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It’s time to get back out there.
Snap up some of our favorite gear at a serious discount during REI’s annual Memorial Day Sale, which runs May 21–31, 2021.
The REI Anniversary Sale is here. That means it’s time to refresh your gear closet and get ready for the adventures you’ve planned for your first postvaccine summer. Whether you’re heading to a national park, renting a beach house or cabin, or going glamping, it’s worth replacing your worn-out hiking shoes or finding a new backpack before you head out. Here’s what you need to know before you shop REI’s annual outdoor gear sale.
Each year in late May, REI marks down outdoor gear during its annual Anniversary Sale. You can find discounts up to 50 percent off outdoor gear from its in-house Co-op brand as well as other popular brands, including Patagonia, Smartwool, Merrell, BioLite, and more. Because of its timing, the Anniversary Sale is also often referred to as the REI Memorial Day Sale.
REI hosts other sales throughout the year, including an annual Labor Day Sale and a Cyber Monday Sale, but the company refers to its Anniversary Sale as its “biggest sale of the year” in its promotional catalog.
After limiting its sale to online only in 2020, due to the pandemic, the REI Anniversary Sale is available to shop again in stores in 2021. However, if you still prefer to shop online, you can select curbside pickup at checkout. If you spend $50 or more, you can qualify for free shipping.
Scheduled each year before Memorial Day weekend, the REI Anniversary Sale begins on Friday, May 21, and runs through Monday, May 31, 2021.
No, but getting an REI membership is worth it since it costs just $20 for a lifetime membership and includes extra benefits, like a member dividend (typically 10 percent back on eligible REI purchases), up to 33 percent off camping gear rentals, and 10 percent off bike and ski shop services.
During the Anniversary Sale, members also get 20 percent off one full-price item, plus an extra 20 percent off one REI Outlet item (online only) with the code “ANNIV21” during the sale. Exclusions apply. For further details, visit rei.com/coupon.
To help make finding the best deals easier, the gearheads at AFAR have dug through the sale to find the shoes, bags, water bottles, and camping gear—some of which are featured in AFAR’s Best of lists—that have been discounted up to 50 percent at REI. Just be sure to snag these great deals before we do.
An AFAR Approved pick, the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack is a carry-on, duffel, and backpack all in one and has zippered compartments for laptops, passports, clothes, and keys. Did we also mention it’s waterproof?
When we say these rugged, durable bags hold everything, we mean everything. It’s no wonder the small 50 liter version is one of our favorite weekend getaway bags for when you need to bring a lot of stuff.
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If you’re looking for comfy pants that will work for your permanent WFH situation and your first long-haul flight in ages, Prana’s Electa leggings are comfortable to wear for hours whether you’re sitting on your couch or in a tiny airplane seat. AFAR’s SEO manager Jessie Beck loves them because “the wide waistband hugs my hips without creating a muffin-top scenario, and the deep side pockets are perfect for holding my phone on the go.” These leggings are also on sale in extended sizes for the same price.
Good socks can mean the difference between an enjoyable hike and a miserable one. And Smartwool socks are good socks. Even if you can’t imagine wearing anything other than flip-flops this summer, it’s worth stocking up for next winter—your feet will thank you.
More than 200 items of Arc’teryx clothing and gear are currently 25 percent off. We have our eyes on the Cala dress, a versatile style that you can dress up with heels or down with strappy flats for your first business trip back after the Great Pause. The Cala is also relatively wrinkle resistant, and yes, it has pockets.
You’ll find even bigger savings on the AFAR Approved Arc’teryx Venda Anorak, one of our favorite waterproof and windproof jackets that is ideal for late spring or early fall weather. Available from the REI Outlet at 33 percent off; REI members can get an additional 20 percent off with the coupon code “ANNIV21” at checkout. (Don’t want to do that math? That brings the price of this versatile jacket down to just $239.)
A large selection of Salomon hiking footwear for women, men, and children is 25 percent right now, but the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX is one of AFAR’s favorite hiking shoes for men. In fact, AFAR cofounder Greg Sullivan recently wore a pair on a gorilla trekking trip to Rwanda. He prefers the low-cut version because they’re smaller and more practical to pack than full-size boots, but the Gore-Tex lining means they can withstand wet conditions.
La Sportiva is one of our favorite brands for women’s hiking shoes and boots. Select styles for men and women are currently marked down. The best deal is on the highly rated Nucleo High GTX Hiking Boots; they are currently marked down to $150 and are still available in a wide range of sizes for both men and women.
A variety of Chaco footwear for men, women, and kids is on sale right now. Our pick is for the women’s Chaco Z/CloudX2, a great summer hiking shoe for casual trails. Thanks to its strong jacquard webbing and a toe loop, your feet will be secured, and the comfy, rubber compound sole keeps things stable even in wet conditions. Available from the REI Outlet, members can get an additional 20 percent off with the code “ANNIV21” at checkout, bringing the price of these sandals down to $66.
Another beloved footwear brand, Keen’s classic hiking boots and water sandals are available at 20 percent off in men’s, women’s, and kids’ sizes.
Take your camping cooking high tech with the BioLite CampStove 2+, a portable stove that converts a wood fire’s exhaust into electricity to charge your phone. The larger BioLite FirePit is also 25 percent off right now.
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Snow Peak also makes some of the best camping cookware out there. Upgrade your outdoor grilling this summer with the Snow Peak Tabiki Fire & Grill, which keeps hot coals away from the ground so it’s easier to leave no trace behind while camping.
You can find a number of tent brands and styles on sale right now, including the sleek Nemo Hornet 2, but the spacious Grand Hut tent sleeps four and has nearly vertical walls, making it perfect for a family trip or for solo campers looking to maximize space.
Upgrade your outdoor snoozing with an Exped sleeping pad. We like the MegaMat 10, which is featured on our list of the best camping gear for beginners. The duo version that sleeps two people is also 25 percent off now.
Another must-have from our best camping gear list is the North Face One Bag. Thanks to interchangeable layers that adapt to varying temps, this versatile sleeping bag is essentially three in one.
All campers need headlamps, and Petzl makes some of the best. You can get 25 percent off several different kinds from the brand right now, but our pick is the Actik Core Headlamp. It emits 450-lumen white and red flood lighting with a beam distance of up to 90 meters, making it one of the brightest by Petzl.
A comfy chair is a must-have when stargazing this summer. As its name suggests, the Nemo Stargaze Recliner allows you to lean back and look up at meteor showers without hurting your neck or back.
Asheville-based Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) has a large selection of its hammocks and camp furniture on sale right now. But if you’re heading to the beach this summer, one of our favorite beach blankets—the ENO Islander Deluxe—is just $45 right now. Large enough to fit six adults side by side, the ripstop nylon blanket folds down small into an included stuff sack.
For those who haven’t started carrying around a reusable water bottle, you’ve officially run out of excuses. You can now get the OG of reusable water bottles—even the ones with beautiful or fun designs—for less than $10.
If you’re looking for something a little more high-tech, AFAR loves the Hydro Flask’s water bottles. The brand’s double-wall insulation will keep your drinks temperature-stabilized for a full day’s hike—24 hours for ice-cold beverages and up to 12 hours for hot ones. During this sale, you can also find Hydro Flask insulated totes, wine tumblers, and more on sale.
Never buy bottled water abroad again. With nearly 400 five-star reviews on REI, this water bottle comes with a built-in filter that removes waterborne pathogens as well as heavy metals, chemicals, and flavors so you can safely drink tap water on any continent.
Another AFAR Approved item, the Matador FlatPak reusable toiletry bottles are easy to fill, never leak, and shrink to fit their contents so your dopp kit isn’t full of empty bottles.
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