There are no two ways around it: Quality outdoor gear can be pretty pricey, and it really adds up when you’re just getting started with a new activity. There are many ways to save money by purchasing discounted camping gear, but one of our tried and true methods is simply being REI Co-op Members.
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Becoming an REI Member can save you a ton of money on outdoor gear (read about all the benefits of REI membership here). They have an extensive used gear section, offer an annual dividend, and our favorite: their annual Anniversary Sale. Seriously, this sale is like Christmas morning for campers.
To start, members get a 20% coupon for one full-priced item and another 20% off coupon for one item in the REI Outlet section (yep, that’s 20% off the already discounted price!) just by using code ANNIV22 from 5/20-5/30. But on top of that, REI has additionally marked down many of their most popular products—both in-store and online. So if ever there was the time to make a gear purchase, this is it!
There are some great deals only available to REI Members, so if you’re not yet a member, head over to REI and join—it’s only $30 for a lifetime membership (and it will probably pay for itself within the first year!).
There are a lot of items on sale and we know it can be a bit overwhelming sorting through everything, so we put together what we think is the best of the best! Below is what we’re excited about during this year’s Anniversary Sale!
The Best Of This Year’s REI Anniversary Sale
Best Women’s Clothing Deals—Picks by Megan
REI 650 Down Jacket 2.0—30% off
Good, responsibly sourced down insulated jackets can be very pricey, but we think that REI’s 650 Down Jacket is the best bang for your buck (even when it’s not on sale!). It’s packable and lightweight enough to be carried on backpacking trips, and we love that the shell fabric is made from recycled materials.
Mountain Hardwear Dynama 2 Ankle Pants—25% off
These ankle pants are a great trail-to-town pair of hiking pants. They don’t look like hiking pants but they have a lot of great features—UPF 50 sun protection, have a nice wide, stretchy waistband that will sit flat under your hip belt, and are quick drying, moisture wicking, and have a light DWR finish to help shed water.
Take Your Time Leggings—30 % off
I’ve more or less lived in these leggings since picking up a few pairs during the last REI sale. They are super soft, have a great waistband, deep side pockets, and they don’t ride up or down throughout the day.
Best Men’s Clothing Deals—Picks by Michael
REI Co-Op Sahara Shade Hoodie—30% off
Last summer, I got the most ridiculous looking farmer’s tan and it really got me thinking about trying to reduce my skin’s sun exposure. So this year, I’m going with this light-weight, ultra-breathable, shade hoodie from REI. It is UPF 50, super breathable, and moisture wicking. Perfect for staying cool while keeping out of the sun.
REI Co-Op Sahara Path Pants—30% off
Another part of my UV reduction plan is to pick up a pair of lightweight, breathable pants. Something that will stay cool and offer freedom of movement, but with a little more UPF protection.
REI Active Pursuit 1/4 Zip—30% off
UPF 50, check. Quarter-zip, check. Tall sizing, hallelujah! This is another great option to keep the sun off my neck and arms this summer. Perfect for hikes, the beach, or just around down.
Sunski Sunglasses—25% off
I can’t say enough good things about Sunski sunglasses. Great products, a real deal lifetime warranty, and very reasonably priced. Plus polarized and full UV protection. I’ve been wearing their Treeline model all winter and spring, but might be looking to upgrade to a new summer style.
Xero Shoe Aqua X Sport Water Shoe
One of my big resolution this summer is spend more time in the water! Swimming in lakes, floating the river, or even jumping into the frigid Oregon ocean. A good pair of water shoes like these make getting in and out of the water much easier and safer for your feet. They’re super lightweight, breathable, and quick drying. They’re also sturdy enough for a long hike in to your favorite swimming hole.
Best Camping Gear Deals
Eureka Ignite+ Stove–25% off
The Eureka Ignite+ is an excellent 2 burner camp stove that is highly reviewed, has good BTU output, and nice simmer control. If you’re looking for a good family camp stove, snagging this at 25% off is a great deal!
25% off Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury
The NEMO Stargaze Recliner is an ultra-comfortable camp chair that smoothly moves between upright and reclined positions or can be used as a rocking chair. It packs down so it’s easy to store and comes with a few great features like drink holders and a cushioned headrest.
25% off Black Diamond Moji lantern
A small lantern is super useful to have for hanging around camp after dark. The Black Diamond Moji+ lantern can be hung overhead or placed on your picnic table.
40% off REI Siesta 25 Sleeping Bags— Members only!
This deal is an absolute steal! The REI Siesta 25 sleeping bag is a solid car camping bag that will keep you warm down to 25F and is made using recycled materials. It comes in a single or a double version if you and your camping partner like to snuggle!
25% off Eureka Copper Canyon LX Tents
Featuring near-vertical sidewalls and an over 6-foot tall ceiling, the Eureka Copper Canyon line of tents has tons of space. It’s basically like setting up a mini-cabin. Not only does this “bigger is better” design makes it easier to get up, move around, and change clothing, but if poor weather happens to roll in, it can be really nice to have an enclosed space to hang out in.
Save $5 on AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press
Improving on their (near perfect) original coffee maker, the Aeropress Go is designed specifically for portability. All the pieces you need to brew an incredible cup of coffee now nest together inside of a travel mug. Perfect for camping trips, hikes, road trips, or anywhere else that could be enhanced by a great cup of coffee.
25% Off Ignik Gas Growler Deluxe
Kick your addiction to those green disposable propane bottles and get yourself set up with a reusable propane tank. Not only will you help cut down on waste, but the cost of propane is so much less when purchased in bulk. Propane fills are available at most gas stations or U-haul locations.
REI Co-op Members Get 40% Off REI Co-op Roadtripper 60 Duffels
Never underestimate the versatile of good duffle bag! Whether you’re loading up for a long road trip or heading out for short weekend camping excursion, it’s nice to have all your clothing in one place. These 60 liter duffles from REI also come with a packing cube, which the duffle can be folded up and stored inside when not in use.
25% Off Solo Stove Bonfire and Accessories
Now you can enjoy a campfire right in your own backyard—without all the smoke! The Solo Stove Bonfire is an award-winning portable wood fire pit, whose unique design allows for easy-to-light fires that are virtually smoke-free. We didn’t believe it until we saw it in person, but this firepit delivers an incredibly clean burn.
25% Stanley Even Heat Camp Pro Cook Set
This is a camp cook set with the performance of a home cook set. It comes with a nesting skillet, sauce pan, pot, utensils, and heat pads. Stanley’s advanced three-ply stainless steal bases are designed to evenly distribute the heat across the cooking surface. So if you have a small stove burner, you can still get relatively even heat distribution.
25% off Nemo Roamer Sleeping Pads
This 4-inch thick camping air mattress is a bit of a splurge, but with a 25% discount we’d say it’s worth a look! With an R value of 6, this mattress will keep you plenty insulated from the ground, and the included pump sack makes it super speedy to inflate. This pad comes in both a wide, single person mat or as a 2 person mattress.
30% Off REI Co-op Camp Bed
This is a great, budget friendly camping sleeping pad that boasts an R-value of 7.6 so it’s a great pad for using in the shoulder seasons like spring and fall. It’s 2.5 inches thick so it provides good cushion from the ground, and easily inflates and deflates. Did we mention it has a sub-$100 sale price?!
Best Backpacking Gear Deals
25% off MSR Windburner Stoves
The MSR Windburner is a great integrated canister stove. It functions similarly to a JetBoil, but where it really shines is in windy conditions. You could be getting blown sideways in a gale and it wouldn’t dent this stove’s performance. It’s unreal how windproof this stove is.
25% off Bearvault bear canisters
If you backpack in bear country, you’re probably already familiar with this bear canister! It’s our top pick for the best bear canisters to own. The BearVault 450 and 500 are tough as nails and will help prevent bears from gaining access to your food. They also make for a halfway decent camp stool!
25% Off All Smartwool Socks
Lightweight Smartwool socks are our go-to hiking socks! They’re breathable, moisture wicking, and super comfy. And thanks to anti-microbial properties of wool, they stay smelling fresh!
25% Off All Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layers
Smartwool 150 leggings and long sleeve shirts are great summer-weight base layers for backpacking trips. Wool is naturally anti-microbial so it doesn’t hold onto smells like synthetic fabrics do. While Merino wool base layers can be a bit pricey, you can’t go wrong with picking up a few key pieces at this 25% discount.
30% Off all REI Co-op Downtime Sleeping Bags
REI’s Downtime sleeping bag is a solid, budget-friendly backpacking sleeping bag that will keep you warm down to 25F. The men’s version is 2.5 pounds and the women’s is a touch over 3 pounds, so while they aren’t ultralight they are certainly light enough for a backcountry trip! We think it does a great job balancing weight, warmth, and price.
25% off Buff CoolNet UV+ Insect Shield
A Buff is already a super versatile piece of backpacking clothing—and this one offers even more features like 50+ UPF sun protection, cooling technology, and repels insects.
25% off Black Diamond Spot 400 Headlamp
Don’t let the long summer days get you caught out on the trail after dark. A headlamp is one of the 10 hiking essentials you should bring with you on every hike. We really like this Black Diamond Spot Headlamp because it gives you the option to run off either rechargeable or disposable batteries.
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