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Kick-Ass Holiday Sales on Puffies, Racks, Travel Gear, and More

These deals and steals will help you fight the oncoming chill.

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REI Co-op Cyber Week Sale and Clearance: Up to 50% Off

REI Co-op famously takes Black Friday off in favor of opting outside, but the retailer is back at it this week with huge Cyber Week savings. I dug through the sale and found this Thule Helium Pro 3-Bike Hitch Rack for 40% off — bringing it down to an affordable $300 over the typical $500.

Yeah, tray-style hitch racks are a little more user-friendly, but you’ll pay out the nose for one. This hanging-style hitch rack works just fine (it’s the type I’m currently rocking), and at a certain point, outdoor gear is useless if you can’t afford it! This will get you to the trailhead and back with cash left over for what really matters — tinkering with your bike.

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This product is included as part of a sponsorship partnership with REI Co-op

NEMO Tensor Ultralight Sleeping Pad: 50% Off

This won’t be the first time I’ve included the NEMO Tensor in a weekly deals roundup, and that’s because I believe it’s the best ultralight inflatable sleeping pad on the market thanks to a best-in-class nexus of weight and comfort (though I haven’t tried its recently released big brother, the NEMO Tensor Extreme Conditions).

Probably thanks to the latter product’s emergence, the former is on sale at REI for an astounding 50% off. That means you can snag one for less than $100. I texted a friend to let him know, and now I’m letting you know. Hop on it while supplies last; I promise you won’t regret it.

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Sea to Summit: 25% Off Sleeping Bags and Liners

Nothing saves space in a pack like upgrading from a bulky 600-fill-power mummy bag to a svelte 800-plus-fill-power quilt. Sea to Summit’s 25% off sale on sleeping bags and liners is a chance to do just that. Might I suggest the Ember — a quilt that can lay out completely flat but still includes a volume-saving tapered cut and a draw-string footbox.

The 35-degree version weighs in at just over 20 ounces. Not bad!

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Mountain Hardwear Holiday Sale: 25% Off Select Products

Mountain Hardwear’s Ghost Whisperer might just be the most well-thought-of puffy jacket in ultralight circles. That’s because the puffy is built on stripped-down, minimalist principles, utilizes 800-fill down, and just fits right — and this last point is not something you can say about a ton of insulated jackets. And it comes in cool colors, like the moon moss scheme pictured above.

The Ghost Whisperer/2 is on sale now for 25% off, part of a larger holiday sale at Mountain Hardwear. Mid-2000s high-concept crime-solving skills not included.

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Backcountry Flash Sale: Up to 70% Off

There are hundreds of items to pore through in Backcountry’s 70% off flash sale (which ends Sunday, December 3, by the way). Sifting through the list, it struck me that if you have a big ski or ride trip coming up, you’re gonna need something like the Double Ski & Snowboard Rolling Bag. Like the bike rack at the top of the story, saving some money here (in this case, around $100) lets you spend it elsewhere — on boots, visors, or even boards and skis themselves.

The bag has everything you need to transport your downhill gear: a padded interior, an adjustable length, a waterproof lining, oversize roller wheels for when the concrete turns to dirt or stones, and compatibility with Backcountry’s boot bag. What else could you need?

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Last Week’s Deals

MSR Evo Trail Snowshoes: 20% Off

This winter’s El Niño weather pattern will have winners and losers, but either way, you should be prepared with MSR’s light but functional Evo Trail Snowshoes. On sale at REI Co-op as a part of the store’s Gear Up Get Out Sale, the snowshoes are best for moving quickly over rolling terrain. Add the optional flotation tails (not included) to increase load capacity to 250 pounds.

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Thule Urban Glide 2 Stroller: 20% Off

As long as you’re over at REI, check out this Thule Urban Glider, on sale for 20% off. I’m a father and a runner, so trust me when I say not every jogging stroller is created equal. But Thule is a trusted brand with a great track record, and I’d be inclined to take this for a spin, especially with a discount this steep.

Speaking of steep, the twisting handbrake will help you maintain control on descents. And you can recline the seat with just one hand — always a benefit when you’re likely to be holding baby accouterments in the other.

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Filson Lined Denim Cruiser Jacket: 30% Off

If you own any Filson apparel, you know two things. First, it will last forever. Second, it costs a lot. But with this sale, buyers can take a little sting out of the price of this fantastic cruiser jacket. Fully sewn in the USA with preshrunk denim, this cruiser jacket has a handsome liner and classic cotton corduroy collar. Grab it now and save a couple hundred bucks!

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Luminox Dive Watches: 25% Off

Luminox packs a lot of value into high-quality Swiss watches that won’t cost you a mortgage. And at its early Black Friday sale, you can save a significant chunk of cash on some highly capable dive watches like the Pacific Diver. This quartz-driven model has a stainless steel case and a CARBONOX unidirectional bezel. A bold orange dial with black indices also pops at night thanks to the self-powered illumination for up to 25 years.

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Pearl Izumi Summit Barrier Jacket: 25% Off

Oh, look! A snazzy jacket from a top-tier cycling brand! The Summit Jacket is lightweight, windproof, and packs down to the size of a baseball. What more could you ask out of a cycling jacket? How about a PVC-free DWR coating, a two-way zipper for heat management, and a helmet-friendly hood? Yeah, Pearl Izumi tossed in those features as well. Go forth and shred, my friends.

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Baby Columbia Powder Lite Reversible Bunting: 27% Off

Baby clothes are expensive, and our kids grow out of them in no time flat. Luckily, Scheels has a host of Columbia kids’ outwear on sale right now, including this cozy-looking insulated onesie that includes a reversible design and fold-over hands and feet to keep those little piggies warm.

Your little gnar queen will be outclassing you on the slopes roughly 3 hours after you put her on skis for the first time. But until she’s old enough for that, make sure she stays nice and toasty.

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