The Get Out(fitted) Gear Giveaway

We’re giving away outdoor gear every day in 2012!


In celebration of our 100th Anniversary, we’re introducing a yearlong giveaway—the Get Out(fitted) Gear Giveaway—in which we’ll donate more than $100,000 in products to people who want to explore the outdoors. For each day of the year, we’re giving away outdoor products ranging from sleeping bags and tents to fishing rods and waders – and everything in-between.


So, if you’re feeling inspired to join L.L.Bean outside in 2012, share your outdoor aspirations with us on the Get Out(fitted) Gear Giveaway entry page on Facebook or here on our 100th Anniversary Web site. Enter your written request, a photo and even a video telling us how you’d like to get outside and explore.


How will we choose our winners? Our panel of experts will select entries based on creativity, expressed need for the products and submissions that reflect the outdoor spirit of L.L.Bean and our commitment to inspiring a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.


Also, when you submit your entry to The Get Out(fitted) Gear Giveaway, you will trigger a $1 donation to the National Park Foundation as part of L.L.Bean’s Million Moment Mission to preserve the outdoors for future generations.


The outdoors is calling. Get outfitted, and get outside with L.L.Bean.

Comments (20)

  1. Mark B. | January 17, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    Thanks for the donation….we need to do all we can to preserve our great out of doors for generations to come and enjoy it as we do!

  2. shanty | January 19, 2012 | 9:08 am

    I love to share my family’s first outdoor experience whenever I get a chance. two years ago we decided to go camping with another family since we had never done it before it was great to go with someone who was experienced in all this outdoor fun . I follow all the instructions made by our friends including buying all the gear in a well known store, that had camping gear at a very affordable price. my children and I were very excited and happy to spent time together with their Dad since this was a way to get the family closer together after a separation needless to say, we got to this beautifull place we were so happy ,we roasted masrshmellows and it was time to go to sleep . there were showers over night or so we thought , it rain all night our mattress poped and there was water coming into our tent it was really funny because we tried to save some money and we ended up sleeping in our friends tent and sharing their beds as well! but it was great we loved it so much eventhough we did not get to spend the whole weekend camping. since then we have not done it againg but we will love to do it again, my children ask every year if we can go camping but unfortunatelly I can not afford to buy all that gear but we will love to go again.!!!!!!

  3. Thomas | January 19, 2012 | 10:17 am

    It would have been really nice if it listed up front that residents of Florida were not able to particpate. It was extremely dissapointing to write up a story, post it, and then be informed I was not eligible to enter.

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | January 25, 2012 | 4:03 pm

      Hi Thomas, we apologize that our fans in Florida, Quebec and countries other than the US and Canada are excluded from participating in the Get Out(fitted) Gear Giveaway. The exclusions are due to significant legal and registration requirements required by FL and specific international regions. We appreciate hearing your feedback and will take it into consideration for any future promotions.

  4. fj | January 19, 2012 | 10:59 am

    I live in one of the most beautiful spots in the US. I live in Empire, MI which is a Village and actually part of the National Park. The view from any dune or the top of any hill is a wonder all in itself. The waters are crystal blue and the beaches are amazing with soft white sand. And the people are nice and welcome strangers into their fold. I have only been here about 4 years and I cannot think of any place I would rather be. I hope to get some camping in sometime in the future but I think I will wait until is warms up a bit!!

  5. norms | January 19, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    The National Parks are deserving of the gifts you are providing and need to be visited by all of us. What a treasure they are to explore, right in our own back yards!

    I have had the opportunity to buy use LL Bean hunting equipment in deer hunting for years and it has stood the test of time! Buy good equipment and clothing and you will not be disappointed. I have also used some other brands that were given as gifts, but they are not of the quality of LL Bean products. Wrap yourself head-to-toe with good stuff and you will thank yourself over and over again. It does make a difference.

  6. Kat | January 19, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    My husband and I love to go camping and kayaking, especially in the spring and fall. We actually spent our honeymoon kayaking in New Hampshire, and we spend our anniversary camping in the  national forest every year. We both have L.L.Bean kayaks, with the necessary cold water gear such as boots and gloves. And a few years ago, we invested in an L.L.Bean 4 season tent, to help us get through the 30 degree nights and occational snow storms. We love this tent! It’s just big enough for the two of us, our gear, and our Australian Shepard. 
    In 2011, I was actually 8 months pregnant with our first child, when we took our fall trip to the white mountains. We were blessed with the arrival of our son on January 4th, 2012. 
    Our goals for 2012, would be to introduce our son to the things we enjoy, by continuing our spring and fall camping trips, snowshoeing, and hopefully finding a (safe) way to take him kayaking. 

  7. Richard | January 19, 2012 | 4:33 pm

    I have been shopping Bean for thirty plus years and I never dealt with a better company. They are TRULY customer driven. I have never had an unpleasant conversation with any Bean employee, in fact I have always been impressed with their demeanor, attitude, and professionalism, ALWAYS!

    The products are top of the line at a fair price and for the very few times that I had a problem it was not a problem for Bean, no matter how long I had owned the item. I have been a Bean credit card holder since they announced them and the bonus points and free shipping have been a giant plus to an already great company.

    Congratulations on your 100th anniversary. It is easy to understand why you are able to celebrate your 100th.

    If you happen to run across one of anniversary bamboo fly rods that has a blemish, I would love to have one.

    A loyal customer now and for many years to come.

  8. Michael Barone | January 19, 2012 | 10:37 pm

    I am a Boy Scout Leader who had the good fortune to end up in Bath, Maine in May of 1990. It allowed me easy access to the Flagship LL Bean Store in Freeport. Thru the years I have purchased copious amounts of personal gear and gear to outfit several troops. I have also utilized the LL Bean educational programs and free seminars to help train almost a thousand boys to enjoy camping and hiking. I have taken kids to Europe twice (95,99), Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico five times (02,04,06,08,11), 20 canoe treks, and hundreds of camping trips. Thru all of this I knew I could always count on my LL Bean gear and that it would stand up to whatever test I gave it; and if it did not, the LL Bean Satisfaction Guarantee would cover it. 6 sets of Cresta Hikers later, I am still going strong.

  9. Judy | January 20, 2012 | 7:39 am

    From the John Muir Trail in 1969 and 70’s, the Haleakala Crater and other trails on Maui in the 70’s, to cross country skiing WV in the 80’s, New Zealand in the 90’s, and Uganda in the 2000’s for service safaris, I’ve loved travel and meeting people, sharing our commonalities, and appreciating our differences. LLBean has outfitted many of my camping, backpacking and skiing trips as well as clothing for everyday life, work and travel abroad, most recently, tropic weight shirts with sunscreen for my upcoming service trip in Africa. I visited your store in 1980 in Freeport, and I bought a pair of dressy winter boots which I still wear occasionally. Actually, I still wear several items from LLBean which are at least twenty years old if not older, and I’m not sure if that is bragging or complaining! Many memories (and dollars spent) have evolved while using or dressing in products from your company. Thank you for offering excellent products and customer service.

  10. Chris A | January 20, 2012 | 7:44 am

    Hello, Question for you, when I go to add my story to this giveaway, And I fill in my info, regarding address etc. it won’t accept it, as it says it’s missing state info and city, but there is not option to include that info, even when I sign in to my LL bean account i get the same error?

    Please advise


    • Nathaniel | L.L.Bean | January 25, 2012 | 4:00 pm

      Hi, Chris. Those individuals in the state of Florida are unable to enter the contest. If you’re outside of Florida, please try using the tab button to move from the street to the zip. Enter your zip and then hit tab again twice. The city and state will hopefully appear. You can also try another browser and make sure that you have Javascript turned on.

  11. Dianne | January 21, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    I was born
    and raised in metro Jersey. My family’s idea of the outdoors was to go to the beach, not that that was not fun. Then we moved to NYS and I met the person that I would eventually marry. His family truly enjoyed the outdoor life and after our senior prom instead of driving down to Jones Beach with the rest of our friends, he and I joined his folks island camping at Lake George. Unfortunately it was May, and cold (sleeting in fact). We canoed up into the narrows and set up camp. This was the first time that I had been in a canoe or in a tent, and I tought that I would surely die. We stayed there for 4 days…do you believe that I actually married this guy?
    Well, we were blessed with three amazing outdoor loving sons. We started them camping as toddlers. As adults one owns a wonderful Adirondack cabin, and one became a wildlife biologist and lives in Alaska.
    As for me, a few years ago an old (skiing) injury stopped me from almost all activity. My hip was ruined and needed replacement. My fear overcame my judgement and I struggled around on a can or crutch for three years. Activities went on, but I was left home. As I write, two of the boys are up snowshoeing for the weekend at the Indian Lake cabin…and they took all of the dogs!
    Six weeks ago I had my hip replaced and already I’m ready to get back outdoors! I would like to learn to snowshoe and my goal is to never be left behind again.
    L.L.Bean we truly love your stuff and all of the adventure that goes along with it…’s to another 100 years!

  12. LMR | January 21, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    LL bean has been a part of our life since my husband and I married in 1989. We bought a tent at Bean’s to take on our honeymoon camping in Ireland and took the same tent to Zaire where we served as Peace Corps volunteers. We enjoyed the Pull Sled when our kids were small, and use a Bean toboggan still. We also have several pairs of the gum boots at our door all year long. Every summer, on our annual overnight trip from the mountains of North Carolina to visit family in Maine, we stop in Freeport to kill time at the LL Bean stores so we can arrive at the house at a reasonable time.

    Now our oldest son is in college in Brunswick, Maine and is using LL Bean fleece while taking a Wilderness First Responder class as part of the Bowdoin Outing Club Leadership Training. He hopes to be in New Hampshire this summer on a White Mountains Hut crew for the Appalachian Mountain Club, like his cousin and uncle before him. We would love to outfit him in new hiking gear for his outdoor adventures with the AMC and with the Outing Club.

    We feel sure that LL Bean will be part of this family’s world for well past the next 100 years! We will make sure to wish you a very happy 100th anniversary in the early hours of the day on our ride north this summer.

  13. Belinda C. | January 24, 2012 | 9:26 pm

    I’ve tried entering this, but it won’t accept my entry. It won’t let me enter my state for some reason. This is my essay:

    I’m a woman in my mid 50’s who has put off my dreams of traveling far too long. I always thought there would be time enough in the future to experience the things I’ve longed to do. I’ve worked hard at the same company for 25 years, raised my children and always did the responsible things that one was expected to do. I finally reached the time in my life when I was ready to embark on my first big adventure. I had a great trip planned and was all set to go when I had an accident and ended up in a wheelchair with nothing to look forward to but numerous surgeries and physical therapy.

    After three long years, I no longer need the wheelchair, the crutches or the cane.. I am able to walk three miles a day…often 5 miles.

    I would like to travel, taking short trips in the beginning, gradually working up to longer trips. I live in Orlando, Florida and there are many places I’d like to go camping throughout Florida, Alabama and Georgia. I always enjoyed camping when younger and would love to have good basic gear that will be easy to set up by myself. I will be traveling alone and need a good tent that will be easy to set up by myself, a sleeping bag and maybe a backpack. Just the basics to get started.

    I went camping last year with a group of friends and had a wonderful time. I had forgotten how much I loved it. I borrowed a tent and it was so difficult to set up. I didn’t want to ask for help, but ended up having to do so. I don’t like to be a burden to other people. I experienced that enough when unable to walk after my accident. I would like to be able to set up my own campsite by myself and not have to depend on anyone else.

    I don’t need a lot. Just the basics to get started.

    • Nathaniel | L.L.Bean | January 25, 2012 | 3:58 pm

      Hi, Belinda. Please try using the tab button to move from the street to the zip. Enter your zip and then hit tab again twice. The city and state will hopefully appear. You can also try another browser and make sure that you have Javascript turned on. We’re sorry, but you’ll have to enter through our Gear Giveaway page to ensure your entry is read by our panel of judges.

  14. N. Trotta, NJ | January 25, 2012 | 11:12 am

    Congratulations to a company that is an American icon. Who doesn’t recognize your quality clothing wherever you travel stateside, any probably any continent on earth.

    I have a vintage LLBean corduroy jacket with tiny little embroidered white and brown hunting dogs sprinkled throughout the fabric. I bought this jacket about 6 years ago at a yard sale.
    Without fail whenever I wear it, people admire it and ask me where I got it. When I tell them it’s vintage LLBean, they want to know how they can buy one. Perhaps you should reintroduce this classic. It would be a big hit with so many dog lovers in the world.

    Please let me know what year this pattern was introduced and did it come with other animals.
    I treasure this coat and would like to see the ad that introduced this beautiful product. Even though I paid $5 for it, it is the most admired garment I wear. People really love it. If you would like to see a photo of it, let me know. Thanks for all the quality your company is known for.

  15. Brenda Nelson | June 1, 2012 | 10:57 am

    This is a little complex. Around 5/25 I submitted an entry to the Gear Giveaway. But I neglected to post a photo. I called CS and they said they would pull my entry out and I should resubmit it when I was ready. On 5/30 I resubmitted it with a photo. But it was rejected. An error message said I had already submitted an entry in May and had to wait until June to enter again.

    So I called CS back and they said to send them my entry and photo and they would send it on to Tech support to enter it for me. On 5/31 I got an email from Les in CS saying he had received my email and had sent it on to TS.

    However, I have heard nothing from TS as yet, and am wondering now if I should resubmit the same entry–or a new/different one for June? I was hoping to put in a new/different one for June and to also have my May one be submitted in May.

    So my question is. Was my May entry entered in the contest yet, by TS? Was it done in May? If it was done in June do I have to wait until July to enter again?

    Thanks so much.
    Brenda Nelson

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | June 1, 2012 | 12:03 pm

      Hi Brenda, your contest entry was successfully submitted in May. The rules state that fans may enter the Get Out(fitted) Gear Giveaway once each month, so you’d be welcome to submit your entry to the Get Out(fitted) Gear Giveaway again in the month of June. Good luck! – Sara

  16. gretchen klein | January 7, 2013 | 11:33 am

    I have a son, who is in his twenties. Last year was the first year hiking for him, He enjoyed it very much, except for the cold and rain. He wasn’t prepared. He has a stressful sit down job, and has gained a lot of weight.As his mom. I can not tell you how much I worry about him. How can I
    describe to him all the peace and joy that the outdoors provides. Especially fishing at a beaver dam with your best friends. But my wish is for him to have the right gear so that he may feel it too for more than a day.
    Gretchen Klein

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