20 Great Deals at REI’s Labor Day Sale

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Summer may be coming to an end, but it’s not all bad! With the changing seasons comes great deals on outdoor gear, cooler temperatures, less bugs, and less crowds. There’s still plenty of time left to get some adventures in before snow hits. And REI’s Labor Day Sale, which runs from August 27th to September 6th, is the perfect time to get your hands on the gear you’ve been eyeing. In addition to deep discounts, REI members also receive an extra 20% off one outlet item with coupon code: EXTRA20.

We scoured the sale and narrowed this list down to the gear we’re most stoked about. Enjoy!

Oboz makes some of our favorite hiking footwear for those who need a little extra support. They’re known for their premium insoles, and the well-cushioned Sawtooth II Low Hiking Shoes (men’s / women’s) Bridger Mids (men’s / women’s) are featured on our lists of the Best Hiking Shoes for Men and Women and Best Hiking Boots for Men and Women.

REI Co-op Kingdom Tents & Accessories – 15% Off 2 or More 

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 (this one’s our favorite from our Best Camping Tents list), 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 and accessories will not disappoint. 

For couples who want to feel like they’re in a bed at home, we recommend the REI Co-op Kingdom Insulated Sleep System 40. What makes it unique is that it comes complete with sheets and covers to make the bed cozy and comfortable. The Sleeping System is rated to 40 degrees, so it’s just right for summer camping. Check it out on our lists of the Best Camping Mattresses and Best Camping Sleeping Bags.

Osprey Exos & Eja Backpacks – 25% Off

The Osprey Exos 48 (men’s) and Eja 48 (women’s) have a sturdier frame than most lightweight packs, carry heavier loads comfortably, offer great back ventilation, and won’t break the bank either. If you need more space, these backpacks are also offered in Exos 58 and Eja 58 models. The Exos and Eja are featured on our Best Backpacking Backpacks list.

REI 650 Down Jacket – 30% Off

The REI 650 Down Jacket 2.0 (men’s / women’s) is a great option for lightweight adventurers on a budget. It’s made with lower-fill-power down, which means it’s not quite as technical and efficient as more expensive jackets, but for the price, we’re pretty happy with its performance. The 650 Down is our favorite budget-friendly ultralight jacket on our Best Down Jackets list.

Rain gear is an absolute must for comfort and warmth, and all REI brand rain jackets and pants are on deep discount right now. Our favorites for backpacking are the already budget-friendly Rainier Jacket (men’s / women’s) and Pants (men’s / women’s). If you’re looking for an around-town jacket, we recommend checking out the XeroDry GTX Jacket (men’s / women’s). With so many options available, outdoor clothing can be pretty tough to pick. Take a look at our Best Rain Jackets and Best Rain Pants lists to help get the perfect rain gear for you.

If top-notch comfort and excellent value are what you’re after, the REI Hyperaxis Fleece Jacket 2.0 (men’s / women’s) is pretty tough to beat. It’s made with super soft stretch fleece that has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. The Hyperaxis Jacket is capable in the backcountry, and we’ve been pleased with its breathability on challenging cold-weather hikes. That said, we love wearing it in the frontcountry too since the high-pile lining is so warm, comfortable, and inviting. The Hyperaxis ranks highly on our Best Fleece Jackets guide. 

Undies and base layers are a pretty important part of your outdoor clothing system, so it’s a good time to stock up! We’ll let you figure out the underwear, but as for base layers – we love the Silk V Neck and Bottoms. They have the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any base layers we’ve tried, and we think they work really well as sleep clothes when camping and backpacking. Check out more about the silk layers on our Best Base Layers list.

 All Darn Tough Socks – 25% Off

Darn Tough offers some of our favorite socks on the market, including the top picks on our Best Hiking Socks list – the Micro Crew Cushion (men’s / women’s) and Micro Crew Light Cushion (men’s / women’s). They’re super comfortable and highly functional, but perhaps their greatest asset is their unconditional lifetime guarantee with no strings attached. If you wear them out, you get a new pair, and that’s rad.

Black Diamond makes some of the coolest lighting around for backpacking and camping. We’re particular fans of the Black Diamond Spot 350 headlamp for backpacking because it’s bright and has great battery life.Check it out on our Best Headlamps list. For car camping, we recommend picking up a few of their Moji Lanterns to create a fun ambience. If you really want to turn your campsite into the life of the forest, Mojis also come in a color-changing model.

We love canister stove systems because they’re easy to use, great in windy conditions, and efficient. This stove type works best for folks who typically only need to heat water for coffee and backpacking meals, but you do still have some control over the strength of the flame for cooking with the Windburner. You can find more info about the Windburner on our Best Backpacking Stoves list.

The Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0 is a compact canister stove that’s big on convenience. It has a push-button igniter, great simmer control, and fast boil times. The GigaPower also has four flat pot supports, which makes it slightly more stable than most three-prong stoves. Learn more about why we love the Gigapower Stove on our Best Backpacking Stoves list.

The Katadyn Steripen Ultra UV Purifier, is one of our favorite purifiers for travel and backpacking trips where we know we’ll run into some questionable water and need protection against viruses. Filters get MOST of the bad stuff out of water and work quickly, but they don’t remove viruses. The Katadyn BeFree is quickly becoming our favorite water filter for backpacking because it’s ultralight and has a great flow rate. Learn more about these filters on our Best Backpacking Water Filters list a read. 

All Leki Trekking Poles – 25% Off 

If you haven’t jumped on the trekking pole hype train yet, check out our Pros and Cons of Hiking with Trekking Poles post to see why we like them. Leki’s Micro Vario Carbon trekking poles are some of our favorites for their low weight and small collapsed size. See how the Micro Varios compare to other trekking poles on our Best Trekking Poles list.

All REI Trail Packs – 30% Off

The REI Trail Packs – offered in both 40L (men’s / women’s) and 25L (men’s / women’s) versions – are affordable and compact daypack options. The 25L model is designed with a decent amount of organizational pockets and is great for day hiking and commuting. The Trail 40 also has a lot of organizational features and the main zipper opens the whole front of the pack making it ideal for light travel. The Trail 40 is featured on our Best Daypacks list.

If you’re a rugged adventurer who needs an equally tough bag, check out the Osprey Porter 46 from our Best Travel Backpacks list. Whether you’re throwing it under your seat on a plane or sending it with the checked luggage, you can rest assured that your things are protected thanks to the padded sidewalls. The Porter is also available in 30 L and 65 L capacities.

For wilderness areas that require a bear canister, we always pack along our trusty BV500 from BearVault. This thing is super tough and has plenty of space for five or so days of food. Our bear can has traveled over a thousand miles with us from the Sierras to the Smokies. If you’ve got plans to visit the backcountry of any national parks, you’re likely to need one. So this is a great time to snag one on deep discount.

The time has come to take your hydration to the next level with a bottle that really shows your personal style! Klean Kanteen Water Bottles are offered in about a million shapes, sizes, colors, and lid options, so there’s a combo out there for everyone! Our go-to is the TKWide 32 oz. paired with the Cafe Cap 3.0. To see our favorite Klean Kanteen in action and learn more, check out our Best Water Bottles list.

NEMO’s Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair has been a favorite in the luxury camping chair category for years due to its exceptional comfort and uniqueness. All this luxury comes with a high price tag, though, so this is a great time to snag one at a discount. This chair is one of our favorites on our Best Camping Chairs list.

Suunto 9 Baro – 20% Off

The Suunto 9 Baro was purpose built for endurance athletes who need a watch that can last through a multi-day activity track with GPS – it can last up to 120 hours in its most conservative GPS mode. We’re talking ultra-runners and adventure racers who will really put this thing through the paces. Learn more about the Suunto 9 Baro on our Best GPS Watches list.

Up to 30% off Clearance

The season of fall gear releases is upon us which means last season’s colors and designs are going on clearance. If you don’t mind being a little behind on the latest fashion trends and gear updates, this is the perfect time to grab some big ticket items (like tents and sleeping bags) at a deep discount. And don’t forget to use coupon code EXTRA20 for 20% off one outlet item!

The highly supportive Oboz Sawtooth II Low Hiking Shoes (men’s / women’s) are on sale for 20% off

The highly supportive Oboz Sawtooth II Low Hiking Shoes (men’s / women’s) are on sale for 20% off

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The Black Diamond Spot 350 is bright and has awesome battery life - grab one at a discount during the sale

The Black Diamond Spot 350 is bright and has awesome battery life – grab one at a discount during the sale

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