Gear Nerds Rejoice! REI’s biggest sale of the year is upon us. Running from May 17th-27th, REI’s Anniversary Sale includes deeps discounts on some of our favorite backpacking, camping, and hiking gear. In addition to sale items, REI members also receive 20% off one full-priced item and an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item with coupon code ANNV19.
We scoured the sale and narrowed this list down to the gear we're most stoked about. Enjoy!
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent - $299.89 (regular $399.95)
Big Agnes' Tiger Wall UL2 delivers a a spacious 2 door/2 vestibule tent in an ultralight package. The Tiger Wall is a combination of two popular BA tents with a shape similar to the Copper Spur, but lighter and a pole structure similar to the Fly Creek, but with more space. One downside is its semi-freestanding design, which requires two stakes at the foot of the tent for a full pitch. That said, the Tiger Wall UL2 has a lot to love and makes our Best Tents List.
REI Half Dome Tents - 30% off
The REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus is a tent that maximizes interior space and durability while minimizing cost. The main downside with the Half Dome 2 Plus comes in the form of weight. Still, if durability, convenience, interior space, and affordability are your primary concerns, the Half Dome 2 Plus is tough to beat.
REI updated and expanded their popular Magma sleeping bag line and they’re now offering 15°F (men’s and women’s) and 30°F (men’s and women’s) models. Weighing only 1 lb. 12 oz., the Magma sleeping bag continues to offers a combination of weight, warmth, and cost that few other sleeping bags can match. It’s also a CleverHiker top pick on our Best Sleeping Bag List for its all-around value. The new Magma Trail Quilt is also on sale!
Altra Footwear - 25% off
The Altra Lone Peak 4 (men’s and women’s) are incredibly popular trail runners in the lightweight backpacking community. They’re lightweight, comfortable, and feature a very roomy “foot shaped” toe box. The Lone Peaks have a cushy sole, dry quickly, and have great traction for rugged mountain terrain. As far as trail runners go, they’ve been among our favorites on our Best Hiking Shoes list for years now.
REI Co-op Kingdom Tents - 30% off
REI Kingdom tents are great for car camping when you want a ton of space, durability, and weather protection. They're available in 4P, 6P, and 8P models, all of which pack down surprisingly small and are fairly easy to set up. If you’re looking for a baller nature palace to make your camping neighbors jealous, the Kingdom tent series is your jam.
Jetboil Flash Cooking System - 25% off
If you mostly rehydrate backcountry meals like we do, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Jetboil Flash, which is a top choice on our Best Backpacking Stove List. When it comes to boiling water quickly, the Flash lives up to its name, and costs less than some of Jetboil’s other systems. Though the Flash lacks simmer control, this isn’t a deal breaker for most.
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair - 30% off
We don't often take chairs on backpacking trips, but we do love using them while car camping or on base camp trips with friends. The Flexlite Chair, which weighs less than 2 pounds, is comfortable, sturdy, and packs down very small, making it an excellent choice for those on the go.
Goal Zero Products - 25% off
While all Goal Zero products are on sale, we really love the Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini V2 rechargeable lantern. Weighing only 8 ounces, it still gives off a mighty 210 lumens of brightness. It can last for 500 hours on the lowest setting and has a USB port to charge your handheld devices. If you’re looking for a real campsite party, the Goal Zero Crush Light Chroma Lantern features 8 color modes in a highly compact package.
ENO Hammocks - 25% off
ENO has been a respected name in the hammock world for years and their products continue to improve. The ENO Sub6 is a hammock that falls into the rare category of "insanely light and highly packable." For those looking for a hanging system for two, the spacious and durable ENO DoubleNest is wide and tough enough to lounge with your favorite camp buddy.
Oboz Footwear - 25% off
If hiking in trail runners doesn’t sound like a good fit for you, lightweight hiking shoes or boots may be a better option and Oboz makes some great ones. The Sawtooth II Low Hiking Shoes (men’s and women’s) are durable, tough, trail-ready shoes that are comfortable straight out of the box. If you want additional ankle support, the Sawtooths are also offered in a hiking boot model (men’s and women’s).
All Salomon Hiking & Running Footwear - 25% off
Salomon has long been a trusted brand in outdoor footwear and with good reason. Though we often wear lightweight trail runners, when we opt for shoes or boots some of our favorites include the Salomon X Ultra 3 Low hiking shoes and the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX hiking boots. Both make our Best Hiking Shoes & Boots list.
Kelty Cosmic Down Sleeping Bag - 25% off
The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 is a great budget buy for beginners, campers, and those who aren’t as concerned with weight and bulk. Keep in mind, you get what you pay for, so don’t expect the same quality out of the Cosmic as a high-end down sleeping bag, but the Cosmic is fully functional, very comfortable, and is sold at a price that’s tough to beat.
Osprey Atmos and Aura Backpack - 25% off
If comfort reigns supreme for you and you don’t mind carrying some extra weight into the backcountry, the Osprey Atmos (for men) & Aura (for women) are great options. These packs hold weight much more comfortably than any ultralight backpack. While the Atmos and Aura are heavier than packs we generally hike with on our ultralight trips, they're a fan favorite in many backpacking circles and earned a spot on our Best Backpacks List. They’re available in both a 50L and 65L model.
REI Flash Sleeping Pad - 40% off
REI’s Co-op Flash Insulated Pad competes with industry leading pad designs at a more affordable price. If you enjoy the feel of Sea to Summit’s Air Sprung Cells, then you’ll probably like the feel of Flash Pad too. And likewise, the Flash shares the same downside of bottoming out easy, but again it’s not a dealbreaker. All things considered, this pad is still an excellent budget buy for lightweight backpackers.
Merrell Moab Footwear - 20% off
Merrell Moab footwear has been a favorite in the hiking community for a long time. The Moab’s are durable, comfortable right out of the box, and they last a long time. We generally prefer hiking in lighter trail runners, but many in the hiking community want more durable support. Both the Merrell Moab 2 Vent Low and Moab 2 Mid Ventilator models make our list of the Best Hiking Shoes and Boots.
Arc’Teryx Full-Priced Items - 25% off
Arc'Teryx is known for its unmatched quality in outdoor gear, but also for its equally high prices. Well, this is your chance to score any full-priced Arc'Teryx item for 25% off. For backpacking and hiking trips where we’re trying to keep weight to a minimum, we’re fans of the newly released Zeta FL and Zeta SL rain jackets, which make our Best Backpacking Jackets List. For a great shoulder season jacket, we also love the Atom LT Insulated Hoodie.
Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Hoody - 30% off
The Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Hoody, offered in both men's and women's models, is a fantastic summer and shoulder season jacket for trips when temperatures are moderate. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and highly compressible. What sets this jacket apart is the synthetic PrimaLoft Insulation, which helps retain heat better than down in wet conditions.
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System - 25% off
The Sawyer Squeeze has been a long-time favorite for backpackers and has been a mainstay on our Best Backpacking Water Filters List for years. It’s incredibly lightweight at only 3 oz., packs down small, and is quite affordable. While squeezing the bag can become tedious over time, we find the Sawyer Squeeze to be one of the more convenient water filters on the market - no pumping, no pills, no wait times.
Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad - 25% off
The Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad from Big Agnes is a super cushy, fully rectangular lightweight sleeping pad with large side rails that help keep users centered in the middle of the pad. In addition, at 4.25 inches thick, the SLX is among the thickest pads on our Best Sleeping Pads List. If you choose this pad, you’ll likely want to pick up a Pumphouse Ultra, because a lot of lung power is required to fill all that space.
Solo Stove Lite - 25% off
Want to get back to basics and leave your fuel canister at home? The Solo Stove Lite is a double-wall, efficient, and effective wood-burning backpacking stove. Air intake holes in the bottom of the stove feed the fire from below and above. At 9 oz., this stove isn't winning any weight prizes, but not having to carry fuel does help. Combine the Solo Stove with the Solo Stove Pot 900 for a completely nested cooking system and more space in your pack.
Patagonia Nine Trails 28L Daypack - 25% off
The Patagonia Nine Trails 28 is a daypack with a sleek design and straightforward features. The Nine Trails pack has a lot of storage space for extended day hikes with a wrap-around zipper which makes accessing gear easy. The hip belt on the Nine Trails is comfortable, transfers weight well, and has two slim pockets for snacks and gear. For full day hiking adventures, the Nine Trails is a great option and makes our list of Best Hiking Daypacks.
While many Black Diamond Trekking Poles are on sale right now, we really love the Distance Carbon Z-Poles, which are the lightest trekking poles they make and have earned a spot on our Best Trekking Poles List. At only 9 oz., they still maintain a durable, comfortable, and convenient build. They have a folding Z-pole design which allows them to break down to a small size for easy storage. The one downside with these poles is they come in four different fixed lengths (100-130cm), which could be an issue depending on your specific needs.
Therm-a-rest Compressible Pillow - 25% off
The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is one of the most comfortable pillows we’ve ever taken backpacking or camping. It feels almost like the pillows we use at home, but it’s smaller and much more portable. It comes in several sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. We prefer the small size to keep weight and bulk to a minimum for our backpacking trips. The Therm-a-Rest Compressible is a top pick on our Best Backpacking & Camping Pillows List.
NEMO Fillo Elite Pillow - 25% off
The Nemo Fillo Elite Pillow is great choice for backpackers who are looking for a pillow with a good amount of loft while still keeping weight to a minimum. With its light layer of synthetic insulation on top and a soft cotton case, the Fillo Elite is more comfortable than most ultralight inflatables. Both the Fillo Elite and its heavier brother, the Fillo, are well-designed with integrated stuff sacks that are impossible to lose, removable cases for easy washing, and top-notch valves.
The Sea to Summit UltraLight Insulated pad is one of the most comfortable pads we’ve ever tested and has been a mainstay on our Best Sleeping Pads List. Its “air sprung cells” do a surprisingly good job of mimicking the feel of a normal mattress. It’s also relatively affordable, has a good valve system, inflates/deflates quickly, and is more durable than the average air pad. Though susceptible to bottoming out when sitting up, we don’t find this to be a problem when sleeping.
Black Diamond Spot 325 Headlamp - 25% off
The Black Diamond Spot 325 has been a tried and true favorite of hikers and climbers for some years and is a top pick on our Best Headlamps List. It’s sleek, comfortable, and stays the brightest for the longest out of any of the headlamps we tested. We highly recommend this feature-rich, high-quality headlamp and we think its price point makes it an exceptional value buy compared to the competition.
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel - 25% off
The Black Hole Duffel by Patagonia is a burly travel bag that can carry a ton of gear and withstand a beating. They're super durable, spacious, and convenient for general travel, as well as stashing backpacking gear for international hiking trips. They're offered in a range of sizes and models, though we’re partial to the 60L size.
More Great Deals
In our opinion, this may just be the best sale REI has ever had. Because of this, it was very difficult for us to narrow our list down to only 30 pieces of gear we were stoked about. Below are some additional items that are also excellent deals in this sale.
YETI Coolers - a variety of great options
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