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Today’s Bargains: 4 Essentials for the Backcountry

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price: That’s our goal each week. Check out the bargains below to save on gear for your next adventure.

REI Co-op Talusphere Rain Jacket — Men’s & Women’s: $50 (70% Off)

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This is a great deal on a 2.5-layer jacket from REI. The Talusphere jacket is windproof and waterproof with sealed seams and water-resistant zippers for extra protection. Its high pockets are easily accessible, even with a backpack hip belt on, which makes this jacket a great choice for hikers. Users appreciate the soft feel of the fabric.

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Garmin GPSMAP 64sx Handheld GPS with Navigation Sensors: $220 (37% Off)

Garmin GPS

Find your way on your next trip without service in the backcountry with this Garmin GPSMAP. The preloaded map is easy to read, and it’s easy to add waypoints and routes. This Garmin is water-resistant and easy to read even in the sun. And it uses GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo to accurately track your location, even in thick tree cover.

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Marmot Mantis 2-Person Plus Tent: $118 (50% Off)


This roomy tent is a great on sale option for car camping or shorter backpacking trips. It has one large door and a vestibule that allows you to stay dry while still feeling like you’re outside. It does need to be well staked out, as it has only one pole.

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Vasque Skywalk GTX Hiking Boot — Women’s & Men’s: $110-150 (25-45% Off)

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These retro-style hiking boots are equipped with a GORE-TEX membrane for waterproofing and breathability. They’re supportive and stiff, although they do take some time to break in. The Vasque Pyrenees outsole provides plenty of grip on rough surfaces.

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Ilana Newman

Ilana is a writer, photographer, and life long learner. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she spends her free time climbing, running, and skiing in the mountains. She is passionate about intersectional social justice work in the outdoors and creating access for all.