Snag 20% Off with REI’s 2-Day Member Coupon Sale
This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI.com. Co-op Members save 20% on one full-price item September 23 – 24 during the REI Member Coupon Sale.
For all you lucky folk who are already lifetime members of REI Co-op, here’s a tasty opportunity to save big on that shiny piece of new gear that you’ve been eyeing. Is your tent worn out after a summer of hard use? Perfect. For just 2 days this weekend, September 23 — 24, you can take 20% off one full-priced item. Just use the code SEPT23 at checkout.
If you’re not already a member, consider joining before gearing up for any big adventure. The 10-percent-back member reward is a good enough reason to join all on its own, but there are many other benefits, including exclusive events and sales only available to members. This coupon is just one of many that are available each year, and access to deals on used gear at in-store garage sales and online with Re/Supply is a great way to save serious cash.
So if you want to get in on this coupon and other perks, you can add a lifetime membership to your cart at checkout. Bonus: New members who spend $50 or more will receive a $30 bonus card to use towards a future purchase. Sign up now, and the membership pays for itself!
Head on over to REI to find your deals or become a member today. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorite pieces of gear that will look a whole lot better at 20% off.
20% Off $304-$320 (Reg. $380-$400 )
- Weight: 35 ounces
- Volume: 55 liters
Surprised to see such a badass UL backpack available at REI? You’re not alone. Not only is the HMG Southwest one of the lightest, most durable, and most popular backpacks on America’s long trails, but it is rare to see a pack this specialized for sale with such a good return/exchange policy. The simple construction and Dyneema Composite Hybrid fabric (DCH) are standout features for someone looking for a pack that does everything they need without a bunch of fiddling.
Not sure if going UL is right for you? Hesitant to go with such a minimalist design? Fear not, REI’s desire to get you using the right gear has you covered. And for those with a dialed-in kit, the Southwest is available in a 40-liter version too.
Osprey Exos / Eja 48 Backpack
20% Off $192 (Reg. $240)
- Weight: 44 ounces
- Volume: 48 liters
For someone looking for a fully-featured, lightweight backpack, the Osprey Exos and Eja (men’s and women’s, respectively) are certainly worth considering. While Osprey aren’t known as an ultralight brand, they might just fool you when you look at these specs. This is certainly not the lightest pack on the market, but the durable fabric, removable brain, and mesh suspension back panel are bonus features that might be worth their weight. Not to mention, there’s also the fact that Osprey guarantees their packs’ functionality for life. That kind of warranty is impossible to beat.
20% Off $360 (Reg. $450)
- Weight: 2 lbs 5oz
Unless you’re dead set on a trekking pole shelter, then you’ve probably already considered the Tiger Wall from Big Agnes. Its smart pole structure and double-wall construction make it easy to set up on a variety of surfaces and provide nice liveability features, all while remaining remarkably lightweight. If you don’t want to dive into DCF or mess with balancing trekking poles and guy line tension, it really is hard to beat this classic UL tent. And if you’re a solo hiker who wants to go even lighter, the Tiger Wall is available in a 1-person version as well.
20% Off $344 (Reg. $430)
- Weight: 2lbs 5oz
Well, if you’re still looking for a semi-freestanding, ultralight tent, then the NEMO Hornet is another great option that won’t let you down. It is similarly easy to set up and use as the BA Tiger Wall, with the added bonus of utilizing the new OSMO canopy fabric, which harnesses the benefits of polyester to stretch less than traditional nylon when wet. Soggy mornings will be that much less miserable when the flysheet remains taught.
20% Off $160-$192 (Reg. $200-$240)
- Weight: 12-17 ounces
- R-value: 4.5
The NeoAir XLite was already one of the best and most popular sleeping pads for backpacking, and then Therm-a-Rest made it better. The newly released XLite NXT improves on a classic by silencing the dreaded ‘chip bag crinkle’ of previous versions and upping the thickness to a full 3 inches of root-smoothing plushiness. What hasn’t changed are the things that make this the perfect inflatable pad for just about any 3-season excursion. Its solid R-value keeps it useful deep into autumn, and the low weight and small packed size help it disappear in your backpack.
20% Off $120 (Reg. $150)
- Stack height: 25mm
- Drop: 0mm
If you don’t have any major holes in your gear list to patch up, then there’s always shoes. This consumable resource is a nice space to save money because you know that you’ll use them at some point. Altra Lone Peaks are as good as currency on a thru-hike, so if you’re already integrated into the zero-drop, wide-footbox ecosystem then take this chance to snag your next pair at a discount. And if you’re not on the bandwagon, then this is a great time to give them a shot. Remember, it’s cool to be just like everybody else, and your pinky toes with thank you.
20% Off $124 (Reg. $155)
- Stack height: 33/29mm
- Drop: 4mm
The same shoe logic applies here as well — you’ll always need shoes, so don’t waste an opportunity to save on your next pair. The Hoka Speedgoat has gradually risen in popularity among thru-hikers, finally giving some variety to the “how do you like your shoes?” question. If you want a super cushy shoe with rugged grip at a low weight, then pop on a pair of Speedgoats and take them for a spin. It also helps if you love outrageously bright neon colors. Just make sure that you wear sunglasses while knotting up these kicks.
20% Off $288 (Reg. $360)
- Weight: 8.8 ounces
Everybody needs a warm layer for those cold days on trail or for staying stylish around camp, the lighter the better. Mountain Hardwear has nailed this essential category with the Ghost Whisperer, which is a super warm, super lightweight puffy jacket worthy of the most ultralight hiker’s gear list. However, no one has ever called this hoodie cheap, which makes this the perfect time to save some dollars on a layer that can truly improve your backpacking experience every day, both in and out of your backpack.
20% Off $116 (Reg. $145)
- Weight: 7.1 ounces
- Boil time (1L): 5 minutes
While it might be possible to piece together a lighter-weight cook kit for your thru-hike, it’s hard to beat the all-included Stash Cooking System from Jetboil. The pot, stove, foldable stabilizer, and small fuel canister all nest together, helping to keep your entire kitchen small and stashable (ha!). Not to mention, the whole thing weighs only 7.1oz, not including fuel. If you’re starting from scratch, this efficient stove and pot combination is an awesome solution for getting your hot food and drinks game going.
20% Off $160 (Reg. $200)
- Weight (pair): 16 ounces
Trekking poles improve the backpacking experience in so many ways, from reducing leg fatigue and pitching ultralight shelters, to fighting off aggressive wildlife and dogs. However, unless you’re trying to keep that buff upper body, then it makes sense to get the lightest poles you can. Aluminum poles might be more durable over the long term, but carbon is generally the lightest material available. That said, not all carbon is created equal, and cheap versions can shatter under unexpectedly light loads. Leki is a trusted brand and focuses on quality above all else, so you can be sure that the Black Series Carbon poles will go the distance without weighting you down.
If none of these items tickle your fancy, then don’t worry, most full-priced items can be had for 20% off this weekend with the member coupon code SEPT23. If you need something, then pop on over to REI.com and take a look.
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