The Best Hiking Gear Deals from Backcountry’s Big Brand Sale

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Before you settle in for your time-honored Friday the 13th marathon tradition this weekend, be sure to check out the Backcountry Big Brand Sale, which kicks off on 11/13 and runs until 11/17.

This is not a drill.

Now is your chance to stock up on high dollar backpacking apparel and gear without breaking the bank, so grab your wish list and get your butt over to But before you go, arm yourself with knowledge. Here are some of our favorite backpacking gear deals from the sale so you can go in with a plan.

Our Favorite Deals from the Backcountry Big Brand Sale

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket (Men’s || Women’s)

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  • Up to 30% Off | Reg. $199
  • 11.9 oz

Synthetic PrimaLoft fill and a durable face fabric made from recycled materials make this jacket rugged and ready for any conditions. With minimalist features and not-too-much insulation, it’s also highly packable. Maybe that’s why the Nano Puff has long been a staple of the Backcountry. We think it’s pretty great. And during the Big Brand Sale, this already affordable midlayer becomes even more of a bargain.

See our review here.

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Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket (Women’s)

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  • Up to 30% Off | Reg. $229
  • 12.2 oz

Compared to the Nano Puff above, the Down Sweater Jacket has a lot more loft thanks to high-quality 800-fill goose down insulation, yet it weighs about the same amount. That premium down fill makes it more expensive, too, but fortunately, the current markdown brings it down to Nano Puff-level affordability.

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Arc’teryx Beta SL Rain Jacket (Men’s || Women’s)

  • Up to 35% Off | Reg. $425
  • 11.3 oz

A $425 rain jacket, you say? Before you run screaming, take a look at the specs. It features pit zips, waterproof zippers, high-quality Gore-tex Paclite construction, and a helmet-compatible hood, all at under 3/4 of a pound, a perfectly acceptable weight for a backpacking rain jacket. Snag it during the Big Brand Sale and your wallet might not even cry.

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Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket (Men’s || Women’s)

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  • Up to 25% Off | Reg. $379
  • 10.4 oz

Three-and-a-half ounces of premium 850-fill goose down insulation make this jacket deliciously puffy and super warm for four-season adventures. Strategic synthetic insulation in moisture-prone areas (armpits, wrists, etc.) help to maintain loft. Meanwhile, a snug fit from waistband to hood allows you to truly batten down the hatches and lock cold air out.

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Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX Trail Runner (Men’s)

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  • Up to 25% Off | Reg. $149.95
  • 11.9 oz per shoe

There’s a reason this trail runner is popular with thru-hikers. It’s lightweight, well-cushioned, grippy, and Salomon’s quicklace adjustment makes it easy to loosen or tighten the shoe. (It also means you’ll never trip on your shoelace and go flying off a cliff, a nightmare every backpacker has had at least once).

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Salomon Outline GTX Hiking Shoe (Women’s)

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  • Up to 25% Off | Reg. $129.95
  • 10.5 oz per shoe

The Outline provides a little more stability than a trail runner without adding much to the shoe’s weight or profile. It also has traditional laces if the quicklace system on Salomon trail runners doesn’t do it for you.

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Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX Hiking Boot (Women’s)

  • Up to 25% Off | Reg. $164.95
  • 14.7 oz per shoe

For those who crave more stability and ankle support than a trail runner can offer, enter the Salomon Ultra Mid. These boots are renowned for their comfort, and at less than 15 ounces per shoe, they’re a far cry from the leather ball-and-chain hiking boots of the olden days.

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Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Backpacking Boot (Men’s)

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  • Up to 25% Off | Reg. $299.95
  • 45 oz

These high top boots are hefty, but they’re super durable and supportive for heavy carries and challenging terrain where performance trumps weight. The waterproof membrane will keep your feet snug and dry even after tromping through snow or icy puddles, making this an ideal non-mountaineering four-season hiking boot.

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Smartwool Merino 250 1/4 Zip (Women’s)

  • Up to 25% Off | Reg. $105

This luxuriously thick, 100% merino baselayer provides more warmth and durability (and moth resistance) than the brand’s thinner 150-weight wool. It’s wonderfully soft and slim without being too snug, making it a perfect next-to-skin layer for hiking and campsite lounging alike.

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Smartwool Merino 250 Bottom (Men’s)

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  • Up to 30% Off | Reg. $100

A midweight baselayer bottom is essential for chilly pursuits on the trail this winter. These bottoms feel great, fit snug enough to layer, and won’t chafe. What’s not to like?

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Outdoor Research Interstellar Bivy

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  • Up to 25% Off | Reg. $274.95
  • 20 oz

This four-season bivvy appeals to adventurous hikers and mountaineers alike. OR claims the waterproof AscentShell fabric is air permeable and highly breathable, plus it has noseeum mesh for added ventilation during fair weather. It’s fast to set up, and you can configure it with head and arm holes as a sort of wearable shelter when you need to sit up to organize gear.

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Comments 2

  • TicTac : Nov 14th

    Nobody, absolutely NOBODY who has any social conscience at all will do business with They are a predatory, rapacious company with a history of filing legal action against every single small company anywhere in the USA that might compete with them. They have driven literally a hundred small owner operated companies out of business by filing lawsuits contending they are encroaching on their copyright.

    They say they have gotten new law firms, that are not filing “as many” copyright and competition lawsuits, that they are not pursuing small companies that pose absolutely no competition for them. But they refuse to make whole the many companies that they have ruined and driven out of business and individual business owners who were ruined financially by their frivolous lawsuits is an example of the worst paradigm in an open, free market. They have proven that bullying as a business model can be highly successful.

    Please, PLEASE, don’t patronize until they have made whole all of the small business owners. Consider joining the Facebook group: BoycottBackCountryDOTcom and let this aggressively predacious company know that their kind is not welcome in a marketplace that values a free market for ideas and products

    • Shannon Ramsey : Nov 22nd

      Wow I had no idea that BackCountry was notorious for this and am absolutely disgusted by it. I’m really glad you wrote this because I was honestly debating between getting a product from either BackCountry or REI but now I’ll definitely stick with REI. Thanks for spreading the message, I really hope they change their ways but until then I’ll stay away from them and try to support small business’ when I can.


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