Outdoor Sales don’t get much more wild than this.
Outdoor adventuring calls for us to mark a few dates in our calendars.
Every public holiday would be an obvious few, along with the first day of winter and the opening day for snow resorts (tomorrow). However, there’s another period we circle in pen on the We Are Explorers calendar and that’s Wild Earth’s clearance sale.
Wild Earth is advertising up to 40% off on over 4000 products, but we’ve scoured their sale and found some clearance gems that are nudging a significant 60% off.
No matter what type of outdoor exploration tickles your fancy, there’s a good chance there’s something on sale here that’ll make your next excursion into the wilderness that much more comfortable, warm or dry.
Here are some of our favourite steals.
1. Oztrail Mitchell Discovery King Single Swag
A cursory browse on Wikipedia tells me – along with gut feel – that Aussies practically invented the swag.
No longer limited to the itinerant farm worker, Wiki says, ‘Swags have been carried by shearers, miners, the unemployed, and many others, some of whom would have been happy to have been called swagmen and some not.’
We might add ‘explorer’ to wiki’s non-exhaustive list of swag lovers and no matter whether you want to be called a ‘swagman’ or not, the Oztrail Mitchell Discover swag is a modern classic. Dubbed ‘Australia’s most popular swag’, this thing is known for its durability, comfort and sheer ease of use.
Best yet, it’s on sale here at 53% off which is a saving of $221. Not too shabby!
2. Osprey Kresta 20L Women’s Snow Backpack
Since ski season officially kicks off tomorrow, here’s a snow backpack that could be your best friend in the backcountry. The Osprey Kresta is designed for women and has an ergonomic and contoured form fit. At 20L it’s perfect for smaller forays into the backcountry or even as a resort bag if BYO lunch is (also) your style.
It’s currently half price, so you’re not just saving on lunches at the ski field. This thing practically pays for itself.
3. Salomon Outline Mid GTX Men’s Hiking Boots
The Salomon Outline Mid GTX hiking boot bridges the gap between a classic sturdy hiking boot and a trail running shoe. It offers the ankle protection and stability of the former with the lightweight style of the latter.
It’s also available on sale in pretty much every men’s size and is 48% off. What more could you ask for?
4. Marmot Minimalist GTX Women’s Waterproof Jacket
If you’re on the east coast of Australia, you would have seen some inclement weather of late and if your rain jacket isn’t up to scratch, you would have felt it too.
This waterproof jacket from Marmot features GORE-TEX® Paclite® technology, which describes a wind-blocking hydrophobic membrane, meaning it’s pretty damn weatherproof. Throw in 100% taped seams and a bonded flap covering the zipper and that aforementioned inclement weather will be kept out.
At 47% off, the hardest decision will be choosing between the four colours.
5. The North Face Thermoball Eco Men’s Insulated Jacket
Speaking of inclement weather, when it snows two hours from my home in Sydney, you know it’s bloody cold.
It’s this time of year when you realise your winter wardrobe isn’t cut out for single digits and you need to up your layering game.
One of our top picks is The North Face Thermoball Jacket. We’ve previously compared it to five other popular puffer jackets and it fared very well indeed. Here’s what reviewer Mattie had to say last year, ‘If you’re looking for a jacket that’s eco-conscious and chock-full of recyclables, then this is the jacket for you. Not only is the jacket filled with recycled content, everything from the lining to the DWR finish is made from 100% recycled materials. Equivalent to 600 fill goose down, the synthetic insulation should keep warming your bones even if it gets wet, which gives it a pretty significant advantage over down.’
6. Tentsile Universe 4-Season Floating Family Hammock Tent
Anytime a product has had $1200 taken off its price tag, you have my attention. When that product is called the 4-season floating family hammock tent, I am all ears.
This tent is regarded as Tensiles ‘most ground-breaking model yet!’ Whether the pun is intended – given it’s a tent designed to be able to not touch the ground at all – is unknown. What I do know is that this thing has won a heck of a lot of commendations from the likes of The Gear Institute and Men’s Journal. It’s also ‘the world’s first standing height tree tent that can conquer land, sea and air.’ That’s right, inflate the floor and the thing floats, but I probably wouldn’t pitch it for a night on the rapids anytime soon.
So, what’s the catch? Well, despite being 38% off, this will still set you back a cool 2K. It does fit 5 adults when set up on the ground though (3 in the tree), so anyone for a floating tent-share?
7. The North Face Summit L5 Futurelight Womens Waterproof Alpine Jacket
We’ve previously documented the revolutionary qualities of The North Face’s Futurelight fabric. North Face marketed this particular jacket with the simple fact that ski mountaineers Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison wore one on their historic descent of the Lhotse Couloir. If it was good enough for the Hilaree and Jim in the Himalayas, I reckon it’d hold up pretty well on the slopes here in Aus too.
Normally this jacket retails for $900, which given the amount of tech involved, is not unreasonable. The fact you can get it for $555 in this sale is very, very, reasonable to our minds.
8. The North Face Mens Ultra Traction Men’s Trail Running Shoes
The Ultra Traction shoes feature some of that revolutionary Futurelight membrane we talked about above which help both waterproof them and ensure breathability. These are a super low profile trail shoe built for technical trails and a precise, form fit. With Wild Earth’s sale price, they’re also significantly more cost-effective than The North Face’s latest brainchild, the Flight Vectiv trail runners which we’ve reviewed at length.
9. Salomon NSO Pro Glove U
It’s about time we dropped a glove into this list since my digits are getting cold just typing this in Sydney.
Salomon’s NSO Pro Glove is a touch – pun intended – more expensive than their Agile Warm Glove U, but we think it worth it as a do-everything outdoor fleece glove. Made of stretchy, breathable fleece, the pair will stay in place and not hold water.
10. Icebreaker Cool-Lite Merino Motion Seamless High Rise Women’s Tights
We just published a review of these Icebreaker Cool-Lite Merino Motion Seamless High Rise Tights and the only real hang up our reviewer had was the RRP of $179.99. We reckon 16% off would get her over the line for a pair as they handled the chill in the Snowy Mountains the other week and were supremely comfortable by all accounts.
Made with 35% merino wool means enhanced breathability, temperature regulation and odour suppression. They’d look the part in the yoga studio, gym or hiking trail.
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