Outdoor Retailer REI famously doesn’t participate in Black Friday. Instead, the nation’s go-to big-box outdoor retailer closes its stores and encourages both customers and staff to “opt outside.” But that just means you’ll have to wait a few days for the best deals. And it works out even better if you’re planning to take advantage of the slew of great Cyber Monday outdoor gear sales to stock up for winter (or summer, if you’re planning ahead).
Here’s what to buy and where to buy it, whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else.
To optimize your shopping experience, we’ve broken this list down into three categories. Osprey is on top, since the maker of rugged outdoor backpacks is offering 25 percent off many of its products this Cyber Monday. Below Osprey are the best deals at the REI Cyber Monday sale. And the third category is made up of products our editors have come to trust this year that you’ll be able to snag at a steep discount come Cyber Monday.
- Best of Osprey Cyber Monday sale
- Best of the REI Cyber Monday sale
- Gear to grab on Cyber Monday that our editors love
Best of Osprey Cyber Monday sale
Osprey Poco child carrier backpack
I have a one-month-old daughter and my wife and I just snagged an Osprey Poco child carrier backpack for next year’s hiking season. By the time spring rolls around, our little trekker will fit perfectly into its holster and we’ll officially be trail-ready parents. Several friends have used this same pack for their kiddos, and after years of trusting Osprey packs for backpacking and day hikes, there was no better option to help our daughter fall in love with the open spaces of Colorado and beyond. Grab the Osprey Poco for 25 percent off right now.
Osprey Porter Travel Pack 46 L
The beauty of the Osprey Porter Travel Pack lies in its versatility. With it, you can summit peaks. You can embark on multi-day trekking expeditions. You can also hop a flight to Europe and travel by train for weeks on end, digging in to find outfits and travel gear easily without having to unpack at every stop along the way. This pack is unique among Osprey’s lineup in that it’s built for both the outdoors and overhead storage bins. That’s right — it’s carry-on size, giving you a versatile tool in your arsenal of optimized travel gear. And with 46 liters of storage space, nothing need be left behind. Grab the Osprey Porter 46L for 25 percent off on Cyber Monday.
Osprey Transporter Wheeled Duffel
Wheeled duffels are coming back in style. and you know that’s true when Osprey releases one, which they did— the Osprey Transporter Wheeled Duffel. You can also rest easy knowing that said duffel will be durable and useful both in-flight and at your destination. Load up 60 liters of clothing and gear and wheel it through the airport with ease. Open the small front pocket to grab what you need without inconveniencing the other items, and when you’re safe and sound back home, pop it in the corner of your gear room where it waits patiently for the next outing without taking up too much space. Rolling has never been cooler (no strobe lights required).
Best of the REI Cyber Monday sale
Women’s clothing deals at REI Cyber Monday sale
REI makes it easier than ever to shop this year by breaking down all of their Cyber Monday sale options into product categories. These Smartwool Cable II Socks are 22 percent off at $14.73. Those pair well with the Terramar Altitude Essential Leggings (36 percent off, $12.73), and the Columbia Heavenly Hooded Insulated Jacket (25 percent off, $199.99).
Men’s clothing deals at REI Cyber Monday sale
One of the best deals for men this year is the Columbia Autumn Park Down Jacket, (25 percent off, $112.49). It pairs well with the Hestra Ergo Grip Active Gloves (20 percent off, $87.99), which are ideal for everything from chopping wood to snowshoeing on a sunny day.
Enjoy this year’s après a little more than normal with the Columbia Outshield Dry-Fleece Hoodie (25 percent off, $67.49) or go for a run (or just lounge back at the ski condo) in a pair of the Four Laps Relay Track Pants (30 percent off, $68.59).
If you need something to keep warm while adventuring in the middle of winter, opt for the Columbia South Canyon Down Parka, available in larger sizes for 25 percent off, or $232.49.
Winter sports gear at the REI Cyber Monday sale
Protect your noggin and your eyes with the Smith Squad MAG ChromaPop Snow Goggles, as low as $134.93, depending on size. We also recommend the Smith ALLURE MIPS Snow Helmet for women, as low as $119.93.
REI also has you covered for the backcountry. This Black Diamond Recon Avy Safety Set — which includes the mandatory beacon, shovel, and probe — is 20 percent off, or $343.89. Black Diamond’s Expedition 3 poles are 30 percent off, or $76.93.
Gear to grab on Cyber Monday that our editors love
Black Crows Navis Freebird Skis (Men’s) and Camox Birdie Skis (Women’s)
When skis are built and tested in Chamonix, you know they’re legit. Such is the case with Black Crows, the iconic ski brand with a lineup of ambassadors that includes legendary freeskiers Callum Pettit and Michael “Bird” Schaeffer (by the way, listen to Bird’s interview on Matador’s No Blackout Dates podcast). The brand dropped some of the highest performing skis on the market for the 2021-2022 season.
On the men’s side, we’re all about the Navis Freebird skis for the top-notch rocker and classic camber. You’ll be secure in the bindings with Titanal plates and will glide through the pow thanks to Black Crows’ signature “progressive” tail design, which slices through powder without the drift.
For women, we recommend Black Crows’ Camox Birdie skis. A 97 mm waist cut into a poplar wood core makes these skis both active and strong, useful on powder days as much as on icy cruisers on flat-light days. The classic camber shape keeps you blasting through turns with ease, and the double rocker gives you that extra bit of pop.
USWE POW Series backcountry touring backpack
With the USWE POW 25, USWE redeveloped the backcountry touring pack in one simple way. The brand took the normal large pouch (where skiers and splitboarders store their avy gear as well as water bladder, food, and other necessities) into two sections. This seems like a simple advancement, but in the immediacy of an avalanche, being able to grab your shovel and probe without unpacking that Thermos first can mean the difference between life and death. I upgraded to this pack from my beat-up old 18L touring pack this year and the difference is quite noticeable. No more frozen water line, and all that extra space means one thing — more room for sandwiches.
NRS Men’s H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
Sun shirts are key for everything from river days to spring skiing and no one does them like NRS. It’s the foremost river outfitter in the western US and a company with a firm grasp on how to keep harmful UV rays from penetrating your skin. This H2Core Silkweight Hoodie is perfect for slushy days on the mountain but will be just as useful on your rafting (or booze-cruise float sessions) next summer. The current prices via Amazon have the potential to go up before next summer, so shop now for the best deal.
Price: From $58.95