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Get ready for your autumn adventures with top-of-the-line outdoor gear.
Stock up on shoes, bags, and camping gear from AFAR’s Best of lists during the REI Labor Day Sale, which runs through September 6, 2021.
For some, Labor Day marks the beginning of leaf-peeping season, the time of year they can start checking fall color forecasts and planning foliage-focused weekend road trips. But for the gearheads at AFAR, the first Monday in September means it’s time for the REI Labor Day Sale.
All year, we round up, test, and vet bags, backpacks, jackets, water bottles, shoes, and other items for the discerning traveler. Between Friday, August 27, and Monday, September 6, 2021, many of these have been discounted up to 30 percent at REI to make room for next season’s products. Whether you’re looking for a new tent or headlamp for your fall camping trips, be sure to snag these great deals before we do.
All campers need headlamps, and Black Diamond makes some of the best. For occasional use around the campsite, you can’t beat the size and versatility of the Black Diamond Cosmo 300 Headlamp ($22, was $30), which emits 300-lumen white and red beams in steady and blinking versions that light up a cutting board or guide your evening strolls away from the firepit.
Heading into the backcountry? Weighing only two ounces, the LifeStraw water filter allows you to safely sip straight from a lake or stream without needing to pump, fill, or squeeze any pouch or bottle.
Whether you’re in the market for a new reusable camping spork or a full cookset, Snow Peak makes some of our favorite camping cookware. The Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0 Stove, which is 20 percent off during the REI Labor Day Sale, is a pocket-sized, gas-fueled stove that can boil water in under five minutes.
Fall is a great season to get into hiking. Whether you’re looking for sturdy hiking boots or an easy-to-pack pair of low hiking shoes, Oboz is a top choice brand.
Nomadix makes various sizes of quick-dry, packable travel towels using postconsumer recycled plastic. The Nomadix Festival Blanket ($52, was $70) is one of our favorite beach blankets for its water-resistant base and soft sand-proof top.
Osprey’s highly rated Porter travel backpacks are marked down 25 percent right now. They come in multiple sizes, but our pick is the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack ($120, was $160). At 22 x 15 x 13 inches, it meets most airlines’ carry-on size restrictions, but it is large enough to fit 46 liters of gear and clothes. In addition to one large main compartment, it also comes with a rear panel pocket that fits up to a 15-inch laptop, plus stowable shoulder and hip straps so it can be carried as a duffel. Those in the market for a new backpacking backpack can also take 25 percent off Osprey’s Eja and Exos packs right now.
You can find a number of Exped’s tents discounted during the REI Labor Day Sale, but the spacious Exped Outer Space III tent ($335, was $479) sleeps three and has a large covered vestibule that acts as front porch for setting up camping chairs.
If you’re heading to bear country this fall, a bear canister to store your food is an essential part of your camping checklist. BearVault’s canisters are on sale and come in two sizes: the BV450 has space for a four-day solo trip while the BV500 is best for a seven-day solo trip.
One of Prana’s most popular travel pants for women—the Halle—is marked down and available in a variety of colors, short and tall lengths, standard and plus sizes, and straight and bootcut styles. Prana’s Stretch Zion fabric is abrasion resistant and quick drying and has a durable water-repellent finish, making it great for hiking and camping.
The North Face’s Base Camp 50L duffel is one of AFAR’s favorite weekend bags for serious campers. Its Voyager line—marked down 25 percent now—has a similar design but includes such extra features as a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve and a removable divider in the main compartment to keep your belongings organized.
This article was originally published on August 28, 2020; it was updated with current sale information on August 27, 2021.
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