Best Deals From the REI Anniversary Sale

This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI. Don’t miss the REI Anniversary Sale from May 19 through May 29.

It’s not every day you turn 85. REI just did, though, and the good folks at the Co-op are marking the occasion with their biggest sale of the year: the REI Anniversary Sale. From May 19 through May 29, you can save up to 30 percent on awesome gear ranging from footwear and apparel to tents, sleep systems, backpacks, and gadgets.

It’s a heck of a way for REI to celebrate 85 trips around the sun, and we are here for it. Bargain hunters: now is your time to shine! Here are some of our favorite deals for backpackers and thru-hikers from the REI Anniversary Sale.

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Best Deals For Hikers From the REI Anniversary Sale

25% Off Altra Lone Peak 7 Men’s | Women’s

Sale $112.49 (Reg. $150)

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  • Weight (pair): 1 lb 6 oz men’s | 1 lb 2.4 oz women’s
  • Heel-toe drop: 0 mm

Lone Peak models come and go, but thru-hikers’ love for the iconic zero-drop trail runner never fades. Many thru-hikers go through four or five pairs of trail runners on a single long-distance journey, making shoes one of the biggest expenses a thru-hiker incurs. Now’s your chance to stock up on footwear at a 25 percent discount.

25% Off Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 Hoody Men’s | Women’s

Sale $269.99 (Reg. $360)

  • Weight: 8.8 oz men’s | 7.8 oz women’s
  • Fabric: 10d ripstop nylon

Mountain Hardwear packs an impressive amount of functionality into a sleek half-pound package with the Ghost Whisperer. In marrying ultralight efficiency with comfortable and stylish design, the Ghost Whisperer has long been one of the most popular puffies on America’s long trails.

25% Off Garmin Fenix 7

Sale $499.99 (Reg. $700)

  • Weight: 2.8 oz
  • Avg. battery life: Up to 40 days

If you’ve been wanting to jump on the smart hiking watch train but haven’t made the leap because of the huge price barrier, now’s your chance. You can save $200 on the top-shelf Garmin Fenix 7, a watch that can do everything from monitor your heartrate to record your tracks—and the battery life is phenomenal.

30% Off REI Half Dome 2 SL With Footprint

Sale $230.29 (Reg. $329)

  • Weight: 4 lbs. 11.5 oz
  • Floor area: 33.75 sq ft

The Half Dome 2 is a great starter tent for those new to thru-hiking. It’s intuitive to set up and has plenty of floor space and head room. And the sub-five-pound weight is quite reasonable when split between two people. Note that this is a members-only deal. If you’re not already a Co-op member, you can read up on the benefits of membership here.

40% Off Nemo Tensor Insulated Air Pad

Sale $119.89 (Reg. $199.95)

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  • Weight (regular): 15 oz
  • R-value: 4.2

A three-season inflatable sleeping pad that weighs less than one pound? Yes please. It hardly weighs more than a spartan foam pad, yet it’s at least twice as warm and comfortable. What’s not to love?

20% Off BearVault BV450

Sale $67.09 (Reg. $83.95)

  • Weight: 2 lbs. 1.6 oz
  • Capacity: 7.2 L

This one’s for all you PCT and JMT thru-hikers trying to figure out how to get through the Sierra without murdering your base weight—or your budget. The BearVault is almost certainly the most popular canister on the trail thanks to its intuitive design, reliability, and reasonable price. The price is even more reasonable than usual during the REI Anniversary Sale, when it’s 20 percent off.

25% Off Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket Men’s | Women’s

Sale $134.99 (Reg. $180)

  • Weight: 6.3 oz men’s | 6.3 oz women’s
  • Fabric: 30d ripstop nylon

The Helium is one of the absolute lightest backpacking rain jackets on the market while remaining durable and reliable. And it has pockets! No wonder backpackers love it.

25% Off NEMO Hornet Osmo UL 2

Sale $322.39 (Reg. $429.95)

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  • Weight: 2 lb 8 oz
  • Floor area: 27.5 sq ft

The updated Hornet features Nemo’s proprietary Osmo fabric, a polyester-nylon ripstop blend that’s purported to be four times more water repellent and three times less saggy than previous versions of this beloved ultralight tent.

25% Off Biolite HeadLamp 325

Sale $37.39 (Reg. $49.95)

  • Weight: 1.8 oz
  • Avg. run time: 3 hr high | 40 hr low

Sleek, streamlined, and featherlight at 1.8 ounces, the Biolite HeadLamp 325 is dimmable between 5 and 325 lumens and features red, locking, and strobe functions.

25% Off Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

Sale $149.89 (Reg. $199.95)

  • Weight (pair): 1 lb 1.1 oz
  • Locking mechanism: External lever lock

These sturdy telescoping poles from Black Diamond are fit for everything from a casual day hike to a rugged alpine expedition. They’re made with premium materials, including a carbon-fiber shaft and high-quality cork handles that promise fewer blisters and improved grip comfort.

$50 Off Garmin inReach Mini 2

Sale 349.99 (Reg. $400)

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  • Weight: 3.5 oz
  • 2-way messaging? Yes

When you compare the impressive list of features and functions of the inReach Mini to its minute size, it almost seems to good to be true. This satellite communicator packs two-way messaging, GPS tracking and navigation, weather forecasting, and 30 days of battery life into a compact orange-and-black package.

25% Off MSR PocketRocket Deluxe

Sale $63.69 (Reg. 84.95)

  • Weight: 2.9 oz
  • Avg. 1L boil time: 3 min 18 sec

There’s nothing like hot coffee in the a.m. and hot cocoa in the p.m. to bookend a long day of hiking. The PocketRocket stove is compact, lightweight, and convenient to use, thanks to its automatic piezoelectric igniter.

25% Off Salomon XA Pro 3D V8 Men’s | Women’s

Sale $97.49 (Reg. $130)

  • Weight (pair): 1 lb 8 oz men’s | 1 lb 5.2 oz women’s
  • Heel-to-toe drop: 12 mm men’s | 11 mm women’s

Salomon is known for its durable shoes and rugged, grippy tread. The XA Pro 3D V8 has a slim profile and offers more support than most trail runners on the market, making it perfect for hikers who want more protection and reliability on gnarly trails.

30% Off REI Magma 15 Sleeping Bag Men’s | Women’s

Sale $279.29 (Reg. $399)

  • Weight (regular length): 1 lb 12.2 oz men’s | 2 lbs 4 oz women’s
  • Insulation: 850-fill down

The Magma 15 is the epitome of backcountry comfort. This straightforward bag uses premium materials to balance weight with warmth. The temperature rating is accurate for most people, and the dimensions of the bag are roomy enough to prevent most hikers from feeling claustrophobic when zipped up.

Note that this is a members-only deal. Again, if you haven’t joined the Co-op yet, read up on the benefits—it really is worth it. If you decide to take advantage of this deal, you can add a membership to your online purchase to make the whole process easy and streamlined.

25% Off Icebreaker 200 Oasis Crew Top Men’s | Women’s

Sale $78.69 (Reg. $105)

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  • Fabric: Merino wool

Merino wool is warm, soft, and excellent at regulating moisture and odors. It makes for an ideal next-to-skin layer, and Icebreaker is one of the biggest names in merino backpacking clothing. This midweight long-sleeve crew top is an ideal base layer for wearing around camp and overnight on chilly nights.

25% Off Black Diamond Spot 400

Sale $37.39 (Reg. $49.95)

  • Weight: 2.7 ounces
  • Avg. run time: 2.5 hr high | 5 hr medium | 200 hr low

The Spot 400 can run on AAAs or a Black Diamond rechargeable battery—your choice. With a searing 400-lumen maximum output (bright enough to throw a beam up to 100 meters), this light is a great choice for frequent night hikers who really need to be able to see what they’re doing.

25% Off Superfeet Trailblazer Insoles Men’s | Women’s

Sale $41.19 (Reg. $54.95)

These game-changing aftermarket insoles are SO MUCH MORE SUPPORTIVE than the flimsy things that come standard in most hiking shoes these days. If you’re struggling with foot pain, upgrading your insoles to a pair of sturdy Superfeet is one of the first things you should do to remedy the problem.

25% Off Osprey Aether 55 (Men’s) | Osprey Ariel 55 (Women’s)

Sale $224.99 (Reg. $300)

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  • Weight: 5 lb men’s S/M |  4 lb 13 oz women’s M/L
  • Capacity: 55L

They’re classics for a reason. Osprey’s thoughtful backpack designs promise plenty of storage and organization capacity with a comfortable, breathable suspension that promotes airflow against your back.

30% Off REI 650 Down Jacket 2.0 Men’s | Women’s

Sale $69.89 (Reg. $99.95)

  • Weight: 11 oz men’s | 10.8 oz women’s
  • Materials: Recycled nylon taffeta, 650-fill down

A lightweight down puffy for less than $70? Shewww. Sign me up! Members only can get a 30 percent discount on the already-affordable Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 during the REI Anniversary Sale.

30% Off REI Trailmade Shorts Men’s | Women’s

Sale $31.39–34.89 (Reg. $44.95–$49.95)

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  • Weight:
  • Materials: 96% nylon/4% spandex

REI’s newest technical clothing and gear collection is size- and gender-inclusive because everyone deserves the opportunity to explore and thrive in the outdoors. Featuring stretchy UPF 50+ fabric, generous pockets, a gusseted crotch (!), and a variety of cool colorways, these are functional hiking shorts that don’t look like functional hiking shorts, if ya know what I mean.

20% Off One Full Price Item + 20% Off One Outlet Item

If you don’t see something you like on this list, fear not! Co-op members can get a 20% off one full-price item AND 20% off one Outlet item during the REI Anniversary Sale. You have to be a member and use the coupon code ANNIV23 at checkout to get the discount.

REI is essentially giving you carte blanche to pick whatever item you want to use the discount on, with a few exceptions. Go nuts!

This is your chance to finally find out if the new Therm-a-Rest Neoair XLite NXT is really less crinkly than the previous version or try out those dope-looking Hoka Speedgoats you’ve been eyeballing.

And on the Outlet side, you’re taking 20 percent off an already steeply discounted item, bringing your savings potential up into the stratosphere. The Big Agnes Torchlight 20 sleeping bag, which was already almost $100 off in the Outlet, would be an additional $46 cheaper with the coupon code. Or you could take another $50-ish off the Gregory Deva 60 backpack, which was already discounted by $75.

Happy 85th birthday, REI! The REI Anniversary Sale runs through May 29—check it out today.

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Comments 1

  • Ainsworth : May 21st

    I would not recommend the OR Helium jacket at any price.

    Its one of those items you just want to love because of the weight but do not be tempted. Check the reviews and when you add the lack of durability it is actually worst than the reviews indicate.

    The first set I bought in 2019 failed on my Wonderland Trail hike in late September 2019. The crutch of the pants tore open the second time I used it on a day when I experienced light rain all day with temps in the high 30s. I returned the set to REI after the hike but then saw it at half price sometime in mid 2020 and bought the set again. I used the new set it once in a short but heavy down pour in late 2020 and was soaking wet after 15 minutes.

    The set is so light you want to love it but it is not a dependable product.


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