Before REI shuts its doors and encourages everyone to #optoutside on Black Friday, they’re having a huge sale. The Gear Up-Get Out sale runs from November 9 – 19 and includes some of our favorite backpacking and hiking gear. REI will also be offering members a 20% off coupon on one full-priced item and one REI Outlet item. 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. Use Coupon Code: GEARUP2018 at checkout.
Among the best deals in the sale, MSR’s Hubba Hubba NX 2P is a time-tested staple in the backpacking community. It’s a well-designed, spacious, and durable tent that provides excellent protection in windy, wet weather. The Hubba is an all-around bombproof shelter and is near the top of our Best Backpacking Tents list. Grab it now and save over $120 (Regular $399.995, Now $278.99).
Great for spring, summer, and fall adventures, but also stylish enough to wear around town, Patagonia’s Nano Puff Jackets (men’s and women’s) are one of our gear staples. They’re featherlight, comfortable, and highly compressible. What sets this jacket apart is the synthetic PrimaLoft Insulation, which helps retain heat better than down in wet conditions and costs less too. At 30% off, this is a great deal for a quality jacket that will last for years.
The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 is a great budget buy sleeping bag for beginners, car campers, and adventurers who aren’t as concerned with weight. The Cosmic is functional and comfortable enough to get the job done well at a very reasonable price. When cost and functionality are the most important considerations, the Kelty Cosmic Down is tough to beat and it’s a top budget choice on our Best Sleeping Bags list.
We love the style and comfort of the Patagonia Nine Trails daypack and it makes our list as one of the Best Hiking Daypacks. It has a ton of storage space, convenient hip belt pockets, a wrap-around zipper making accessing gear easy, and it feels durable and secure on your back. The Nine Trails comes in a variety of sizes, but only the women’s 26L and men’s 28L packs are on sale. Luckily, those would be our top recommendations for size.
Similar in nature to their awesome Magma Sleeping Bag series, the warmth-to-weight ratio of REI’s Magma Down Hoodie (men’s and women’s) is fantastic. This jacket is stylish, comfortable, highly compressible, and it conveniently packs down into its own pocket. And at 50% off the retail price, this is one of the best deals in the entire Gear Up Get Out sale.
When the temps drop, but you refuse to pack it in for winter, you’ll want a pair of insulated boots to keep you toasty warm and dry. Oboz Bridger Boots (men’s and women’s) are a great option for winter hiking or strapping into your snowshoes. They offer waterproof warmth, comfort out of the box, and burly outsoles for traction in slippery conditions. For more information on footwear, check out our Hiking Shoes & Boots Guide.
The season is upon us, so grab a pair of snowshoes and hit the trail. Though Atlas and Tubbs snowshoes are also included in the sale, we really love the MSR Lightning Ascents. They’re 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. Atlas and Tubbs also have great deals on their snowshoes in the REI Outlet – use your additional coupon!
Whether you’re chilling in camp, trying to get out of the bugs or looking to spend the night elevated, the Flash Air Hammock is a great option. This structured hammock from REI offers a comfortable and wide sleeping area, a convenient bug net for protection, and a removable rainfly for soggy nights. It’s also lightweight and incredibly easy to use. Grab the Flash Air and start making your friends jealous.
If you’re going to be backpacking in cold winter temps, cooking for a big group, or traveling internationally, a versatile multi-fuel stove is the way to go. The MSR WhisperLite Universal is one of the most popular multi-fuel (can use liquid or canister fuel) stoves ever made and a top pick in this category on our Best Backpacking Stoves guide. It’s among the lightest, smallest, quietest, and least expensive liquid fuel stoves on the market.
The rugged and well-designed Big Haul Duffel from REI is great for multi-day trips, transporting your gear, or throwing over your shoulder on your next flight. With a variety of carrying options – cross body straps, duffel handles, or backpack straps – it’s convenient and versatile. The Big Haul Duffel is available in a variety of sizes and is also available in a wheeled model.
If you hike as much as we do, you know how important it is to have quality socks. Smartwool socks are warm, well-made, durable, and have padding in all the right places to keep your feet happy. Also, all Smartwool underwear and midweight base layers are also featured in the sale.
Patagonia men’s Performance Better Sweater Hoodie and the women’s Better Sweater Full-Zip Hoodie are both solid additions to your gear stash. They’re super comfortable with a wool-like exterior and soft fleece interior. Better Sweaters function great as a midweight article in our layering system for outdoor activities. They’re also stylish enough for an around-town shoulder season jacket.
If you’re a small family looking for a roomy tent for car camping adventures, the Kelty Discovery 4 is a steal. At only $99, you’d be hard-pressed to find an option as spacious and easy to set up as this. It’s fully seam-sealed rain fly will keep you and your family dry in less-than-ideal conditions. For more value options, check out our Best Budget Tents list.
Though not as sexy as some of the other items on this list, we never hit the trail without a lightweight first aid kit. Adventure Medical Kits makes a great product and we’ve been using them for years. They’re compact, lightweight, and give us piece of mind in the backcountry. For multi-day trips, we usually carry the .7 model.
We hope this guide helps you find some great outdoor gear that you’ll love for years to come. If you found this guide helpful, please feel free to share it with friends and click the little heart button below to give us a digital high five!
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