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Steep and Cheap:

One random piece of outdoors gear at a time is sold at deep discount on this site. A product image, a countdown clock, price, and a “quantity remaining” box give an immediate visual check for a shopper looking to nab deals that are regularly up to 70 percent off retail price. www.steepandcheap.com

Huckberry:

Touted as “your favorite store and magazine rolled into one,” Huckberry blends a small online store with a great blog. Its offerings lean toward niche brands and unique products, not screaming deals. Aviator watches, backpacking tents, and a $95 “tactical” pen caught my eye. www.huckberry.com

The Clymb:

You must be a member (which requires an email address or Facebook log-in) but once “in” shoppers at this retailer can grab 70-percent-off items during ongoing three-day sales. Major brands like Columbia, The North Face, Salomon and Adidas make up the majority of the ever-changing stock. www.theclymb.com

REI:

A behemoth in the online as well as brick-and-mortar worlds, REI has useful buying guides on a microsite for holiday gear (www.rei.com/gifts). The aptly titled “Gifts for Kids,” “Gifts Under $25,” and so on offer gear ideas in an easy-to-read grid formation.

Backcountry:

Another massive force in online gear, Backcountry has a comprehensive stock with hundreds of brands. I like the low-B.S. copywriting plus the massive reader comments sections, which dished the good and bad on a piece of gear. www.backcountry.com

Woodchuck Case:

Pure wood cases for an iPhone, tablet or other device. That’s the main product from Minnesota-based Woodchuck, which mills sheets of cedar, maple, and oak with a laser for intricate designs and phone-cradling cuts. An online shop offers cases at $29.99 and up for a unique gift. www.woodchuckcase.com

The House:

I toured the massive warehouse of this retailer last month. It’s one of the world’s biggest of its type, stocking hundreds of thousands of skis and snowboards. Massive discounts come from the sheer volume, including snowsports gear that can crest the 70-percent-off retail mark. www.the-house.com

Fidelis Co.:

Founded by a United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer, Fidelis is a boutique with just a few classy items on its virtual shelf, most all made in the USA. I like the Rigger’s Belt, which is made of a thick nylon and can double as a tie-in point for a Marine-style rappel. www.fidelisco.com

Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com.

 

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