A Good Time to Buy Backpacking Gear? Right Now
By Michael Lanza
If you’ve been thinking you need (or want) a new backpack, tent, boots, or other piece of hiking or backpacking gear, right now is one of the two or three best times of year to grab good deals. Most brick-and-mortar and online retailers are holding major sales, offering steeply discounted prices on new and recently new gear. Read on for my recommendations for favorite models of packs, tents, rain shells, and other gear, and links to sales taking place right now, and save yourself serious cash.
Online retail sites like backcountry.com, moosejaw.com, and rei.com are holding sales this weekend, and you’ll find good selection and prices at the backcountry.com outlet store, REI Garage, Sierra Trading Post, and theclymb.com. By the way, you can support my work on this blog anytime you make a purchase through one of the above links or virtually any link at my blog to an online retailer (including the backcountry.com sponsor ad below).
Get the right pack for you. See my “Gear Review: The 10 Best Packs For Backpacking”
and my “5 Tips For Buying the Right Backpack.”
Undecided about what you want? See my favorite pieces of outdoor gear and apparel in these stories at The Big Outside:
“Review: The Best Gear Duffles and Luggage”
“Review: The Best Base Layers and Shorts for Hiking and Training”
“Gear Review: The 5 Best Headlamps”
“Gear Review: 6 Favorite Hiking Daypacks”
“Gear Review: The 5 Best Backpacking Tents”
“The 5 Best Rain Jackets for the Backcountry”
And see a categorized menu of all of my gear reviews at The Big Outside.
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NOTE: I tested gear for Backpacker Magazine for 20 years. At The Big Outside, I review only what I consider the best outdoor gear and apparel. See categorized menus of all of my gear reviews at The Big Outside.
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