Best Backpacking Gear Deals of the Week

The seasons are a-changing, and outdoor retailers are offloading last year’s styles to make room for new inventory. That means now is a great time to stock up on gear and outdoor apparel on the cheap. REI and Backcountry, two of the largest outdoor gear retailers in the US, are both offering deep discounts starting today. Here are a few of our favorite backpacking gear deals from the clearance racks this week.

45% Off BioLite HeadLamp 330

Sale: $32.93 (Reg. $59.95)


BioLite’s iconic low-profile headlamps are designed for max forehead comfort with a balanced weight distribution between the light at the front and the batter pack at the rear. Plus, fancy colors.

40% Off Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

Sale: $ 137.40 (Reg. $229)

The quilted synthetic Nano Puff is an ideal midlayer for mild three-season conditions: it provides just enough lightweight warmth without taking up too much of the share of weight and space in your pack.

30% Off Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite

Sale: $125.96 (Reg. $179.95)

REI has last season’s XLite on sale to make room for this year’s updated version. The original XLite is still awesome, though, with a legendary R-value (4.2, that’s really warm, folks!) in a sleek 12-ounce package. The four-season NeoAir XTherm is also 25% off right now.

Up to 30% Off Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket

Sale: $111.26 (Reg. $158.95)

The Helium weighs a scant six ounces, a superb weight for a minimalist backpacking rain jacket.

30% Off REI Backpacking Bundle

Sale: $243.93 (Reg. $349)

The Co-op’s ready-made backpacking bundle is a great starter kit for beginner backpackers who want to spend less time obsessing over gear and more time actually hiking. Consisting of the REI Stratus Air inflatable pad, Trailbreak 30 synthetic sleeping bag, and Passage 2 tent, the bundle takes care of three big-ticket backpacking items in one affordable package.

31% Off Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles

Sale: $109.93 (Reg. $159.95)

These telescoping poles have shock absorbers below the handles to protect your joints from jarring impacts on the trail. Black Diamond is one of the leading manufacturers of ultralight backpacking trekking poles, and the Trail Pro Shocks are no exception.

15% Off Nemo Hornet 2

Sale: $339.96 (Reg. $399.95)

The old version of the Hornet 2 is being phased out in favor of the new Hornet Osmo—but the original is still sturdy, easy to use, and remarkably lightweight at just 30 ounces (trail weight). Grab one now for $60 off at Backcountry.

41% Off Ursack AllMitey Kodiak Critter Sack

Sale: $139.93 (Reg. $239.95)

Hanging a bear bag is nice in theory but can be difficult or impractical in real life. Don’t miss this chance to grab your all-purpose critter protection at $100 off the list price.

33% Off Osprey Lumina 60

Sale: $179.93 (Reg. $270)


The Lumina is one of leading backpack manufacturer Osprey’s lightest-ever models at just 29 ounces for 60 liters of storage capacity. What’s not to like?

20% Off Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Pad

Sale: $79.96 (Reg. $99.95)

The Insulated Air Core is warm and comfy and also makes the ultimate raft for summer swim breaks.

50% Off Hoka Challenger ATR 6

Sale: $69.93 (Reg. $140)

The Challenger 6 is on clearance at REI now that the new Challenger 7 has dropped. It’s still a great shoe, though, and a common choice for thru-hikers looking for lightweight, grippy, but still cushioned footwear.

Up to 30% Off Smartwool Classic Merino Base Layer Bottoms

Merino wool is soft, warm, and moisture-regulating—just the ticket for chilly nights in camp.

40% Off Altra Lone Peak 6

Sale: $83.93 (Reg. $140)



Last year’s version of the iconic and ever-popular Lone Peak is on sale. The Lone Peak continues to dominate thru-hiker footwear choices thanks to its wide toe box, zero drop design, and minimalist design.


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