Most of my friends know I am a total gear junkie! It goes with the territory for an online gear tester. I subscribe to almost all the online retailers and manufacturers I like so I can stay informed over both exciting new gear releases and the best times to shop. Turns out Memorial Day week is right up there with Black Friday and Cyber Monday when it comes to getting the best new gear at the best price! Here’s a sampling of what I consider the biggest deals this week along with a few specific favorites I’ve personally reviewed and highly endorse!
A great time to pick up some Black Diamond C4’s or Ultralights which I review and compare here!
You can actually get 30% off the Arc’teryx Acrux SL Approach Shoes when you click the “Apply Coupon” on the page. You’ll see in the cart the price drop to $119!
You can also get 30% off Arc’teryx here with code “SUNKISSED”! The Arcteryx Men’s Atom LT Hoody might not be for this season but it is one of my favorite!
Bentgate Mountaineering has some good deals and every climber should own a Pink Tricam! In fact I will interrupt this retail post to share the amazing “Ode to the Pink Tricam” courtesy of the Pink Tri-Cam Fan Page!
Ode to a Pink Tricam
Oh Pink’s the one I love to place
when I’m alone way up in space
on some exposed and airy face.
They sink where other gear won’t go.
When all you’ve got is manky pro,
This tricam saves your butt from woe.
But it’s often hard to get them out;
They make your second moan and shout
And wave his nut tool ’round about
But that’s why you’re the one on lead
Your problems are a different breed
As long as someone does the deed…
“Oh quit your whimpering,” you rumble,
“And get it out or there’ll be trouble”
“Get to work now, on the double!”
Although it sometimes takes a while,
They do come out with vim and guile,
(or chiselling and curses vile.)
Pink will do what all the rest.
Won’t do when they’re put to the test.
Oh pink tricams are just the best!
— Charles “Pinky” Danforth
EMS is currently running their every popular “Upgrade Your Gear” sale where you can find deals up to 50% off retail. Members (which it is free to join) can get 20% off already deeply discounted clearance items using promo code “UYG”. We are talking UPF synthetic t-shirts around $10 and 800 fill down jackets around $80! Good deals if they have your size available!
Of course REI is going big this week with their Anniversary Sale! 50% off the Kelty Circuit tents is quite appealing!
This week is a great time to go through your outdoor gear and fill out your kit with anything missing or upgrade anything to the latest and greatest! Deep outdoor gear discounts usually don’t come back around until we are preparing for our winter months (Black Friday-Cyber Monday) so plan ahead and save some $ by getting your summer gear now!
While out shopping these deals please don’t forget the real reason for this holiday! Our family uses the long weekend to visit historic landmarks, most recently a WWII installation on the Maine seacoast, and have daily conversations with our oldest child about what it means to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. We also attend our local parade and wreath laying ceremony. We are only able to enjoy our freedoms because of the sacrifices made then and now. Never forget.
See you in the mountains,
Northeast Alpine Start
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