The Best Memorial Day Deals on Backpacking Gear

Grab some of our favorite shoes, packs, and tents for up to 40% off right now

Photo: Altra

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The solstice may be another month away, but with temps rising and the days lengthening, we’re about ready to call it: Summer is around the corner. And whether you’re planning on a summer on a long trail, a bunch of weekend trips, or just a few after-work hikes, you’ll need the gear to do it. Now is a good time to fill the gaps in your closet, with holiday deals on packs, tents, and more. We’ve found a handful of the best deals on the internet today; we’ll post more as they become available, so make sure to check back in.

Osprey Aether 65
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Osprey Aether 55 / Ariel 55

As far as great all-around backpacks go, the Aether (men’s) and Ariel (women’s) are at the top of the, er, pack. “This pack is as well thought-out and as handsomely appointed as a luxury car, expertly balancing a comfortable ride, back-saving support, and smart features.” our reviewers said, directing special praise at the plush hipbelt and shoulder straps and the storage options (think two toplid compartments, two hipbelt pockets, and a packbag with both top and back access. Right now you can get either for $225, or 25% off the list price.

Altra Superior 5
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Altra Superior 5

There’s a reason why you see so many Altras on long trails: They’re comfortable as heck, thanks in part to the splayed-toe wide footbox. While the Lone Peak is many hikers’ go-to, the Superior (on sale in both men’s and women’s sizing) is a lighter, faster option that’s ready to eat up the uphills, thanks in part to an aggressive tread pattern and a lightweight rock plate. Get it now for $78, or a whopping 40% off.

"Big Agnes Q-Core SLX"
” The Q-Core SLX ups the ante on quilted comfort in the backcountry. Redesigned offset I-Beams create incredible multi-directional support and…”

Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad

If your summer adventures take you to high altitudes or far southern latitudes, you need a warm, comfortable pad that can handle the cold ground for you. The Q-Core SLX fits the bill thanks to a plush 3.5-inch height and an R value of 3.2. Buy it now for $113, or 25% off.

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3 Tent

If you only own one tent, the Copper Spur HV UL3 is a pretty darn good pick. The 3-person version of this tent weighs just 3 pounds, 8 ounces—that’s a hair under 1 pound, 3 ounces per person. While that isn’t the single lightest shelter on the market, the Copper Spur is one of the most versatile you’ll find; its dual vestibules and 41-square-foot floor handle even rainy or chilly trips with aplomb. Buy it now for $450, or 25% off. (Prefer to go it alone? You can also grab the 1-person version for $338, or 25% off the list price.)

Jetboil Flash

Integrated canister stoves are a simple, all-in-one option for getting your meal cooked as quickly as possible on the trail, but they can be pricey. Right now, Backcountry is offering 25% off on one of the best options in the category, the Jetboil Flash, which can boil water in under 2 minutes on full blast. Grab it for $94.

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