Northwest Gear Closet: Sweet Deals on Camping Gear

by Lauren Braden on January 21, 2013

in Camping and Outdoors

We scoured the internet for camping and adventure travel deals and this is what we’ve found. Prices are as we state them at the time of publication.


REI sleeping BagREI Lumen +40 Sleeping Bag

DEAL: 26% off right now at $109

WHY WE LOVE IT: Because you don’t need a zero degree bag in summer, so why sweat in one? The warm-weather REI Lumen is rated +40°F — perfect for our Northwest summer nights, even in the cool mountains. The fill is synthetic (my vegan sister approves) and has great compressibility so it’ll stuff nicely for backpackers. Bottom line: It’s a very good bag at a very good price.

SPECS: Ripstop nylon shell, synthetic insulation. It weighs in at 2 lbs. 1 oz.

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Ibex FT Amy Dress

DEAL: 30% off at $108

WHY WE LOVE IT: We travel light. This dress can literally be rolled up and stowed in a backpack, then just thrown on for casual outings. Wear it over leggings in winter and bare legs in summer with boots or sports sandals. Merino wool wicks away moisture and breathes to regulate temperature for outstanding comfort in a variety of conditions.  The drawstring waist ties in the back for a feminine fit. And who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?

SPECS: Wrinkle-free, machine washable merino wool. (We’ve accidentally put our Ibex through dryer cycles more than a few times and its till looks perfect, though air-drying is the best way to make it last forever.)

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The North Face Denali Thermal Gloves

DEAL: 20% off at $23.93

WHY WE LOVE IT: Brrrrrr! The solution to never again losing a pair of gloves is to make sure you have a pair that you truly love, because then you’ll not let them out of your sight.  Heavyweight fleece and a textured grip make these perfect for grabbing a cold steering wheel or a pair of snowshoe poles.

SPECS: The shell is heavyweight polyester fleece/nylon, the palm is polyurethane.

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New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail Leather Shoes

DEAL: 41% off right now at $69.93

WHY WE LOVE IT: Would you hike in these? We would in a city park maybe, but not on a backcountry trail. Still, plenty of people do. They’re sharp-looking, and we need new shoes for wet springtime Seattle sidewalks. The price is right.

SPECS: Premium leather uppers offer flexible, breathable comfort and long-lasting performance; laces provide a snug, glovelike fit. Vibram® rubber outsoles provide excellent, versatile traction.

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Nau Down Hoodie

DEAL: 30% off right now at $219.93

WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s gorgeous. The Nau Down Hoodie packs premium goose down insulation into a recycled shell and lining for super warmth in a slim, flattering profile. It’s loaded with great details, like the shell is treated with a Durable Water Repellent finish to repel moisture and stains. The hood is adjustable and helmet-compatible. Inner wool sleeve cuffs add warmth, and a drawcord hem keeps the cold out. There are two zip hand pockets plus an internal mesh pocket and an internal zip pocket with a headphone cord port. It’s highly compressible, packs down and travels light so you can stuff it in your backpack or shoulder bag until you need it. As a down jacket devotee, the thoughtful details on this one have me drooling.

SPECS: 800-fill goose down, hip length.

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Come back! More deals will be added as we find them…

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