Gear Picks

Fourth of July Gear Deals We Love for Summer Adventures

We’ve beaten these pieces up in the field, and now they’re up to 50 percent off at Backcountry through July 5

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$56 $39 from Huckberry
30% off
The timeless Crazy Creek is still one of the best camp chairs on the market. “My Crazy Creek is an essential part of my adventure kit that has literally saved my butt more times than I can count,” wrote podcast producer Maren Larsen. “Its classic design isn’t going anywhere—except on every outdoor excursion I take.”
$24 $18 from REI
25% off
If you’re a skier who wants less cushioning, these are the socks for you. “Icebreaker’s take on the superthin ski sock features moisture-wicking merino wool, nylon, and Lycra,” wrote associate editor Abigail Barronian. “It has little cushioning to speak of, but it still feels substantial, striking a good balance between weight, warmth, and breathability.”
$170 $110 from Backcountry
35% off
The Looper MIPS was the best helmet on a budget in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide. It “retains the fantastic fit and rich feature set we have grown accustomed to at a much lower price,” wrote one tester. “Perhaps most significantly, the Looper is remarkably breathable, with two slits each at the front and back of the helmet connected by internal channels.”
$169 $110 from Huckberry
35% off
Contributor Kaelyn Lynch fell in love with this wearable sleeping bag, which she thinks is the cure for winter blues. “An Everest expedition suit for the common folk, it is essentially a ripstop nylon, water-resistant, synthetic insulated Snuggie with legs,” she wrote.
$40 from ATG by Wrangler™
Bring comfort and style with you on your next outdoor adventure. The Women’s Mixed Material Shirt made with 85 percent recycled materials is quick drying with UPF 50 to keep you cool and protected from the sun. The comfortable stretch and zipper pockets add the functionality you need to play (or work) hard outside.
$299 $165 from Backcountry
45% off
We gave the Micro Puff jacket a Gear of the Year award when it debuted in 2017. Tester Frederick Reimers described its innovative insulation: “[It’s] tacked between sheets of ten-denier nylon fabric in long strands, so it won’t shift and create cold spots.”
$499 $399 from Evo
20% off
The Sabre Snow Pants are our Gear Guy’s favorites. He included them in his ultimate ski touring kit. “The perfectly articulated legs bend and move like champs while I’m skinning, and ample zippered vents prevent sweat buildup,” he wrote. If you plan to really get after it this winter, these are the pants you want.
$78 $51 from Huckberry
35% off
This hoodie with UV protection is made from recycled plastic bottles and upcycled oyster shells, and it’s one of columnist Jakob Schiller’s picks for sunny days. “I found the fabric surprisingly soft, and the thin build helped me hide from the sun but never caused me to overheat,” he wrote.
$180 from Columbia
Looking for the perfect jacket for your next chilly hike? The Women’s Labyrinth Loop Hooded Jacket from Columbia is your new go-to. Lined with their Omni-Heat™ gold thermal-reflective lining and filled with recycled synthetic down insulation, this jacket will keep you toasty all day.
$40 $22 from Backcountry
45% off
“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 our Buyer’s Guide tester. It’s one of the best deals we’ve found on winter gloves.
$72 $47 from Huckberry
35% off
Our reviews editor likes to lounge around in the jogger-length version of these bottoms because of the polyester-spandex blend, which he described as “silky on the skin.” These shorts have four-way stretch that never restricted our movement during workouts.

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