There is no official hiking season, no dates on the calendar that mark its start or end. But this year, it feels that way, given that so many trail systems have only recently begun to open to the public as various regions lift restrictions put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Summer hiking is on, and so is a massive sale on everything you need to do it. We parsed through hundreds of discounted items and curated the best we could find here. If you need inspiration on where to hike, see our list of the best day hikes in America. And if you aren’t sure what virus-related precautions you should take on the trail, check out the American Hiking Society’s FAQ on the subject.
Danner Trail 2650 Hiking Shoe
Hiking boots are the foundation of your trail kit. Danner’s Trail 2650 is low-cut for faster walking and shorter hikes that don’t call for aggressive ankle support.
Vasque Breeze LT GTX Hiking Boot
If you favor a full-sized boot or plan to be out on the trail for a long stint, check out Vasque’s Gore-Tex-equipped Breeze LT.
Black Diamond Distance 15 Backpack
The Distance 15 isn’t the biggest hiking pack available but offers a minimal design that’s comfortable and efficient when you don’t need to carry a lot. (Its size might even prevent you from overpacking.)
Ultimate Direction 2L Reservoir
Convert the bag you already have to a hydration pack with Ultimate Direction’s two-liter reservoir. It comes with a quick-release that lets you disconnect the hose without spilling a drop, making it easy to refill and get in and out of your backpack.
Black Diamond Distance Z Trekking Poles
Trekking poles offer balance and support, even on shorter hikes. Black Diamond’s Distance Z poles also pack down small, so you can stash them away when you don’t need them.
Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp
A headlamp is a smart thing to have in your pack, just in case you stay out longer than expected.
YETI Rambler Colster
If you’re packing a celebratory beverage for the summit, Yeti’s rugged koozie will ensure it stays cold on the way.
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