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2021 Boxing Day Deals for Hikers

Hiking the Howe Sound Crest Trail near Vancouver, one of the best bacpacking trips in BC

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 and Boxing Day 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 December 30, 2021

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

When are the Sales?

In 2021, Black Friday was 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 was on Monday November 29th.

Many outdoor retailers will also have Boxing Day sales on hiking and backpacking gear. In 2021, Boxing Day was 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

Boxing Week Sale – up to 40% off (ends December 31)

Amazon.ca

Boxing Day Deals: Up to 50% off sports and outdoors gear.

Amazon.com

Epic Daily Deals: Up to 50% off sports and outdoors gear.

Backcountry.com

Happy New Gear Sale: Up to 40% off select gear (ends January 7)

Columbia Canada

Boxing Day Sale: 25% off almost everything (ends January 3)

Cotopaxi

Winter Sale: Up to 30% off select gear (ends December 30)

Eastern Mountain Sports

Gear Up for the Holidays: Up to 80% off

Eddie Bauer

New Year New Gear Sale: up to 60% off select gear

Eddie Bauer Canada

New Year New Gear Sale: up to 60% off select gear

Icebreaker Canada

Boxing Day Sale: 25% off

KEEN Footwear

2022 is Coming Sale: 22% off select sale items + an extra off with code KEENfriend10 (ends December 31)

MEC

Boxing Day Sale: Up to 60% off

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

Moosejaw

Magical Winter Sale: Up to 40% off

Mountain Hardwear Canada

Boxing Week Sale: 25% off almost everything

Mountain Warehouse Canada

Winter Sale: Up to 60% off

  • Take an extra 10% off with code WINTER10
  • Puffer jackets as low as $35
  • Rain jackets as low as $40

Outdoor Research

End of Year Sale: Up to 25% off select styles (ends December 31)

Prana

End of Season Sale: up to 60% off all sale styles (Ends January 12)

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

SAIL

Boxing Day Sale: Up to 40% off

Saxx Canada

Winter Sale: 20% off select underwear styles

Sea to Summit

Holiday Savings: Up to 30% off gear

Steep and Cheap

Holiday Sale: Up to 65% off

Sunski Sunglasses

Full Send Event – take 40% off select items (ends December 31)

The Clymb

Cyber Savings: Up to 80% off

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

  • Reply
    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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