Need New Gear? Best Deals on the Web Right Now
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
Backcountry.com 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.
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 backcountry.com.
In fact, a number of Osprey packs are on sale now at backcountry.com.
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 backcountry.com right now for a mere $135.
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 backcountry.com.
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 rei.com, as is the women’s Velaro 24 at rei.com.
See my “Gear Review: 5 Favorite Daypacks.”
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 backcountry.com. Or get the only slightly heavier Flash 3 FL for significantly more space at backcountry.com.
Get a lightweight tent with its own lighting system, like the Big Agnes Tumble 2 mtnGLO at 50 bucks off at rei.com. (Read my reviews of the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 mtnGLO and Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO.)
How about a sturdy, two-person, three-season tent for 200 bucks? That’s the Marmot Limelight 2p at backcountry.com.
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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 backcountry.com.
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 rei.com.
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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 backcountry.com.
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 moosejaw.com.
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 backcountry.com.
How about a GoPro camera discounted 100 bucks? Grab one now at rei.com.
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.
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