Holiday sales guide to my favorite gear for hiking, camping and backpacking
The holidays are a great time to buy discounted gear from cottage companies, especially since most of these companies only offer sales once a year.
I only recommend gear that I actually use, and these are some of my favorite items for hiking, camping and backpacking.
UST Fillmatic Sleeping Mat
I’ll be using the UST Fillmatic Sleeping Mat in my new SUV camper (which is just my old 2007 Honda CR-V) for adventures this winter. This is definitely the most comfortable mattress I’ve slept on and even rivals my bed at home. It’s 25″ wide by 72″ long, and is a luxurious 4″ thick. It fits perfectly in my CR-V, but I also plan to use this when I camp in a tent (but not when I go backpacking… it’s too heavy for that). It’s self-inflating, so no need for a compressor to blow it up, and the R-value is 6, which means it will keep me super warm when it’s cold out. I really like the tree design on the mattress, and the fabric is soft… it feels like fabric, not plastic.
Buy now at 30% off: $125.99 (the sale runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 10)
UST Spright Solar USB LED Lantern
Another item that I’ll be using in my SUV camper is the USB Spright Solar USB LED Lantern. This light has four settings: bright, normal, amber and candle flicker, and it can be charged via solar or USB. It has two metal parts for ease of hanging without needing a carabiner. In my car, it fits on the grab handle – and in a tent, it will work well on the center loop of the tent ceiling. I like the silicone material that folds down for ease of packing.
Buy now at 40% off: $15.59 (on sale Nov. 22 to Dec. 26)
Outdoor Vitals Ultralight LoftTek Jacket
The Outdoor Vitals Ultralight LoftTek Jacket is my favorite insulated jacket. It’s synthetic instead of down and keeps me warm without worry about losing its effectiveness in wet weather. I love the features on this jacket: it has an adjustable hood, pit zips for releasing heat under your arms, two pockets, and thumb holes on the sleeves. I wear this while hiking, camping, walking in my neighborhood… basically, all the time. This is a men’s jacket and I wear an XS. The arms are a bit long on me, but I really like that for keeping my hands warm without gloves.
Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid RSM Trail Running Shoes
I only wear trail running shoes when I hike or backpack, and I recently got these Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid RSM shoes for cold and wet weather hiking. I wasn’t sure how I would like mids that cover my ankles since I haven’t worn boots in several years but these are very comfortable. I wanted a shoe with higher coverage for water crossings and snow in the winter. Since they aren’t mesh like most trail runners, they are much warmer. The tread on the bottom has great traction to keep from slipping on wet rocks, leaves or muddy sections of trail.
Enlightened Equipment Revelation sleeping quilt
The Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt is one of the most popular quilts for backpackers, and for good reason. The Revelation is versatile, with a design that can be opened for use as a flat quilt, or cinched closed for a footbox to keep your feet warm. See my full review of this quilt.
CNOC Vecto water bladder
The CNOC Vecto hydration bladder is an important part of my water filtering kit for backpacking. The wide opening at the top makes collecting water easy, and the opening at the bottom works with several types of water filters, including the Sawyer Squeeze and the Hydroblu Versa Flow.
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