Get out! Outside, that is, since the weather is beautiful and pandemic restrictions are loosening nationwide. Amazon’s Prime Day arrived early this year, so take advantage of the fact that this past Sunday was the first official day of summer. Now is the time to stock up for a season of outdoor running, camping, and biking with these deals.
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strike through items that sell out or rise in price as of publishing, and mark discounts based on recent product pricing or average price, not MSRP. Be sure to check discounts for yourself. Our picks come from research and our extensive experience reviewing products. You’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription to get most of these deals.
Updated Tuesday: We removed the CamelBak Reign water bottle deal and added two new ones: the Castelli Arenberg padded cycling gloves, an underwater scooter, binoculars, and Serfas bike headlight.
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Fitness and Wellness Tracker Deals
If you’ve got an iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 6 is the only wearable to score top marks on both our best fitness trackers and our best smartwatches list, which earned it an 8/10, WIRED Recommends.
The Charge 4 is one of the only fitness trackers that includes GPS without costing an arm and a leg. It’ll track your sleep habits if you wear it to bed and analyze your sleep quality. Senior associate editor Adrienne So liked it enough to give it a (8/10, WIRED Recommends).
Amazon’s new Halo wearable wellness tracker has a unique pitch. It has the built-in GPS you’d expect that can track and analyze your runs, but it also assesses your emotional state, as Adrienne So discussed in her review.
You’ll see the discount at checkout. The IC Series connects with the Peloton and Zwift exercise apps so that you can follow along with those respective guided workouts, and it also connects with the Explore the World app that plays a moving first-person view of famous routes and trails through your phone’s or tablet’s screen, as if you’re really there. This is a pretty great exercise bike that’s also about $100 cheaper than the lowest price that we’ve ever seen.
If you’d rather give your kids a few more years before introducing them to life in which everything has a microchip in it, we understand. But if you’ve come to terms with the benefits of a fitness tracker, check out the Ace 2, which is waterproof to 50 meters and analyzes their activity by gamifying excursions. They earn virtual “badges” when they reach their activity goals.
This fitness tracker is so full of features, WIRED senior associate editor Adrienne So says it has “all the data collection and analysis you could ever want for every sport you can think of” and gave it an 8/10, WIRED Recommends. It has built-in GPS, support for viewing topographic maps, heart rate tracking, and fall detection if you fall down while wearing it.
The Garmin Venu is a versatile watch that combines Garmin’s data-tracking smarts with a gorgeous AMOLED screen. It’s occasionally frustrating as the screen doesn’t always come to life when you want it to, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more capable Garmin watch at this price (the lowest we’ve ever seen for this model).
We have mixed feelings on DNA test kits, but if you’re aware of and comfortable with the data privacy considerations, you can pick up an expanded test kit that tells you not only your ancestry but also whether you carry the genetic variants that are markers for certain diseases or health conditions.
Camping and Backyard Deals
I (Matt) recommend the Archer in my guide to building a home emergency kit because it’s as bright as the Ark of the Covenant and as tough as nails. It takes two AA batteries, so it’s perfect for situations in which you won’t be near a wall outlet to recharge. Just bring spare batteries and pop them in when you need ’em.
Compression sacks are perfect for bulky things that have a lot of air that can be squeezed out of them, such as sleeping bags and clothing. You fill the sack and then tighten the straps, compacting it down so that it doesn’t take up nearly as much room in your pack or your car. There are sizes in five-liter increments from 10 to 30 liters.
This little underwater gadget can pull a child or adult around underwater in a pool thanks to a couple propellers. It’s compatible with action cameras, too, and has a battery that can power it for 30 minutes.
Goose down is known for being warmer and lighter than synthetic insulation and for packing down smaller, given the same weight. This is a good chilly-but-not-freezing-weather sleeping bag that’ll work in cooler climates during the summer and in most North American climates through the fall.
This sturdy, basic table packs up reasonably small, and the aluminum slatted top makes it well suited for cooking. Put your stove on this, and leave the picnic table free for eating.
You’ll see the full discount at checkout. Instant coffee barely has the strength to wake anyone up inside. This 32 fluid-ounce stainless steel pot contains a complete French press system.
This battery-powered LED lamp is adjustable from 100 to 390 lumens, more than enough to light up a campsite. It uses eight D-cell batteries that will last from 85 to 299 hours, depending on how you set the brightness.
This two-person tent is ideal if you’re a solo hiker who wants to bring your gear inside at night or if you don’t mind cuddling somebody at night during your camping trip. It takes only 10 minutes to set up and can withstand 35-mph winds.
Confused by outdoor clothing and all the rules that govern it? Take a read through our Outdoor Clothing Layering Guide and our Best Reusable Water Bottles Guide. Don’t forget, too, that outdoor navigation apps are quite good these days. And if you’ll be shopping for another hiker this Prime Day, check out 25 Gifts for People Who Hate Being Inside.
Ah, LifeStraw, a stalwart of emergency gear caches and overseas travel bags. It filters over 99.99 percent of bacteria (including E. coli and salmonella), parasites (including giardia and cryptosporidium), and microplastics from 1,000 gallons of water, as well as sand, dirt, and other impurities that cause cloudiness.
I (Matt) am a convert to synthetic underwear for hiking and general outdoor strenuous activity. Cotton undies become horribly uncomfortable when sweaty, and they take forever to dry out. Polyester dries out so much faster that I wear these boxer briefs exclusively while hiking and climbing. The men’s version was discounted, but rose in price and is no longer a deal; it’s usually $20 or less anyway, Prime Day or not, but the women’s version is a good price.
I (Matt) largely gave up on using handkerchiefs and scarves to shield my neck from the sun while hiking. The Buff, a tube of UV-blocking fabric open on both ends, does the job much better. I wear mine no matter where I am, from deserts to glaciers. It never needs tying, can be pulled up around your mouth and nose to keep them warm, and can even be pulled up over your head to form a sort of balaclava.
This is also a great price for these binoculars, which you can use to catch the Perseids or go birding this summer. This set comes within $5 of the best deal we’ve seen for them. The binoculars are good for beginners and intermediate users. The kit comes with everything you’ll need to get started. You can also get this other pair for $88, though the price isn’t as enticing compared to past discounts.
Mountain Hardwear is one of the best-value brands in outdoor gear. It’s well-built and affordable, and I (Matt) have used many of its packs over the past couple of decades rafting, hiking, and climbing. The UL backpack weighs a featherweight 10.7 ounces and comes with a single water bottle pocket on the outside of the pack. Not many ultralight daypacks have the all-important water bottle holder.
You’ll see the full discount at checkout. The Reflect model, available in either brushed or polished stainless steel, is largely the same as the Classic model, but with a unique cap made partly of bamboo. I (Matt) have been using the non-insulated version of the Reflect heavily for years, and it’s held up to a lot of abuse.
Trekking poles help take some of the strain off your legs and knees by transferring some of the work to your upper body, especially on hilly terrain. You’ll also end up burning more calories since it takes more energy to use your arms than your legs while hiking. Just remember to not drag them on the trail and to buy some trekking pole rubber tips to minimize the impact on the environment. Pole scars can do serious damage to trails.
The discount varies by size and color. This lightweight base layer hasn’t had this big a discount since last year. It’s 100-weight, meaning it’s a particularly lightweight clothing layer designed to be worn next to the skin without overheating you. As I (Matt) explain in my outdoor clothing layering guide, I prefer lighter base layers to heavier ones. You can always add warmer clothes, but you won’t strip off your base layer if you get too hot.
These wool-synthetic blend hiking socks are coated with Permethrin, an insecticide (not a repellent) that kills bugs on contact to keep them from hitching a ride on your feet and legs. If you plan to hike in tick country, they can keep ticks from crawling up your legs and hiding in, well, your nooks and crannies, as they like to do. The Permethrin will last for 70 washes. There are more colors and sizes, as well as men’s versions, available.
If you’re in the market for Brooks’ iconic road running shoes, these Adrenaline GTS 20s fit the bill. Dick’s also has some other running shoe deals going on right now.
This isn’t an awesome discount, but this water bottle has too many features to not share. The Reign is designed to squirt a narrow jet of water so your gross lips never have to touch the lid. There’s also a shower setting in case you just want to cool yourself off. A locking position prevents it from leaking.
Bikes and Bike Accessory Deals
If you’re serious about cycling, you’re going to have to come to terms with the fact that when you pile on the miles and back-to-back days, cycling can be hard on the hands. Slip on a pair of these gel-padded fingerless gloves to absorb some of the repetitive impact shocks and prevent abrasions.
See and be seen. Having a headlamp—any headlamp—at night is better than nothing, but this 605-lumen headlamp throws enough light down the road that you’ll be able to spot pedestrians, potholes, and cars well in advance, even on roads without any streetlamps. Its integrated rechargeable battery lasts for 80 hours between charges. Add a taillight to make yourself even more visible to motorists.
Get your bikes up off the floor and free up some space. Simple, repurposed garage hooks have somewhat fallen out of favor with cyclists, who now tend to prefer purpose-built hooks like these that support the bike’s tires against the wall for better stability.
Segway’s foldable E22 electric kick scooter can tackle up to 15-degree hills, tops out at 12.4 miles per hour on a flat road, and runs 13.7 miles on a charge. It also has electric and mechanical brakes and integrated front and rear LEDs.
The Edge 130 keeps you on track by giving you turn-by-turn directions during your rides, and it does so accurately by combining data from GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellites. You can also track and analyze your cycling workouts through your Garmin Connect account. This is $10 cheaper than the lowest price that we’ve ever seen it.
You’ll see the discount at checkout. Briggs & Riley bags are expensive, but they’re long-lasting investments. WIRED editor Adrienne So has dragged hers around the world for more than 10 years without fail. This two-wheeled carry-on contains a built-in garment bag that lets you fold suits, shirts, and jackets without as much wrinkling as if you’d just folded or rolled them up.
Keep your camera equipment safe and secure with a backpack designed to pad and organize all your gear. The BP200 model splits its interior storage 50/50 between camera gear and personal gear. It’ll hold a 13-inch laptop, a DSLR camera, and one or two spare lenses, along with smaller pockets for things such as travel documents and SD cards.
Sadly, Eagle Creek is closing down, which means this might be one of the last chances you have to grab a few of the company’s iconic packing cubes, and at a discounted price no less. RIP Eagle Creek, our bags will never be as neatly organized without you.
Retailer Sale Pages
If you’d like to check more deals yourself, here are some links to sales going on this week.
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