Want true solitude? Hit the campsites in the cool shoulder seasons or dead of winter. The stillness of a winter forest or desert is something to behold. For more recommendations, read our Best Camping Gear guide.
Solo Stove Bonfire for $230 ($110 off)
Solo Stoves are more efficient wood-burners than traditional campfires, emitting less smoke and leaving less ash behind. We reviewed a similar version recently if you want to learn more, but the Bonfire is much more portable. Just toss it in the truck and take it wherever you plan on pitching camp for the night.
An even smaller and lighter version, the Solo Stove Lite, is available for $70 ($20 off). It’s great for cooking dinner or just boiling water. The company is running a BOGO offer on the Lite, so if you buy one you can gift another to your hiking buddy for free. Stoves like the larger Titan and larger-still Campfire are also on sale and have the same BOGO free offer.
Solo Stove Grill Ultimate Bundle for $550 ($225 off)
If you’re less concerned with moving quickly to cover ground and just want to go car camping, the charcoal-fed Ultimate Grill is big enough to cook for everyone. The Ultimate Bundle comes with two stands of different heights, a grill cover, grilling tools, starter nuggets (for starting the fire), charcoal briquettes, and a carry case.
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket for $139 ($60 off)
You’ll rarely hike in a puffy jacket—they’re just too warm. These are best for when you’re stopped to eat a meal or stepping out of your tent at night to tighten the guylines. The Nano Puff is a lightweight, compact synthetic-insulation jacket that’s plenty warm enough for subfreezing temps. There’s a men’s version on sale for the same price.
Climbing Gear Deals
If you can’t wait to climb, then don’t wait. I learned in 40-degree rain on granite slab, and I swear it taught me balance and poise better than if I had learned on toasty, dry rocks in the summer.
Black Diamond Solution Harness for $56 ($19 off)
This is enough harness for any sport climbing route, outdoors or indoors at a climbing gym. It’s what I use, because it’s well padded and easy to adjust, so you won’t mind spending a full day at the climbing gym in your harness. There’s a women’s version, too.
Petzl Grigri Belay Device for $82 ($28 off)