The long weekend surrounding Black Friday has become synonymous with holiday shopping, but sift through online sales and you’ll soon realize that most deals aren’t much of a bargain at all. I’ve honed in on camping and hiking gear that’s functional in the field and looked for opportunities to save you a few bucks on stuff I know works well. Whether you’re looking for a backpack for your first solo hike, want to give trekking poles a try, or need a new car camping tent for the family, here are ten discounted items worth checking out.
Gregory Kalmia 50 Pack ($195; 25 Percent Off)
Awarded the best backpack for hiking in the heat, the Kalmia 50 is a women’s-specific pack (the Katmai 55 is the men’s version) that boasts airy suspension and form-fitting comfort. Six zippered compartments keep your stuff organized, and pivoting shoulders straps and padded extendable tongues on the waist buckle add to the dialed-in fit. The pack weighs in at under five pounds, and the rugged nylon outer can take plenty of trail abuse. Use code THANKS for 25 percent off through November 29.
Marmot Torreya 4-Person Tent ($349; 30 Percent Off)
Named Outside‘s best car camping tent of 2021, the Torreya is $150 off during Black Friday with the sitewide code HOLIDAY. This four-person dome tent is a worthy storm shelter when the wind and rain hit, thanks to thick aluminum poles and a sturdy design. It comfortably sleeps four, has a handful of internal pockets, a seam-taped full-coverage fly, plenty of ventilation, and two extra poles transform the vestibule door into an awning. It’s not as tall as most car camping tents (if you’re over six feet, you’ll have to duck to get changed).
Oros Delta Tight ($96; 20 Percent Off)
For hiking or camping in milder temperatures, the Oros Delta Tight utilizes some cool tech to keep you warm without being bulky. Solarcore is the brand’s lightweight insulation developed by combining NASA’s aerogel with flexible foam to add thin padding in core areas. In the Delta Tight, that’s along the top of the thighs, where the insulation retains heat and blocks out wind. The high-waisted band doesn’t roll down, and the side pocket is a nice touch. They’re just the right amount of thickness for a brisk fall morning, with enough stretch to allow for plenty of movement. At 20 percent off, these pants are an investment worth considering for someone who runs cold.
Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket ($74 and Up; 25 Percent Off)
The Original Puffy blanket is made for outdoor use. Warm and weather-resistant, both the ripstop nylon shell and the synthetic insulation are made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, while a DWR-finish adds water and stain resistance. Get cozy around the fire after a day of hiking and haul it into your tent for an added layer of warmth on chilly nights. It’s machine washable and stuffs into its own sack for easy packing. There are a variety of prints and colors to choose from, and if you have kids, the two-person blanket ($149) is the way to go.
Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Six Medium Weight Socks ($18; 25 Percent Off)
Holiday sales are a good time to stock up on socks, and Swiftwick’s medium-weight hiker is one of my favorites. The Pursuit socks are soft and comfortable, with ample arch support, a toe box that lays flat to prevent rubbing, and a snug heel that doesn’t slip around inside footwear. The six-inch cuff height sits just above the collar on most hiking boots, and doesn’t look too long when paired with low-cut shoes either. Olefin fiber is added to merino wool, giving a boost of durability and aiding in moisture control. In my experience, these socks hold their shape and stand up to countless trail miles.
Fulton Classic Insoles ($48; Buy One, Get One Half-Off)
Upgrading your insoles is one of the easiest ways to add comfort to your hiking boots, and a great pair can be a total game changer. Fulton insoles are about as close to custom orthotics as you can get without the hefty price tag. Three layers — vegan cactus leather, natural latex foam, and cork — sandwich together to add cushion and support to long days on the trail. The magic ingredient is the sustainably-sourced cork base, which naturally molds to your unique arch over time (about 10 hours). Cork is also shock-absorbing, repels moisture, and staves off odor-causing bacteria. Buy one, get one half-off with code FULTONBOGO through November 30th.
Ibex Woolies Tech Baselayer Set ($89 and Up; 15 Percent Off)
The Woolies are my go-to baselayer set when I need to level up my warmth but don’t want to feel restricted. The long sleeve crew ($89; men’s, women’s) and bottoms ($98; men’s, women’s) are 18.5-micron merino wool that’s lightweight and comfortable next-to-skin. The nylon core and bit of elastane add stretch for a full range of motion. For chilly nights camping or hiking in shoulder season weather, I toss this set on underneath everything else and it helps regulate my temperature without causing me to overheat. After multiple washes of my Woolies top and bottom, there’s no pilling or color fading yet. Use the code GIFTADVENTURE to receive the 15 percent discount.
Biolite AlpenGlow Rechargeable Lantern 500 ($60; 25 Percent Off)
The AlpenGlow Rechargeable Lantern is one of my favorite things to take on family camping trips. It’s useful for tasks around the site like cooking and setting up in the dark, and it can hang inside your tent for reading at night. The fun color modes add a cool vibe to any hangout, too. Shaking it activates warm flickering candlelight, color cycling, and firework bursts. It gives off 500 lumens and lasts for about five hours on full brightness. The biggest bonus is that it doubles as a power bank to charge your phone and other small devices. Biolite’s 25 percent off Holiday Sale applies to everything sitewide — no exceptions.
Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles ($112; 20 Percent Off)
The versatile distance FLZs are a solid choice for trekking poles because they combine what’s great about quick-deploying foldable poles with some added adjustability. The aluminum poles lock in place with a click and let you customize the length to your personal preference. When not needed, the FLZs break down into three sections for easy stowing in your backpack. They provide added traction and support without getting in the way, and the foam grips are breathable and nice to hold, with an extension that aids on sleep climbs. You can change out the rubber tips for carbide ones and add snow baskets ($10) for winter hiking.
Ray-Ban 4264 Chromance Polarized Sunglasses ($155; 30 Percent Off)
The 4264 Chromance sunnies have a classic square silhouette, a nylon fiber frame with some flex, and adjustable nose pads that make for comfortable all-day wear. The lightweight and impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses utilize Ray-Ban’s Chromance tech, which delivers clear, enhanced contrast and color-rich vision. The lenses are polarized and anti-reflective, allowing you to confidently navigate as you hike through different conditions throughout the day, balancing glare and shadows and bringing details to the forefront with vibrant, natural color rendering. They’re available with a few different lens shades to pick from.