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2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Outside's Guide to 2020 Holiday Sales on Outdoor Gear

Whether you're shopping for others or yourself, these sales are the best opportunities to save big on gear this year

Whether you're shopping for others or yourself, these sales are the best opportunities to save big on gear this year. (Photo: CasarsaGuru/iStock)
Whether you're shopping for others or yourself, these sales are the best opportunities to save big on gear this year.

Holiday sales are a great opportunity to snag gifts for your loved ones—not to mention gear for yourself—but it can be hard to know where to look. To streamline the shopping process for you this year, we’ve compiled a list of bomber deals and promotions from brands in the outdoor world. We’ve tested gear from all of these brands, and we’ve provided our product recommendations below, too. Bookmark this page and check back frequently for more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals—we'll be updating it with the latest promotions that are worth your time. 

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Amazon

Promotion: Amazon is offering steep deals on a lot of products during its Cyber Monday sale.
Dates: November 28 through November 30
Our pick: The Fitbit Sense watch. It was one of our favorite fitness trackers in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide.


Backcountry

Promotion: The brand is offering up to 50 percent off gear and apparel during its Cyber Sale
Dates: November 26 through November 30
Our pick: The Patagonia Micro Puff hooded jacket. We gave it a Gear of the Year award in 2018. 

Promotion: Backcountry is also offering 25 percent off all Arc'teryx products.
Dates: November 23 through November 30
Our pick: The Trino SL Anorak. We included it in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best jackets. 


BioLite

Promotion: BioLite is offering 25 percent off sitewide
Dates: November 23 through December 7
Our pick: The FirePit. We called it “the best portable grill ever” in 2017.


Buff

Promotion: Buff is offering 25 percent off items in its online shop, plus an additional 25 percent off existing sale items. 
Dates: November 26 through December 1
Our pick: The DryFlx+ Neck Warmer. We included it in our Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best men’s running gear.


CamelBak

Promotion: The brand is offering 25 percent off all water bottles, drinkware, and custom bottles on its site with promo code HOLIDAY25.
Dates: November 16 through December 1
Our pick: The Eddy+ .6L insulated water bottle. It’s one of our Gear Guy’s favorite reusable plastic models.


Club Ride

Promotion: Club Ride is offering up to 70 percent off gear and apparel sitewide.
Dates: November 26 through November 30
Our pick: The Rambler Poly-Wool Henley shirt. It kept our testers cool during our 2020 Bike Test


Coalatree

Promotion: Coalatree is offering free hammocks on purchases of $100 or more.
Dates: Now through December 31
Our pick: The Kachula Adventure blanket. It was one of our favorites in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide


Columbia

Promotion: Columbia is offering 40 percent off select gear
Dates: November 12 through November 22
Our pick: The OutDry Ex Reign jacket. It was one of our favorite waterproof jackets of 2019.


Darn Tough

Promotion: For Giving Tuesday, all profits from sales at Darntough.com will go to the Vermont Foodbank.
Dates: December 1
Our pick: The Hiker Micro Crew Cushion sock. It won our Gear Guy’s test of the best hiking socks


Filson

Promotion: When you spend $500 or more, you’ll receive a gift code for $150 toward your next purchase. Or when you spend $250, you’ll receive a $50 gift code. 
Dates: November 19 through November 30
Our pick: The Down Cruiser vest. Our Gear Director, Will Taylor, loves its burly warmth.


Hydro Flask

Promotion: Hydro Flask is offering 25 percent off sitewide
Dates: November 25 through December 6
Our pick: The 32-ounce Trail Series bottle. It’s our Gear Guy’s favorite to carry everywhere.


Huckberry

Promotion: Huckberry is offering up to 60 percent off clothing, gifts, and more during its Cyber Monday sale
Dates: November 30
Our pick: The Flint and Tinder Slim 365 pants. They look like a classic pair of chinos, but they’re not stiff, thanks to its cotton-spandex blend. 


Howler Brothers

Promotion: Howler Brothers is offering 30 percent off select vests, jackets, flannels, and more in its Holiday Sale collection. 
Dates: Now through November 30
Our pick: The Rounder Vest. It’s one of our favorite pieces for fall.


Janji

Promotion: Janji is offering up to 50 percent off past-season gear and apparel during its Cyber Monday sale
Dates: November 30
Our pick: The Runpaca shirt. It’s made from a cotton-wool blend that made our gear editor a convert.


Jaybird

Promotion: Jaybird’s Vista headphones are 44 percent off
Dates: Now through November 30
Associate health editor Abbie Barronian tested the Vistas this fall: “I’ve only put a month of hard use on them, but through downpours and lots of sweaty trail miles, they haven’t skipped a beat.”


Moosejaw

Promotion: Moosejaw is offering up to 30 percent off gear and apparel, plus 20 percent off one full-price item with code PARTYTIME during its Anniversary Sale.
Dates: November 9 through November 22

Promotion: Moosejaw is also offering up to 30 percent off gear and apparel from brands like The North Face, Arc'teryx, Marmot, and more. Plus, free shipping on orders over $49.
Dates: November 23 through November 29
Our pick: The Nemo two-person Victory blanket. It’s a simple accessory that makes car camping better.


Mountain Hardwear

Promotion: Mountain Hardwear is offering up to 60 percent off select gear during its Cyber Monday sale
Dates: November 30
Our pick: The Ghost Whisperer down vest. It’s a warm, versatile layer that you can use in multiple seasons. 

Promotion: The brand is also offering 70 percent off select items with the code MHWDEC70. 
Dates: November 30 through December 13


Orvis

Promotion: For Giving Tuesday, Orvis will donate 10 percent of profits to its partners at Trout Unlimited Alaska and the Everglades Foundation. 
Dates: December 1
Our pick: The Ultralight Convertible waders. We featured them in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide


Osprey

Promotion: Osprey is offering 25 to 50 percent off select products, plus free shipping.
Dates: November 13 through November 30
Our pick: The Archeon 70 pack. It was our favorite travel bag our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide. 


REI

Promotion: REI is offering up to 50 percent off gear and apparel during its Cyber Week sale
Dates: Now through December 7
Our pick: The Black Diamond Midweight Screentap gloves. We featured them in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide


Rumpl

Promotion: Rumpl is offering 25 percent off select products. 
Dates: November 14 through November 30
Our pick: The Travel NanoLoft Puffy blanket. It was our favorite blanket for travel in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide.


Salomon

Promotion: Salomon is offering 25 percent off apparel, gear, and footwear as part of the brand’s Cyber Week sale.
Dates: November 19 through December 4
Our pick: The Ultra Pro shoes. They’re our go-to pick for trail running.


Saxx

Promotion: Saxx is offering 20 to 40 percent off sitewide as part of its Black Friday sale.
Dates: November 26 through November 29

Promotion: Saxx is also offering 20 to 40 percent off sitewide, plus free shipping as part of its Cyber Monday sale. 
Dates: November 29 through November 30
Our pick: The Kinetic HD boxer brief. It’s columnist Andrew Skurka’s favorite pair.


Smartwool

Promotion: For Giving Tuesday, Smartwool is donating up to 10,000 pairs of socks to healthcare workers, matching every pair of socks sold on Smartwool.com.
Dates: December 1

Promotion: The brand is also offering up to 50 percent off past-season styles.
Our pick: The Anchor Line shirt jacket. It was one of our favorite technical flannels in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide.


Stio

Promotion: Stio is offering up to 30 percent off sitewide and free shipping as part of its holiday kickoff and Black Friday sales. Plus, the brand will be offering daily deals with an additional 10 percent off the sale price on select items.
Dates: November 23 through November 29
Our pick: The Thermpop Fleece shirt. It’s gear editor Ariella Gintzler’s most versatile shirt.

Promotion: When you spend $300, you’ll receive $30 as part of the brand’s Cyber Monday sale.
Date: November 30


Swiftwick

Promotion: Swiftwick is offering 25 percent off sitewide.
Dates: Now through November 30
Our pick: The Pursuit Four Ultralight Socks. Gear director Will Taylor included them in his roundup of the best men’s winter workout gear of 2021.


Western Rise

Promotion: Western Rise is offering 25 percent off select products as part of its Holiday Sale.
Dates: November 11 through November 30

Promotion: If you spend $100, you’ll receive a $50 gift card.
Dates: December 2 through December 25
Our pick: The Evolution Pant. We included it in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best bike commuting gear.


Top Deals We’re Eyeing

Whiskey Peaks Half Dome Glass (Set of 2) ($24; 20 Percent Off)

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(Photo: Courtesy Whiskey Peaks)

These hand-blown tumblers feature a tiny rendering of Yosemite’s Half Dome. Whiskey Peaks also has versions of these glasses for Everest, Mount Fuji, Denali, and other iconic peaks. The set of two makes a classy addition to any home bar.

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La Sportiva Bushido II Trail-Running Shoe (Men’s) ($98; 25 Percent Off)

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(Photo: Courtesy La Sportiva)

After 315 demanding miles in the Bushido II, tester Andrew Skurka praised it for its “superb traction” and “excellent durability for a 10.5-ounce shoe.” Tip: it does run a little small, so we recommend trying a half-size up.

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Marmot Trestles 30-Degree Synthetic Sleeping Bag ($69; 36 Percent Off)

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(Photo: Courtesy Marmot)

This is one of our go-to bags for summer surf trips, shoulder-season backpacking trips, and overnight forays into the mountains. It’s light and compact enough for taking out on the trail, yet still comfy enough for casual car-camping adventures—and it comes at a price that won’t destroy your budget.

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Mountain Hardwear Super/DS Stretchdown Jacket (Women’s) ($165; 40 Percent Off)

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(Photo: Courtesy Mountain Hardwear)

The Stretchdown is a staff favorite. “This puffy is made with a nylon-elastane face fabric that’s super stretchy, so it’s great for increased range of motion for climbing, hiking, and skiing,” said associate gear editor Ariella Gintzler.

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Wellen Stretch Chore Coat (Men’s) ($64; 50 Percent Off)

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(Photo: Courtesy Huckberry)

Outside columnist Jakob Schiller included this jacket in his roundup of his favorite fall layers. “A blend of cotton, hemp, and spandex makes this coat the most versatile layer I own,” he wrote. “The soft cotton is comfy for lounging around the house or the campfire, while the hemp adds durability.”

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DryGuy Force Dry DX Boot Dryer ($59; 26 Percent Off)

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(Photo: Courtesy DryGuy)

We featured the Force Dry DX in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide page of the best gear care tools. “Damp boots can ruin your day before it’s begun. Behold the Force Dry DX, which pumps air through four vertical plastic tubes,” wrote our tester. “Slide your boots over the tubes, set the timer, and wake up to warm, moisture-free gear. Works with gloves, too.”

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