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.

    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 on Nov. 27, and some companies are even kicking off their deals early and/or extending them through Nov. 30.

    While we wait for the full breadth Black Friday deals to arrive, below are a few of the discounts that have already caught our eyes. They come from top brands such as Duckworth, La Sportiva, Marmot, Osprey and so many more!

    1. 24% OFF -- Duckworth Powder Hoody

    This is the pinnacle of cozy baselayer goodness. Brushed soft for direct-to-skin contact — perfect for those looking to pack light — the Duckworth Powder Hoody is the garment of choice for anyone looking to meet an active lifestyle head-on. It’s made of 50 percent Montana Merino Wool, 20 percent recycled Polyester and 30 percent. Acrylic

    Casually fitted to work as an everyday classic worn over a shirt or baselayers, and made with Duckworth’s single-origin, source-verified Montana Merino wool, the Powder Hoody has been perfected in high-altitude mountains across Montana and the Northern Rockies. Plus, this is a popular item, so get it while its hot and while supplies last.

    We love Duckworth’s mission of supply-chain responsibility, and the pride the company takes in its connection to the Helle Rambouillet ranch in Dillon, Montana, where every fleece is graded and selected for its end use. The work being done from sheep to shelf is certainly a bit of science coupled with art.

    Duckworth has a breadth of sales across its site, all of which will be going on until Nov. 30.

    Pros/Super soft and very warm, perfect for late fall or winter days
    Cons/This fast-seller is hard to keep in stock, so sizing may be limited
    Bottom Line/Duckworth's efforts to resurrect the lost art and craft of American wool is apparent in this piece.

    2. 25% OFF -- Backcountry Women's Kilby Winter Pant

    With warmth, stretch, and versatility, the Kilby Winter Pants help women enjoy all the backcountry has to offer, even when cold weather waits just outside the door.

    These softshell pants — which are 90 percent polyester and 10 percent spandex and have a DWR finish — are backed with a soft, brushed insulation, and built for movement. This way we can enjoy frosted morning hikes, spring nordic tours and everyday winter wanderings in toasty comfort. They also have fitted elastic cuffs to help keep a low profile for leg work, and drawstring waist ensures. These pants are exclusive to Backcountry.

    Pros/Durable water repellent sheds light, dirt and precipitation, and the brushed fleece lining provides thermal comfort from the cold
    Cons/The hem runs long, so shorter people may have a trickier time finding the right fit
    Bottom Line/These softshell pants are great for active pursuits in cooler weather

    3. 25% OFF -- Keen SOLR Sandal

    The name SOLR has a very specific meaning: Sea, Ocean, Lake, and River. Because while it’s great to be able to handle a variety or terrain, a great pair of adventure sandals should be able to take you off the dirt and rocks as well. We’ve worn these while kayaking and swimming in flatwater swamps, and their versatility is unmatched.

    The SOLR is a high-performance water shoe with serious amphibious grip and webbing made from recycled plastic bottles. It dries fast, which is great, too! The TPU upper is water and abrasion-resistant, the Aquagrip rubber is where the traction comes in, while it has a nice EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning. 

    The Black Friday deal is for both the men’s and the women’s versions.

    Pros/They mold well to your foot and have lots of great cushioning
    Cons/If you have other Keens, you may not be used to the low-profile of the SOLRs
    Bottom Line/The SOLR has a rugged design that's is lightweight and versatile -- a true go-to item

    4. 25% OFF -- Osprey Archeon 30

    Looking for a new day pack? It’s hard to go wrong with anything that Osprey delivers. Purposely designed to function in a multitude of settings from day hikes to downtown, the Archeon 30 offers a lot. And the holiday deal is available for both the women’s and the men’s Archeon 30 pack (The “30,” of course, is the carrying capacity in liters).

    The women’s-specific Archeon 30 (pictured) features high-quality craftsmanship and sustainable recycled fabrics made to weather daily abuse. With a removable raincover, internal reservoir sleeve, webbing lash points and side pockets, this versatile pack is just as comfortable hiking as it is high-tailing it on the next train out of town.

    Both the men’s and women’s versions have a comfortable backpanel, front-zip access and technical features — like a raincover, reservoir sleeve, webbing lash points and side pockets — to help make the Archeon 30 a multitalented pack that’s at home hiking, commuting or traveling.

    Pros/Dual ice ax loop and webbing attachment points, and dual low profile stretch woven hipbelt stash pockets
    Cons/It's a pretty rigid pack -- not necessarily a con, but depending on the circumstance, if could be
    Bottom Line/Designed specifically to work in a variety of settings from the natural world to the urban jungle, this streamlined, versatile pack features recycled fabrics made to withstand everyday use

    5. 30% OFF -- La Sporiva Skialp Gloves

    The Skialp Gloves are warm, protective glove for Skimo and racing. They’re thin, weighing in at 1.23 ounces, and are made of a breathable laminate fabric for excellent water resistance. They also have a reinforced leather palm for grip and durability.

    They’re made of 65 percent Polyamide and 35 percent Polyurethane and leather.

    Pros/Breathable with a leather palm for gripping
    Cons/None
    Bottom Line/La Sportiva makes some of the best gloves in the business, and these are one example of why

    6. 30% OFF -- Marmot Men's Highlander Down Hoody

    Whether chilly, damp weather hits on or off mountain, the Men’s Highlander Down Hoody will keep you warm and dry. Windproof Pertex Quantum fabric helps improve the efficiency of the lightweight 700-fill-power-down. Elastic binding at the hood and cuffs add extra weather protection. Zippered hand pockets provide a place to stash small gear.

    This slimmer down hoody fits great under a shell or as an everyday outer jacket in shoulder seasons, and its uses Down Defender for improved performance in damp conditions. It comes in six colors: Steel Onyx, Black, Stargazer, Clear Blue, Brozned and Nori.

    Pros/Zippered hand pocked and fabric that's designed specifically for wind protection and heat insulation
    Cons/If you don't have an athletic frame, it may not fit comfortably
    Bottom Line/The water-resistant Down Defender provides lightweight warmth, an extra level of moisture protection and retains critical insulation loft

    7. 52% OFF -- Cotopaxi Nina Crop Down Jacket

    The Nina Crop Down Jacket is sure to become your cold-weather standby. It features a higher cut for a unique look, and with 20D ripstop nylon and 650-fill responsibly sourced down, it’s built to last. An oversized hood and dynamically styled baffles add personality and weather protection to the equation. It also has a full-length front zipper and snap placket, internal zippered chest pocket and two hand pockets.

    The Nina is made using RDS-Certified down, which means it adheres to the Responsible Down Standard. This standard aims to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have been treated ethically.

    With the Nina Crop Down Jacket, you’ll stay warm and comfy year round.

    Pros/20D ripstop nylon with DWR finish, 650-fill RDS-certified and water-resistant down
    Cons/Only for the chilliest days -- or at least when you feel chilly!
    Bottom Line/The Nina is just as focused on style as it is on warmth and weather resistance

    8. 25% OFF -- FITS Mountain Top Light Hiker Crew

    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: FITSBF25

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

    9. 36% OFF -- Ativafit Exercise Bike Stationary Bike

    The Ativafit indoor exercise bicycle is equipped with sturdy steel frame and 35-pound flywheel, giving you a stable and smooth ride at home, with a range of adjustable resistance that meets your requirements about the exercise intensity and a top press down brake that makes it safe when you need to stop the bike immediately. You can track your time, speed, distance, calories and odometer on the LCD monitor anytime.

    The maximus user weight is 275 pounds, and it has transportation wheels for portability.

    Pros/35-pound heavy-duty flywheel, smooth and quiet belt driven design
    Cons/The option of higher handles would be better
    Bottom Line/Ativafit stationary bike offers a wide range of resistance to adjust to meet your requirement for exercise intensity

    10. 30% OFF -- Turtle Fur Long Tail Totally Tubular with Micro Fur Fleece

    It’s Turtle Fur’s Totally Tubular that gives you even more: extra long coverage with soft, midweight Micro Fur fleece. Worn as a neck, a balaclava, a headband and more, you can keep wind and sweat off of your neck and forehead with our Long Tail Totally Tubular this season. With over 10 ways to wear, the versatile Long Tail Totally Tubular is a must-have for any athlete or outdoor enthusiast. Pocket-packable, the neck gaiter is composed of a proprietary technical fabric, Comfort Shell, which sets it apart from all other multi-functional headwear. It is wicking and lightweight with a 4-way stretch fit, anti-microbial properties and a soft, brushed interior. Perfect for tucking under goggles while on the mountain or wearing as a face shield through outdoor activities. 

    Important, to unlock the Black Friday discount, you’ll need to enter code: BLACKFRIYAY2020

    Pros/Single-layer Comfort Shell UV performance fabric, and single-layer Micro Fur fleece
    Cons/It's toasty in it, so definitely built more for the cold than for warmer seasons
    Bottom Line/This adds 8 inches of Micro Fur fleece to the bottom of Turtle Fur's classic Totally Tubular multi-functional neck warmer

    11. 35% OFF -- Sportsstuff Big Mable 1-2 Rider Towable Tube

    This next generation Big Mable for one to two riders has a high backrest and air cushioned side walls to keep you on board. Dual tow points allow for two completely different riding experiences. Sit, lay, stand, or kneel while towing forwards like a deck tube or backwards like a chariot. The Speed Safety Valve and Kwik-Connect tow point will save you time to keep on the water longer. Multi-functional is the Big Mable’s middle name. It measures 69 inches by 66 inches, deflated. x 66″ (deflated).

    Pros/Dual tow points and a speed safety valve
    Cons/A GYRO is needed in order to pull in backward position
    Bottom Line/This tube provides enough room for two people and also has plenty of handles so one can ride kneeling, prone or seated with a comfortable backrest
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