During the holiday shopping buzz, we’re always searching for deals on outdoor gear that we swear by. We hope it makes gifting—or snagging something for yourself—easier on your wallet, and saves you some extra dough for post-session six packs. For the next 12 weekdays, our editors will be scanning the web for steeply discounted gear that we think will make your time outside more enjoyable. We’ve tested all of these products, and we think these deals are seriously worth taking advantage of. You know the drill: bookmark this page, and check often, because these deals might sell out. For other recommendations, take a peek at these holiday sales that are actually worth your time.
December 16: TriggerPoint Impact Percussion Massage Gun
Deal: 24 Percent Off
We love this quiet, four-speed tool that helps ease sore muscles. “It doesn’t come with a lot of frills—there is no carrying case and no extra attachments—but it is a solid piece of machinery that can give you a relatively deep massage without forcing you to dip into your kid’s college fund,” wrote tester Graham Averill. “For the majority of people, the Impact is likely as much of a gun as they’ll ever need.” We also included the Impact in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide.
December 15: Vaer A5 Field Automatic Watch
Deal: 20 Percent Off
We featured the Design Automatic version of the A5 in our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide roundup of the best men’s gifts. Our tester Joe Jackson highlighted the “waterproof silicone strap, 10ATM water-resistance rating, and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face.” The A5 Field Automatic also comes with a khaki nylon strap, so you can take it on outdoor excursions and dress it up after.
December 14: Prana Stretch Zion Straight Pants (Men’s)
Deal: Up to 35 Percent Off
The Stretch Zion Straight is one of our favorite pairs of do-it-all men’s pants. “Now with a slimmer leg (good news: no more baggy, muddy cuffs!), the Stretch Zion Straight still has everything we love about the regular Stretch Zion: elastic nylon, UPF 50-plus fabric, PFC-free DWR coating, snaps for securing the legs when they’re rolled up, and breathability that’s crucial on hot excursions,” wrote our tester.
December 11: Black Diamond MidWeight ScreenTap Gloves
Deal: 60 Percent Off
We featured the latest version of the MidWeight ScreenTap gloves in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “Our favorite for uphill skiing or wearing under a large mitten, this glove has fleece on the back of the hand for warmth and a combination of polyester and goatskin in the palm for durability,” wrote Outside tester Dave Cox. We love them for accessing touch screens during aerobic activities like trail running and skiing. At 60 percent off, this is one of the best deals we’ve found on winter gloves.
December 10: Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Trail-Running Shoes
Deal: 25 Percent Off
Outside tester and mountain guide Andrew Skurka summed up the Lone Peak 4.5 best in his roundup of backpacking shoes: “[It’s] a favorite of thru-hikers, who appreciate its extra-wide toe box and generously cushioned 25-millimeter stack height when putting in long days on well-maintained trails.” But before the Lone Peak 4.5 was released, its predecessor, the Lone Peak 4, made our columnist Wes Siler a convert. “The boxy forefoot looks über-dorky but is heaven on your toes. The lacing system includes a midfoot retention strap that keeps your toes from shoving up against the front of your shoe on descents,” he wrote. “Everything here just promotes total comfort.”
December 9: Osprey Talon 22-liter Backpack
Deal: 25 Percent Off
There’s no single daypack that’s ideal for every outdoor activity, but the Talon 22 comes pretty close. “The Talon 22 is a highly functional daypack that can carry your gear across multiple disciplines,” wrote our tester Graham Averill. “It’s loaded with thoughtful features, like trekking-pole attachments, a helmet-carry system, and an ice-tool loop. We also like the harness system, which has stretchy mesh shoulder straps, a seamless hipbelt, and a light aluminum frame in the back panel.” Its versatility makes it an easy choice when we’re gearing up for a weekend of adventures.
December 8: Forsake Patch and Halden Boots
Deal: 25 Percent Off With Code OutsideHoliday25
The Patch is one of our favorite women’s adventure travel shoes. It’s “as close to a fashionable hiking boot as I think you can get,” wrote tester Kassondra Cloos. “I walked all over downtown Oslo on a snowy day with temps hovering right around freezing and never had to think about hopping over slush puddles—I just walked right through them.” Thanks to its waterproof membrane, they’re a reliable winter boot: “I hiked in them around a lake on a snow-packed trail and wore them on two excellent (and very long) sled runs during which I used my feet as rudders to steer. My feet stayed super dry and warm the entire time.” Forsake is also offering 25 percent off the men’s Halden boot with the same code.
December 7: Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD Power Bank
Deal: 20 Percent Off
The sleek Sherpa 100PD is one of our favorite tech gifts. “The sandwich-size, 1.4-pound Sherpa 100PD is a worthy companion for professional vanlifers and world travelers alike,” wrote our testers Janna Irons and Joe Jackson. It’s a reliable power source for DSLR cameras and laptops, and its wireless charging capability is a huge plus.
December 4: Backcountry 30-liter Adventure Pack
Deal: 45 Percent Off
The Adventure Pack is a solid all-around gear hauler. “Instead of schlepping two separate bags, I can fit everything I need for a week in this pack,” wrote our reviews editor. While it’s fantastic for packing gear on extended trips, it has features that make it suitable for everyday use, like a variety of compartments, a laptop sleeve, and a burly exterior. It’s weather-resitant, too: “To top it off, it sheds water like a dream. Credit goes to the outer material, which is made with 300-denier tarp, and 600-denier polyester.” Once it’s safe to travel again, this pack will be our go-to carry on bag. But in the meantime, it’s one of our favorites for daily activities.
December 3: Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Deal: 25 Percent Off With Coupon
The Soundcore Life Q20s placed first in our test of the best noise-canceling headphones under $150. “Low-frequency sounds, like road noise and car and airplane engines, are precisely the things you want to drown out with noise-canceling headphones. After listening to all three pairs back-to-back in my truck with the engine running, the Ankers were the clear winner,” wrote tester Bryan Rogala. “These headphones have four microphones that pick up and cancel out a wide range of low- and mid-frequency sounds, based on a unique algorithm. In promotional materials, Anker touts how it did a lot of testing to get the noise cancellation right, and it definitely shows.” These headphones are already a steal at $60, and at 25 percent off, it’s a deal that’s hard to beat for the quality.
December 2: Outdoor Research Refuge Hybrid Hooded Jacket
Deal: Up to 35 Percent Off
This jacket was our favorite hybrid in our year-long test of the best men’s midlayers. Calling it “the love child of a soft shell and a vest,” tester Hayden Carpenter wrote: “We used this layer for hiking, ice climbing, and alpine skiing and were impressed at how well it cuts the wind and keeps the core warm. Like many of our top midlayer picks, the Refuge Hybrid functions as both an outer and a midlayer, depending on conditions.” It’s best for climbing, skiing, and running: “Since there’s no insulation in the sleeves and sides, the Refuge Hybrid is best for activities where you’re moving fast and working hard in cold weather.”
December 1: Lems Mesa Shoe
Deal: 25 Percent Off
Outside columnist Jakob Schiller called these shoes “close to perfect.” Their versatile build “sits at the intersection between a runner, a travel slipper, a water shoe, and a low-cut hiking boot,” he wrote. The Mesa’s construction is what sold him: “A TPU cage surrounds the midsection for added support, which is handy when scrambling over rocks. The medium-aggressive tread—matched with a cushioned EVA midsole—handles the chunky, variable, loose terrain you find on trail as well as cushions against the foot-busting asphalt of city streets. The sole is also flexible enough to bend in half, so the shoe packs we ll in a carry-on suitcase.”
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