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2021 Black Friday Deals for Hikers

I definitely believe that the outdoors is for everyone, but unfortunately one of the barriers to getting outside is often the shear amount of gear that’s involved. And of course, that gear doesn’t come cheap!

One of my tried and true tips for getting deals on hiking and backpacking gear is to wait for sales. So of course in the run-up to the holidays, I’m always watching the Black Friday sales to see if there are good deals on hiking and backpacking gear.

This year I’ve complied all the Black Friday and Boxing Day deals for hikers together into one giant post so you can view them all at a glance. I’ve also provided my picks for the best gear from each of the sales and some tips on how to make sure it is really is a good deal.

This page was updated with the latest deals on November 28, 2021

Hey there: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission with no extra cost to you. Thanks -Taryn

When are the Sales?

In 2021, Black Friday is on Friday November 26th. Look for lots of sales to start the week before and continue through the weekend. (Black Friday is now turning into Black Friday Week and Black Friday Weekend!)

Cyber Monday happens on the Monday immediately after Black Friday. In 2021, Cyber Monday is on Monday November 29th.

Many outdoor retailers will also have Boxing Day sales on hiking and backpacking gear. In 2021, Boxing Day is on Sunday December 26th.

Lots of outdoor brands also have general holiday sales throughout December. I’ve got details on those below too.

The Deals

Here’s my running list of all the Black Friday, Boxing Day, and holiday sales on hiking and backpacking gear that I know about. I’ll keep them updated every day during the holiday shopping season. If you hear of other great deals, let me know in the comments and I’ll add them.

Altitude Sports

Black Friday Sale: Up to 40% off

Amazon.ca

Cyber Monday Deals: Up to 50% off sports and outdoors gear.

Amazon.com

Cyber Monday Deals: Up to 50% off sports and outdoors gear.

Arc’teryx

Black Friday: 20% off with code SALE20 (ends November 29)

Atmosphere

Black Friday Event: Up to 60% off hiking and camping gear and apparel

HEY CANADIANS: Join the Canadian Hiking Gear Deals Facebook group for the latest sales and discounts on hiking gear in Canada

Backcountry.com

Cyber Monday Sale: Up to 60% off top selling gear and 20% off one full-priced item (ends November 29)

Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia

Holiday Special: Buy two signed and personalized copies of my book, Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia for only $58 including Canadian shipping. (Ends December 12)

BioLite

Black Friday Sale: 25% off sitewide (ends December 6)

  • Deals of the Day (November 26-29)

Black Diamond

20% off select equipment (ends November 29)

Booking.com

Black Friday Deals: Save at least 30% on selected properties. Book by December 1 for travel before June 30, 2022.

Campsaver

20% off one full-price item & 20% off the Outlet with code TWENTY (Ends December 6)

12 Days of Deals (November 25 to December 6)

Columbia

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale: Get 25% off almost everything (ends November 30)

Columbia Canada

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale: Get 25% off almost everything (ends November 30)

Cotopaxi

Black Friday Sale

  • Up to 75% off past season products
  • Up to 30% off current season favorites
  • 30% off down jackets and vests
  • 30% off Allpa Travel Packs

Eastern Mountain Sports

Cyber Monday: Up to 80% off

Eddie Bauer

Black Friday Sale: Up to 50% off (ends November 30)

Eddie Bauer Canada

Black Friday: Up to 50% off

Englightened Equipment

Holiday Sale: 20% off in-stock gear and 10% off custom gear (ends November 29)

Garage Grown Gear

Holiday Sale: Up to 40% off gear from cottage brands

Gossamer Gear

Black Friday Sale: Up to 25% off (ends December 5)

Gregory Packs

Black Friday Sale: 25% off hiking and backpacking packs – use code THANKS (Ends November 29)

Good to-Go Meals

Black Friday Sale: Up to 35% off meals

Hydro Flask

Holiday Sale: 25% off site-wide (November 25-December 5)

Icebreaker

Black Friday Sale: 30% off

Icebreaker Canada

Black Friday Sale: 35% off

Kammok

Black Friday Sale: 25-50% off (ends November 29)

KEEN Footwear

Black Friday Sale: Up to 20% off select styles and use code SECRET10 for an additional 10% off

KEEN Footwear Canada

Black Friday Sale: 20% off select styles

Kelty

Black Friday Sale: 25% off sitewide – use code HOLIDAY2021

Klymit

Sitewide Sale: Save 30% (ends November 29)

La Sportiva

Black Friday sale: 30% off apparel + free shipping – use code HOLIDAYSHIP21

Leatherman

Holiday Sale

  • 50% off customization
  • Free shipping on orders over $75
  • 45% off Tread collection

Mark’s

Black Friday Savings: Up to 70% off

Marmot

Black Friday Sale: 30% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY (ends November 29)

  • 30-60% off all sale items (ends December 6)

MEC

Black Friday Sale: Save up to 55%

HEY CANADIANS: Join the Canadian Hiking Gear Deals Facebook group for the latest sales and discounts on hiking gear in Canada

Moosejaw

Thanksgiving Sale: Up to 30% off

Mountain Hardwear

Holiday Sale: 25% off everything (ends December 2)

Up to 70% of select apparel with code MHW70OFF (ends December 5)

Mountain Hardwear Canada

Holiday Sale: 25% off everything (ends December 1)

  • 50% off select apparel with code MHWNOV50 (ends December 5)

Mountain Warehouse

Black Friday: 50% off or more on all Mountain Warehouse items

  • Get an extra 10% off with code BFEXTRA10

Nomad Nutrition

Black Friday Sale: 20% off everything

Osprey Packs

Winter Sale: Up to 40% off select products (November 12-29)

Outdoor Research

Cyber Deals: Up to 60% off (ends November 29)

Prana

Thanksgiving Sale: 30% off selected styles (Ends November 30)

70% off selected items with codes:

  • 70% Off Men’s + Women’s Short Sleeve Tops, Tees & Dresses + Free Shipping! Use code: SAVE70
  • 70% Off Women’s & Men’s Swim + Free Shipping! Use code: SWIM70
  • 70% Off Yoga & Active + Free Shipping! Use code: ACTIVE70

REI

Cyber Week Sale (ends December 6)

Rumpl

Black Friday Sale: 25% off everything (Ends November 30)

SAIL

Black Friday: Up to 50% off (ends November 29)

  • 25% off The North Face, Columbia, and Merrell
  • 20% off Arc’Teryx and KEEN

Salomon

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales: 25% off all apparel, excluding S-Lab products (Ends November 29)

Saxx Canada

Cyber Monday Sale: 20-40% off

Sea to Summit

Holiday Savings: Up to 50% off gear

Sierra Designs

Holiday Sale: 25% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY2021

Steep and Cheap

Black Friday Sale: Up to 70% off

Sunski

Black Friday Sale: 25% of sitewide (ends December 5)

  • These are my favourite reasonably priced polarized sunglasses

The Clymb

Black Friday Deals: Up to 80% off

UST GEAR

Cyber Week: 70% off gear

What Gear is on Sale?

There are two main types of products offered at a discount for Black Friday and Boxing Day: stuff that is discontinued and stuff that’s on sale just for the holidays.

Discontinued Gear

Most of the hiking gear that is on sale is usually colors or styles that will be discontinued next year. Retailers want to clear this stuff out so they’ll have room for next year’s gear. In November and December you will usually find the dregs of last summer’s gear on deep discounts.

You might also find winter gear like jackets on sale. Typically winter gear goes on sale this early if the retailer bought too much and they aren’t selling that well. The main things you’ll find in this category are clothing and footwear since they change every year.

Seasonal Sales

The other type is just regular priced product that is selling just fine, but the retailer decides to mark-it down for a limited time to bring in extra sales. The retailer is making less profits on these products but they hope that you’ll buy more stuff and boost their overall sales.

Tents, backpacks, stoves, headlamps and other non-clothing gear is what you’ll find in this category. Since this kind of gear rarely goes on sale otherwise, Black Friday and Boxing Day are the best time to find deals on hiking and backpacking gear.

How to Make Sure You’re Getting a Good Deal

Just because it’s on sale, doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. Be sure to do your research before you buy. Make sure the gear you buy is the right size and works for your style of hiking or backpacking. Be sure to read reviews. Make sure you buy from companies with good return policies.

Some retailers will offer seemingly insane deals on gear from brands you’ve never heard of. Do your research. These are often knock-off brands that sell things super-cheap anyway. The best Black Friday deals are on brand name gear that doesn’t usually go on sale otherwise. Save your money for the deals that are actually good – not the ones that just LOOK good.

I hope you found this list of the best Black Friday deals for hikers helpful. (And I hope you snag some sweet gear!) Have you spotted any other good Black Friday deals on hiking and backpacking gear? Tell me in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

HEY CANADIANS: Join the Canadian Hiking Gear Deals Facebook group for the latest sales and discounts on hiking gear in Canada

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1 Comment

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    April
    November 16, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    So very true! Proper hiking equipment can be expensive. If you opt for the cheap stuff, you quickly learn it was a waste of money. And, I agree, research what you want/need, and then wait for the sales. I was looking for a a water filter system and after reading and reading about the various options. I made my decision and then waited. And, got a great deal last week with REIs sale!

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