The Best Hiking Gear Deals from Amazon Prime Day 2023

It’s that time of year again when for no particular reason, Amazon slashes prices for millions of items during their annual Prime Day event. We get it, July is summer prime time, and we are juiced up too. Trails are mostly melted out (sorry, High Sierra), and wildflowers are popping. If you haven’t gotten into the backcountry yet this year, then you are probably thinking about it.

What better way to show your stoke for the hiking season (besides hiking, of course, or volunteering with a trail crew) than by shopping for hiking gear? Endless apparel and doodads await for those willing to wade into this glorious mire of abundance. And don’t be fooled by the name, this massive sale actually runs for two whole days, July 11-12.

If this sounds overwhelming, then fear not! We’ve scrolled endlessly and picked out our favorite deals from the sale. And while off-brand leggings, rain gear, and earbuds are fun and cool, we didn’t list anything here that isn’t from a trusted brand or something that we’ve tried ourselves. However, if you want to take a risk on some night vision goggles, then we won’t stop you. Have fun, and be safe.

You can see all the deals here.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

$204 (Reg: $350)

The Garmin Forerunner takes the classic fitness watch a step further with the addition of music playback. That feature might not be new to smartwatches in general, but in combining entertainment with rugged practicality, this watch includes a lot of the sensors and tools that are useful in the backcountry with a sleek and rockin’ package. While battery life could be better, this is a solid option for outdoor fitness tracking.


Suunto 5 Peak

$154 (Reg: $200)

Suunto has been making capable multisport watches for decades and the 5 Peak keeps it simple with a thoughtfully curated feature set. There is no music storage in this thing, but the long battery life will track your meandering for multiple days between charges, which is arguably more important during extended backcountry forays.


Grayl GeoPress 24oz

$90 and under (Reg: $100)

At 16 ounces, the Grayl GeoPress isn’t going to make it onto an ultralighter’s gear list, but it can be a useful backcountry tool in the right circumstances. Unlike the most popular lightweight water filters, the Grayl removes bonus contaminants like pesticides, heavy metals, and viruses in addition to our good friends, bacteria and protozoa. If you’re hiking the Florida Trail or internationally, this extra protection could be worth the weight. Keep an eye out for a “lightning sale” style discount. These are likely to go fast.


Read Colleen’s review of the Grayl GeoPress here.

GoPro HERO11 Black

$350 (Reg: $500)

GoPro is well-known as the pioneering action camera brand, and years after their first camera hit the slopes, handlebars, waves, and parachutes, they are still churning out amazing video cameras. They are relatively compact, rugged, and easy to use, making them a great option for on-trail videography. And although it still isn’t cheap, this might be your best shot at Youtube trail fame, or at least annoying the heck out of your trail family.


Anker PowerCore 20,100mAh

$32 (Reg: $40)

With more awesome electric trail gadgets comes a greater demand for portable power storage. This 20,100mAh behemoth is probably more than you need unless you stream Gilmore Girls every night in camp, but it can be helpful for blitzing through a resupply stop if you have enough power saved to get you to the next town. Anker is a time-tested brand that has powered many a thru-hike. If this power bank is too big for your needs, then check out deals on other Anker products, such as this 10,000mAh battery.



$35 (Reg: $55)

This stylish classic is a legendary camp shoe, and remains a thru-hiker favorite despite the constant onslaught of trendy minimalist flip-flops. They are comfortable, lightweight, and capable. We dare you to find a hiker who carries these and hasn’t walked more than a few miles in them with their backpack on and a smile on their face. The fun colors are just a bonus.


Merrell Moab 2 Vent Mid

$68 (Reg: $137)

Like Crocs, the Merrell Moab is a certified legend. For hikers who can’t seem to find a trail runner that works for them, these lightweight boots have been there to lend a stable, comfortable ride for well over a decade. The design hasn’t changed much over the years, which is a testament to the enduring quality of this beloved shoe-boot crossover.


Sun Bum Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Stick

$10.80 (Reg: $13.50)

Sunscreen is an essential part of any skincare routine in the backcountry. For a lot of us, it is the only skincare routine. Sun Bum sunscreen products have become a favorite of ours with a wide variety of SPFs and application methods available, not to mention that they are also vegan, cruelty-free, and reef friendly. This mineral face stick is one of our favorites because it offers a chemical-free solution to suncare while being super easy to apply throughout the day. Its small size easily stashes in a hip-belt pocket. Find more Sun Bum deals here.


No Cow Protein Bars

$9.30 (Reg: $13) per pack of 4

Can there ever be too many bar options when thru-hiking? We think not, and have been happy to add No Cow protein bars to our standard rotation. As with most protein-heavy bars, the texture is a little chalky, but warmed in the midday sun, they turn into a gooey delight. Bonus: they’re “free-from” a lot of the things that folks with dietary restrictions try to avoid while still remaining pretty darn tasty. Again, keep an eye out for lightning sales throughout Prime Day.


Oreo Double Stuf Cookies

$4.99 (Reg: $5.98)

When you eat as many of these little treasures as we do, every dollar counts. After peanut butter and potato chips, one of our editors insists that most of his calories while thru-hiking come from Oreos. That doesn’t sound smart to all of us, but at least he goes for double stuf.


There are innumerable deals other than those that we listed above, and even our best sleuthing couldn’t uncover all the gold. It’s really up to you to decide how deep you want to dive, but just be warned that you might soon find yourself surrounded by boxes of flatscreen TVs, kindles, and kettlebells. Try to remember that practicing restraint is usually the most ultralight way to go. ‘Nothing’ weighs less than the lightest version of things that you don’t actually need.

Featured image: Graphic design by Zack Goldmann.

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