Pre-Black Friday Deals We Love
Score some of the best prices of the year on some of our favorite gear
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It feels like every year, the holidays approach faster than the year before. Luckily there’s still plenty of time to check a few gifts off your list early—or even shop for yourself (we won’t judge). Here are some of our top picks from sales going on in the lead-up to Black Friday.
Backcountry Winter Sale
Details: 40 percent off top brands
Dates: November 11-17
Patagonia Capilene Air Crew Top, $103 (20 percent off, regular price $129)
This merino wool blend base layer will keep you warm all winter long by wicking away moisture, whether you’re working up a sweat on the slopes, the trail, or a climbing route. The addition of polyester gives it just enough stretch to allow it to move with you without being restrictive.
Smartwool Performance Hike Lt Cushion Ankle Sock, $15-17 (20-30 percent off, regular price $21)
We know: socks? But trust us—these merino-blend socks hug your foot to prevent slipping and provide extra comfort during your hike. Plus, the merino means they don’t stink after repeated wears.
REI Gear Up Get Out Sale
Details: Up to 30 percent off; members get special deals
Dates: November 11-21
Smith Scout MIPS Snow Helmet, $103 (20 percent off, regular price $129)
A helmet is arguably the most important piece of snowsports equipment. We like the Smith Scout MIPS helmet because of the safety the MIPS protection provides, but also because it offers plenty of ventilation, which keeps you cool and your goggles fog-free.
Black Diamond Moji R+ Lantern, $34 (25 percent off, regular price $45)
This 200 lumen lantern made it on our list of best car camping gear this year, and our testers noted that a four-hour charge provided light every night for an entire long weekend.
Stio Holiday Sale
Details: Up to 40 percent off winter styles, plus 60 percent off past-season styles
Dates: November 14-28
Women’s Environ XT Anorak Jacket, $312 (30 percent off, regular price $445)
The long sleeves, mid-long cut, and all the fun colors available compelled us to name the Environs XT Anorak one of our favorite women’s ski jackets of 2023. We also love that it is made with a super durable, 100 percent recycled polyester fabric, so it’s eco-friendly, too.
Men’s Environ XT Jacket, $356-$423 (5-20 percent off, regular price $445)
“The designers nailed the line between minimalism and fully featured,” noted one of our testers. The thoughtful design means every zipper and pocket serves a purpose, without any unnecessary bells and whistles.
Garmin Early Holiday Sale
Details: Savings on select products
Dates: November 11-24
Fenix 7X Solar, $799 ($100 off)
For the backcountry enthusiast in your life, the Fenix 7X Solar watch not only precisely tracks activity data, but also provides incredibly accurate satellite maps via GPS. The insane battery life (up to 28 days in smartwatch mode, or up to 89 days in GPS mode) gets an extra boost from the sun for longer stretches between charges.
InReach Mini 2, $349 ($50 off)
The size of a dish sponge, the InReach Mini 2 packs in GPS navigation, SOS emergency calling capabilities, location sharing, and extended battery life into a small handheld device.
Osprey Winter Sale
Details: 40 percent off select products
Dates: November 11-24
Stratos 24/Sirrus 24 Day Packs, $70 (50 percent off, regular price $140)
The Stratos (men’s version) and Sirrus (women’s version) were named the “most comfortable” of this year’s day packs, thanks to the thick padded hip belt and external mesh suspension system. This pack also features an extendable back panel to add even more adjustability for an excellent fit.
Transporter Waist Pack, $48 (27 percent off, regular price $65)
Store all of your essentials in the large main compartment and valuables in the discreet backside zippered pocket, all protected from the elements by the DWR coating.
Huckberry Winter Sale
Details: 15 percent off sitewide (some exclusions apply)
Dates: November 16-17
Flint and Tinder 365 Pant, $83 (15 percent off, regular price $98)
These pants fit like your favorite pair of jeans, have the classy look of a chino, with just a hint of stretch for extra comfort. They’re versatile enough to wear to the office (and functional enough to wear while you bike to work) or out and about over the weekend with a casual tee. The variety of neutral colors will match any style.
Capri Turkish Towel, $20 (52 percent off, regular price $52)
These towels look sharp in a modern kitchen and are very absorbent, great for mopping up spills.
Rumpl Holiday Sale
Details: 25 percent off almost everything
Dates: November 14-30
Original Puffy Blanket, $74 (25 percent off, regular price $99)
Once you add a puffy blanket to your camping arsenal, you’ll never go back. Made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester shell and insulation, the Original Puffy Blanket is a cozy companion around the campfire, at a winter tailgate, or around the house on a chilly morning. The wide array of fun designs (some designed by partner artists, or featuring National Parks) make this a great gift for everyone on your list.
Everywhere Towel, $37 (25 percent off, original price $49)
This incredibly absorbent, quick drying towel packs down super small so you can easily take it on any adventure—to the beach, camping, or on a road trip.