The Path Less Traveled #069: 2022 Holiday Backpacking Gear Deals
Andrew D 11.26.22
2022 Holiday Backpacking Gear Shopping Deals: products that won’t break the bank! Christmas is a month away, and I don’t know about you, but I’m already looking for gear guides that won’t break the bank when I purchase a few things. Times are getting a bit tough and prices are through the roof.
I’ve compiled a list of products in various price ranges to suit even the tightest of wallets this year! If you’re interested to see how 2021’s Gear Guide held up, you can check on it here.
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Guys, I tried finding a backpack under a hundred dollars. Seriously, market is bad man. Two hours in, I found one bag I could recommend.
Did find these though:
LUMINA 45 Women’s Super Ultralight Backpacking – $99.50
1.7 – 1.8 lb, right at one-hundo clams.
Stupid ultralight backpack that is available. 495 grams / 17.5 oz.
Ultralight design, 570 grams / 20 oz, under two hundred bucks. Three adjustable shoulder strap sizes, three different hip belts. Very customizable!
Fizan Compact Model, Feather Nordic Walking Poles Ultralight Adjustable Aluminum – $66.51
At one point, the lightest poles in the world at 158g a piece. See my review HERE.
Light, durable, inexpensive! Puffers are ideal for packing for cooler weather and/or sleeping in (if need be). I have a puffer from a different brand, but you can’t go wrong with this guy. Search around on the site for women’s cut if that is what you desire.
New Balance Accelerate 5 inch Short $17.99 Additional 15% off applied at checkout.
Yeah, they’re yellow but my favorite running shorts are under twenty dollars. The lining is so soft that it feels like a joy wearing them. That and you don’t have to pack underwear if these have bloomers inside! Big Brain idea right there! I’ve had a few pair since 2012 when visiting their Skowhegan factory. Love ’em. There’s a grey printed camo pair for $20.99 (plus additional 15% off in cart), too.
On clearance, being discontinued. Packaged weight of 2.6lb, 88″ x 35″/27″ with a 38-inch height.
Many things on Gossamer’s site are 20% off. 667 g / 23.5oz – 10D nylon floor and body.
Kelty Cosmic is the best secret for beginners. This is a 2 pound sleeping bag using Gucci down. As they say “Our Cosmic Sleeping Bag was already giving you a workhorse for the price of a pony.”
Snugpak Softie 3 – Solstice – $164.19 – Temperature range: 41°F / 32°F. Weight: 32oz (900g). Dimensions: 87 x 30in (220 x 75cm) Pack Size 6 x 6in.
All of Enlightened Equipment products are 20% off and free shipping for Christmas. 595 g – 708 g for a 20*C sleeping quilt. – 10D cloth, lots of down fill. Packs small.
Gold standard for insulated ultralight sleeping pads. Met with these blokes at Trail Days 2022 – Some of their customer service/repair employees stated in 2021 they repaired/replaced less than a dozen pads with their lifetime guarantee. Good people, good products.
These were roughly $20 when they came out, but nearly all sleeping pads have increased in price since 2020. I use this as a backpack soft frame in several of my backpacks and cut them down. For the price, I cannot import a cheap sleeping pad with reflective side on it for a price easier than riding my bike to Wal-Mart and picking one up.
Moosejaw has this $5 cheaper than Amazon or just about any other big name store right now.
Amazon has the knife $45 cheaper than Benchmade’s own site. Project Farm thinks it’s nifty and they stay sharp for what seems like forever.
Five bucks cheaper than the older model I have and it comes with a little extra doodad. At 20 grams for 58 hours, you can’t beat it.
Garmin inReach Mini 2 – $349.99
Satellite GPS and Emergency Communicator for $50 off normal price. This sucker is 100 g, and I recommend getting the brightest color you can get in case it falls off your pack or pocket. Subscription rates run from $14.95 per month, or $11.95 a month if you go for a full year at once. There are also initializing fees, so be sure to read the contingencies.
Miscellaneous / Luxury
Head for Survival Bandanas – $11.50 – I mean, if you’re going to carry a bandana, make sure it multitasks as other things too… no? Has info about Navigation, Fire Starting, Shelter, Water Collection & Purification, Signaling, a useful Knots section, and a section for Priorities considerations.