Summer has its merits — late sunsets, beach time, camping without the rain fly — but fall is the best time of year for hiking. Not just because the leaves are turning hues Bob Ross would approve of and you can follow up a mountain summit with a journey to the cider house either. The cooler temperatures make heading out into the forests and hills a more pleasant (and slightly less sweaty) endeavor — as does the fact that nearly every online gear retailer is holding a massive sale that includes discounts on some of the best outdoor products available.
Osprey Talon 22
With trail-specific features, a hiking pack makes getting your snacks, water and extra layers up to the top comfortable in a way that an everyday bag can't. In the Talon, that list includes a ventilated back panel, hip belt pockets, hydration integration and loops for carrying trekking poles. But the bag also has features for life in town, including a unique bike helmet carry system.
Osprey is offering discounts on a range of other hiking backpacks in its sale, too.
The North Face Dryzzle FutureLight Jacket
The newest iteration of The North Face's long-running Dryzzle rain jacket features FutureLight, a revolutionary technology that maximizes breathability without compromising waterproofing capable of handling an afternoon downpour.
Check out the rest of The North Face's sale here.
Backcountry Active Utility Pant
The gear gurus at Backcountry used their experience selling hiking pants from hundreds of brands to make their own. The Tech Cargo Pant is slightly stretchy and quick-drying with a relaxed fit that includes adjustable cuffs.
The rest of Backcountry's end-of-summer sale is massive but worth a look.
Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX
The new Breeze LT Low is lightweight and easy-wearing but doesn't skimp on features that make it rugged enough for seasons of trail duty. It has a Gore-Tex liner for waterproofing and a brand-exclusive Vibram rubber outsole for traction on any surface. Use the code SUMMER25 at checkout for the full discount.
Vasque's hiking boot sale is sitewide — check out other options here (and don't forget the code).
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
If you're a proponent of walking with trekking poles, Black Diamond's Alpine Carbon Cork model is among the best available. It features a comfortable cork grip and collapses from its adjustable 39- to 51-inch length down to 24 inches for stowing away.
Black Diamond's full sale includes backpacks, carabiners, headlamps and more for 25 percent off.
Ultimate Direction 2L Reservoir II
The easiest way to upgrade your on-trail hydration program is to swap out or supplement your water bottle with a reservoir. Luckily they're cheap, and Ultimate Direction's two-liter version with a removable hose is more affordable than ever.