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The 5 Best Gear Deals from REI’s Winter Clearance Sale

Shoulder season is around the corner and the days are getting longer—which means it's high time to start thinking about what you need to replace or upgrade to be ready to hit the trail when the snow melts and the mud dries. Save big—up to 30% off—on past-season styles with these smart picks from Backpacker.

Budget Backpack: Kelty Redwing 36

At less than $100, you might not expect a lot out of the Kelty Redwing, but we’re happy to report that it fulfilled our expectations and more. “One tester shouldered it on overnights to field stations in southeast Alaska as part of her job as an ecologist, and declared it “supercomfortable” even when maxed out with 30-pound loads,” our reviewer wrote. Nice: Pass-thru side pockets let you stash poles inside. Buy the Kelty Redwing 36 (men’s / women’s) now for $75 (25% off)

Super-Comfy Sleeping Bag: Klymit KSB 0 Hybrid

If regular mummies are just a little too constricting for you, this relaxed take on the classic shape might suit you better. With stretch-stitched baffles that let you toss and turn and a toggle in the footbox that allows the bag to accommodate a range of heights, the KSB 0 is about as comfy as it gets. Buy Klymit KSB 0 Hybrid Now for $225 (25% off)

Workhorse Tent: Mountainsmith Morrison 2

“Like Mountainsmith’s no-nonsense, high-value approach to pack-making? Then you’ll love the company’s new tent line,” we wrote when this durable shelter first came out. You’ll carry a little more—4 pounds, 9 ounces on the trail—but save a lot in return. With 35 square feet of floor space and a peak height of 43 inches, it’s as comfortable on your back as on your wallet, too. Buy the Mountainsmith Morrison 2 now for $126 (30% off)

Comfy Trail Runner: Altra Timp 2

Altras have become our constant companions on light-and-fast hikes, and the company’s Timp 2 is a reliable choice for rocky trails that demand a little more protection. With a soft-yet-manageable 29mm stack height, the Timps are chunky enough to ward off bruised soles but not so high that it throws off your balance. The splayed toebox gets top marks for comfort. Buy the Altra Timp 2 (men’s / women’s) now for $100 (28% off)

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Lightweight Puffy: Cotopaxi Fuego

From glaciers in Canada to national forests in the midwestern U.S., this light, compressible puffy has been our constant companion on trips for years. Packed with 800-fill goose down, the jacket compresses to the size of a softball to slip into a pack. The 20-denier ripstop fabric slides easily under a shell but doesn’t need to be babied. Buy Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket (men’s / women’s) now for $175 (30% off)