Best Deals for Backpackers from the REI 4th of July Sale

This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI. Save up to 40 percent during the REI 4th of July Sale from June 21 through July 4.

Why settle for less when you can have the best at unbeatable prices? Celebrate the 4th of July by treating yourself to some new gear, whether it’s a wishlist or a vital need for your next thru-hike. From lightweight tents that make setting up camp a breeze to cozy sleeping bags that ensure a good night’s rest under the stars, the REI 4th of July Sale has it all, with gear up to 40 percent off from June 21 to July 4. 

We’ve taken the liberty of making your shopping trip that much easier with a curated list of the best deals for our backpackers and thru-hikers. Happy shopping!

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Best Deals from the REI 4th of July Sale

30% Off REI Co-Op Half Dome SL 2+ with Footprint Tent

Sale $244.29 (Reg. $349)

  • Weight: 63 oz
  • Floor area: 33.75 square feet

The REI Co-Op Half Dome SL 2+ tent is a spacious and durable option for backpackers who prioritize a little extra room over the weight penalty (especially if you’re splitting the weight with a fellow backpacker).

With a generous 33.75 square feet of floor area and plenty of space to sit comfortably, it offers ample volume for two hikers and their gear. Furthermore, its robust frame and easy, intuitive setup ensure reliable shelter in 3-season weather.

40% Off Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 Tent

Sale $317.89 (Reg. $529.95)

  • Weight: 43 oz
  • Floor area: 29 square feet

Looking to go a bit more lightweight without sacrificing comfort? The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 is the shelter for you. Weighing in at just 43 ounces, this 2-person freestanding tent still boasts roomy square footage and high-volute interior space.

With tons of thoughtful features, such as awning-style vestibules, dual doors, and plentiful pockets, this durable tent will feel like your home away from home. Plus, the REI sale is the best opportunity to save on some of these big-ticket items with nearly half off this Big Agnes tent.

25% Off Petzl Actik Core Headlamp

Sale $63.69 (Reg. $84.95)

  • Weight: 3.1 oz
  • Battery type:1250 mAh CORE rechargeable battery (included) or AAA batteries (not included)

Versatile and powerful, the Petzl Actik Core is ideal for lighting the way on trail or bustling around camp after dark. The headlamp automatically detects energy sources and adjusts its lighting performance for optimal glow and battery efficiency, with three white lighting levels and an around-camp red beam to choose from.

Additionally, the rechargeable CORE battery provides ample power at a maximum of 600 lumens, while the option to utilize AAA batteries adds flexibility to powering your headlamp. 

25% Off Injinji Liner Crew Socks

Sale $8.99 (Reg. $12.00)

  • Height: Crew
  • Cushioning: None

Designed to be worn as a base layer under your hiking socks, these liners are a must-add to your gear arsenal for preventing blisters and enhancing comfort on trail (though they may look a bit funky). The individual toe design promotes natural toe splay, and the synthetic materials wick moisture away and reduce friction for happy feet all day.

40% Off 2023 MSR Hubba Hubba 2 Tent

Sale $329.89 (Reg. $549.95)

  • Weight: 46 oz
  • Floor area: 29 square feet

Similar in weight, style, and square footage to the Copper Spur, another beloved classic among backpackers for its balance of weight and livability is the MSR Hubba Hubba 2. With 40 inches of headroom, this beefy 2-person tent boasts plenty of space for sitting and sleeping comfortably, as well as storage for your gear. At 40 percent off the 2023 version, this is another of the Big Four we’d recommend getting for a hefty discount.

30% Off REI Co-Op Magma 15 Sleeping Bag

Sale $300.39 (Reg. $429)

  • Weight (regular): 19.6 oz (medium)
  • Fill: 850-fill-power water-resistant goose down

A staple in the REI Co-Op line, the redesigned Magma 15 offers inclusive sizing to quintessentially customize the length and width of this bag to your body and preferences. Complete with water-resistant 850-fill-power down to maximize warmth, the new-and-improved bag also offers a more fitted shape to contour to your body for optimal warmth-to-weight ratio. With nine lengths to choose from, the Magma is a high-quality bag tailored to your every sleeping need.

25% Off Gregory Paragon 68 (Men’s) | Maven 65 (Women’s) Backpack

Sale $209.89 (Reg. $279.95)

  • Weight: 59 oz (men’s) | 56 oz (women’s)
  • Number of exterior pockets: 6 + main compartment

Gregory is getting in on this massive sale, and backpackers should keep their eyes trained on the Men’s Paragon 68 Backpack, or women’s equivalent — the Maven 65. Designed for serious trekkers who need to carry heavy loads comfortably, Gregory has jam-packed these packs with incredible features.

The adjustable, breathable suspension system ensures an ideal fit, while durable outer materials withstand the rigors of the trail. With a plethora of pockets, a spacious main compartment, and easy-access zippers, the Paragon and Maven will make a long haul feel like a breeze. 

25% Off Kelty Cosmic 20 Sleeping Bag

Sale $112.39 (Reg. $149.95)

  • Weight: 2 lbs. 7 oz. (regular)
  • Fill: 550-fill-power down

An already budget-friendly sleeping bag just got a whole lot more affordable at 25% off. The Kelty Cosmic 20 is an excellent entry-level option for those seeking reliable warmth on a budget. Known for its thermally efficient trapezoidal baffles, this sleeping bag is a great, reasonably-priced starting point, especially for a bag stuffed with down.

40% Off Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 SD Tent

Sale $269.89 (Reg. $449.95)

rei 4th of july sale: Big Agnes Tiger Wall

  • Weight: 35 oz
  • Floor area: 28 square feet

For thru-hikers itching for an ultralight set-up but unwilling to move to a single-wall shelter, the Big Agnes Tiger Wall will satisfy both needs. Clocking in at just 35 ounces for a 2-person tent, this lightweight double-wall tent is an outstanding option. It utilizes a single-pole system for easy and efficient setup, two doors for ease of sharing a space, and top and bottom vents to increase airflow. 

30% Off Katadyn BeFree Bottle Filter Kit 1 L

Sale $31.39 (Reg. $44.95)

rei 4th of july sale: Katadyn BeFree

  • Weight: 2.3 oz
  • Output: 2 liters per minute

Gone are the days of mandatory arm workouts associated with squeezing your water filter for every last drop. The Katadyn BeFree filter’s flexible bottle design is not only compact and packable, but also ridiculously easy to filter water through. In one minute, you’ll have two liters of clean water filtered through the hollow fibers of this collapsible kit. 

30% Off Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 20 Sleeping Bag

Sale $384.89 (Reg. $549.95)

rei 4th of july sale: Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 

  • Weight: 20 oz (regular); 22 oz (long)
  • Fill: 900-fill-power Nikwax Hydrophobic goose down

With over 900-fill-power Nikwax Hydrophobic goose down, the Hyperion 20 resists moisture and maintains loft 60 times longer than untreated down, making this a suitable option for cool and damp environments. Carefully crafted with baffling to maximize loft and minimize cold spots, Therm-a-Rest also strategically saves weight by intentionally placing fill where it’s needed most. At just 20 ounces for the regular length, the Hyperion 20 provides superior insulation in a lightweight package. 

30% Off REI Co-Op Flexlite Air Chair

Sale $69.89 (Reg. $99.95)

rei 4th of july sale: REI Flexlite Air

  • Weight: 16 oz
  • Height: 11 in

Call it a luxury item, but for just one pound, the REI Co-Op Flexlite Air can elevate your camp experience with ultimate comfort after a long day on trail. Swap out your hard bear canister for a chair that’s compact and easily set up. The sturdy water-repellent scoop seat resists moisture and stains. 

20% Off All Mountain House Meals

rei 4th of july sale: mountain house

Take 20% off all Mountain House Meals and enjoy delicious, convenient meals on the trail in just 10 minutes. From a hearty dinner of Beef Stroganoff to a nutritious Breakfast Skillet, these meals are easy to prepare and provide the energy you need to make miles for the day. You can even treat yourself to an Ice Cream Sandwich on trail; no need to wait for town! Head to REI to browse the full selection and stock up for your next adventure.

Don’t see what you’re looking for in this list? Fear not, this is just a small selection of what’s on offer during this massive sale. Head over to REI to shop the full 4th of July Sale from June 21 through July 4.

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