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Black Diamond Astro Headlamp

$20 $15 from Amazon 25% off

The Astro is our Gear Guy’s favorite budget headlamp. It's dimmable, has a strobe function, a lock mode, and the battery lasts 20 hours on the highest setting. “The Astro is the best headlamp for most people, most of the time,” he wrote.


Nemo Puffin Luxury Blanket

$150 $120 from Backcountry 20% off

In our 2019 Winter Buyer's Guide, the seven-by-seven-foot Puffin Luxury was our top blanket for couples. The bottom of the blanket buttons up like a sleeping bag so you can tuck your feet in and keep drafts out and the whole thing packs into its own stuff sack for easy travel. The blanket is perfect at the campsite or to cozy up at home.

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REI Co-op Trail 2 Waistpack

$25 $17 from REI 32% off

This inconspicuous, two-liter waistpack is one of our favorite low-cost fanny packs. The nylon fabric is durable and lightweight so it’s perfect for storing your essentials on a short day hike. Plus, the top loading main compartment makes your gear easy to access even with one hand if you’re fishing or walking your dog.


Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite Sleeping Pad

$180 $135 from REI 25% off

Our tester Andrew Skurka wrote a long-term review of the UberLite and found it ideal for three-season conditions (its insulation is good enough for temperatures down to 30 degrees.) This pad is as comfortable as the revolutionary NeoAir XLite, but cuts down weight by 3.2 ounces and isn’t as noisy when moving around.