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  1. Grab an ultralight jacket or a perfect pair of trail runners for under a Benjamin right now. Yes, the holidays just ended, and we're shopped out too. But we're also suckers for a good deal, and we found a few at REI's January clearance sale, which is going on right now. Each of these five great deals will cost you less than $100. (Tell your wallet we said "you're welcome.") View the full article
  2. These wraparound shades handle mountain glare and sea spray without looking too technical. We love wraparound shades for the protection they offer from alpine glare, but we don't love looking like we just finished riding the Tour de France. Enter the Julbo Coast, now on sale for 60% off at REI. With curved lenses and grippy rubber temples, they stayed in place as well on all-day ski tours as they did on seaside hikes, and they did it while looking good. Bonus: Holes in the arm let you attach a keeper cord. Buy Julbo Coast Sunglasses now for $48 (60% off) View the full article
  3. Hike farther, carry less with these picks for long trails and other extended adventures. Going out on a long trail or for an extended hiking vacation isn't like heading out for the weekend. You need light gear than can still stand up to the rigors of life in the backcountry. These three trail-tested and proven products are ready for your biggest adventures. View the full article
  4. Snag a lightweight—yet feature-rich—headlamp for a low price. Think all headlamps are created equal? Think again. The Spot has proven itself to be one of the best lights out there through its many iterations, and for such a lightweight product packs a wallop in terms of both brightness and features. With a max output of 300 lumens it's powerful for its size, and it has a dimmer, brightness memory, and red light mode. The Spot also possesses great battery life, at 180 hours on low and 25 hours on high. Grab this headlamp for $24 (40 percent off) at Backcountry.com and start planning your next batch of night hikes. View the full article
  5. Grab the 2019 edition of this classic ultralight shelter at a discount right now. Maybe your old tent is finally showing its age, or maybe you just didn't get everything on your holiday wishlist. If you're looking for a new tent this year, you can't go wrong with the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2. With a per-person trail weight of 1 pound, 6 ounces, this tent is light enough for fast-moving weekend trips, but robust enough that it will survive years of hard use—just ask our editors who named the four-person version an Editors' Choice Gold award winner in 2017. Buy Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 Tent now for $337 (25% off) View the full article
  6. This superlivable tent is great for families. Our take Family camping means a tweaked set of priorities when compared to “normal” backpacking, and comfort is at the top of our list. The Homestead Super Dome 4 fits right in with that goal, with a roomy design that prioritizes livability. Its 56-square-foot floor was large enough to accommodate four adults and two children on a last-minute trip to Yosemite, and nobody fought over space thanks to the tent’s three doors. “It was easy to access our sleeping spots, and there was no traipsing over each other when we entered and exited,” one tester says. The rounded profile increases elbow room even more. The details The Homestead’s front door boasts a 13-foot vestibule, as well as an integrated doormat to keep dirt out (it’s great for kids). An all-mesh roof proved valuable for star-gazing in Yosemite, and kept moisture buildup down. Despite its height the tent is sturdy, and withstood 30-mph winds in Grand Teton National Park. Trail cred “The myriad of pockets on the inside allowed everybody to organize their belongings,” one tester says. 13 lbs. 3 oz.; Buy The North Face Homestead Super Dome 4 now for $350 View the full article
  7. Start your year off right by saving big on great gear. The holiday season may be officially over, but that doesn't mean gear deals are slowing down. Give yourself a pat on the back for making it to another decade by jumping on our favorite deals of the new year. Grand Trunk OneMade Double Trunktech Hammock Rest easy with this great deal on a lightweight, two-person hammock. The OneMade Double Trunktech weighs less than a pound, and packs down to the size of a 1-liter Nalgene. But at 78 inches wide and 126 inches long, it easily fits two adult sleepers. Buy the Grand Trunk OneMade Double Trunktech Hammock now for $49.99 (58 percent off) Granite Gear Lutsen 55 This 3-pound, 55-liter pack kept testers from boiling over on trips in the Amazon even when fully loaded, thanks to ample ventilation channels on its backpanel. The top-loading Lutsen cinches down neatly to serve well as a daypack, and its stretchy mesh side and front pockets can handle plenty of extra gear. Buy the Granite Gear Lutsen 55 now for $99 (54 percent off) Atlas Stratus Snowshoe This do-it-all snowshoe excels in a variety of winter conditions. Its aluminum, V-shaped frame and five beefy 1-inch crampons under the toe give the Stratus a fine balance of float and grip, and our testers reported they could stride with a natural gait. A Boa binding fits a variety of boot sizes. Buy the Atlas Stratus Snowshoe now for $149.99 (40 percent off) in 30-inch and 25-inch versions Nemo Stargaze Recliner Lite Relaxing in camp just got even easier. Kicking back in the Stargaze is a treat, thanks to its gentle rocking motion and an auto-recline feature that lets you ponder the heavens in comfort. This chair also has a stash pocket for essential campfire session gear, a cupholder, and its hubbed poles are easy to set up. Buy the NEMO Stargaze Recliner Lite now for $74.98 (56 percent off) Big Agnes Insulated AXL Air Sleeping Pad A pad this light shouldn’t be this comfortable, but the AXL Air defies expectations. It’s 3.25 inches thick despite weighing less than 11 ounces, and we especially like the thicker air chambers on the sides that help keep sleepers centered. We’ve found that the AXL Air is warm down to about 30°F. Buy the Big Agnes Insulated AXL Air Sleeping Pad now for $89.98 (50 percent off) View the full article
  8. These water containers are durable, light, and packable. Our take These handy containers split the difference between durable, hard-sided water carriers and lighter, more packable soft-sided ones. The Double Wall Outdoor Series comes in three sizes—1-, 2.6-, and 5.3-gallon—and all of them are constructed with 18-millimeter thick, double-walled plastic. The material is supertough, and our samples have survived being slung around rocky campsites and frozen on cold nights. But the Double Walls also compress flat, so they’re easy to stash in your pack when space or weight is at a premium. We also like the handles that help with portaging water back to camp, and the different lid options that include twist spouts, clamping tubes, and filter connections. Trail cred “These containers are rugged. I tossed them onto gravel shorelines from our boat in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska, dragged them up to camp, and they don’t look any worse for the wear,” one tester reports. 4.5 oz. (1 gallon size); Buy the Smart Bottle Double Wall Outdoor Series now for $8 View the full article
  9. This thick pad provides lots of warmth, and at 50% off, it couldn't be a better deal. A dialed sleep system is mandatory in cold weather, and a warm pad is an essential part of that. The Insulated Q-Core has an R-value of 5.0, which means it's perfect for early spring and late fall, and you can even push it into duty for milder winter conditions. Its 4-inch thickness means that your night spent on freezing ground might even be downright comfy, but here's the best part: This pad, which normally retails for $200, is on sale at REI for half that amount. Grab it in both its regular and long versions now, and start boning up on your winter camping skills. View the full article
  10. These puffy trousers save heat—and space—on cold-weather trips. Our take Most hikers know firsthand how valuable a puffy jacket is in winter, but puffy pants are sorely underrated. Once we donned these ultrawarm—and ultrapackable—trousers, though, we immediately knew we’d take them on every snowbound adventure from here on out. The Ghost Whisperers are stuffed with 800-fill down in medium-size baffles; over a baselayer they were warm enough to keep one tester toasty in 0°F temps on Denali as he moved around camp. But because they stuff into their pocket down to the size of a softball, and weigh just over half a pound, they should fit into even the most overloaded packs. The details ​In an update for this season, these pants have a zipper from the ankle to the knee that’s great for slipping them on over boots. One tester also complimented the two-way fly, which came in handy when he was roped up during glacier crossings in Alaska. Tip: The Ghost Whisperers’ 10-denier nylon needs some TLC if you want it to last. Trail cred “I'm a cold sleeper, so these pants were the perfect nighttime add-on in sub-zero conditions on Denali,” our tester says. 9.6 oz. (m’s M); m’s XS-XXL, w’s XS-XL; Buy the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Pants now for $250 in men’s and women’s View the full article
  11. Human thermoregulation is a complex process, and the better you understand it, the better you can harness its power. Find the right clothes for the conditions.Wearing the right clothes for the conditions makes you happier, more comfortable in your surroundings, and ultimately safer. Master the finer points of humankind’s most important apparel strategy with help from one of the generations most intrepid explorers. Meet Eric Larsen, your guide. He’s the only person to stand at the North and South Poles and atop Mt. Everest in a single year (2009-10). And while he’s got a rare zeal for adventure and spends significant time in the razor-thin margin between safe and screwed, he’s also got a weakness: He hates being cold. That has made him an expert at layering. Learn his hard-won tips and you, like Eric, can be comfortable wherever you go. Get your free download by filling out the form below! View the full article
  12. Get an affordable bag for an even better price. Buying affordable kids' gear is always a wise move—they'll outgrow it eventually, after all—and this markdown at REI will make you look even smarter. The Zephyr is rated to 20°F, making it perfect for three-season camping, and fits children up to 5'6". (Tip: For shorter kids, stuff extra clothes in the foot to fill the empty space and conserve warmth.) Synthetic fill means the bag will stay warm even when wet—spilled hot chocolate, anyone?—and is easy to wash. Snag the Zephyr for $83.29 (30 percent off) at REI and take it on your next family adventure. View the full article
  13. Complete your list with these useful, affordable picks from REI's Shop Now and Be Done Sale. The holidays may be "the most wonderful time of the year," but the holiday shopping season is anything but. We're at the point in December where the word "sale" is starting to make our eyes glaze over. REI's Shop Now and Be Done Sale, which runs through December 16, is one convenient chance to put your shopping list to bed. From tents to lanterns, we picked 9 perfect gifts to help your friends and family get away from their screens and out on the trail. View the full article
  14. Your loved ones will actually want to bring this technology into the backcountry. We get it: The idea of having too much tech in the backcountry makes a lot of people cringe. After all, we go out there to get off our phones, wean our eyes off screens and literally unplug. But what if we told you there were a handful of battery-operated items that could actually enhance your time on the trail? Whether your loved one is a beginning car camper or a seasoned thru-hiking vet, these are the tech gifts your favorite hiker or backpacker will want to make their off-the-grid experience even better. Garmin fēnix 6X Pro Solar Smartwatch Get up to 21 days of battery life in smartwatch mode with an additional 3 days when solar charging — and 15 hours in GPS mode with an additional hour when solar charging.It’s a lot easier to avoid getting lost when the map is strapped to your wrist. The fēnix 6X Pro Solar puts full topographic maps and GPS navigation capabilities literally within an arm’s reach. Plus, real-time elevation tracking, blood oxygen monitoring, and a ton more are easily-accessible mid-hike. Its 1.4” Power Glass™ lens uses sunlight to extend battery life for off-grid adventures. BioLite SolarPanel 5+ Charger Never wonder if you’re hitting the sun right. An integrated sundial (and kick stand on the back of the panel) helps make sure you’re pointed right where you need to be to rake in power from the 5-watt panel to fill the 2200 mAh battery. Fully charged, the BioLite SolarPanel 5+ Charger will juice up phones, tables, and other electronics with ease. Goal Zero Light-a-Life USB LED Set Camp lights are critical—why not make them fun too? Shed a little light on your camp kitchen or the inside of your tent with the four 110-lumen LEDs on each strand, and spice up the vibe with colored and white shades for each light. The strand plugs into a power pack via USB, can be linked together into an even longer chain, and features a high and low mode to make them last all night long. Nomad Carabiner Lightning Cable This perfect stocking-stuffer pulls double duty as a convenient carabiner and an iPhone charging cable, saving room in your pack and keeping you from damaging or losing the longer dedicated cable. Use it to clip your solar panel to your backpack on the hike in, then pull it off and use it to plug in your phone at camp. inReach Mini Two-way Satellite Messenger from Garmin The internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 90 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode.No product is as valuable as your loved one’s safety, which is why the inReach Mini is every concerned friend’s favorite gift to give and every backpacker’s favorite gift to get. The two-way satellite communicator lets off-grid adventurers send and receive text messages and location updates, get weather reports, and communicate with rescuers if anything were to go wrong (subscription required). Pairing the inReach with the fēnix 6 smartwatch lets you see incoming messages at a glance, as well as send preset messages and more right from your wrist. You don’t have to worry about being within range of a cell tower or encountering spotty coverage. Peakfinder App If you spend any time in the mountains, the Peakfinder App is critical. The augmented reality app lets you hold your phone up to the horizon and identify the mountains you can see from that spot. Look at the horizon on-screen using a sketch-like black and white outline of the peaks, or overlay the peaks on your camera to make picking them out easy. Plus, the app works completely offline and even lets you choose a different peak or spot to preview the view before you even get there. View the full article
  15. This midlayer won't hold you back when you're on the move. Our take Bundling up in the winter usually means sacrificing mobility, but this puffy helps mitigate the tradeoff. Its four-way-stretch face fabric (uncommon in an insulated jacket) combines with springy insulation to result in a moves-with-you fit, a trait confirmed by one Utah tester: She never had any trouble reaching down to adjust a faulty binding during ski touring outings, and the Hooded Stretch Insulator never held her back when she reached for pole plants or executed kick turns. Elastic edges around the cuffs and hood seal out wind, but also ensured that the hood stayed in place when she turned to check on other members of her group. The details The Hooded Stretch Insulator is filled with 80-gram synthetic fill, and it kept one tester warm down to 0°F during a day of cross-country skiing in Vermont. It also vents well during strenuous activities in warmer weather. When you’re not wearing it, this jacket packs down to the size of a loaf of bread. Bonus: A TPU layer in the Napoleon pocket provides insulation for phones, so our Vermont tester was able to track her entire frigid outing on Strava. Trail cred “I tend to overwear puffies during aerobic activities and end up way too sweaty. But because this one breathes so well, I skinned up Utah’s Grizzly Gulch on a 20°F day and didn’t even have to take it off,” one tester says. “I wouldn’t even think about skinning past the first 10 minutes in my other puffies.” $280; 1 lb. 2 oz. (m’s M); m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; Buy the Helly Hansen LifaLoft Hooded Stretch Insulator Jacket now in men's and women's View the full article
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