The REI Labor Day Sale is the perfect time to put your hard-earned dollars to good use. The outdoor retailer offers extensive discounts — ranging from 15 to 50 percent off — the same high-quality gear found in its stores. You can find everything from footwear to puffy jackets, and from tents to sleeping bags. All discounted, all shipped to you, and all eligible to earn credit towards your annual Co-op dividend (as long as you’re an REI Co-op member). Here’s what Matador editors are stocking up on at the REI Labor Day Sale this year.
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REI Co-op Hyperaxis Fleece Pants – Women’s
Stretch pants are great for the outdoors, especially in fall when the weather begins to shift. The REI Co-op Hyperaxis Fleece Pants optomize everything about your favorite bum-coverer in the fall — they’re fleece for starters, and they feature zippered pockets for those little hiking and camping essentials. These pants are also sustainably made using bluesource-approved materials. They’re a win-win for your fall and winter gear setup.
Price: $68.99 – Reg. $99.95
REI 650 Down Jacket – Men’s and Women’s
Here’s the best news of the week — it’s almost time to break out the puffy. Yes, that’s right — it’s Labor Day, when visions of fresh powder and Schnapps-infused cocoa begin to make random appearances in your daydreams. Of course, you have to actually have a puffy to break out, and there’s never been a better time to buy one. The REI 650 Down Jacket is fits the bill with sustainably made, 650-fill-power down that is ready to keep you warm against even the harshest of winter nips. It’s made to the Responsible Down Standard — meaning the animals are humanely treated — and is available in a variety of sizes and colors. Do a quick double-check of your favorite winter pants for color matching, and grab this jacket before it sells out.
Price: $69.99 – reg. $99.95
REI Co-OP Switchback GTX Gloves – Men’s and Women’s
Scoring a good deal on a par of ski-ready winter gloves right before the season is a treat. The REI Co-Op Switchback GTX Gloves are exactly that — the ideal pair for shoveling, riding upon, digging into, or any other interaction you plan to have with snow this winter. These babies even have removable fleece liners for those extra cold days. Because they’re part of the REI Outlet, you’d better act fast — the GTX Gloves are bound to sell out and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Price: $67.73 – reg. $89.95
Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15 Sleeping Bag
A good sleeping bag is the difference between loving camping and hating it. The Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15 bag keeps you warm in temps down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, filled responsibly sourced 650-fill-power down. The footbox is designed to wrap your feet and keep them warm all night. Buy two and zip them together to cuddle with your partner on chilly nights in the wild. Because it stuffs down to 8×15.5 inches, this sleeping bag is ideal for backpacking as well as traditional camping trips.
MSR Windburner Stove System
Heat water and cook like a pro with this super-portable MSR Windburner Stove System. The radiant burner and heat exchanger drop cook time to a bare minimum, meaning you can be sipping piping hot coffee in just a few minutes while camping out in the field. And the system packs up inside its pot for easy storage in your pack or gear setup. This stove system is compatible with the MRS 1 liter pot and MRS coffee press kit and holds up to 33.8 fluid ounces.
BIG SAVINGS – Exped Outer Space Tent II
Take advantage of big savings on the Exped Outer Space Tent II and level up your overnight setup. This three-season backpacking tent is best on market for stee vestibule and ease of setup. Considering it’s designed for packing, the fact that this tent provides 30 square feet of floor space is incredible. It comfortably sleeps two and packs to six pounds, five ounces. Plus, it’s light green hue looks super cool when set up in the high alpine.
Katadyn Pocket Water Filter
Filtering water in the backcountry has never been easier than with the Katadyn Pocket Water Filter. Weighing just one pound, three ounces, this filter pumps .86 liters per minute with no external gear required. You’re entire campsite will be drinking fresh filtered water in no time, straight from the nearby stream. This setup is also ideal for backpacking, or even for long day hikes when you need to top off your water bottle. Through one end in the water, out the mouth into your bottle, and pump. It’s that easy.
Black Diamond Moji Charging Station/Lantern
Charge up your phone and illuminate your tent at the same time with the Black Diamond Moji Charging Station/Lantern. Keep it charged and with you at all times in the field and you’ll always have both light and power. This unit is small and durable, designed for the outdoors and ready for years of heavy use. It has a hook to hang in your tent or awning, and includes USB charge ports. The unit plugs in and runs on AC or off rechargeable batteries.
Mountainsmith Lookout 60 Pack
Mountainsmith has taken the established backpacking pack and made it better with the Lookout 60. It’s tall but trim build allows you to pack in everything needed for overnight camping trips without feeling bulky or overly weighed down on trail. The design is better for your pack than thicker setups, more evenly distributing the weight. You’ll enjoy hydration access, hiking pole straps, stretch mesh pockets on the side for your beverage bottles, and an adjustable sternum strap with an emergency whistle. This item is on closeout so grab it now before it’s gone from REI forever. At this price point, you won’t find a better pack.