Getting the Gear to Get Outdoors This Summer

Getting the Gear to Get Outdoors This Summer

Pamela Chan

Pamela ChanJul 19, 20175 min read

For some people, summertime usually means lazy afternoons by the pool, constantly manning the BBQ grill, or just soaking up the warm rays of the sun with a margarita in one hand and a nice new read in the other. For others—i.e. the thrill seekers-- summer means adventure to the max. Think packing up shop and road tripping cross country, or embarking on outdoor pursuits from hiking and backpacking to camping out under the stars with the entire family.

There’s no need for these outside plans to be a strain on the wallet though, and if you’re on a budget but still want to be comfortable and safe on your summer season adventures, there are definitely simple ways to spend the least amount of dollars but still find all the effective clothing, tools, boots, bags, and whatnots you’ll need to have proper fun.

Enter Altrec, the outdoor gear outlet of your dreams, offering not only the planet's best outdoor gear and apparel, but also informative gear reviews, premier customer service, and 100% satisfaction guaranteed! So, go ahead and challenge yourself this summer by getting these must-have summer grabs from American’s best outdoor equipment store. With over 350 brands, you’re bound to find something to fall in love with. Here are just a few to start off with!

For Tents

One good grab to consider might be the Alps Meramac 2 Room 6 Person Tent, which is now 14% off. It’s a free-standing tent that is great to take along for the entire family, especially if you want to separate the kids from the adults for a little extra privacy. It sleeps up to six people with a divider in the center (so three people can fit on each side). What’s also nice to know is that the Meramac 2 Room sets up quickly and every easily with its two-pole dome design and awning fly.

The Mountain Hardwear Optic Vue 2.5 might also be a fantastic option that’s not only smart and savvy but, at the moment, a whopping 30% off! This one’s the perfect option for backpackers and campers who appreciate extra square footage and open, airy architecture, offering a nice new twist on traditional tents with full-size doors on adjacent sides that can zip away to create an open vista. With more space than a standard 2-person tent, romantic adventure seekers of all sorts will be able to find some lovin’ while also taking along with them all the must-have gear they’ll need to make it a trip to remember.

For Hiking Boots

Well, the cheapest viable option, of course, would just be those good old sneakers (free!)—or at least some nice and cheap hiking sneakers like these. But if you’re super-duper serious about having the best hiking or backpacking experience and don’t want to get blisters or sores, a proper pair of waterproof hiking boots is key, especially in bad weather. They'll keep those two feet nice and dry, and more importantly, totally safe for when walking through brush, over slippery rocks, or when on uneven or loose surfaces in sneakers.

In boots such as the Adidas CW Feltcruiser, ladies can easily move through all impunities thanks to a better grip, a more supportive sole, and tons of ankle support. Plus, it’s temperature savvy, as it was especially engineered for warmth but still dually buffers the cold with unique PrimaLoft insulation along with a warm felt sock liner and collar lining.

For Sleeping Bags

Good sleeping bags are definitely good investments, and there’s nothing better to keep you warm and toasty through the night in than something from the award-winning Kelty, like this Forecast 40 Degree Regular Sleeping Bag now over 40% on

Sleeping Pads or Airbeds are also a fantastic option. Try the Good Nite Twin Airbed w/ Footpump also from Kelty, an over 30% off fabulous find that will get you the snooze you need to cruise on through the next day. Remember, a good night's sleep is incredibly important both to your enjoyment of and performance in the outdoors!

For Backpacks

A versatile and comfortable backpack in essential for any outdoor adventure so that you can properly carry all the stuff you’ll need to take on the go—everything from snacks and water bottles, to flashlights, first aid kits, extra layers, and more.

One viable option is the colorful Annex Backpack for men or the functional but still fashionable AK 20L Backpack for the ladies, both from Burton, one of the most hip and popular outdoor brand names on the market today. Go ahead and keep your valuables safe and secure all while maintaining easy access. What’s even better is that you’ll be saving over 30% on both spectacular grabs!

For Mid and Outer Layers

Of course, the most budget friendly option would just be to go to Target or Walmart or to scour for deals on Still, insulation is key to a good outdoor experience and you’ll likely want something with Polar Fleece or something at least with some sort of name brand membrane. 

The layering approach is often the best way to go, especially to save on dough. Mix and match an old wool sweater from the back of your closet with a good pair of long johns or an over half-off fleece jacket or shell that’s lightweight, super warm, yet still ultra-convenient. Ladies will for sure love.

Needless to say, it isn’t at all hard to splurge but still save when it comes to spectacular outdoor gear. Enjoy the wet n’ wild goodness of Mother Nature while you can and take advantage of Altrec’s ongoing Spring/Summer sale today! Did we mention there’s also free shipping on all orders over $50? Sweet.