Top Picks from REI’s Biggest Outdoor Gear Sale

by Lauren Braden on May 21, 2015

in Camping and Outdoors

I have to say, it’s quite thoughtful of REI to have their biggest sale of the year just as I’m planning our summer camping trips and figuring out all the gear we need.

This isn’t just a clearance sale–many of the deals are new gear products, discounted as much as 30% off. Check out the sale; it ends May 25.

Top Picks from REI's Biggest Outdoor Gear Sale

Are you an REI member? Because if you are, there are two big extra incentives to make a purchase during this sale, even if the thing you want is not on sale. Shop online and use the coupon code “20SAVE” to get 20% off of one full-priced item, then use it again to get an additional 20% off one REI Outlet item.  (Not yet an REI co-op member? It’s a one-time fee of $20, and so worth it. You can become an REI member here.)

Here are some particularly great deals from the sale.

REI Camper First Aid Kit


Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 mtnGLO Tent

Safety first! Everything you could need in a first-aid kit for camping adventures, road trips and even for your earthquake survival kit. The contents (more than 40 different items) include enough medical supplies for groups and large families. The kit's zippered nylon case has clear foldout compartments that help you find things fast. These handy kits rarely go on sale, so if you've been waiting to buy one, get it now. Buy it.>

So popular it's already on backorder, but you can go ahead and snag it at this price and have it delivered within 30 days. This tent won Backpacker magazine’s 2015 Editors' Choice Award in part for its most innovative feature--built-in LED lighting across the roof. If you need a top-of-the-line ultralight backpacking tent that'll hold up in major wind and rain, this one is a deal at 25% off. Buy it.>

TravelChair SleepRite Cot

Light My Fire Meal Kit

If you loathe fiddling with the air pump so you can get a good night's sleep, then forget about it. Sleep on a cot instead. You'll never again worry about waking up sore after all the air slowly leaked out of a tiny hole in your mattress. This camping cot measures 78 x 30 x 6 inches, collapses easily into a carrying bag, and weighs less than five pounds. It's 35% off. Buy it.>

This sleek, modern meal kit has it all--a bowl/plate combo, lid that doubles as an extra plate, spill-free cup, a spork (that's a spoon/fork combo), expandable cup with lid, two waterproof containers, a cutting board that doubles as a strainer and a harness to keep it all together. Oh, and it's BPA-free. Take the meal kit camping, backpacking, kayak camping, for picnics and road trips. 25% off. Buy it.>

REI Table Top French Coffee Press

REI Coolcube Personal Cooler

Coffee tastes SO good at camp out of this vacuum-insulated, double-walled stainless-steel French press carafe. French press is easy—just add coarse ground coffee or loose-leaf tea, then pour over and near-boiling water. Let it steep for 4 minutes then slowly press down the plunger and pour. It holds 20 oz., perfect for about four cups of joe, and keeps it hot for hours. 25% off. Buy it.>

Got a summer road trip coming up? We use a hardside cooler that goes in the trunk for camping trips, but it's too big and bulky for luinch and snacks on a short road trip. This REI Coolcube Personal Cooler is roomy enough for a large lunch or a small picnic, and there's an outer pocket for utensils and napkins. 43% off. Buy it.>

BearVault BV500 Food Container

Osprey Aether 60 Pack

If you camp in the backcountry in the Northwest mountains, particularly in the Olympics, you need to store your food in a way that is bear-proof. Most places you can hang the food by a tree branch, but Olympic National Park requires a bear-proof container (those Olympic bears are too crafty for simple bear hangs!) This BearVault BV500 is light weight and large volume. And most importantly, keeps your food safe from bears. It is 25% off. Buy it.>

Ask any seasoned backpacker what their favorite pack is, and there's a good chance they'll tell you it's an Osprey. They carry weight very well, are extremely well-made, and design features like extra padding on the hip belt and breathable mesh back pads that set them apart. 25% off. Buy it.>

REI Relax Air Bed

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

If you have the tent floor space, REI's queen size air mattress will make the most of it. Camp in deluxe comfort with the REI Relax Queen Air Bed. It offers good support and plenty of space for 2 adult sleepers, or if you're like my family you'll add a kid and a dog as well. 25% off. Buy it.>

One of the great debates among outdoor recreationists rages on. Which keeps you warmer in the backcountry - goose down or synthetic thermal insulation like PrimaLoft? Down is slightly warmer, unless it gets wet, and the weather can be pretty wet in the great Northwest. This Patagonia jacket is stuffed with incredibly warm, lightweight PrimaLoft® and is so versatile you can wear it in mild or very cold weather, wet-or-dry conditions, and be comfortable. Plus, it's really cute. 30% off. Buy it.>

Ruffwear Bivy Pet Bowl

Black Diamond Orbit Lantern

We have a few of these for our Golden Retriever who will be on board for this summer's camping and road trips. These Ruffwear Bivy pet bowls are lightweight and collapsible. Buy it.>

I love this Black Diamond Orbit lantern because it is ultra-light, very bright and doubles as a flashlight. Buy it.>


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