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A Good Time to Buy Backpacking Gear? Right Now

Posted On May 26, 2017 at 12:17 pm by / Comments Off on 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,, and are holding sales this weekend, and you’ll find good selection and prices at the outlet storeREI GarageSierra Trading Post, and 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 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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