Backpacking Holiday Giveaway! $1400+ in Prizes

We have partnered with Outside Magazine and eleven incredible brands to give you first-class gear for your backpacking kit!

Win over $1400 in prizes. There will be two winners, First and Second Place. Enter with your email address and first name, and earn many additional entries by sharing with your friends, following participating brands on Instagram, and completing our Backpacker Type survey! The giveaway will run from November 26 – November 30th.

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First Place

Backcountry Bed 20 Degree by Sierra Designs

Flex Capacitor Backpack by Sierra Designs

Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles by Black Diamond

ProLite Plus by Therm-a-Rest

Christmas Trucker Hat by Headsweats

Snow Pom Beanie by Headsweats

Micro Squeeze by Sawyer

Blist-O-Ban by Sawyer

Luci Pro Outdoor 2.0 by MPowerd

Light Hiker Teton Socks by FITS Socks

Stow Bottle 1 L by HydraPak Adventure Badge Stickers (2 of your choice!)

Second Place

Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles by Black Diamond

Shareable Feast Box by Patagonia Provisions

Vapor+ Rechargeable Headlamp by UCO Gear

Eldris Knife Kit by Morakniv

Christmas Trucker Hat by Headsweats

Snow Pom Beanie by Headsweats

Micro Squeeze by Sawyer

Blist-O-Ban by Sawyer

Light Hiker Teton Socks by FITS Socks

Stow Bottle 1 L by HydraPak Adventure Badge Stickers (2 of your choice!)


Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 20 Degree

Is it bed? Is it a sleeping bag? The Backcountry Bed from Sierra Designs is a unique zipperless sleeping bag that feels like you’re sleeping right at home. You can use the cover-like fold to lock in warmth or get air on a spring night, and the foot opening allows for easy venting or wearing around camp.

sierra designs flex capacitor

Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor

The Flex Capacitor by Sierra Designs is a shape-shifting ultralight backpack that morphs from 40-60 liters with an easy-to-use external compression system. The suspension is excellent, and the pack is built for highly organized people who want to go light. The Flex Capacitor won our Budget Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

black diamond distance carbon z pole

Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles

The Distance Carbon Z Trekkng Poles from Black Diamond are some of lightest weight ples on the market, at roughly 10 ounces per pair. They fold into a Z for easy storage, are made of carbon, and are crazy durable. Make sure you order in the right size, as they aren’t adjustable.

Patagonia Provisions Shareable Feast Box

patagonia provisions shareable feast

If you haven’t tried Patagonia’s food-focused Provisions, you should. It takes ethically sourced camp food to an entirely new level. The Shareable Feast Box has just about everything they offer, and will stock any backpacker for a few trips. The salmon is our favorite!

thermarest prolite plus

Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus

Therm-a-Rest is the go-to in sleeping pads, and the ProLite Plus is the most popular model among all outdoor folks. It self-inflates, isn’t too heavy, is highly durable, and provides a fantastic night’s sleep. It also rolls up easily for storage in or on a backpack.

uco gear vapor headlamp

UCO Gear Vapor+ Rechargeable Headlamp

UCO Gear combines style and functionality into a formidable headlamp with the Vapor+. This headlamp has 300 lumens on high, uses a dial for easy adjustment, and has red LED options as well. The Vapor+ uses a removable Li-ion rechargeable battery packĀ and AAA capacity to handle any situation. It looks pretty sweet, too.

morakniv eldris knife kit

Morakniv Eldris Knife Kit

Morakniv is known for knives, and the Eldris Knife Set is perfect for any backpacker. A tiny pocket-sized fixed blade, locking carrying case, necklace paracord strap, and included fire-starter all weigh about 3 ounces. The knife itself has a straight edge for fire starting, too. If you need a do-it-all knife that takes up no extra room, this is it.

Sawyer Micro Squeeze

Sawyer Micro Squeeze Filter

The Micro Squeeze from Sawyer is a lightly tweaked version of the incredibly popular (and award winning) Squeeze water filter. This is a squeeze-style filter that lasts up to 100,000 gallons using a Hollow Fiber Membrane, and the whole thing weighs two ounces. Never be without a water filter.

Headsweats Frosty Hat

Headsweats Christmas Trucker Hat

Headsweats knows hats, and the CHristmas Trucker Hat is a fun holiday take on their durable, sweat-catching design. You can’t go wrong with shade and snowflakes.

Headsweats Snow Pom Beanie

Headsweats Roam Beanie

Headsweats also makes beanies. The Snow Pom beanie will keep your noggin warm this winter, and we think it’s pretty stylish. It’s made with Eventure acrylic knit, and is machine washable (but air dry). Roam with the buffalo, and get outside.

FITS Light Hiker Crew

FITS Socks Light Hiker Teton

FITS makes fantastic socks — and yes, they fit. This Light Hiker Teton will get you from the brewery to the mountains with ease, and they will take a lot of abuse before stinking.

mpowerd luci outdoor pro 2

MPOWERD Luci Pro Outdoor 2.0

MPOWERD is all about solar lanterns, and the Luci Pro Outdoor 2.0 is a rockstar. It has a strap for easy attachment, is waterproof, and collapses down to an inch when not in use — and you can still charge it when collapsed! A fantastic light for the backcountry.

HydraPak Stow

HydraPak Stow Bottle 1 L

HydraPak makes soft water containers — bladders, bottles, storage, you name it. The new Stow is flexible, has a spill-proof nozzle, and a handle for easy carrying and storage. At only two ounces it’s way lighter than a hard bottle, and can fit anywhere in your pack.

Sawyer Blist o Ban

Sawyer Blist-O-Ban

Feel a blister coming on? Use Sawyer’s Blist-O-Ban. The unique design is made to fit around a growing (or already formed) blister, and uses a patented dome design to re-route any friction on sensitive areas. Put it in your pack, then on your foot. Affiliate Policy: This guide contains affiliate links, which help fund our website. When you click on the links to purchase the gear we get a commission, and this goes a long way to creating guides, gear reviews, and other excellent content.

Melanie MacDowell

Melanie is a sunshine-chaser who enjoys the nomadic digital marketing life on a farm in Central California. With an enthusiasm for self-progression through pushing beyond comfort zones, she can often be found gaining elevation on bike or by foot. In addition to playing outside, she loves ice cream, gardening, and lazy Sundays. Visit her website to learn more about her work with outdoor and wellness brands.

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