Black Friday Deals for Hikers, Trail Runners & Other Adventurers

    Our guide to Black Friday deals is a great way to find the best picks for adventure sports enthusiasts -- and maybe even discover some unique or inspiring items in the process

    If you love the solitude of the wilderness, it’s unlikely that you’re going to be thrilled to face the crazy mobs that show up early every Black Friday — even during a pandemic. And that’s OK if you feel that way, because most of the best Black Friday deals for hikers, backpackers, trail runners, skiers, surfers and so many others are found online. No need to fight the crowds!

    If you’ve got an Amazon Prime account for quick and easy shopping or if you do most of your purchases at REI, that’s great. You already know the drill quite well! But this time of year (and especially amid the tumultuous year we’ve had in 2020!), don’t forget to see what some of the smaller, niche premium brands have as deals directly on their websites. Cotipaxi, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, La Sportiva and Duckworth, just to name a few, all have a range of amazing products to check out to keep you healthy, safe, comfortable and having fun in the backcountry.

    Most brands have kicked off their Black Friday deals early, too! We’ve all are likely familiar with the supply-chain issues that have lingered through the pandemic, so companies are putting the wheels in motion sooner rather than later.

    So, if you’re looking toward your holiday shopping and trying to figure out some things to put under the tree or inside your loved one’s stocking — we’ll just pretend that these purchases will be for someone special in your life and that you’re not just resupplying yourself will cool end-of-the-year items 🙂 — our list of Black Friday deals for adventurers will be a good place to start. Of course, our list isn’t going to be exhaustive, but it should be a great guide for you to narrow down some of the best deals and maybe even find some unique or inspiring items in the process. After all, there’s a lot to look forward to this time of year, and in addition to companies kicking off their deals early, most are also extending them through the weekend.

    With Black Friday now upon us, here’s our list of deal for adventurers and other outdoor folks. And we’ll work to keep everything up to date!

    1. 30% OFF -- La Sportiva Instant Pant

    Use the code HOLIDAYSHIP21 at checkout to get 30 percent off and free shipping on everything at La Sportiva’s website. And while there’s so much to love that Sportiva offers, we zeroed in on the Instant Pant, which we’ve had for the past several weeks and are absolutely the best running pants we’ve ever owned.

    They’re a versatile winter running pant, made of technical fabric and a fleece lining to provide added warmth. This pair includes a small weatherproof back zipper pocket, reflective details for night-time visibility, and flatlock seam technology. The Instant Pant is made of 83 percent recycled polyester and 17 percent elastane.

    Pros/Super comfortable and flexible with a great tapering
    Cons/Wish the zipper pocket in back was a bit bigger
    Bottom Line/The best trail running and active pants you'll find. Full stop.

    2. 33% OFF -- Beyond's Arx 2.0 K6 Rain Jacket

    The Arx 2.0 K6 Rain Jacket is ready for when the clouds unleash their worst. The proprietary three-layer Lutra with CORDURA nylon face fabric on this rain jacket creates a waterproof, durable shell, keeping you protected from drenching downpours, scrapes, tears, and years of use. A helmet-compatible hood rounds out your defense, and waterproof zippered pockets ensure your personal effects are dry and safe.

    If you’re not familiar with Beyond or the numbering system, Beyond’s product lines are particularly unique because they are created to be integrated as layering systems — complementing and building off of one another. The purpose of each system, which consists of eight layers, is to improve breathability and fast drying at each level, protect the wearer from the elements and, according to Beyond’s website, function in climates as low as -70 degrees. The “K6” designator is part of their rain-protection layer.

    Pros/Three-layer hardshell with waterproof seams and zippers thoroughly seals out the elements while retaining the breathability
    Cons/Expensive (though definitely worth it!)
    Bottom Line/This is an expedition-grade jacket that assists the evaporation of sweat and prevents rain saturation

    3. 20% OFF -- KokopelliNirvana Self-Bailing Packraft

    The Nirvana Self-Bailing Packraft features the same narrow trim and aggressive rocker that makes the standard Nirvana so adept at tackling whitewater conditions, but in place of a spraydeck, the SB is self-bailing. With the spraydeck out of the way, exit and entry is easier — you no longer have to pull over to dump water out, and you benefit from the efficient paddling of an elevated sitting position.

    The Self-Bailing Packraft also features even more burly floors for the 2020 model, as well as reinforced drain-holes, thicker thigh strap attachment points, and additional D-rings. The Nirvana-SB still feature’s Kokopelli’s new Thigh-Strap System, which allows you to attach the 3-Point Thigh Strap Kit (sold separately) for enhanced handling in rapids.

    Pros/Nylon ripstop material offers lightweight durability and self-bailing drain holes ensure easy water drainage on the river
    Cons/Not as great to use on flatwater
    Bottom Line/A great lightweight packraft built for running whitewater

    4. 25% OFF -- Women's Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 Hooded Down Jacket

    Whether facing dynamic weather on your multi-pitch ascent, or backpacking abroad to unknown destinations, the Ghost Whisper 2 will cut weight, save space, and keep you warm and weatherproof. Weighing sub-eight-ounces, you can easily stuff it into its own pocket for compact carry. So pack it up and clip the carabiner loop onto a harness, or throw it in a purse for ultra-portability.

    When it weighs next to nothing and compresses down smaller than a roll of paper towels, there’s no reason not to take it on every adventure.

    Re-designed for 2019 with sustainability in mind, this jacket now uses a 100 percent recycled ripstop shell fabric. Along with Responsible Down Standard certified 800-fill goose down, this zip-up raises the bar on lightweight warmth and environmental responsibility.

    Pros/100% recycled nylon ripstop shell fabric offers eco-friendly durability and 800-fill goose down has great warmth-to-weight ratio
    Cons/Sometimes can be a tight fit if you have larger shoulders
    Bottom Line/An ultralight, packable down jacket for backpacking and multi-pitch climbing

    5. 52% OFF -- GarminFenix 6 Pro Solar

    The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro handles just about any outdoor pursuit with preloaded profiles for tackling terrain on two feet, swimming and surfing, pedaling on or off-road, golfing, climbing … we could go on.

    The 6 Pro uses solar charging to pump smartwatch battery life up to 16 days, GPS mode up to 40 hours, and Expedition GPS Activity mode to 36 days. The 6 Pro monitors your body even when not working out with an advanced energy rating system that lets us know if you are training too hard or not enough. It checks out things like heart rate, breathing rate, sleep quality, and hydration to map out your current stress level so you can be informed about our performance potential. It even goes into VO2 scores for precision training expectations and predicting potential endurance race outcomes.

    If you want to be sure what’s the best sport watch for you, we encourage you to check out this article.

    Pros/Built-in activity tracking and coaching and a metal housing and strong glass face that hold up under pressure
    Cons/It's a beefy watch, an likely too big for those with smaller wrists
    Bottom Line/This is Garmin's top-of-the-line sport watch, so it does basically everything

    6. 25% OFF -- FITS Mountainscape Light Hiker

    The light hiker is FITS’ most popular hiking sock style, because of its cushioning under foot that helps take the pounding of an all-day hike while managing all the moisture you can throw at it. It’s a comfortable fit, with a deep heel lock to keep the sock securely in place. We’ve even written about selecting the best hiking socks, and this sock was one of the inspirations for that piece!

    The Omega Performance Yarn is a custom blend of man-made fibers selected for the best breathability and fit, while also being odor resistant, antimicrobial and, of course, durable. It includes FITS’ patented Full Contact Fit, which hugs the contours of your foot and stays put so there are no loose socks to rub you the wrong way. And at the crew height, it comes up just below the calf without any pinching. And the pattern signals to all your love of the outdoors.

    Important, to unlock the Black Friday discount, you’ll need to enter code: 25BFFITS

    Pros/Extra cushioning in the heel, toe and the arch
    Cons/None
    Bottom Line/Great comfort and durability gives them an all-day wearability

    7. 25% OFF -- SmartwoolMerino Sport Fleece Hinged Balaclava

    The Merino Sport Fleece Hinged Balaclava allows customized protection, thanks to a hinge that lets you pull the top up as things get cold or pull it down as you start to heat up. Add that to the breathability and temperature-regulating benefits of our Merino Sport Fleece fabric, and you’ve got the perfect cold-weather protection for your face and head.

    It’s made of 56 percent Merino wool and 44 percent polyester.

    Pros/Top of balaclava is hinged and can be pulled back for extra venting
    Cons/Can fit snug if you have a larger-sized head
    Bottom Line/The Soft-brsshed Merino next to skin and polyester against the elements is a balance comfort and protection

    8. 20% OFF -- Burley Tail Wagon Dog Bike Trailer

    The Burley Tail Wagon Trailer is built to include furry family members in your outdoor adventures. This bike trailer features a flip-down tailgate for easy loading and unloading, and a drum-tight, removable floor keeps your tail waggin’ friend secure as you go and makes cleaning easy. The roll-up cover features mesh windows for maximum air flow.

    Cargo pockets provide plenty of room to store leashes and other gear. A flex connector allows the trailer to remain upright while the bike lays flat. The Tail Wagon Trailer comes ready to bike with a hitch, tow arm, safety flag, and 16-inch alloy wheels for a smooth ride. It also includes a handlebar, for optional conversion into a stroller.

     

    Pros/Sturdy aluminum construction with a 75-pound carrying capacity
    Cons/None
    Bottom Line/It's easy to assemble and a great way to include even four-legged members of your family

    9. 25% OFF -- Belong Designs Durango Hoodie

    This may be the most comfortable pull-over hoodie you’ve ever worn! The Durango Merino Hoodie, with performance and warmth in mind, combines sustainable Recycled VersaTek with side gussets creating Belong Designs’ most technical hoodie yet.

    Whether you are surrounded by snow or around a campfire, the Durango Hoodie is the perfect combination of performance, comfort, and lightweight warmth.

    Use code BlackFriday2021 to unlock 25 percent off on this item and everything sitewide at Belong Designs during their Black Friday event.

    Pros/VersaTek material has moisture wicking components to the fabric, so it breathes, and as a bonus it's soil resistant.
    Cons/Has an athletic fit, which may not suit everyone
    Bottom Line/Buy it and thank us later

    10. 25% OFF -- BioLite HeadLamp 330

    The BioLite 330 is flush-mounted with the light integrated directly into the fabric. You get a 3-D molded moisture-wicking sweatband, and the battery is on the back. It’s my go-to headlamp for trail running

    The BioLite 330 weighs just 2.4 ounces, less than half of its sibling. That makes it an attractive option for thru-hikers, backpackers and frequent travelers, where every ounce counts. Another thing to keep in mind is that in many scenarios, a headlamp’s medium setting is sufficient.

    The Headlamp 330 has four light modes: dimmable spotlight, floodlight (broad beam), spot and flood, and red night vision/strobe. It also remembers your last setting and will return to that when it’s turned on again, which is a nice detail.

     

    Pros/Outrageously comfortable and rechargeable
    Cons/We wish it had a rear light and that the battery life was a bit longer
    Bottom Line/This is one of the best no-frills headlamps for trail running you can get. BioLite itself says it best in one of the original ads for the 330: “Meet a headlamp that feels great, stays put, and gets the job done -- wherever you may be.”

    11. 33% OFF -- SPOT Gen4 GPS Messenger

    SPOT Gen4 gives you a critical, life-saving line of communication when you travel beyond the boundaries of reliable cellular service. As someone who has been in wilderness search and rescue for years, I appreciate this kind of technology.

    SPOT Gen4 lets family, friends, and colleagues know you are OK, or if the unexpected should happen, sends your GPS location to emergency responders all with the push of a button. Add this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you play or work.

    Pros/With the push of a button, you're provided with emergency rescue coordination and monitoring
    Cons/No surprisingly, it requires a service plan
    Bottom Line/Lets family, friends, and colleagues know you are OK when you're away from civilization
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