REI’s Anniversary Sale: The 12 Best Deals for Long Distance Backpackers

REI’s self proclaimed “biggest sale of the year” does not disappoint this year.  Below are 12 sale items popular in the thru-hiking community.  If you’re gearing up for an upcoming extended haul, you’ll be hard pressed to find the below items at a lower price.

And in the off chance if you don’t find anything on your wishlist below, REI Members save 20% off any full price item and any item at the REI Outlet by using coupon code “REIMEMBER2016” at checkout.  Get it here.

1) 25% Off Big Agnes Fly Creek UL Tents 

This is the most popular tent used on the AT, according to our 2015 survey.

2) 25% Off Osprey Atmos and Aura AG Backpacks

Osprey is the most common pack found on the trail, with the Atmos being the second most popular style.  The Aura is the most popular women’s style pack.  Source.

3) 25% Off REI Igneo and Joule Sleeping Bags

2014 AT thru-hiker, Ashli Baldwin, says of the Joule, “it is my pick for the best women’s 3-season backpacking sleeping bag.”

4) 20% off Merrell Moab Ventilators

One of the most popular footwear choices for AT thru-hikers for men and women, worn by nearly 5% of our survey sample.

5) 20% Off All Salomon Footwear

The most popular brand of footwear used on the AT.

6) 25% Off Delorme Inreach 2-Way Satellite Communicators

For those taking on a more remote adventure (or with hyper-nervous loved ones).

7) 25% off Jetboil Flash

One of the most widely used canister stoves found on the Trail, if not the most popular.

8) 25% off Black Diamond Trekking Poles

Madison Dragna, 2013 AT thru-hiker, says of the BD Alpine Carbon Cork trekking pole, “these trekking poles are pretty darn great. They have some features a thru-hiker would enjoy, such as being lightweight and durable.”

9) 30% off Marmot PreCip Jackets

An affordable, effective, breathable, classic rain jacket.

10) 30% Off Patagonia Houdini Jacket (men’s and women’s)

Weighing in at 3.6 ounces, this is an ultra-light option for staying warm on breezy, misty days on the trail.

11) 25% off Outdoor Research Hats and Gloves

Taking on a trek with lots of sun exposure (hint: PCT)?  This deal is for you.

12) 25% off ENO Hammocks

For those who prefer to hang in the trees. One of the top hammock brands found on the AT.

And don’t forget- REI members can save 20% off any full price item by using “REIMEMBER2016” at checkout.  Get it

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Comments 3

  • George Turner : May 20th

    I’m a little bitter that i bought Big Agnes Fly Creek from them 3 weeks ago.

    • Stuart : May 21st

      Hey George I’m sure they would refund the difference as you could just return yours for a refund.



  • Fancy : May 23rd

    REI does price adjustments within two weeks of the start of the sale. Sale started on the 20th, so it’s worth a try 🙂


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