This week, we at the Gadget Lab were all aflutter with the news that the Samsung Galaxy S10, the large phone with the hole-punch camera that our reviewer Jeffrey Van Camp called the best new Android phone, finally went on sale on March 8. But if you don’t need a new phone, now is also a great time to pick up some other big-ticket items.
This weekend, REI’s End of Season Sale kicks off, through March 11. We found some of the best markdowns on our favorite past-season gear, from heated ski boots to sustainable snowboards and more. The final sales on snowgear hopefully mark the beginning of warmer days to come. We’re ready! And don’t worry, indoor cats. We have a few deals on games, universal remotes, and other WIRED favorites for you too.
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K2 First Luv Skis and Bindings are 20 percent off.
If you’ve decided that this is the year you finally ditch the rental shop, this skis-and-bindings bundle is just about as affordable and accessible as you can get. Terrible name aside, the First Luvs are the skis from K2’s women-specific Luv Collection, and they have a gentle, forgiving rocker and BioKonic technology that’s designed to make them turn as easily as possible. They also come with Marker ERP 10 bindings that accommodate almost every size of boot.
K2 First Luv Skis and Bindings for $320 ($80 off)
Outdoors Deals for Women
Outdoors Deals for Men
Patagonia R1 Hoodie for $111 ($48 off): The R1 is a light, versatile mid-layer that works equally well under a shell or snuggled into your sleeping bag. Just cinch the balaclava-style hood tight to your head when you’re going to sleep, or to fit under your helmet.
Farm to Feet Damascus Hiking Socks for $15 ($7 off): Farm to Feet’s hiking socks are 100 percent made from merino wool sourced in the United States. I really like the reinforced heels on these otherwise lightweight, breathable hiking socks.
Inov8 TrailRock 285 Trail Running Shoes for $90 ($60 off): Inov8 shoes are known for their grippy durability. The studs on these are also strategically placed to avoid getting little pebbles stuck between them, AKA the most annoying thing ever. They didn’t quite make our list of …
Outdoors Deals For Everyone!
Salomon XDR 84 Skis With Bindings for $640 ($160 off). Get ready for the variable conditions of spring skiing with Salomon’s XDR 84 skis, which are light, stable, and comfortable in either soft or hard snow.
Lander Moab iPhone X/XS Case for $30 ($10 off): Never again find that extreme cold or heat has made your phone die. The Moab case protects your phone in temperatures ranging from 0 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sea to Summit Insulated Sleeping Pad for $180 ($60 off): A dual-layer design means that even if one layer slowly deflates during the night, you will never find yourself waking up on the cold, hard ground.
Chuao Joy-Filled Caramels for $3 ($1 off): It’s not dessert, it’s a training snack!
Hydro Flask Unbound Backpack Cooler for $233 ($42 off): When I tested this backpack cooler on surf trips last summer, it took me a second to figure out why it suddenly felt so easy to hike down to the beach.
Black Diamond Drop Zone Crash Pad for $200 ($50 off): It might still be too muddy and wet to go far, but you can definitely, and irritatingly, start traversing stone buildings on campus with this go-anywhere, folding crash pad.
Big Agnes 3-Person Tent for $210 ($140 off): This super light tent has two doors and two vestibules for easy access and storage.