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A Hiker’s Information to the Black Friday Gross sales

As a lot of my US readers can be conscious, the Black Friday/Cyber Monday gross sales are actually in full swing. This represents an excellent alternative to avoid wasting on any wishlist backpacking gear you will have been occupied with through the pandemic.

Over the previous few days, I’ve been scanning the online for one of the best climbing and backpacking gear offers on provide. What follows is a compilation of closely discounted objects from Backcountry, Campsaver, and Moosejaw, together with different nice gives from cottage gear firms akin to Gossamer Gear, Enlightened Gear, Mountain Laurel Designs, and Six Moon Designs.

(Observe: In step with the general philosophy of this web site, the next gives consist virtually fully of drugs that’s light-weight or ultralightweight).

Storewide Gross sales

  • 20% off one full-priced merchandise (exclusions apply). 
  • Campsaver –  20% off one full-priced merchandise and 20% off any merchandise within the OUTLET. Ends December 7.
  • Enlightened Gear20% off inventory objects and 10% off all customized quilts, attire, and equipment. Sale ends November 29.
  • Storage Grown Gear – As much as 40% off all kinds of things from cottage UL gear firms akin to Katabatic Gear, Nashville Pack, Toaks, and Waymark Gear Co. 
  • Gossamer Gear – As much as 25% off backpacks and shelters. Sale ends December 5.
  • Hammock Gear: 15% to twenty% off all kinds of things together with quilts, hammocks, and shelters. Sale ends November 29.
  • Moosejaw –  Thanksgiving sale. As much as 30% off manufacturers together with Prana, Out of doors Analysis, Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond, and Smartwool.
  • Mountain Hardwear: 25% sitewide. Sale ends December 2.
  • Mountain Laurel Designs – 5% off all purchases with code ULTRA200ROCKS. Sale ends November 29.
  • Nashville Pack -10% off at checkout with code NashyNovember10. Sale ends November 30.
  • Six Moon Designs – 20% off all backpacks and 20%-25% off most of its shelters. Sale ends November 30.
  • UGQ Out of doors – 10% off all merchandise (together with made-to-order objects). Coupon: BLACKFRIDAY2021. Sale ends November 28.
  • Ursack – 30% off bear-resistant meals sacks. Sale finish December 3.


The entire fashions talked about under are featured in my in-depth article, Path Runners Vs Climbing Boots: A 30 Yr Perspective. I’ve both used every of the listed objects personally or have hiked with long-time backpacker mates who’ve performed so: 



Bedrock Sandals

SPOTLIGHT: La Sportiva Path Runners – Over the previous three years, a number of my climbing has been performed in La Sportiva path runners. Notably the Akashas (discontinued) and the Extremely Raptors. This previous summer season I used a single pair of the latter mannequin for over 400 miles in extraordinarily rugged terrain up in Alaska, after which I put one other 250 miles on them earlier than they have been ultimately retired. The aforementioned fashions match my toes effectively (i.e. medium width & quantity), as do the La Sportiva Wildcats. Then again, I’ve discovered the Bushidos to be too slender general, and the Akyras, whereas having loads of traction and cushioning, are just a little too excessive and slender within the heel for my liking. Abstract: As of November 2021, the Extremely Raptors have develop into my go-to path runner for prolonged journeys in rugged circumstances, whereas long-time favorites, the Brooks Cascadias, nonetheless do the trick for all the pieces else.

Yours really in La Sportiva Extremely Raptors in Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic Nationwide Park.


For extra shelter concepts see Tents for Through-hiking:

Six Moon Designs

Gossamer Gear


Mountain Laurel Designs

SPOTLIGHT: Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo

I used this snug, light-weight (26 oz) tent for a month throughout my latest journey to the Pacific Northwest. It holds up effectively in inclement climate, the setup is fast and simple, and for one individual, there’s greater than ample room to unfold out. It was the primary SMD shelter I’d tried since taking the Gatewood Cape for a spin a few years in the past, and general I used to be very impressed.

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo | Oregon Coast Path, 2021.

Sleeping Luggage & Quilts

For extra choices, see Sleeping Luggage and Quilts for Through-Climbing.

Enlightened Gear


Storage Grown Gear

Hammock Gear

SPOTLIGHT: Katabatic Alsek 22F

I’ve been utilizing the Alsek since 2018. Since that point it’s stored me heat within the Scottish Highlands, Lapland and the Alps within the fall, the higher reaches of a few of Mexico’s highest volcanoes, and most just lately throughout a late summer season journey to northern Alaska. As with the opposite two Katabatic quilts I’ve used since 2011 (i.e. Palisade 30F and Sawatch 15F – each of that are nonetheless going robust), it’s often outperformed its temperature ranking, and I can’t say sufficient concerning the workmanship and general high quality.


For extra choices see Backpacks for Through-Climbing.

Mountain Laurel Designs

  • 5% off UL frameless classics such because the Burn 38L and Prophet 48L with code ULTRA200ROCKS. Sale ends November 29.

Six Moon Designs

  • 20% off all backpacks together with the Swift V (40L), Minimalist V2 (50L), and the Swift X (which I used on a 15 day carry in Gates of the Arctic Nationwide Park this previous summer season). Sale ends November 30.

Nashville Packs

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Gossamer Gear

Bobcat and Dirtmonger carrying Gossamer Gear Kumos | Dying Valley, Lowest to Highest Route, 2014.

Different Merchandise


  • Garmin inReach Mini: Decreased from $350 to $299. Featherlite at 3.5 oz, the Mini has 2-way messaging, monitoring, and SOS capabilities. Pairs together with your smartphone by way of Bluetooth. I used this gadget on my latest Alaska journey and located the battery life to be wonderful. For instance, over 15 days in Gates of the Arctic, I despatched a day by day preset message to my household, answered a handful of texts, checked the climate often, however didn’t use GPS monitoring. The consequence? After 15 days I nonetheless had greater than 60% battery life.

Gossamer Gear

Six Moon Designs

Enlightened Gear


  • Sleeping Mats: Between 15% and 40% off Thermarest NeoAir XLite and ProLite.
  • Satellite tv for pc Messenger: Garmin inReach Mini: $50 off.
  • Trekking Poles25% off Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
  • GPS Watch: 35% off Garmin Fenix 6X Professional Photo voltaic: That is the watch of selection of my previous good friend and serial thru-hiker, Mike Unger, who is aware of as a lot about backcountry electronics as anybody I’ve met. As somebody who solely just lately upgraded from a Timex Ironman, personally, the entire options make my head spin (e.g. photo voltaic charging, monitoring, mapping, touch-screen, music, coronary heart charge monitor, and about 10,000 different issues). That mentioned, in case you’re a gadget geek who likes to hike, this watch looks as if an excellent choice.


  • 40% off Ambit3 Peak Watch – Consumer-friendly, rechargeable battery, GPS, and altimeter. I picked considered one of these up final yr on particular. I have a tendency to go away the GPS off whereas climbing, so the battery usually lasts a couple of weeks earlier than needing to be recharged.


OR Ferrosi’s in Mexico’s Sierra Madre | 2020.

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