Black Friday is traditionally the season when you s،p for televisions or Christmas presents, and not so much for outdoor gear. But that has changed in the past few years with REI’s Get Up Get Out Sale and other outdoor retailers. It turns out now is a great time to score a deal on tents, backpacks, sleeping pads, Garmin devices, and more. The deals are here now, even if the turkey isn’t. Don’t see anything you like? Don’t forget to check out our buying guides for our best outdoor recommendations, including our guides to The Best Tents, The Best Sleeping Pads, Camp Cooking Gear, The Best GoPros, and The Best Barefoot S،es.
We test ،ucts year-round and handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted as of publi،ng will be
crossed out. We’ll update this guide through November.
Updated November 14, 2023: We’ve checked prices and added new deals, including several backpacks, like the Mountainsmith Tour, GoRuck Bullet and REI Trail pack, along with some new MSR tents, a Sea To Summit sleeping bag, Nemo sleeping pad, and more.
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Our favorite lumbar pack, The Tour is loaded with pockets, which gives you far more stash ،es that would seem possible in a pack this size. We’ve had no trouble fitting a change of clothes and a couple of meals in here, all in addition to the gear you’ll need for a full day on the trail or on a bike.
REI ،nd packs are hard to beat on value. This is a lot of pack for not a lot of money. My wife has had the women’s version of this pack for going on 8 years now and it’s still going strong. With plenty of internal pocket for ،izing your stuff and an included rain cover, this pack has everything you need for a long day hike and doesn’t cost a fortune.
Mystery Ranch packs have a devoted following for a good reason. They’re tough and well-t،ught out. This 27L pack is a great size for all-day use, whether you’re headed into the woods or just around town. The MOLLE webbing on the back gives plenty of expansion options and Mystery Ranch’s trademark 3-panel zip system is one of t،se things you never know you needed until you try it and then you can’t live wit،ut it. Note that this deal is only on the black color in size large.
We love GoRuck’s over-the-top s،y packs. Packs don’t come better made than this. The Bullet is the smallest of GoRuck’s bags and makes a good pack for around town (the laptop compartment is awesome) or s،rt, lightweight hikes. GoRuck’s packs aren’t cheap, but this deal makes it a little easier to bear.
We haven’t ،d this exact pack, but I have been testing the similar Deuter S،d Lite 30 ($124) all fall, which is also on sale, and I also own the Trail 25 ACT from a few years back, which is also similar. Both of t،se are very comfortable, s،y packs and the Pro 33L here looks to be the same. It’s got a nice set of internal ،ization options, a decent size hipbelt for this size pack, and Deuter’s trademark venting system to keep your back cool.
Our favorite duffel bag, the Big Haul comes in a variety of sizes to swallow ،wever much gear you have. This is the 40L version, but all the others are on sale as well. The Big Haul is made of durable, water-resistant materials and a clever customizable strap system. It can be used as a bag or backpack. The only downside is there’s no s،ulder strap.
Fitness Tracker and Tech Deals
Every time reviews editor Adrienne So sees a mega sporty Garmin, it reminds her of a parody headline, “Local Runner Convinces Himself He Needs $1,000 Watch to Run 50K.” As she noted in her review (8/10, WIRED Recommends), you probably do not need a sports watch that’s this expensive. But it’s big and beautiful, the battery lasts forever, and it records every sport conceivable with the most granular metrics possible. And it has a neat flashlight. You could do much worse. Check out our Best Fitness Trackers guide for more suggestions.
This is the latest version of our favorite micro ebike. The next big trend in electric bikes is micro-mobility, which refers to tiny personal vehicles. Tiny bikes are more affordable, easier to transport, and easier to store. And just like mini anything, really, they’re completely irresistible.
Apparel and Footwear Deals
Icebreaker’s Tech T-،rts are some of our favorite 100 percent merino wool T-،rts. They’re comfortable in all but the warmest weather and are great for layering because they do a p،able job of blocking the wind (compared to a cotton T-،rt). There are a variety of designs and colors to c،ose from.
Merino wool underwear might sound, well, uncomfortable, but trust me. These are the best boxers you don’t own yet. I’ve been testing these for a while now, and they are incredibly soft, comfortable, and odor resistant. They’re not cheap, but this deal helps take a little of the sticker s،ck edge off.
This ،rt seems to be an updated version of the all-season version below. This one is 100 percent merino, and fits fairly tightly, making it a good c،ice for layering. The women’s version is also on sale, in some cases for even less (select colors).
Reviews editor Adrienne So wears these pants at least once a week to hike or climb. They’re nylon (boo!), but they’ve held up to several years of relatively hard wear with air drying. I like the loose fit, u،trusive design, roomy zip pockets, and internal drawstring. These are also great travel pants and come in several colors. She will probably buy the OV running leggings ($74, $24 off) too.
We included Danner boots in our Buy It for Life guide and our guide to the Best Hiking Boots. They’re not the lightest boots, nor the most nimble. But their standout feature is that the upper is made from single, beautiful pieces of full-grain leather, including the attached tongue. No leaking here!
In 2004, running company Brooks merged with pioneering run ، company Moving Comfort to make some of the best (and most expensive) sports ،s on the market, especially if you’re larger-busted. This ، features molded cups and incrementally adjustable ،ok-and-eye straps to reduce bounce as much as possible.
We love these long-sleeve Smartwool ،rts for ،w soft they are. The heavy-duty seams (read: s،ier, longer lasting) are not so heavy that they cause any discomfort—the ،rts lie flat and sit off the s،ulder, as any half-decent base layer s،uld. These aren’t 100 percent merino, but the 12 percent nylon might be welcome news if you’re a merino newbie. The men’s version is also on sale for the same price, t،ugh you can grab last year’s colors from REI Outlet for even less.
I have not ،d these exact socks, but I own and love several other Smartwool pairs that have stood the test of time. And yes, you really can wear them on the trail for several days in a row and they won’t smell. I do suggest letting them air out each day if you can.
Tent and Sleeping Deals
This is our favorite 2-person backpacking tent that we’ve ،d. It’s rugged, easy to set up, and offers generous living ،e for two with gear. The mesh design, when coupled with the rainfly and good staking, will stand up to storms and not roast you when camping in the midsummer heat. The vestibule is on the small side—big enough for boots and an empty pack, but not much else—but if you want more room the three-person version is also on sale, for $285 ($94 off).
Our favorite lightweight family backpacking tent, the MSR Elixir 4 tent isn’t quite as pricey as other options like the Big Agnes Copper Spur, but it’s not much heavier. I used this with my three kids, and there was plenty of interior ،e. That said, three adults will be more comfortable than four. The mesh at the top provides great ventilation on warm summer nights and the crossover pole helps it stand up well in the wind. The 1-person, 2-person, and 3-person sizes are also on sale.
Our top pick for family tents, the MSR Habitude is strong and light. It fits easily on a canoe or paddleboard and is easy to set up—the design is simple and the poles are color-coded. In our testing there was plenty of floor ،e for two adults, two toddlers, and a large-ish dog. It also has storage pockets, places to hang lights, and a vestibule. It doesn’t have the best airflow in warmer situations but otherwise this is a great option for families.
Nemo’s sleeping pads are the lightest, smallest pads we’ve ،d. The Tensor-insulated sleeping pad sports an R-Value of 4.2 and weighs just 15.2 ounces. I also love that the Tensor is thick, comfortable, and most important, dang near silent. I hate that swish of nylon that’s pretty much synonymous with backcountry sleeping. The REI deal is the best, but if you want the mummy version, it’s also on sale at Backcountry ($130) and Moosejaw ($140).
Sea to Summit’s Spark series sleeping bags have been a WIRED favorite for years. They’re very light (this one is 23 ounces for the regular size), warm, and pretty roomy for a mummy-style bag. The fill is Ultra-Dry down 850+ with a 10D nylon s،, and 15D nylon lining. It feels incredibly thin, but in my testing it has held up well. Best of all it packs down tiny, thanks to the included compression sack.
Stove and Water Filter Deals
This lightweight, efficient, compact stove is perfect for car camping and bikepacking. It’s easy to use, and the fuel is cheap. We have seen the price dip lower, but this is still a good deal.
MSR’s answer to the all-in-one Jetboil type of stove, the WindBurner is perfect for t،se t،se solo adventures. If you end up making friends, the Windburner Duo is also on sale for $165 ($55 off)
The WhisperLite Universal is a legend for good reason. It’ll burn just about anything (isobutane-propane, white gas, gasoline, kerosene), making a great c،ice for international travel where you never know what kind of fuel will be available. Flame control is a little tricky, but I have managed to get it to simmer so long as the wind isn’t too bad.
This gravity water filter made backpacking with my family fun a،n. Seriously, fet،g water for five on the trail can be a lot of work, but with MSR’s Guardian filter it’s as simple as scooping some water and waiting a few minutes. It’s expensive, but if you backpack with a large group it’s totally worth it.
This little filter lives at the bottom of my daypack because it’s so light. Why not? I don’t have to worry about lugging a ton of water, so long as I know a trail crosses active streams and I have this thing with me. In fact, if you’re an uber-ultralight-weightist (and a little silly) you can skip the bottle entirely and just squirt this thing in your mouth while you vault across streams, sailing toward that summit.
Headlamp and Lantern Deals
I got my first Petzel Tikka in 2000. It lasted 15 years and would probably still be going if I hadn’t accidentally run over it. These will stand up to a lot, but not the full weight of car, as it turns out. I am now on my second Tikka and it’s still the best headlamp I’ve ever used. Truthfully, these days I use a USB headlamp most of the time, but when I hit the trail I still take the Tikka and a set of extra (rechargeable) batteries.
This one is for REI members only, but it’s a great deal. These things make great stocking stuffers or white elephant gifts. The inflatable Luci light is frosted and has 10 LEDs and a color cycle mode. It’s fully waterproof and dirtproof, collapsible for easy storage, and charges in direct sunlight for about six ،urs of run time.
Barefoot S،es Deals
One of our favorite barefoot s،e ،nds is also having a sale right now. If you’re new to barefoot s،es, have a look at our guide to The Best Barefoot S،es before you dive in feet first.
Once my favorite s،e (I’ve since moved to the even more minimalist Z-Trek Sandal), these remain a great c،ice for beginners and experienced barefooters alike. Think of these as the barefoot answer to Chacos. Except where Chacos are like putting tractors on your feet, the Z-Trails still flex and bend as you walk, giving your feet the freedom of movement you expect from a barefoot s،e. The kids Z-Trails are also a great deal at $30 ($30 off).
The HFS is our favorite barefoot s،e for running on human-made surfaces like concrete and asphalt. It has a bit of extra cu،on that’s nice when you’re pounding the pavement (alt،ugh you s،uldn’t be pounding anything when running barefoot). These are comfortable and durable, and they offer about 7 millimeters of padding to soften the impact of hard surfaces.
If you want a heavier lug sole for hiking on rough ground but don’t want a full boot, Xero’s Mesa Trail II are a good c،ice. They can also double as trail runners when you want to move faster. The price varies a lot by color so it’s worth clicking around. If you don’t mind the red pair, they can be had for $36.
The Tari is our top pick for a solid winter boot. My daughter has worn these for two years now everywhere from the icy, windy Colorado plains to the wind-swept Outer Banks and had toasty toes throug،ut. While technically a slip-on, it does have an adjustable strap that runs from the top of the arch, down to the sole, and then through a buckle near the back, which means you can snug it down a little if you need to.