities including yoga, climbing, mountain biking, paddling, hiking, camping, and more. Last-minute rental deals are displayed on the bottom of the site’s homepage, serving as an extra incentive to customers.What does the process look like? Outdoor enthusiasts can visit the homepage and input their location in order to automatically locate the closest local rental shops. Then you can select the outdoor activity of your choice and browse gear available for rental. You can further filter options by price, size, and type of gear — with more options to become available as the marketplace expands.Gearo’s mission is to consolidate outdoor gear rentals onto one site for easy price and availability comparisons. This helps consumers save time and money and also helps outdoor gear shops run and grow their businesses. It’s easy to become a vendor on the Gearo marketplace — all you have to do is make an account, register your shop, and add your rentals and sales items. It’s important to note that Gearo screens its companies before accepting them onto the site to make sure they are reputable and have a good track record, which further eases the process from a consumer standpoint.Check out Gearo’s website for yourself and stay tuned as it expands its inventory.A version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites Editors’ Recommendations Get Naked with Independent Winemakers with NakedWines Delivery Kit Introducing a New Look for The Manual
TORONTO — Housing prices in Canada have been relatively flat so far this year but there’s a “downside risk” going forward, according to a Scotiabank report.In particular, Scotiabank’s quarterly study on global real-estate trends says Toronto’s housing market is seeing slower sales and construction.It says Toronto residential real estate prices are also beginning to level out — especially in the condominium market where there’s an ample supply.The report says the rebalancing will be manageable if new construction slows and population in the Greater Toronto Area continues to grow.Scotiabank says housing starts in the Toronto area totalled just 28,900 units in the first four months of 2013, down about 40% from last year.Internationally, the report finds Canada and Australia at mid-point between countries such as Colombia, the United States and Chile where prices have been rising and places such as Spain, Italy and Ireland where prices have fallen.