Black Friday: REI Says Opt-Outside, but I Won’t
Black Friday: To Opt-Outside, or to Shop?
As November has begun, people are starting to think about what they’re thankful for. With November comes Thanksgiving, and with Thanksgiving comes Black Friday. Any outdoorsman knows that REI’s successful Opt-Outside campaign is challenging the idea of Black Friday. Many will spend the day after Thanksgiving outside. As much as I wish I could be one of them, I will not be.
Don’t get me wrong, I would choose spending time outside over spending money any day. The Opt-Outside campaign means good with their anti-consumerism message. Their inspirational stickers, photos and videos promoting the event like this one offer a diverse cast. While I do appreciate their effort to level the playing field in Outdoor Public Lands through programs like Force of Nature, their Opt-Outside campaign may do the opposite.
On the day of the biggest sales of the year, it may be misplaced.
To lower income consumers, these sales are an easier way to buy things on a budget- not only outdoor gear, but everyday items from microwaves to socks. Opt-Outside ignores this, and encourages the image of the elite outdoors-y lifestyle. (I’m not even going to mention how expensive quality, brand name gear excludes people from outdoor activities). I am not saying that shoppers who are able to buy items full priced should not spend the day outside. I just want those of you who will be opting outside this year to acknowledge your privilege over lunch, whether it be mid bike ride, hike, or ski run.
With my PCT hike on the horizon, I won’t be opting outside this Black Friday, (or, I might add, Cyber Monday). I’m already pinching pennies everywhere else I can. To keep this post on track about my thru-hike, here is a list of things I’m hoping that I can save a few dollars on that one weekend.
Here are the 10 things I still need:
- Outdoor Research Helium ll: I recently just bought this rain jacket as an XS on an REI clearance rack. Shortly after I remembered tI need a S if I wanna fit my puffy underneath it.
- Julbo Glacier Sunglasses: My uncle is an optometrist and won’t let me hike in the Sierra’s without a pair.
- Kahtoola Micro Spikes: Apparently it is supposed to be another heavy snow year in 2018.
- Ice Axe: Either this Camp Corsa or this Black Diamond Raven. I may wait till February or March of next year to decide if I even need/want one.
- Bear Bin: I will probably try to buy this second hand.
- Headlamp: I’d like to find a rechargeable one that hopefully has a red light setting.
- Sun Umbrella: Still deciding if I want this guy, but it sounds like a good idea to stay cool in the desert.
- Altra Lone Peak (x4): I may have to hold off on these to see what size my feet swell into.
- Trekking Poles: I’m still deciding which ones to buy, but my Hiker Hunger pair won’t cut it. They like to unlock themselves.
- Fancy Camera: This is a luxury item that I will only act on is I find a good deal. I would like to get a Sony A6000 or Sony A5000, it honestly just depends on how much money I can save before April.
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