By Michael Lanza

If you’ve been thinking you need (or want) a new backpack, tent, boots, sleeping bag, rain shell, down jacket, or some other piece of hiking or backpacking gear or apparel, right now is one of the two or three best times of year to grab good deals. Most brick-and-mortar and online retailers are holding major sales, offering deeply discounted prices on new and recently new gear, and some of those sales end soon. If you want to save yourself serious cash (and who doesn’t?), read on for my recommendations for favorite models of packs, tents, jackets, and other gear, and links to the best sales taking place right now.

Online retail sites like and are holding sales right now, and sales are truly the best times to buy from makers of high-end, specialty gear like,,,,,,, and

See all of my reviews of gear from Feathered Friends, Arc’teryx, Osprey Packs, Outdoor Research, Black Diamond, Patagonia, MSR, Sea to Summit, and Hyperlite Mountain Gear.

trip like this goes better with the right gear. See my picks for “The 10 Best Backpacking Packs”
and “The 7 (Very) Best Backpacking Tents.”

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Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket in Glacier National Park.
” data-medium-file=”″ data-large-file=”″ width=”900″ height=”703″ src=”″ alt=”Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket in Glacier National Park.” class=”wp-image-35383″ srcset=” 1024w, 300w, 768w, 1080w, 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 900px) 100vw, 900px” data-recalc-dims=”1″ />Testing the Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket in Glacier National Park. Click photo to see “The 10 Best Down Jackets.”

Make smart, informed choices by starting with my expert gear reviews, which are based on my 25 years reviewing hiking and backpacking gear, previously as the lead gear reviewer for Backpacker magazine, and many years for this blog. You will find a categorized menu of all reviews at The Big Outside, as well as links to my gear-buying tips, at my Gear Reviews page