A Hiker’s Information to the Black Friday Gross sales

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As lots of my US readers will likely be conscious, the Black Friday/Cyber Monday gross sales are actually in full swing. This represents an excellent alternative to save lots of on any wishlist backpacking gear you might have been enthusiastic about in the course of the pandemic.

Over the previous few days, I’ve been scanning the web for one of the best mountain climbing and backpacking gear offers on supply. What follows is a compilation of closely discounted gadgets from Backcountry, Campsaver, and Moosejaw, together with different nice provides from cottage gear firms resembling Gossamer Gear, Enlightened Gear, Mountain Laurel Designs, and Six Moon Designs.

(Word: Consistent with the general philosophy of this web site, the next provides consist nearly totally of drugs that’s light-weight or ultralightweight).

Storewide Gross sales

  • Backcountry.com 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 gadgets 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 resembling 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 gadgets). Coupon: BLACKFRIDAY2021. Sale ends November 28.
  • Ursack – 30% off bear-resistant meals sacks. Sale finish December 3.


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




Bedrock Sandals

SPOTLIGHT: La Sportiva Path Runners – Over the previous three years, numerous my mountain climbing has been achieved in La Sportiva path runners. Significantly the Akashas (discontinued) and the Extremely Raptors. This previous summer time 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 properly (i.e. medium width & quantity), as do the La Sportiva Wildcats. Then again, I’ve discovered the Bushidos to be too slender total, 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 turn out to be 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 things else.

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


For extra shelter concepts see Tents for Via-hiking:

Six Moon Designs

Gossamer Gear


Mountain Laurel Designs

SPOTLIGHT: Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo

I used this comfy, light-weight (26 oz) tent for a month throughout my current journey to the Pacific Northwest. It holds up properly in inclement climate, the setup is fast and simple, and for one particular person, 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 total 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 Via-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 lately throughout a late summer time 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 sturdy), it’s repeatedly outperformed its temperature score, and I can’t say sufficient in regards to the workmanship and total high quality.


For extra choices see Backpacks for Via-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 time). 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: Diminished from $350 to $299. Featherlite at 3.5 oz, the Mini has 2-way messaging, monitoring, and SOS capabilities. Pairs along with your smartphone by way of Bluetooth. I used this machine on my current Alaska journey and located the battery life to be wonderful. For instance, over 15 days in Gates of the Arctic, I despatched a each day preset message to my household, answered a handful of texts, checked the climate repeatedly, however didn’t use GPS monitoring. The end result? 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 alternative of my outdated 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 lately upgraded from a Timex Ironman, personally, all the 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 stated, for those who’re a gadget geek who likes to hike, this watch looks as if an excellent choice.


  • 40% off Ambit3 Peak Watch – Person-friendly, rechargeable battery, GPS, and altimeter. I picked one in every of these up final yr on particular. I have a tendency to depart the GPS off whereas mountain climbing, so the battery sometimes lasts a number of weeks earlier than needing to be recharged.


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

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