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.
(Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Read more about how this works.)
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.
Outdoors Deals for Women
Salomon X Pro 90 Heated Ski Boots for $560 ($140 off): You can use your phone to dial in how warm you want these boots to be; you can even heat them before you put them on. Gah!
Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Pack for $78 ($52 off): This colorful pack comes in a versatile size and has a women-specific fit. The ventilated back panel and fins will be handy on your upcoming summer hikes.
Niche Ember Snowboard for $439 ($110 off): Niche is known for their hard-charging, sustainably made, women-specific boards. I would be clutching this deep powder board until the second it started snowing next year.
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.
Electronics and Gaming Deals
Sony Gold Wireless Headset for PS4 + Fallout 76 + Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for $100 ($80 off): Get two free games with this stunning, comfortable wireless headset.
Western Digital 10-TB External Hard Drive + 32-GB Flash Drive for $160 ($140 off): An amazing deal on a bundle that includes a hard drive and a flash drive and is compatible with both Macs and PCs.
Acer Aspire 7 With Core i7 + GTX 1060 for $930 ($270 off): This gaming laptop has an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.
Logitech Harmony 650 Universal TV Remote for $30 ($25 off): You can control up to eight devices with this remote, and it’s compatible with more than 225,000.
Just Dance 2019 on Switch for $20 ($20 off): If you don’t dance to “Havana,” who will? (Trick question, the answer is: “everyone.”)
More Great WIRED Stories
- Inside the “black box” of a neural network
- Quantum physics could (maybe) save the grid from hacks
- Want a foldable phone? Hold out for real glass
- The Siberian city where the winter high is –40°F
- Amazon Alexa and the search for the one perfect answer
- 👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round
- 📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories