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The 10 Best Buys From Backcountry's 4th of July Sale

Get out this summer with these BACKPACKER-approved gear steals.

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Backcountry’s 4th of July sale is in full force, which means that it’s a great time to snag summer deals on both essential gear like tents and small accessories. Save yourself the search: We’ve collected ten of our best buys, including a $45 sleeping bag, a $75 starter tent, and an Editors-Choice-winning steel shot glass set, right here.

The North Face Campforter Sleeping Bag: 20 Degree Down

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If comfort is what you’re after, you’ll find it in the Campforter. At a modest weight of just 2 pounds, 12 ounces, this super-sized bag leaves plenty of room to move. A synthetic bottom fights heat loss from compression, while hydrophobic 700-fill down fills the top, which unzips for use as a fireside quilt. Buy The North Face Campforter Sleeping Bag: 20 Degree Down now for $175 (30% off)

Cusa Tea

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Coffee drinkers have it easy: Instants like Starbucks Via have gotten good enough to replace your French press, while tea fans still have to tote around their used bags. Cut down on the mess with Cusa’s instant tea powders, which come in a variety of flavors, from English Breakfast to Chai. Buy Cusa Tea now for $5.47 (45% off) 

Mystery Ranch Stein 62L Backpack

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The neat freaks among us loved the Stein, which made organization simple with an array of pockets, including two full-length vertical front pockets and a toplid that converts into a daypack. Carbon-fiber stays kept our load stable without adding too much weight. Buy Mystery Ranch Stein 62L Backpack now for $179 (40% off)

Eureka Tetragon HD 2 Tent

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With a quick setup and a stable pitch, this affordable two-person tent is as comfortable on backcountry overnights as it is on casual car-camping jaunts. A gear loft and dual storage pockets keep essentials close at hand, while the bathtub floor seals out moisture. (Tradeoff: At 4 pounds, 15 ounces, it’s not especially light.) Buy Eureka Tetragon HD 2 Tent now for $75 (25% off)

ALPS Mountaineering Crescent Lake 0

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It’s hard to go wrong when a sleeping bag costs just $45, but this bag has the chops for real adventures. Stuffed with TechLoft synthetic filling, this mummy can handle even chilly alpine temps. Buy ALPS Mountaineering Crescent Lake 0 for $45 (50% off)

Hydro Flask 18oz Standard Mouth Water Bottle

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Whether you’re keeping hot chocolate steaming or trying to stop your ice from melting, Hydro Flask’s insulated bottles are a reliable storage option. A powder coat makes the bottle easy to grip, while the stainless steel construction on ours has shrugged off drops and bumps. Buy Hydro Flask 18oz Standard Mouth Water Bottle now for $21 (30% off)

Gregory Jade 63L Backpack

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This pack has “the trifecta of breathability, comfort, and organization,” our reviewer said after taking the versatile Jade on an Editors’ Choice trip through the Spanish Pyrenees. “A stiff hipbelt attaches to the tensioned mesh backpanel (and steel frame) via stretchy fabric that allows the pack to self-adjust with every step, making it feel remarkably like a pivoting hipbelt.” Buy Gregory Jade 63L Backpack now for $125 (46% off)

Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

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Treating water doesn’t get much easier than the BeFree: Just fill up the soft bottle, which grabbed flow from even tiny mountain trickles, and squeeze it through the integrated filter. From Nebraska to Colombia, the easy-to-tote bottle has served us well. Buy Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System now for $34 (25% off)

Stanley Stainless Steel Shot Glass Set

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Passing the bottle around the campfire is fine and all, but for a little extra touch of class, we pack these Editors-Choice-winning steel shot glasses, which store in their own case. When you get home, toss the whole lot into the dishwasher. Buy Stanley Stainless Steel Shot Glass Set now for $15 (40% off)

MSR AutoFlow Gravity Filter

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Filtering water for a group? MSR’s AutoFlow takes the drudgery out of the task, using gravity to filter a respectable 1.75 liters per minute. An adjustable adapter fits most water bottles and soft reservoir bags. Buy MSR AutoFlow Gravity Filter now for $71 (35% off)