it a great time of year to stock up on outdoor gear. Online retailers are clearing last year’s inventory and discounting this year’s products to lure shoppers. Either way, this is a good time to update or fill in any missing parts you need before spring arrives. We’ve found discounts on many of our favorite gear to help you wherever you go.
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Offers for camping and hiking
This deal for one color only, but as long as you don’t mind the blue and brown theme, this chair is the coziest way to hang out at camp. It can be huge, heavy, and awkward to fold, but it’s all worth it when you cram everyone you love into it in front of a fire.
The Yeti’s Hopper Refrigerator is my perfect fridge for an afternoon at the beach. It is big enough for ice, drinks and snacks for my family of five. This deal is on the purple version. The larger tote-style M30 Yeti cooler also sold in purple for $280 ($70 off).
I haven’t had a chance to review it yet, but last fall I spent quite a few nights in this tent. It’s lightweight and durable, with huge vestibules and plenty of storage space inside. It’s on the smaller end so if you and your partner are taller I would think of this as a 2 person tent. The only thing that confuses me is that it is low to the ground, which kind of makes it so wind-resistant, but makes it difficult to get in and out of it with a fully anchored fly.
These REI Puffy jackets are already very good deals even at full price, so while it’s not a huge discount, it makes these jackets even more attractive. Don’t forget to size up a bit so you can wear it over your base layer and mid layer.
I used to be one of those lightweight tourists shaving off my toothbrush handles, but now, ma’am, I want some steak for dinner and a good pillow to sleep on. I have tested quite a few pillows and this is my top luxury choice. It doesn’t get any better than Eros (for weight). At full price, it feels like a punch in the gut (my homemade pillows are cheaper), but this deal gives you the chance to get luxury at a more reasonable price.
This water filter has changed my tourism. Pumping water while fighting off mosquitoes is not the best pastime, especially when you are pumping water for the whole family. With this ingenious filter from MSR, you simply fill the bag, walk back to the camp, hang it up, and in a few minutes your thirst is quenched. It’s not cheap, but worth every penny.
Hydro Flask bottles can withstand heavy impact without cosmetic damage or leaks. There are also many matte color options. The thread is on the outside of the rim where you drink from, which is odd, but otherwise this is one of our favorite water bottles.
I haven’t tested this, but Mystery Ranch packs are a staple among backcountry firefighters and forest service personnel that I know. It’s hard to imagine a group of people wearing out their backpacks more, so I can say without hesitation that this is a durable backpack. It’s not as profitable, but the smaller Scepter 35L also on sale for $164 ($55 off).
Only the yellow version is on sale, but this is a great discount on the best day pack I’ve ever had. It’s the perfect size, able to hold everything I need for a full day hike with three kids, but also able to shrink when my load is lighter on solo adventures.
If you’re in need of a new sleeping pad for next season, NeoAir is one of our favorites. It is 2.5 inches thick, has an R value of 6.9, and yet weighs just 15 ounces. The included pump bag allows you to quickly fill it up. If you don’t need such a large pillow, the smaller and lighter Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite will do. also on sale for $126 ($105 off).
Having a place to cook makes camping a lot more enjoyable. This table is lightweight, folds surprisingly compact yet durable. I wouldn’t want to put hundreds of pounds of gear on it, but it holds my Coleman stove and leaves plenty of room for a cutting board and cooking. It’s only the price that confuses me, but this deal makes it easier to sell.
Clothes and jackets
This synthetic-fill down jacket is something of an industry standard. This is the hooded version, but jackets and vests are also on sale. Don’t let the synthetics bother you, this piece fills with down like a feathered jacket and is super warm. The deal depends on the size and price, but there is a good selection on sale. Men’s size is also on sale.
I am currently compiling a merino wool guide featuring a 100% merino base layer from Smartwool. This deal is size and color dependent, so be sure to try a few different options if the price doesn’t work for you. Women’s sizes also sold in Backcountrylike children’s version.
This is one of our top picks from our upcoming merino wool guide. This jacket is 100% merino and is incredibly warm despite not being as thick. This makes it a great option for days when the weather can change a lot – it’s warm enough for a cold morning but won’t be burdensome in your pack for the rest of the day. Women’s size is also on sale.
I haven’t actually tested them, but the level of love for these Fjallraven pants on the internet suggests they are worth every penny. They’re made from 65% recycled polyester and 35% cotton blends, with pockets throughout and extra features like ventilation zippers, reinforced knees (with pad holes) and a leg loop to hold an axe. Do your pants have an ax loop? Did not think. The link above is for men’s sizes, while women’s sizes are listed below. on sale here.