The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s 2019 Anniversary Sale

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REI’s Anniversary Sale is one of their biggest sale events of the year, and this year is no exception. Deals include Big Agnes tents, Altra footwear, and more.  From May 17 to May 27, there a boatload of items up to 30% off, and members can save 20% on one full-priced item and an additional 20% off an REI Outlet item. This is your chance to grab that pack, tent, or other big-ticket item you’ve had your eye on.

Here are the best gear deals for backpackers at REI’s Anniversary Sale, and the entire haul of sale items can be found here.

Packs, Tents, Sleep Systems

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV 2 Platinum Tent
Originally $549.95, now $412.39. Save 25%

Saving over $100 on this thru-hiker fave? Yes please. Footprint here, and Fly Creek 1 Platinum here.

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent
Originally $399.95, now $299.89. Save 25%

Big Agnes added this model to their backpacking tent lineup in 2017, and it’s a great piece of gear. Find our video review here, and the three-person model here.

Osprey Aura AG 65 Pack
Originally $270.00, now $199.99. Save 26%

A favorite for the comfort-seeking crowd. Plenty of organization options and padding make this a stalwart among thru-hikers with larger pack loads. Men’s Atmos here.

Gregory Zulu 55 Pack
Originally $199.95, now $149.89. Save 25%

A good middle ground between a lightweight pack and a more heavily padded option.

ENO SubLink Hammock Shelter System with Sub6 Hammock
Originally $249.95, now $174.89. Save 30%

This hammock kit comes all-in-one, taking the guesswork out of your first setup. We reviewed it here.

Big Agnes Hazel SL 15 Sleeping Bag
Originally $299.95, now $224.89. Save 25%

This women’s bag has a fitted hood and spacious shoulder room with treated DownTek fill.

NEMO Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad
Originally $159.95, now $119.89. Save 25%

This 15-ounce pad is quick to inflate and packs down to the size of a Nalgene.

Big Agnes AXL Air Sleeping Pad
Originally $189.95, now $142.39. Save 25%

Increased strength and a rating down to 15 degrees were solid updates to this 9-ounce sleeping pad. We reviewed a version of this pad here, and you can find Big Agnes’s AXL Air Pillow on sale for $29 here.

Hard Goods

Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z Trekking Poles
Originally $189.95, now $142.39. Save 25%

We’ll say it again: Save your knees on the downhills and your quads on the uphills.

Black Diamond Spot 325 Headlamp
Originally $39.95, now $29.89. Save 25%

Looking for an upgrade to your headlamp? The redesigned Spot is easier to use and has a longer battery life than previous models.

Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe
Originally $109.95, now $82.39. Save 25%

PCT hikers (and anyone pursuing technical peaks) this year will need an ice axe. This lightweight, updated offering is a safe bet.

MSR WhisperLite Universal Backpacking Stove
Originally $139.95, now $104.89. Save 25%

No matter where in the world you find yourself (and with almost any fuel source), this stove will work.

Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System
Originally $69.95, now $52.39. Save 25%

Once you realize what a difference traction systems make during hikes on icy trail conditions, you’ll never go back.

Superfeet Green Support and Comfort Insoles
Originally $49.95, now $37.39. Save 25%

These have saved many a thru-hiker’s feet, and thus saved the hike.

Garmin Fenix 5 GPS Watch
Originally $500.00, now $349.99. Save 30%

Still above many a thru-hikers’ budget, but slightly less above the budget this week.

Hiking Footwear

Altra Lone Peak 4 Trail-Running Shoes
Originally $120.00, now $89.99. Save 25%

This super-popular model really needs no introduction at this point. The RSM (waterproof version) was reviewed by our editor here. Men’s Lone Peaks here.

Salomon XA Pro WP Trail-Running Shoes
Originally $145.00, now $108.69. Save 25%

Deep lugs, Salomon’s proprietary speed-lace system, and a waterproof upper.

Merrell Moab 2 WP Low Hiking Shoes
Originally $120.00, now $95.99. Save 20%

A classic for a reason. These are the waterproof version, but other models are also on sale this week.

Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid Mesh Hiking Shoes
Originally $130.00, now $97.49. Save 25%

Looking for more coverage and support? Men’s mid-style here.

Altra Superior 4 Trail-Running Shoes
Originally $110.00, now $82.49. Save 25%

A leaner version than the Lone Peak. These are for hikers and trail runners looking for less cushion without sacrificing the zero-drop and wide toe box. Looking for more support? Check out the Timp here.

Altra Trail Gaiters
Originally $19.95, now $14.89. Save 25%

Say no thanks to sand and debris cluttering up your shoes.


Smartwool Merino 150 Pattern Base Layer Top
$75.00 $52.49, now. Save 30%

One of the original merino short-sleeve base tops. Men’s here.

Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket
Originally $159.00 $110.99. Save 30%

At an astonishing 5.5 ounces, this jacket tops the list for ultralight rain gear.

Arc’teryx Delta LT Hoodie
Originally $149.00, now $111.69. Save 25%

This 8-ounce, micro-grid fleece is our editor’s new go-to mid-layer.

Brooks Chaser 5″ Shorts
Originally $48.00, now $35.99. Save 25%

Wide waistband sits nicely under a hip-belt, and the looser fit around the legs helps prevent bunching.

Patagonia Nine Trails Shorts
Originally $65.00, now $45.49. Save 30%

The eight-inch inseam promises to prevent any nasty thigh rub and chafing.

ExOfficio Modern Travel Hipster Briefs
Originally $28.00, now $20.99. Save 25%

Stink less, go farther. This style has wider leg bands to eliminate pinching. Men’s boxer briefs here.

Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear
Originally $20.00, now $14.99. Save 25%

Don’t go anywhere without one of these. Merino model here for additional coverage and warmth.

REI Co-op Merino Wool Lightweight Hiking 3/4 Crew Socks
Originally $14.95, now $10.39. Save 31%

No matter who you are, you always need more merino hiking socks.

Outdoor Research Seattle Funbrero
Originally $39.00, now $29.19. Save 25%

We wouldn’t recommend using this hat in your dating profile pictures, but it gets the job done.

Food N’ Stuff


GOOD TO-GO Smoked Three Bean Chili
Originally $12.95, now $10.29. Save 21%

All food listed is the two-serving variety, don’t worry.

AlpineAire Foods Rice & Beans Bowl with Beef
Originally $9.00, now $7.19. Save 20%

Two servings is more than enough for one hungry backpacker. This meal is gluten-free.

Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai with Chicken
Originally $11.00, now $8.79. Save 20%

These freeze-dried meals are a luxury made more affordable when they’re on sale.

Clif Shot Bloks Fastpak
Originally $2.30, now $1.69. Save 27%

Nothing is better for quick fuel that won’t upset your stomach.


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