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Summer just isn’t the same without a few noteworthy adventures to look forward to on the calendar, but it also isn’t the same if you don’t have the proper gear. After all, what’s the point in hiking for miles if your backpack has seen better days, swimming if your trunks fall off, or running if your feet hurt? To that end, we always recommend looking over your equipment before summer when you can thoroughly inspect it for damage or age that warrants replacement.
Should you discover any equipment that’s ready for retirement, consider finding a suitable substitution at Backcountry’s Memorial Day Sale that kicks off today. The Salt Lake City-based retailer is taking serious discounts on almost every piece of outdoor equipment imaginable, from tents to athletic tops, camp stoves to bike components, footwear to apparel… you get the point.
Of course, a sale of such astronomical proportions isn’t always easy to shop when you’re looking for a good deal only to find yourself inundated with equipment you don’t need. That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you, parsing deal after deal to find the best of the bunch, eight of which you’ll find below. But if you prefer to walk the road less traveled by, feel free to shop the entire sale just to see what’s out there.
Stoic Pet Backseat Hammock
The backseat is reserved for Fido and his many messes once you install the Stoic pet hammock. Made with a blend of durable and soft fabrics, it’s sure to outlast the adventures to come and is designed to fit most car models.
Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket
As the most durable, lightweight storm jacket that Outdoor Research has to offer, the Helium is designed to boost protection without weighing you down. It tips the scales at a mere six ounces and packs into its own chest pocket when not in use.
Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp
Black Diamond’s best-selling headlamp features a waterproof housing, PowerTap technology and different light modes to brighten up your adventures. Throw a beam straight out of the box with the three included AAA batteries.
The North Face Pull-On Adventure Short
Made from durable and lightweight nylon fabric, the Pull-On Adventure Short features FlashDry technology to shed moisture in minutes. Perfect for adventures from the beach to the backcountry, don’t be surprised if you wind up sporting these bottoms all summer long.
MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit
MSR’s fully-loaded stove kit comes with bowls, mugs, sporks and a pot to cover all the bases. What’s more, the entire ensemble fits inside the pot for easy storage and weighs less than two pounds, making it perfect for trips near or far.
Nike Pegasus Trail 3 Running Shoe
Nike’s best-selling Pegasus shoe adopts heavy-duty lugs, a breathable upper and even a heel pull tab to help you dominate the trail. Find it in a handful of vibrant colors that are sure to catch a compliment or two.
Deuter Trail 26L Backpack
The perfect daypack for technical hikes, Deuter outfits this 26-liter pack with adjustable straps, a mesh back panel, wet/dry storage compartments and plenty of pockets to deliver a comfortable, capable carryall.
Therm-a-Rest Ramble Down Blanket
Snuggle up in this 650-fill power down blanket whether you’re snoozing in your tent or cuddled up on the couch. Its hydrophobic down repels unwanted moisture while the included stuff sack keeps it within reach at all times.
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