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Climbing

Mad Rock Mars Deluxe Climbing Package (Men's)

$80 $60 from Backcountry 25% off

Mad Rock’s climbing package has the essentials for a session at the climbing gym. The Mars Harness has adjustable waist and leg straps and four gear loops. The kit also includes a chalk ball, chalk bag, Wingman belay device, and a locking carabiner.

Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi Haraka Tights (Men’s)

$80 $20 75% off

When Cotopaxi’s line of activewear first came out, we tested the Haraka tights and loved them as a base layer under ski pants. Cotopaxi maintains their trademark fashion of bright, color-block patterns in these tights, but they also have more muted tones available, like dark green and grey.

La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes (Women's)

$120 $90 from REI 25% off

Our gear editor praised these approach shoes: “I loved them so much I wore one pair for four years straight through my first couple of photojournalism jobs because the thick all-leather build and highly cushioned soles put up with everything I faced daily—from muddy rodeo fields to long, boring press conferences where I stood still for hours on end,” they wrote.

deals

Stio Downwater Anorak (Women’s)

$149 $89 from Stio 40% off

Stio released the first version of the Downwater Anorak last year and we loved it. Made from a rugged water-resistant nylon treated with UPF 50-plus sun protection, it fends off wind and water while still looking casual enough to wear around town.

sale

Stio Divide Shirt (Women’s)

$89 $53 from Stio 40% off

Tester Kelly Bastone included the Divide shirt in her roundup of the best do-it-all women’s shirts because of its sweat-mopping, odor-squelching fabric and “smart-looking construction.” Whether you’re conquering an overnight flight or a multi-day trek, this shirt will keep you comfortable and feeling fresh through it all.

books

The Passion Paradox (hardcover)

$20 $8 from Amazon 60% off

Written by Outside columnist Brad Stulberg and running coach Steve Magness, The Passion Paradox shows readers how they can find and cultivate their passion and avoid its dangers. In researching the book, Stulberg wrote: “I learned that nearly everything people think about passion is wrong.”

jacket

The North Face North Dome Stretch Wind Jacket (Men's)

$129 $85 from Backcountry 34% off

This jacket was our favorite alpine shell in our 2019 Summer Buyer's Guide. The hand pockets didn't interfere with a harness, and the fabric is stretchy, durable, and weather resistant. “It’s not breathable enough for running, but the details that make it ideal for climbing work just as well for getting to the crag on a bike or on foot,” our testers wrote.

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Lazer Z1 Helmet

$230 $105 from Backcountry 54% off

For long days on a bike, this is the helmet you want. When we reviewed it back in 2015, our tester Aaron Gulley wrote: “The Z1 has 31 gaping vents, breathes better than André Greipel in a sprint, and kept us cool on even the muggiest afternoons.”