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    22 Awesome Things To Buy From The Backcountry Semiannual Sale

    A Patagonia Black Hole Bag, Sorel boots, a Therm-a-Rest pad, Smartwool socks, and 18 other pieces of discounted outdoor gear you'll want to shove in your backpack and take on the trail.

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    1. A super-durable, super-spacious, water-resistant, 120-liter Patagonia duffel bag — which also has convertible backpack straps — for all your backcountry (and frontcountry, tbh) journeys.

    Promising review: "This thing is huge! I have had it for almost a year now. I store all my caving/climbing/rappelling gear in it. I have thrown it around by the handles, loaded it down with 50 lbs. of gear, and used the backpack straps to lug it several miles. It has been rained on, gotten mud all over it, and has been hosed off. This bag is great for lugging around outdoor gear or even carrying it on vacation with clothes. I'd rather use it than my suitcase now." —Dennis D.

    Price: $118.30 (originally $169, available on sale in two colors.)

    2. A compact, lightweight Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad to give you the best sleep of your life (in a tent, anyway).

    Promising review: "This sleeping pad is great! It packs down very small for its size and is quite light. This is 3 inches of not feeling the ground! It does take several minutes to inflate manually, but once it's full it's good for the night and will keep you sleeping comfortably. I'm a 5' 7" female and size L was definitely longer than needed, but fit perfectly in my tent." —Melinda J.

    Price: $59.97+ (originally $149.95, available in three sizes).

    3. Smartwool hiking socks, which are equally good for trekking in the woods or lounging on the couch.

    Promising review: "I love these socks! They keep my feet in great shape for long hikes and the colors are excellent. They fit really well and are super comfortable. I've gotten some for gifts and may buy more for myself!" —Kate Sandy

    Price: $12.60 (originally $18, available size S–L and in five colors)

    4. A waxed fabric Fjallraven convertible tote/backpack, so you won't have to sacrifice comfort (or dry belongings) for style.

    Promising review: "This bag is GENIUS! I love that it converts from a tote to a backpack. While on the train, I wear it as a tote so I can easily access my book/coffee/etc. Then when I get off the train and finish my commute on my bike, I turn it into a backpack. It is also rugged, has just enough pockets, and is cute enough to take to work. It holds my lunch, phone, wallet, book, and jacket with room to spare." —Rose C.

    Price: $60.47+ (originally $109.96, available in seven colors)

    5. A pair of slip-on waterproof Sorel duck boots to prepare you for those April showers — and those inevitable spring blizzards.

    Promising review: "I just got these for my sister for Christmas and she loves them! They're super cute, and easy to slip on for quick trips outside." —Emery Gaylord

    Price: $51.73+ (originally $115, available in sizes 5.5–11 and in six colors)

    6. A 40-ounce insulated bottle that will keep your water icy cold for 24 hours (or your hot beverages hot for up to six!), because it's about time you got a water bottle — might as get one that will last forever.

    Promising review: "Hydroflask sets the bar. These bottle last forever, they come in awesome colors, and they'll keep that contents the hot or cold for days at time. If you're not rolling with Hydroflask, you're doing it wrong." —Zak Gamble

    Price: $30.06 (originally $42.95, available on sale in five colors)

    7. A three-person, three-season tent to keep you cozy and dry through all your nights in the great outdoors.

    It also has a lifetime warranty.

    Promising review: "I've had a few tents in the past but have been most impressed with Marmot. I loved my first Limelight and still love it, but I wanted something a little bigger so i picked up the three-person. I didn't bother looking at other tents. It's easy to set up and break down, and it holds up great in wind and rain. If I ever wear through these I'll be getting another one." —Matthew Lundberg

    Price: $239.16 (originally $298.95)

    8. A 65-liter backpack to haul all your gear without causing you pain on the trail, no matter how much extra shit you've crammed in there.

    Promising review: "This pack is comfortable perfection! If you are looking for the hands-down most comfortable backpack, look no further. The hip belt and shoulder straps are super padded, allowing ultimate comfort with heavy loads. At 20-30 pounds of gear you wont even feel this pack on your back, and it is one of the few packs capable of carrying 40-plus pounds comfortably." —Eric Halbur

    Price: $179.98 (originally $299.95, available in sizes S–L and in red, navy blue, and black)

    9. An adorable, practical fleecy bear suit you should buy even if you don't have a baby or know any babies and keep until you meet a baby because it is JUST THAT CUTE.

    Promising review: "I have purchased one for both my daughters and they work great! They are perfect for days out on the hill sledding or hiking around in an Ergo or kid carrier! The reversible mittens on these are great. I would recommend to anyone who still likes to get out when it's cold with their little bears! " —Josh R

    Price: $19.49 (originally $29.99, available in sizes 6/12M–18/24M and in three colors)

    10. A flat-brimmed corduroy baseball cap with a '70s surfer vibe, to keep you cool in every sense.

    Promising review: "Super-rad hat. Not sure what else to say here but it fit my head very well and is super comfortable. Definitely would recommend this to anyone." —Austin DeSilvia

    Price: $17.97+ (originally $29.95, available in five colors)

    11. A fleece-lined Patagonia canvas parka that'll keep you warm without making you feel like a marshmallow man.

    Promising review: "I love the coat, the color, and the material. It is very warm and I always get so many compliments. Im a 30DD, so I was nervous about getting a small but very glad I did. I am still able to wear a sweater under the jacket and not feel constrained. Would totally recommend (and do) to anyone that asks. Very happy." —Allison

    Price: $136.95+ (originally $249, available in sizes XS–XL and in green and blue)

    12. A pair of comfy, breathable Prana leggings so if at some point you decide to leave your house and go to a yoga class, you won't even have to change your pants!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these leggings. I wear these to yoga, for rock climbing (indoor), Pilates, etc. They are so comfortable. The quality is excellent; they are thick enough that they don't become see-through when you're bending, but not so thick that you overheat." —Jaclyn S.

    Price: $32.47+ (originally $64.95, available in sizes XS–XL, in four colors)

    13. An easy-to-carry insulated beer sling to keep your cans chilly on a hike, at the beach, on a picnic, or at a comparable outdoor activity of your choice.

    Promising review: "Bought a couple of these last year for a white-elephant party, and it was the hit of the night. After watching our friends roll up to hikes, lakes, and parties with a row of cold ones, I decided I needed one for myself. Great little cooler, keeps my beers cold for an hour or two, and I can fit five cans in there snugly. Great purchase!" —Austin Gillespie

    Price: $17.46 (originally $24.95)

    14. A mummy sleeping bag rated to 35 degrees so you can sleep like a damn pharaoh wherever you are.

    Is "sleep like a pharaoh" a thing?

    Promising review: "I got this because it was cheap. I'm impressed. It compresses very small and is pretty lightweight. Certainly worth the $$. I'm not a cold sleeper so it will work perfectly even in cold weather." —Chris Hutchins

    Price: $47.99+ (originally $79.99, available in regular and long sizes)

    15. A pair of North Face waterproof insulated pants that you should buy now and snow-frolic in forever.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love these pants. The fit is perfect and true to size. Not too baggy and not too tight. They are warm and dry on the cold, wet ski days and great on bluebirds. The waist stays put without digging or feeling tight." —ktay311

    Price: $95.97+ (originally $159.95, available in sizes XS–XL in short, regular, and long, and in eight colors)

    16. A cool pair of neutral sneakers you'll want to wear everywhere, and with everything, this spring.

    Promising review: "I love the fit and comfort of Vans. I bought this pair thinking they were more of a crisp white, but they are closer to an ivory or cream color. Still happy with them, though, and the leather will make cleaning the light shoes a lot easier!" —Marley Arango

    Price: $32.97+ (originally $69.95, available in sizes men's 4.5/women's 6–men's 8.5/women's 10, and in six colors)

    17. A four-piece graphite trout fishing rod perfect for a newbie fly-fisherperson who just saw A River Runs Through It and is not crying, YOU'RE crying.

    Promising review: "Great rod for a starter! The price is great. Happy with my purchase." —Juan Altuna

    Price: $83.96 (originally $119.95)

    18. An adjustable climbing harness that will keep you safe and comfortable as you scale vertical rock faces like a boss.

    Promising review: "This harness is a replacement for my old worn-out harness and it’s been great so far. A medium fits my 30-inch waist perfect and it adjusts nice and snug on my waist and thighs. Plenty of loops to hang your draws and anything else you need." —Joseph

    Price: $41.21 (originally $54.95, available in sizes XS–XXL and in red and black)

    19. A pair of waterproof hiking shoes, for when you want to hit the trail but you're not ready to commit to a boot.

    Promising review: "I've hiked at least 17 14-ers in these and they hold up really well. The waterproofing is nice, and with a good pair of gaiters, you can do just about anything. The aggressive tread is still holding up nicely." —will O.

    Price: $69.99+ (originally $99.99, available in men's sizes 7–13, and in brown and black)

    20. A fleece pullover with a cute print you'll want to wear next to a bonfire.

    Promising review: "I absolutely adore my Patagonia fleece. The fit is perfect and the design brings it back to the '80s (in a good way). It is the perfect fleece to wear around the house or in the great outdoors. You stay warm and look fashionable." —Jessica A.

    Price: $59.40+ (originally $119, available in sizes XXS–XL, on sale in four colors)

    21. A moisture-wicking thermal base layer to keep you warm even after you've sweat up a storm.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome warm layer for winter sports. I got this for snowboarding and winter running in Wisconsin, and it definitely keeps me warm even in subzero temperatures. The top is well-made and I am hoping it will hold up as long as my previous Under Armour expedition-weight long underwear top, which still looks new even after four years of heavy use. " —Joanna S.

    Price: $56.21 (originally $74.95, available in sizes XS, M–XL, and in black and gray)

    22. And a banana-printed backpack, for obvious reasons. Okay, there are other prints available, but clearly the bananas are the headline.

    Promising review: "It is everything you would expect from a Jansport backpack. Great quality and enough space to carry your books, clothes, shoes... Highly recommended!" —Geovanny

    Price: $19.77+ (originally $35.95, available on sale in 13 patterns)

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