Christmas in July: Best Gear Deals to Help Get You Ready For Winter Adventures


Ah, summer. Warm weather, time off from school, summer camp, family vacations. We love the summer. If you’re tired of the heat and the humidity, however, summer can also be a great time to start ramping up for winter. 

If you cannot wait for the snow and skiing season to start, it’s time to celebrate Christmas in July by getting yourself some new gear gifts now.

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For Cold-Weather Camping

The North Face One Bag Sleeping Bag – $360

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When it comes to cold-weather camping, having a sleeping bag made for a variety of weather is going to keep you comfortable on those chilly nights outdoors. Weighing just three to four pounds (depending on whether you get the regular length or the long) this sleeping bag can be used in weather as cold as 5 degrees. This sleeping bag features repurposed 700-fill down as well as Heatseeker Eco Synthetic fibers. This sleeping bag has removable layers making it great for the winter as well as becoming a solid contender for summer camping activities too.

Mountain Hardware Trango 4 Tent – $1,200

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This four-season tent will make a great addition to your mountaineering gear, especially if you’re looking to get more time outdoors this upcoming winter. This tent can sleep four people and offers a color-coded pole setup. With a large vestibule for sleeping and a smaller one for overflow storage, this tent has great weather protection with a bath-tub style weatherproof floor. The tent also offers zipper vents so you can allow as much (or as little) air in as you want.

REI Co-Op Camp Bed Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad – $139

Let’s face it: sleeping on the ground during any month isn’t particularly comfortable, especially if that ground is cold and icy. REI Co-Op made this sleeping pad to ensure a plush, and comfortable surface for the ideal outdoor sleeping environment. With two-and-a-half inches of padding, you’ll sleep soundly on the cushioned floor of the tent. The bottom of this sleeping pad resists wear and also protects you against water that may leak into the tent if it starts to snow.

For Skiing

Dragon PXV Snow Goggles – $200

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Made with a wrapped-frame design, these goggles offer you expanded sight lines when you’re out on the slopes. With 100% UV Protection, these goggles have a frameless design with armored venting that will make it easy to see no matter what the snow conditions might be. These goggles have a silicone strap backing and they’re helmet compatible making them a great addition to your winter gear for hitting the slopes.

Line Sir Francis Bacon Skis – $750

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Best for groomed and powder skiing, these skis cut through the snow like butter without sacrificing your performance on hard-pack snow. These skis offer 3D Convex Tech and contouring. The tips and tails of these skis are inclined which allows for added dimensions in your turns. And the longer, active edge gives you an active edge on hardpack snow.

Rossignol Pure Elite 70 Ski Boots – $430

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A good pair of ski boots will elevate your experience out on the slopes. This pair by Rossignol was engineered for maximum energy transfer and offers high-speed control. These boots have a high-performing, low-volume fit designed specifically for women. These ski boots have Dual Core technology for a more targeted power transmission and are lined with Merino wool, to ensure warmth when you’re out in the snow.

Line Bootie 2.0 – $120

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There’s something about slipping into a nice pair of warm booties after a long day out in the cold. After being stuck in your ski boots all day, switching to a pair of these will feel like heaven. Made from synthetic materials that are moisture-wicking, these will make the walk from the slopes back to the resort much more comfortable. Made with a Michelin rubber outsole, you’ll have traction to avoid slips and trips when you’re outdoors.

Backcountry Aluminum Ski Touring Pole – $99

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These aluminum, rugged poles allow for powder stashes no matter when you’re hitting the slopes next season. These poles have extended foam handles for easy grip and comfort in your hands as well as adjustable straps. These aluminum ski poles are reliable on ice and hard pack making them versatile and great in almost any condition on the slopes.

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