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Need New Gear? Best Deals on the Web Right Now

Posted On July 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm by / Comments Off on Need New Gear? Best Deals on the Web Right Now

Osprey women's Aura AG 65 backpack.

Click photo for a great deal on the Osprey women’s Aura AG 65 backpack.

By Michael Lanza

Readers often ask me for suggestions on good-quality gear for hiking and backpacking that’s affordable. They want to get outdoors, but they’re on a budget, and they don’t want gear that will fall apart on their second day using it. I get it. Now’s your chance to score great deals, because many online retailers offer their best sales over this long holiday weekend. I’ve scoured the websites I like and assembled below links to my recommendations for the backpacks, daypacks, tents, footwear, bags and other gear I’d buy and suggest to friends.

My advice: Grab it while it’s available at these prices.

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Best Sales This Weekend is having a Summer Stock Up Sale with 50 percent off gear and apparel, and has a huge range of products from brands I use and review at The Big Outside.

REI’s 4th of July Clearance Sale offers up to 30 percent off gear and apparel.

The Summer Clearance at Moosejaw features up to 50 percent off major outdoor brands like The North Face, Arc’teryx, Black Diamond, and Patagonia.


Gregory Stout backpack

Gregory Stout backpack


Osprey’s outstanding men’s Atmos AG and women’s Aura AG backpacks are among the most comfortable and nicely featured packs that I’ve ever used (read my review), and the women’s Aura AG 65 is deeply discounted right now at

In fact, a number of Osprey packs are on sale now at

Need a high-end, big pack that’s lightweight? The Gregory Contour 70 is among the best (read my review), and priced $120 off retail right now at

If you need a well-built, all-around backpack for most any trip at a rock-bottom price, the Kelty Catalyst 65 is a solid pick, adjustable to fit almost anyone, and available at right now for a mere $135.

Gregory’s men’s Stout and women’s Amber backpacks are good values at their regular prices, but the Stout 65 and Amber 34 are on sale now at

See my “Gear Review: The 8 Best Packs For Backpacking.”


Osprey Manta AG 20

Osprey Manta AG 20


I’m a fan of Gregory’s Miwok daypacks (read my review), and the Miwok 34 is just $60 right now at, while the women’s Gregory Maya 16 is $68 at

I recently reviewed the Osprey Manta AG 20 (read my review) and highly recommend it for dayhiking with loads of 15 pounds or more, and its the larger Manta AG 28 is available for 25 percent off at

The Arc’teryx Velaro daypacks are virtually waterproof and bombproof, lightweight, and ideal for light dayhiking or bike commuting (read my review), and the men’s Velaro 35 is marked down 25 percent at, as is the women’s Velaro 24 at

See my “Gear Review: 5 Favorite Daypacks.”


Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL

Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL


Few backpacking tents achieve a space-to-weight ratio of the Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL (read my review), and it’s $100 off at Or get the only slightly heavier Flash 3 FL for significantly more space at

Get a lightweight tent with its own lighting system, like the Big Agnes Tumble 2 mtnGLO at 50 bucks off at (Read my reviews of the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 mtnGLO and Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO.)

At under three pounds, the two-person Exped Mira II Hyperlite has decent space and is stable in wind (read my review), and marked down 20 percent at

How about a sturdy, two-person, three-season tent for 200 bucks? That’s the Marmot Limelight 2p at

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Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX

Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX

Shoes and Boots

The Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX boot, with Gore-Tex Surround technology, is one of the most breathable, waterproof boots for backpacking with a moderate load that I’ve tested (read my review), and available at a good price at

A low-cut with Gore-Tex Surround, the Zamberlan Air-Round GTX RR Surround is a good choice for dayhiking or ultralight backpacking, now 25 percent off at

I like the super breathability and good support for dayhiking and trail running of the Vasque Inhaler Low (read my review), and the waterproof-breathable women’s version is 23 percent off at

The Salewa Firetail EVO has superior traction on any ground and is armored for hard use (read my review), and the women’s model is 50 percent off at

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Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 sleeping bag

Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800

Sleeping Bags

The Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 is a lightweight, very packable, warm bag that converts to a down parka for camp (read my review). It comes in multiple men’s and women’s versions all marked down significantly now at

Here’s kind of an unbelievable deal: the Kelty Cosmic 20, with water-resistant, 600-fill down, at a reasonable weight for backpacking, for $112 at

For super warmth at a shockingly low weight and bulk for its temperature rating, the Marmot Helium 15 is an established leader, and 20 percent off at


Other Stuff

How about a GoPro camera discounted 100 bucks? Grab one now at

The Exped SynMat Hyperlite air mattress is under a pound, very compact, and comfortable (read my review), and 20 percent off at

Exped Air Pillow UL

Exped Air Pillow UL

Call me soft, but I don’t sleep in the backcountry without an inflatable pillow, and a favorite is the Exped Air Pillow UL (read my review), on sale now at

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 all of my Gear Reviews at The Big Outside.

See my “5 Tips For Spending Less on Hiking and Backpacking Gear.”

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