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Backcountry’s Summer Sale Is Here—and We Found Some of Our Favorite Gear for Half Off

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a person standing in front of a mountain: Backcountry’s Summer Sale Is Here—and We Found Some of Our Favorite Gear for Half Off © Photo by Ante Hamersmit/Unsplash Backcountry’s Summer Sale Is Here—and We Found Some of Our Favorite Gear for Half Off

If you missed the REI anniversary sale in May, this is the next best thing: Backcountry.com has a twice-a-year promotion with much of its gear, including top brands like Patagonia and Sorel, marked down 50 percent—and the summer sale runs now through August 28.

Hoping to find a new rain jacket for that day hike, or a backpack for the camping trip your family has planned for Labor Day weekend? To make your shopping life a little easier, AFAR editors rounded up a few of our favorite items.

Clothing and Accessories for Women

a person with collar shirt: The Arc’teryx Andra Coat comes in the muted red seen here, as well as olive green, light gray, and black. © AFAR The Arc’teryx Andra Coat comes in the muted red seen here, as well as olive green, light gray, and black.

Arc’teryx Andra Coat Buy now: $314 (was $499), backcountry.com

On rainy days or potentially rainy trips, I never leave home without the Arc’teryx Andra Coat. Not only does it keep me dry with a Gore-Tex membrane, two-way front zipper, and adjustable hood, but its longline design and fun color options make it stylish enough for urban outings. Plus, it has two generous pockets for stashing my phone and wallet for easy access. —Jessie Beck

a close up of a logo: The Sorel Winter Fancy Lace II Boots come in black (seen here) and brown. © AFAR The Sorel Winter Fancy Lace II Boots come in black (seen here) and brown.

Sorel Winter Fancy Lace II Boots Buy now: $62 (was $150), backcountry.com

I hoped for snow during the winter just so I could wear my new Sorel boots. These are more for urban adventures because of the slight heel, but the discount is too good to ignore. Sorel boots also have amazing traction, so you shouldn’t slip around on the sidewalk; the synthetic interiors keep your toes warm but not hot, and the suede-and-rubber exterior practically makes this winter boot fashionable. —Laura Dannen Redman

The Chaco Z/Cloud X2 Sandals come in green (seen here), as well as black, navy, gold, and red. © AFAR The Chaco Z/Cloud X2 Sandals come in green (seen here), as well as black, navy, gold, and red.

Chaco Z/Cloud X2 SandalsBuy now: from $77 (was $110), backcountry.com

You can find Chaco sandals for men, women, and kids up to 68 percent off during this sale, but the Chaco Z/Cloud X2 sandals from Chaco’s Cloud Collection are AFAR’s pick for best hiking sandals for women. Made with a top layer of ultra-soft polyurethane to cushion feet, double-strapped polyester jacquard webbing that wraps around the foot and midsole for a customized fit (a toe loop ensures secure movement), and a ChacoGrip rubber compound in the sole for traction in wet conditions, you’ll find these durable sandals are on sale in more than half a dozen colorways. —Jill K. Robinson, in a May 2018 review

Clothing and Accessories for Men

a person with collar shirt: The Patagonia Hi-Loft Hooded Down Sweater Jacket is on sale in the olive green color seen here. © AFAR The Patagonia Hi-Loft Hooded Down Sweater Jacket is on sale in the olive green color seen here.

Patagonia Hi-Loft Hooded Down Sweater JacketBuy now: $195–$299, backcountry.com

Any chance you have to invest in one of Patagonia’s hooded jackets, take it. This one hits the hip and acts as a standalone coat or can be layered under a shell; it works well for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or a city commute in the winter. —L.D.R.


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The Vuarnet Round Cable Car VL 1602 Sunglasses are on sale for $171, a 45 percent discount. © AFAR The Vuarnet Round Cable Car VL 1602 Sunglasses are on sale for $171, a 45 percent discount.

Vuarnet SunglassesBuy now: from $88 (was $225–$350), backcountry.com

In AFAR’s March/April 2018 issue, gear writer Kelly Bastone wrote about the comeback of the iconic French sunglasses brand Vuarnet. The brand gets its name from French skier Jean Vuarnet, who wore them during his gold medal–winning runs at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. More recently, Daniel Craig as 007 wore Vuarnet Glaciers in the James Bond film Spectre. While the Glaciers aren’t on sale currently, 14 other styles are discounted up to 65 percent off right now. —Lyndsey Matthews

Clothing and Accessories for Kids

a close up of a person: The Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting for Infants is on sale in “Rosebud Pink.” © AFAR The Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting for Infants is on sale in “Rosebud Pink.”

Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting for InfantsBuy now: $104 (was $149), backcountry.com

We inherited one of these Patagonia buntings from a friend whose daughter had outgrown it, and my now-one-year-old practically lived in it through four months of rain, snow, and sleet (like she was a tiny postal worker). It was perfect for playing in the snow, even without boots—the foldover mitts and foot coverings did the job—and I was surprised by how comfortable she seemed in less frigid temps. It is down, so keep that in mind if your kids have a hint of an allergy. There’s also this reversible bunting (buy now: $64, was $99, backcountry.com) that’s less expensive and has a fleece hood but isn’t down-filled; good for rainier weather. —L.D.R.

Gear

We have bookmarked the Smartwool page, our essential merino wool layer, to stock up on socks and shirts for the winter. And you can’t go wrong with a Thermarest discount if you plan to go camping anytime soon. Here are a few more of our favorite gear picks that are on sale right now.

The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set is on sale in white (seen here) as well as red and blue. © AFAR The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set is on sale in white (seen here) as well as red and blue.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cube SetBuy now: $28 (was $40), backcountry.com

A packing cube can help you keep your gear organized, while a compression bag or sack can help shrink the size of your clothes. Usually, these are two separate things, but not with the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set, which combines the best of both features. Lightweight and water-resistant, these cubes will help you keep your clothes organized inside your luggage and can also help you save valuable space. Ever since I jumped on the packing cube train, these have been my go-to for every adventure. —J.B.

a close up of a logo: The Gregory Proxy 65L Backpack is on sale in “Antigua Green” seen here as well as “Mystic Grey.” © AFAR The Gregory Proxy 65L Backpack is on sale in “Antigua Green” seen here as well as “Mystic Grey.”

Gregory Proxy 65L BackpackBuy now: $136 (was $170), backcountry.com

A mainstay on AFAR’s “best travel backpacks” list, the Gregory 65L women’s Proxy and men’s Praxus fit it all, and even corral dirty stuff in a separate waterproof section: A big, interior, pack-length, zippered compartment made of TPU prevents wet swimsuits or muddy shoes from contaminating your clean, dry items. The shoulder straps adjust to suit various torso lengths, which not only helps wearers achieve a perfect fit but also allows people of varying heights to share this backpack. —Maggie Fuller, in a March 2019 review

The Yeti Rambler 30-ounce travel mug is on sale in the stainless steel color seen here. © AFAR The Yeti Rambler 30-ounce travel mug is on sale in the stainless steel color seen here.

Yeti Rambler Insulated Travel MugBuy now: $28 (was $35), backcountry.com

An AFAR Approved pick, my Yeti Rambler Tumbler comes with me almost everywhere I go. The superior double-wall vacuum insulation can keep my morning tea hot from 8 a.m. all the way through lunch time. And as for cold water? I’ve left ice in my Rambler overnight and woken up to ice cubes the next morning. It’s been knocked over and dropped more times than I can count, but there’s not a dent on it. It looks as new as it did when I bought it. The grippy DuraCoat exterior just doesn’t scratch. Better still? The kitchen-grade stainless steel vessel is dishwasher safe. In addition to the Yeti Rambler 30-ounce Tumbler, the Yeti Rambler 10-ounce Lowball Tumbler (buy now: $17, was $20, backcountry.com) is also on sale in the basic stainless steel color and is ideal for campfire cocktails, boozy picnics, and sundowners during spontaneous sunset viewings. —M.F., in a September 2019 review

The Rains water-resistant backpack is on sale in navy and black. © AFAR The Rains water-resistant backpack is on sale in navy and black.

Rains Water-Resistant BackpackBuy now: $71 (was $95), backcountry.com

Fall travels often call for water-resistant gear in case of unexpected downpours. I picked up this vintage-inspired Rains backpack on my last trip to Copenhagen, where you see the weather-friendly Danish brand on all the stylish locals. The rubbery polyurethane exterior repels water, and the interior has a laptop pocket and plenty of room for all my other daily essentials. —L.M.

The Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket is on sale in the navy color seen here. © AFAR The Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket is on sale in the navy color seen here.

Rumpl Down Puffy BlanketBuy now: $139 (was $199), backcountry.com

Rumpl’s compressible blanket that packs down into a small bag the size of a one-liter water bottle is 30 percent off right now. Bastone compared this down-filled throw to a “cloud of instant warmth that’s as welcome on the back patio as it is on chilly planes,” in AFAR’s July/August 2018 issue. For colder weather, Rumpl’s Sherpa Puffy Blanket (buy now: $104, was $149, backcountry.com) comes with a soft sherpa fleece lining. —L.M.

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