Best Black Friday Fitness and Outdoor Deals (2022): Shoes, Socks, Helmets, and More
Winter hibernation is for bears. Get out there and sweat this winter, whether “out there” is a weekend camping in the great outdoors or running the loop near your house before work each morning. Cold weather necessitates a bit of extra gear to keep you warm and dry, but with deals on our favorite gear, from outdoor clothing to biking accessories to smartwatches, you can become the year-round outdoors person you’ve always dreamed of being. So gear up and get out there, Tiger.
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Hiking and Camping Deals
Through camping and mountain climbing adventures, the Actik headlamp never failed to provide us with 350 powerful lumens on the trail. It runs on three AAA batteries, which are easy to replace in the backcountry (if you remember to bring spares), and they’ll last for up to 260 hours on the lowest white-light setting.
Liquid fuel stoves are a bit more complicated to use and maintain than canister stoves, but they work more reliably in frigid temperatures and typically allow the chef to simmer food for better control while cooking. Unlike most liquid fuel stoves, the WhisperLite is relatively quiet, so it won’t spoil the solitude.
Keep a link between you and your loved ones while you’re out gallivanting through the wilderness with a satellite communicator. With the InReach Mini 2, you can share your location, communicate back and forth, and trigger an SOS button if you need a rescue. It weighs just 3.5 ounces, and the battery lasts for roughly four to 14 days, depending on settings and tree cover.
To insulate you and your sleeping bag from the cold ground, choose a sleeping pad to slide between bag and earth. Inflatable models such as this NeoAir XLite are even better at insulating than foam pads. It’s also lightweight at 12 ounces and packs down into a small roll.
For backcountry trips, consider saving weight and space by choosing a non-insulated reusable water bottle. Given the same volume, a non-insulated one will also be lighter to carry. The Klean Kanteen was one of the best bottles we tested, thanks to its very scratch-resistant coating, leak-proof lid, and stellar durability.
If you favor hydration bladders instead of water bottles, check out this hydration bladder that can fit into a backpack. I prefer the Platypus to CamelBak because it’s easier to clean out between uses.
Fitness and Cycling Deals
Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is a technology that offers added protection to your brain from rotational injuries in the event of a crash. It’s worth the small added cost. There are many paint schemes available for this stylish looking helmet, from solid colors to complicated artistic designs.
The 7S Sapphire Solar (8/10, WIRED Recommends) comes packed with preset modes that can track your biometric data from various outdoor activities: biking, bouldering, swimming, running, and more. It’s our favorite outdoor watch for its quick and accurate GPS connection in rain and under dense tree cover, as well as for its built-in altimeter, barometer, and compass. Check out our Best Garmin Watches guide for more.
There are tons of ways to carry cargo on your bike, but the simplest is to throw a backpack over your shoulders. Not just any backpack, though. We ranked the Heritage as the top budget choice in our Best Laptop Backpacks guide, thanks to its padded sleeve that can fit laptops of up to 15 inches, and for its tough, 600-denier polyester fabric.
We rate the Charge 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) as the best all-around fitness tracker for its affordability and its bevy of biometric sensors. There’s a smart alarm that determines the best point during your sleep cycle to set an alarm, ECGs for monitoring your heart rate, sleep analysis tools that measure your blood oxygen levels at night, and more. You do have to pay $10 a month, or $80 a year, for a Fitbit Premium subscription to get the most from the Charge 5, though.
Something has to keep the sweat from dripping into your eyes during a run, and yes, you can absolutely sweat that hard during a tough workout, even in winter weather. Made in Vermont, these headbands are silky smooth and come in a range of fun designs. Only some designs are on sale.
Sore muscles are a fact of life when you exercise. If it’s a good workout, you’ll be sore afterwards. You can massage away a great deal of that soreness, though, with a percussive massager. The Theragun Prime provides up to 30 pounds of pressure, making it a solid midrange product in Theragun’s lineup. Check out our Best Theraguns guide for more information.
Block out gym noise with active noise cancellation to gain a little peace and quiet. The Elite 7 Active headphones were our favorite headphones for workouts, as mentioned in our Best Wireless Earbuds guide. With eight hours of battery life between charges, you’ll have more than enough time to finish even the longest workouts without running out of power. In our testing, they fit people with wildly different ear sizes without falling out. They also have IP57 dust- and sweat-resistance.
Apparel and Footwear Deals
Made in Vermont, these socks have a lifetime guarantee. You wear ’em out and Darn Tough will replace them, although you have to pay to ship the old socks to their headquarters. Made of merino wool with just a hint of stretchy elastane, these are favorites around the WIRED Gear Team for their thickness, softness, and durability.
Base layers, worn next to the skin, need to wick away moisture and dry quickly to prevent chafing. For any labor-intensive purposes, we recommend the polyester Give-N-Go Briefs. They’re silky soft and form-hugging, yet they dry out quickly, even after truly legendary hikes and runs.
Good shoes are the foundation of a good hike. We prefer low-top, non-Gore-Tex mesh trail shoes, like these from Salomon, for the vast majority of hiking. They’ll dry out much more quickly when wet than Gore-Tex-lined shoes, and as long as you’re moving they’ll keep your feet warm enough down to about 40 degrees.
The Wildhorse 7’s beauty isn’t just skin deep, although we did name these the cutest shoes in our Best Trail Running Shoe guide. They’re also light and breathable, and they offer good traction on sketchy terrain. Nikes run small, so consider sizing up a half size. As is oddly and sadly common in the industry, the shoe in women’s sizing is also on sale, but for a few dollars more than the men’s sizing.
Once heat is lost in the extremities, it takes a while to gain it back. Keep that precious heat from leaving your hands in the first place by swaddling them in these winter gloves. Gore-Tex makes the outer layers water-resistant, and PrimaLoft insulation traps heat, so even if you’re trekking through snow, these will keep your hands fairly dry and warm.
Down with itchy beanies. Smartwool’s merino wool is as itch-free as wool can get, and it doesn’t make your forehead perspire as much as a synthetic materials would. There’s a hint of elastane in the fabric for an easy-fitting stretch.
It’s getting cold out there, so instead of hibernating until spring, put on this insulating base layer under your running pants to add warmth. We named these the best cold-weather running tights in our Best Running Gear guide for their high waist and drawstring that keeps them from sagging during runs. They kept our reviewer warm in 30-degree temps, and they have lasted for years with little wear. They only come in a 28-inch seam, though, so taller runners may be out of luck.
Black Friday Retailer Sales
Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are a few top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.
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November 25, 2022 at 08:31AM