The 13 Best Deals from REI’s Gear Up Get Out 2020 Sale for Hikers

REI’s Gear Up Get Out 2020 Sale is a perfect opportunity to gear up for another year of adventure. The sale runs from November 13th to November 23rd, so be sure to snag these sweet savings while you can. Here are some of our favorite deals on backpacking, hiking, and camping gear from the Gear Up Get Out 2020 sale. Spoiler alert: there are some real goodies in this list, from top-shelf hiking apparel to coveted gadgets to the all-important sleep system.

In addition to all the sweet deals mentioned below, members can take 20% off one full-price item, and an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item during the Gear Up Get Out 2020 sale.


Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

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  • 30% Off | Reg. $199
  • 11.9 oz

This quintessential synthetic puffy is ultralight, eminently packable, and irresistibly sexy. We like it so much we named it among the best synthetic backpacking jackets of 2020.

Need more data before you pull the trigger? Check out our review of the Nano Puff here.

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Patagonia Down Sweater

  • 30% Off | Reg. $229
  • 13.1 oz

If you love Patty, but the synthetic Nano Puff doesn’t float your boat, this extra-floofy (thanks to 800-fill goose down) full-zip down sweater might be up your alley. We named the hooded version of this jacket among the best down backpacking jackets of 2020, but the hoodless version weighs less and still very rad.

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Arc’Teryx Atom LT Hoodie

  • 25% Off | Reg. $259
  • 13.2 oz.

This synthetic puffy is sure to keep you warm, which is why we think it’s one of the best synthetic backpacking jackets of 2020. Arc’teryx is the Prada of the thru-hiking world: excellent construction and attention to detail help to justify the brand’s top-shelf prices. If you prefer fleece midlayers, the Kyanite fleece hoodie is also 25% off during the sale. Meanwhile, if you’re looking to maximize your discount, take advantage of the deal to snag the $600 Beta AR rain jacket. It’s a little heavy for thru-hikers, but bomb-proof and heavily featured.

Read our review of the Arc’Teryx Atom LT Hoodie here.

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REI 650 Down Jackets

  • 30% Off |Reg. $99
  • 11 oz.

REI’s 650-fill down jackets are a budget-conscious hiker’s best friend. As down apparel goes, the price on one of these bad boys is pretty unbeatable—especially with the sale.

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  • 30% Off | Reg. $13.95 – $200

Take 30% off all Smartwool products during this sale. That includes socks, hats, gloves, neck gaiters, base layers, and jackets, people. Wool is expensive, but it’s odor-resistant, flame retardant, and stays relatively warm when wet. We recommend the Intraknit baselayers if you want super-soft, cozy comfort on the trail this winter (size up, though, because they’re on the snug side).

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Sleep System

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Inflatable Sleeping Pads

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  • 25% Off | Reg. $104.95 – $324.95
  • 8.8 oz. (Uberlite reg.) – 15 oz. (XTherm reg.)

Therm-a-Rest inflatable sleeping pads are widely considered the gold standard among backpackers: comfortable, durable, warm, and not-too-heavy. Therm-a-Rest finally added a two-way valve to their pads, so inflation and deflation are now significantly more manageable. In short: now is a perfect time to jump on the NeoAir bandwagon if you haven’t already. The sale covers all NeoAir pads, including the double-wide Camper Duo. However, backpackers will be primarily interested in the Uberlite, XLite, and XTherm.

Can’t decide which one to buy? Check out our reviews for the Neoair Uberlite, XLite, and XTherm.

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NEMO Riff 15 Sleeping Bag

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  • 25% Off | Reg. $399.95 – $419.95
  • 38 – 41 oz.

NEMO sleeping bags are some of the coolest sleeping bags in town. Their long ventilation gills and distinctive spoon-shaped cut make them stand out from the crowd. The Riff 15 and 30 bags use 800-fill down and are both on sale for 25% off. The discount also applies to NEMO Disco sleeping bags, which have many of the same features as the Riff but use 600-fill down.

To learn more about the Riff, see our review.

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Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator

  • $100 Off | Reg. $350
  • 3.5 oz.

This GPS beacon weighs less than a quarter-pound and lets you navigate, check the weather, communicate with friends, and call for rescue—even when you have no cell signal. Massive functionality in a compact, ultralight package makes the inReach Mini a coveted gadget among safety-conscious thru-hikers.

Check out our review of the Garmin inReach Mini here.

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Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Watches

  • $100 Off | Reg. $400 – $450
  • 1.9 oz

The Instinct is among the most popular GPS smartwatches on the trail, and for good reason. It’s packed with features such as GPS tracking, blood oxygen monitoring, and an altimeter. The fact that it’s solar-rechargeable means you can potentially go months without having to plug it in. That means one less charge cable to tote around the wilderness.

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Garmin Fenix GPS Watches

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  • $150 Off | Reg. $600 – $1,150
  • 2.2 oz.

The Garmin Fenix watch series is packed with cool features hikers need want. These include GPS tracking, an altimeter, a thermometer, weather forecasting (with GPS), sleep, stress, and heart rate monitors. Depending on how much you’re willing to pay, you can even get a premium solar version to extend the battery life for up to a month between charges.  In contrast to the Instinct, the Fenix has more multisport functionality and a larger display.

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Superfeet Insoles

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  • 25% Off | Reg. $49.95 – $54.95

Your feet are your most valuable assets as a hiker, so protect them with a reliable pair of insoles. Since the insoles that come standard with most hiking shoes generally aren’t up to snuff, many trekkers opt for a more rugged after-market option like Superfeet. The classic Green and beefier Trailblazer insoles are most popular among backpackers.

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Oboz Sawtooth II Low

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  • 25% Off | Reg. $110
  • 31 oz.

If you’re not entirely down with the trail runner sensation that’s sweeping the (thru-hiking) nation, a sturdy pair of low-top hiking shoes might be in order. All Oboz shoes and insoles are 25% off during the Gear Up Get Out 2020 sale, including hiker favorites like the Sawtooth, Bridger, and Firebrand hiking shoes. Oboz is known for grippy tread, durable construction, and supportive insoles.

Check out our review of the Sawtooth Mids here.

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Kahtoola MICROspikes

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  • 20% Off | Reg. $69.95
  • 11 oz.

Just in time for winter, all Kahtoola traction devices and gaiters are 20% off during the Gear Up Get Out 2020 sale. Kahtoola’s popular MICROspike traction system slips comfortably over regular hiking shoes to provide added grip on slick trail surfaces. Though they’re not as grippy as crampons, MICROspikes are lighter and more flexible and should be adequate for moderate snow and ice travel.

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Gear Up Get Out 2020 Members-Only Deals

Reminder: REI Members can take 20% off one full-price item, and an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item during the Gear Up Get Out 2020 sale!

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  • Shannon Ramsey : Nov 18th

    Thanks so much for posting this, I was admittedly a little overwhelmed when I first saw their sale because they have a lot to offer so this was a really nice summary of their best deals. My one question is, between the Patagonia Nano Puff and the Patagonia Down Sweater, which one would you recommend, or would that be more like comparing apples to oranges? Would you recommend the Patagonia Nano Puff/Down Sweater over the Arc’Teryx Atom Hoodie or vice versa? I guess I’m just a little overwhelmed by all of the choices and I’m relatively new to backpacking and long-distance hiking but I’m really hoping to eventually work my way up to an AT thru-hike and I’m just not sure what essentials I need. Since these items are understandably pricey and are an investment, I just want to make sure I get it right the first time! Thanks again for the helpful and informative article! 🙂


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