This is now the best it’s time to buy some winter gear. The season may be coming to an end, but the savings are substantial. When I got into rock climbing years ago and had to get all the gear, it was during the annual late winter sales, and I got lucky with some fantastic prices. Plan ahead and you too can save money.
Update March 11, 2021: REI’s winter clearance sale has ended, but there are still plenty of items on sale. The backcountry and Moosejaw winter sales are still running. I have
crossed out sold out items, updated prices and added five new offers.
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- REI Flash 18 Pack for $ 20 ($ 20 off): Taking a big inflated bag on a day hike is unnecessary pain. For a quick bag to ‘get out’, the Flash 18 is one of our favorites because it’s light and inexpensive, but has enough room for a rain jacket, lunch, sunscreen and water. . This is the outgoing Flash 18, which is not made of more durable bluesign approved materials like the recently introduced model.
- Black Diamond Momentum Climbing Shoes for $ 70 ($ 25 off): These are strong, non-aggressive climbing shoes ideal for novice climbers and those of any skill level tackling certain types of smooth outdoor rocks like granite slabs. These are some of the most comfortable climbing shoes I have worn. The woman version is on sale at the same price.
- REI Co-Op Multi Towel Lite for $ 5 ($ 5 off): You should have a pack of towels when you hike. Condensation and haze collects on your backpack as the weather changes. To keep it from getting into your fabric and weighing you down, it helps to have a small towel handy to wipe it down periodically.
- Mountain Hardwear Crag Wagon 35 for $ 142 ($ 78 off): If you are rock climbing outdoors, you will need a bag large enough to carry everything. A regular small backpack can work if you don’t carry a full rack, but it’s nicer to be able to store your helmet and climbing shoes inside instead of hanging them outside. This 35-liter pack will swallow it all, and the front panel decompresses for easier loading and unloading than a top-opening pack.
- MSR Windburner Stove Group System for $ 160 ($ 40 off): MSR makes some of the best stoves in the business. The Windburner runs on MSR IsoPro cans, which contain an 80/20 mixture of isobutane and propane. The kit also comes with a 2.5 liter pot with a locking lid that allows you to store the stove, stand and IsoPro can (not included) inside the pot when not in use.
Black Diamond Camalot C4 Package # 1-3 for 198 ($ 22 off): If you want to start climbing or updating your rack, you will need cams. BD’s Camalot C4 series is the standard many use to judge the competition because it has been around for a long time and is widely used. The new generation is 10% lighter than the outgoing C4 cams. Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles for $ 135 ($ 45 off): I hit and abused Black Diamond carbon fiber trekking poles on nasty rocks, and they held up well. Cork grips are plush and handle sweaty palms well. I’m not sure I want to go back to handles without cork. Hiking poles are useful for stability and relieve some of the strain on your legs and knees. Garmin Forerunner 735XT Run-Bundle for $ 240 ($ 160 off) :WIRED writer Adrienne So, who tests fitness trackers among other things, says it’s a lot. It includes an HRM-Run chest strap that measures your heart rate. The Forerunner 735XL has GPS, is water resistant to 50 meters, and pairs with your Android or iOS smartphone. Toaks Titanium Foldable Spork for $ 6 ($ 3 off) :If the hike had a symbol, it would be the titanium spatula. Toaks is a solid manufacturer of titanium cookware. This folder weighs only 0.6 ounces and folds nicely and small into your bag.
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