The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Spring Clearance

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Spring is right around the corner, and with it, the start of backpacking season. This is the time to finish setting up your kit for thru-hiking, weekend trips, and that spring break hiking outing you’ve been planning all winter. And by setting up your kit, we mean adding a new down jacket, shoes, or a rain jacket to the collection. There are plenty of those goods on sale. 

From March 5 through March 9, hikers and backpackers can save an extra 25% off and check out items already up to 50% off.

These are the best deals for backpackers at REI’s Spring Clearance. Find the rest of the deals here.

Hard Goods

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 Tent
On sale for $252.70 (Save 44%)

Two doors and two vestibules, with 29 square feet of interior space for less than three pounds. This is one of Big Agnes’s most popular semi-freestanding tents for a reason.

Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Air Sleeping Pad
On sale for $101.20 (Save 44%)

Four inches of thickness and deep baffles for 12.4 ounces.

Big Agnes Q-Core SL Sleeping Pad
On sale for $116.20 (Save 47%)

The quick inflate and deflate valve makes inflating and packing up this 4.5-inch thick sleeping pad easier than ever.

Gregory Amber 60 Pack
On sale for $106.45 (Save 44%)

This streamlined pack walks the line between a heavier pack and a sleeker design, with full-suspension comfort that comes without losing the best organizational features.

REI Co-op Traverse Power Lock Cork Trekking Poles 
On sale for $52.45 (Save 48%)

Trekking poles increase your speed and efficiency on challenging terrain, and these stable, locking poles will last for the long haul.

Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System
On sale for $73.45 (Save 48%)

All-in-one cooking in the backcountry made easy.

Rain Gear

Arc’teryx Zeta SL Rain Jacket
On sale for $156.70 (Save 48%)

Arc’Teryx has a wide range of lightweight, breathable rain jackets. The Zeta SL weighs in at 9.5 ounces and with a two-layer GTX membrane and a durable 40D face fabric.

Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket
On sale for $47.12 (Save 70%)

Save all the ounces possible with this super pared down rain jacket that weighs in at just over 5 ounces.

Down Jackets

Arc’teryx Cerium LT Down Hoodie
On sale for $198.70 (Save 48%)


Any discount on Arc’Teryx is something to jump on, especially at nearly 50% off. The Cerium is 10.9 ounces of 850-fill down stuffed technical insulation.

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 Down Jacket
On sale for $157.45 (Save 48%)

Snag this 8-ounce thru-hiker fave for half its original cost.

Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket
On sale for $146.95 (Save 48%)

Rab’s sleek hooded jacket weighs just over 12 ounces, stuffed with 750-fill, ethically sourced down.

Patagonia Down Sweater Hoodie
On sale for $146.20 (Save 48%)

This classic Patagonia style… with a hood for extra wind protection and to keep the heat from escaping out of your dome. At 15 ounces, this weighs more than other available down jackets, but boasts the extra warmth to make it worth it.

Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket
On sale for $131.20 (Save 48%)

12 ounces, certified to RDS standards, and packed with 800-fill down. Not to mention, this stylish jacket comes with the iconic Cotopaxi colorways and is sure to stand out in the crowd.

Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Hoodie
On sale for $117.70 (Save 48%)

Warm, classically styled, and ideal for the trips where the temperature is sure to plummet.

Mid Layers

Patagonia R1 Full-Zip Hoodie
On sale for $94.45 (Save 44%)

Snag this classic, warm layer with a full zip and hood for added versatility.

Smartwool Merino 250 Color Block Base Layer Hoodie
On sale for  $73.45 (Save 48%)

This ultra-warm base layer works on the trail as well as during town days.


HOKA ONE ONE Sky Toa Hiking Shoes 
On sale for $93.70 (Save 45%)

These waterproof shoes might turn a few heads with the funky design, but the ultra-cushioned, cloud-like ride is well worth the space-age styling.

Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX Trail-Running Shoes
On sale for $86.20 (Save 43%)

Move fast and light through the backcountry with this sleek model from trail king Salomon. Less cushioned than others in their trail line, these are made for moving quickly down the trail.

Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid RSM Hiking Boots
On sale for $59.87 (Save 63%)

Altra’s mid-rise hiking shoe is a good answer for hikers who want more support while keeping the flexibility of Altra shoes without committing to a heavy boot.

Altra Timp 1.5 Trail-Running Shoes
On sale for $67.37 (Save 48%)

The Timps have flexible uppers, Altra’s zero-drop outsole, and the wide toe box this thru-hiker favorite brand is known for.

Saucony Peregrine ISO Trail-Running Shoes
On sale for $67.45 (Save 44%)

A deep heel cup, alternating lugs, and the out-of-the-box comfort of the Peregrines put Saucony right up there with other long-distance hikers’ favorite shoes.

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