Before REI shuts its doors and encourages everyone to #optoutside on Black Friday, they're having a big sale. They'll also be offering members a 20% off coupon, which we’ve all grown to love. The Gear Up-Get Out sale runs from November 10-20 and includes some of our favorite backpacking gear. So, snag an early gift for the holidays or pad your own gear shed. Here are some of the sale items we’re most excited about.
The Copper Spur HV UL2 is an excellent lightweight tent with great features for backpackers of all levels. It has all the features for maximizing comfort - freestanding, double-wall, near-vertical sidewalls, two large doors/vestibules, interior pockets - and it's still somehow under 3lbs. The Copper Spur HV UL2 is at at the top of our Best Backpacking Tents list.
The MSR Lightning Ascents are best-in-class snowshoes that will make any winter trekker swoon. Along with solid overall construction, they have excellent traction, which is critical on icy surfaces. They also come with televators, which are excellent for hilly terrain. We prefer the smaller 22 inch size for maneuverability.
Patagonia released their new Nano Puff Jacket and initial reviews are very positive. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and highly compressible. What sets this jacket apart is the patented PrimaLoft Insulation, which helps retain heat better than down in wet conditions. It’s a great shoulder season jacket when conditions may not always be ideal. They offer the Nano Puff in hooded and hoodless versions.
For beginners and weekend warriors on a limited budget, the price and durability of the classic REI Co-op Passage 2 is hard to beat. This tent has a rectangular tent design with dual crossing poles, double doors, and large vestibules. The Passage 2 has a fully-rectangular floor, two condensation-reducing top vents, and lots of interior mesh pockets. It's an all-around solid budget buy.
We love Jetboil products for their convenient, compact, and fuel-efficient integrated cooking systems. The Jetboil Flash is one of the base models in the series, while still retaining most of the features we love. The Jetboil Flash does not have simmer control, but most backcountry meals just require boiling water. We think the Jetboil Flash is a solid budget buy.
Weighing only one pound and packing up to the size of a softball, the ENO SingleNest Hammock is of the most convenient and cost effective hammocks on the market. It’s made from durable and breathable woven nylon and can hold up to 400 lbs. Whether you are using it as a backcountry bed or a car camping luxury, you can’t go wrong with the SingleNest. Note: Straps not included. We recommend pairing with the ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System.
You will almost always want to carry traction devices with you when hiking in the mountains over spring or fall snow patches. Kahtoola Microspikes are one of our favorite tools for adding traction on icy trails.They fit nearly any type of hiking footwear, even trail running shoes, and they’re tough enough to withstand years of heavy use.
We love our Darn Tough Socks. They're made of Merino wool, which wicks away moisture and breathes to regulate temperature for comfort. These socks are reinforced in all the right areas. The best part? Darn Tough has an unconditional lifetime guarantee on their socks, no strings attached. So if you wear them out, you get a new pair.
We consider our Patagonia Better Sweater to be a staple in our wardrobe. It straddles the line between sweater and fleece, with a wool-like exterior and a soft fleece interior. It’s a midweight article we can use in our layering system during outdoor activities, but also can wear as a stylish shoulder season jacket.
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