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The seasons are changing, and you know what that means: It’s high time to snag deals on all kinds of backpacking and camping gear. With retailers including REI, Backcountry, and more looking to clear out space for summer equipment, now’s a great time to start thinking about what you’ll need for warm-weather adventures. Kickstart your shopping with these six BACKPACKER-approved picks.
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If you’ve been watching BACKPACKER’s nightly campfire streams, you’ll recognize this high-tech firepit. Now, you can upgrade your own backyard fire for a steal. A set of 51 built-in air jets keeps the flames going (control them from your phone via Bluetooth), while the built in 10,400-mAh battery can charge an iPhone 11 nearly 3 times. Buy BioLite FirePit Now for $188 (25% Off)
Marmot PreCip Eco Jacket
This affordable, versatile rain jacket doesn’t skimp on the features. A hood rolls into the neck to stay out of your way when not needed, while underarm zips vent heat efficiently on the trail. At $100, it’s a good deal; at less than $50, it’s a no-brainer. Buy Marmot Women’s PreCip Eco Jacket Now starting at $50 (50% off) / Buy Marmot Men’s PreCip Eco Jacket Now starting at $65 (35% off)
Kelty Discovery 2-Person Camp Bundle
If you know someone who’s just breaking into camping, this simple set will fast-track them into spending more time outside. With a four-person dome tent and two rectangular sleeping bags and pads, it’s meant more for car-camping trips than forays into the backcountry, but for summer trips, it’s a quick, easy, and affordable solution for under $200. Buy Kelty Discovery 2-Person Camp Bundle Now for $187 (25% off)
Backcountry Pentapitch Hooded Pullover
This stretchy, UV-blocking top quickly became the layer we never took off. We used it as sun protection while bouldering, as a comfy, next-to-skin layer on spring ski trips, and on more after-work hikes than we can count. We especially appreciated the fixed hood, which warded off sunburns effectively. Buy Backcountry Pentapitch Hooded Pullover Now for $63 (30% off)
Marmot Limelight Tent: 3-Person
Our larger testers (and those with dogs) appreciated this spacious, 3-person shelter, which left them with enough extra room to stow gear out of the elements without ending up on top of each other. The seam-taped construction kept out even the harshest weather. Buy Marmot Limelight Tent Now for $225 (25% off)
Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator
Despite our best attempts at planning, things still go wrong sometimes. When we wanted to get ahold of friends or loved ones from the backcountry, we reached for this two-way satellite communicator. With 90 hours of battery life on a charge, we never had to worry about being out of pocket. Buy Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator Now for $300 (14% off)