The Best Black Friday Deals for Ultralight Hikers

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It’s that time of the year again, when winter has settled in and you’re already daydreaming about next years’ hikes. Unfortunately, most ultralight hiking gear cannot be bought at big-box stores and the cottage companies who make such items tend to operate on such slim margins that they are unable to offer steep discounts.

Despite that, there are several deals floating around this week which can help lighten your load and put a few dollars back in your pocket.


Litesmith.com – 15% off site-wide, no coupon code needed

Litesmith is a go-to for ultralight hikers picking up accessories for their next trip. They offer some of the lightest essentials available, with the added benefit of being able to purchase small quantities (who needs 500ft of shock cord or two dozen dropper bottles?). I have personally purchased about half of what Litesmith sells and have been satisfied with every item – especially the Nitecore NU25 headlamp. Below are a few of my favorites which are worth adding to your kit:

A recent UL gear list (~7lb BW) for a fastpacking trip, complete with many items ordered from Litesmith.


The Cutaway by Nashville Pack – 10% off, no code needed

I recently did a review on The Cutaway and stand by the conclusion that it’s my favorite pack to date for a multitude of reasons. With endless pockets, a useful and intuitive design, and an almost impossibly low weight, this the ideal piece of kit for all of your upcoming hikes. Don’t take it from me — Josh Perry recently set a new FKT on The Arizona Trail with this pack!

These have been flying off the shelves since inception, but Gusha and Bedhead (the owners) have been working hard to get a stock ready to launch on Black Friday. This is an excellent opportunity to snag one of the most sought-after gear items of the year.

Yours truly putting The Cutaway through its paces.

PATH Projects Shorts – Up to 15% Off thru 12/1/19

On a quest to find the perfect pair of shorts this fall, I came across PATH Projects and fell in love with their products. They offer some of the highest-quality clothing items for a great price and have really put a lot of thought into their designs. Although my review of their Graves PX 7″ short was through the lens of running use, I would not hesitate to wear these for a thru-hike as well. They are linerless, meaning you can use your favorite pair of underwear for an ideal fit (might I suggest you give the Saxx Kinetic a try?), and have two front hand pockets that are perfect for holding a phone or some trash. Their other clothing options appear to be of equal quality but a bit heavy for UL backpacking, so I recommend sticking with their shorts.

As the photo shows, the discount being offered is tiered. You’ll save 10% on orders of $100+ and 15% on orders of $200 or more, plus free shipping above $80.

So comfy!

REI.com – No Black Friday Deals, but discounts abound!

REI famously does not participate in Black Friday shenanigans, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t currently offering some great items on sale! Altra recently released the new version of their Lone Peak trailrunning shoe, a fan favorite among hikers and ultrarunners alike. As such they have discounted last years’ model (Lone Peak 4) by 30%, making it a great time to stock up on a few pairs if you don’t require the latest-and-greatest.

Personally, I always buy the previous model of shoes in situations like this as it allows me to squeeze in at least one extra pair (and more miles!) per year for the same price.

They have also discounted the Garmin inReach Mini by 21% down to an all-time low $274.99:

These devices are wonderful for staying safe and in contact with loved ones or emergency personnel in the remote wilderness. I used an older version by Delorme during my 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hike and very much valued having it (as did my wife!).


Summary

While ultralight backpacking gear rarely goes on sale, there are sometimes opportunities to pick up choice items at a slight discount. I highly recommend considering some of the above-mentioned items to shave some ounces off your next-season kit.

 

 

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